Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Erika Ziller

Practice Faculty, Public Health; Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center
Erika Ziller


409 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4615

Education: University of Southern Maine, BA Social Work, 1994; University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, MS Health Policy, 1998; Ph.D, 2012.

Areas of Expertise: health insurance coverage, the uninsured, children's health, rural health.

Research Interests: policy options for covering the uninsured, dynamics of health insurance coverage, individual health insurance, access to health care services for vulnerable populations (low-income individuals, children, rural residents).

Recent Publications

Most recent first

Kilbreth, E., & Ziller, E. (2014). Children's health policy: Promising starts, disappointing outcomes. In J. A. Morone & D. Ehlke (Eds.), Health politics and policy (5th ed.). Independence, KY: Cengage Learning.

Ziller, E. C. (2014). Access to medical care in rural America. In J. C. Warren & K. B. Smiley (Eds.), Rural public health: Best practices and preventive models (pp. 11-28). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Ziller, E. C. (2014, March 18). Rural implications of ACA Medicaid expansions. State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) webinar. Available at:

Talbot, J. A., Coburn, A. F., Ziller, E., & Croll, Z. (2013). Rural considerations in establishing network adequacy standards for qualified health plans in state health insurance exchanges. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12012

Ziller, E. C., Lenardson, J. D., & Coburn, A. F. (2012). Health care access and use among the rural uninsured. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23(3), 1327-1345. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0100

Ziller, E. C., Anderson, N. J., & Coburn, A. F. (2010). Access to rural mental health services: Service use and out-of-pocket costs. Journal of Rural Health, 26(3), 214-224.

Thomas, J. W., Ziller, E. C., & Thayer, D. (2010). Low costs of defensive medicine, small savings from tort reform. Health Affairs, 29(9), 1578-1584.

Yousefian, A., Ziller, E., Swartz, J., & Hartley, D. (2009). Active living for rural youth: Addressing physical inactivity in rural communities. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: Special Issue on Rural Public Health, 15(3), 223-231.

Ziller, E. C., Coburn, A. F., Anderson, N. J., & Loux, S. L. (2008). Uninsured rural families. Journal of Rural Health, 24(1), 1-11.

Hartley, D., Ziller, E., Loux, S., Gale, J., Lambert, D., & Yousefian, A. E. (2007). Use of critical access hospital emergency rooms by patients with mental health symptoms. Journal of Rural Health, 23(2), 108-115.

Ziller, E. C., Coburn, A. F., & Yousefian, A. E. (2006). Out-of-pocket health spending and the rural underinsured. Health Affairs, 25(6), 1688-1699.

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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