Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Erika Ziller

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)


Date Title Typesort ascending
2008 Use of Mental Health Services by Rural Children Working Paper
2008 Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults with Depressive Symptoms Working Paper
2010 Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children With Mental Health Problems Working Paper
2014 Health Insurance Coverage of Low-Income Rural Children Increases and is More Continuous Following CHIP Implementation Research and Policy Brief
2014 Rural Residents More Likely to be Enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans Research and Policy Brief
2014 Implications of Rurality and Psychiatric Status for Diabetic Preventive Care Use among Adults with Diabetes Research and Policy Brief
2008 Active Living for Rural Youth Research and Policy Brief
2009 Rural Children Don't Receive the Mental Health Care They Need Research and Policy Brief
2007 Rural Families More Likely to be Uninsured and Have Different Sources of Coverage [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2006 Rural Residents More Likely to be Underinsured (Policy Brief) Research and Policy Brief
2008 Rural Adults Face Parity Problems and Other Barriers to Appropriate Mental Health Care Research and Policy Brief
2009 Health Insurance Profile Indicates Need to Expand Coverage in Rural Areas Research and Policy Brief
2010 Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and Their Families Research and Policy Brief
2013 Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act Research and Policy Brief
2014 High Deductible Health Insurance Plans in Rural Areas Report
2014 Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities: A Chartbook Report
2003 Health Insurance Coverage in Rural America Report
2002 State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce. Executive Summary Report
2001 Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage among Rural and Urban Children Report
2005 Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey Report
2012 Health Care Access and Use Among the Rural Uninsured Journal Article
2007 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2009 Active Living for Rural Youth: Addressing Physical Inactivity in Rural Communities Journal Article
2006 Out-of-Pocket Health Spending and the Rural Underinsured Journal Article
2013 Rural Considerations in Establishing Network Adequacy Standards for Qualified Health Plans in State and Regional Health Insurance Exchanges Journal Article
2009 Profile of Rural Health Insurance Coverage: A Chartbook Book/Monograph
2014 Access to Medical Care in Rural America Book Chapter
2014 Children's Health Policy: Promising Starts, Disappointing Outcomes Book Chapter

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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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