Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

John Gale

Research Associate II
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434 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8246

Education: University of Southern Maine, BS Business Administration, 1979; University of Southern Maine, MS Health Policy, 2003

Areas of Expertise: Access to and delivery of mental health services, particularly in rural areas; integration of mental health and primary care services; rural health; access and financing issues; primary care delivery systems; limited service hospital models; physician management and reimbursement issues.

Research Interests: Mr. Gale has six years experience in rural health and rural mental health research and sixteen years senior management experience in primary care, mental health and substance abuse practices. He has published a number of articles, reports, and book chapters in the areas of rural mental health, safety net, primary care, and hospital issues. His work has included: studies of the national Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, the informal safety net in rural communities, and the use of state health policy research to inform federal and state policy; a survey of Rural Health Clinics; evaluations of the state Rural Hospital Flexibility Programs in Maine and New Hampshire; an assessment of the RWJ Southern Rural Access Program; and the management of the Mental Health Technical Assistance Program for the Mental Health Funding Collaborative in Maine. Mr. Gale serves on the Board of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and was a 2002 Fellow in the Secretarys Primary Care Policy Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Publications

Date Title Typesort ascending
2012 Adolescent Alcohol Use: Do Risk and Protective Factors Explain Rural-Urban Differences? Working Paper
2010 Provision of Mental Health Services by Rural Health Clinics Working Paper
2008 Developing Indicators to Document the Community Impact of Critical Access Hospitals Research and Policy Brief
2009 Availability, Characteristics, and Role of Detoxification Services in Rural Areas Research and Policy Brief
2011 Provision of Long Term Care Services by Critical Access Hospitals Research and Policy Brief
2013 Telemental Health in Today's Rural Health System Research and Policy Brief
2014 Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments: Approaches and Benefits for Critical Access Hospitals Research and Policy Brief
2008 The Community Benefit and Impact of Critical Access Hospitals: The Results of the 2007 CAH Survey [Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2008 Distribution of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Across the Rural-Urban Continuum [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2007 State Initiatives Funded by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program Research and Policy Brief
2009 Few and Far Away: Detoxification Services in Rural Areas Research and Policy Brief
2010 Encouraging Rural Health Clinics to Provide Mental Health Services Research and Policy Brief
2005 Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey Report
2008 The Community Benefit and Impact of Critical Access Hospitals: The Results of the 2007 CAH Survey [Briefing Paper] Report
2006 Review of State Flex Program Plans 2004-2005 Report
2009 Maine Barriers to Integration Study: The View from Maine on the Barriers to Integrated Care and Recommendations for Moving Forward Report
2012 Linking Community Assessment and Community Benefit Strategies. Report
2012 Why Do Some Critical Access Hospitals Close Their Skilled Nursing Facilities While Others Report
2007 Distribution of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Across the Rural-Urban Continuum Report
2007 Exploring the Community Impact of Critical Access Hospitals Report
2006 Creating Progam Logic Models: A Toolkit for State Flex Programs Report
2007 The Community Impact of Critical Access Hospitals [Policy Brief] Report
2006 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Activities Funded by the medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Report
2006 Quality and Performance Improvement Grant Activities under the Flex Program Report
2008 Maine Barriers to Integration Study: Environmental Scan Report
2001 Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health in Rural Areas Report
2010 Characteristics of Inpatient Psychiatric Units in Small Rural Hospitals Journal Article
2007 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2008 Substance Abuse by Youth and Young Adults in Rural America Journal Article
2012 Substance abuse and use in rural America Book Chapter
2012 Integrating care in rural areas Book Chapter
2014 Integrated Care in Rural Areas Book Chapter
2014 Substance Use and Abuse in Rural Areas 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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