Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center, Population Health and Health Policy

Karen Pearson M.L.I.S., M.A.

Policy Analyst/Information Specialist
Karen Pearson M.L.I.S., M.A.

Office

432A Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4553

Karen joined the Muskie School community in 1992, bringing her professional skills of knowledge management and online information retrieval to the dedicated research faculty and staff in the Institute for Health Policy, now known as the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.  She quickly became part of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, assisting and then directing the national Rural Health Research in Progress project, which provided a synopsis of the funded research projects of the federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Health Research Program.  She currently directs, develops and administers information and publication dissemination services within the Cutler Institute, and provides in-depth literature searches for project-specific work in the fields of rural health, public health, Medicaid, and long-term care, identifying relevant policy and practice from state and federal agencies, and researching best practices. Additionally, she participated as part of the research staff on the AHRQ-funded SAFER project, conducting qualitative interviews with the Critical Access Hospital pilot teams. She recently conducted and published two evidence-based quality improvement policy briefs for the National Rural Hospital Flexibility Monitoring Project (Flex Program) on falls prevention programs in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and on patient safety transfer protocols in CAHs. She currently directs a national project for the Flex Program on the evidence for community paramedicine in rural communities, which utilizes her qualitative interviewing skills and expertise in information retrieval.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, North Park College, Chicago; Master of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Master of Arts, in Education, Saint Xavier University, Chicago.

Research Interests: Knowledge management, Rural health system access and delivery, Rural patient safety, Population health and health services research.

Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities Chartbook

Profile of Rural Residential Care Chartbook Cover

Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this chartbook from the Maine Rural Health Research Center presents information on a slice of the rural LTSS continuum—the rural residential care facility (RCF).  Survey results identify important national and regional differences between rural and urban RCFs, focusing on the facility, resident and service characteristics of RCFs and their ability to meet the LTSS needs of residents.

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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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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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