Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center, Population Health and Health Policy

Karen Pearson

Policy Analyst
Karen Pearson


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 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 directed a national project for the Flex Program on the evidence for community paramedicine in rural communities, and is Co-Principal Investigator for an evaluation of the Maine community paramedicine program.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, North Park College, Chicago; Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Master of Arts (MA), 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.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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