Maine Immunization Program Survey and Technical Assistance
Childhood immunization rates for Maine have declined since the mid-90's. One theory for the decline is that public awareness education was halted. The Maine Immunization Program (MIP) currently has two regional health educators and wishes to expand health education services to four regions. Further, both the MIP and the Maine CDC desire to understand from parents and caregivers the incentives and barriers to having their children age appropriately immunizated. Muskie staff will work collaboratively with the MIP on several fronts:
Data collected from the surveys will be used to help identify public health practices that are most likely to result in children who have age-appropriate immunizations, and to inform ongoing program planning priorities.
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.