Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Billings Nicoll Forum, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, USM Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Donna Reed
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-4846
Contact Email:

Maine Rural Health Research CenterJoin us as we celebrate 20 years of rural health policy research by the Maine Rural Health Research Center, one of only seven national research and policy analysis centers funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with Donna Reed.

Established in 1992, the Maine Rural Health Research Center draws on the multidisciplinary faculty, research resources, and capacity of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy within the USM Muskie School of Public Service. The center's mission is to inform health care policymaking and the delivery of rural health services through high quality research, policy analysis, and technical assistance on rural health issues of regional and national significance. Its portfolio of rural health services research addresses critical, policy-relevant issues in health care access and financing, rural hospitals, primary care, and behavioral health.

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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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