Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Muskie School brings experts and community together for health policy colloquia

The Muskie School of Public Service hosted two health policy colloquia this April to promote informed discussion throughout the state regarding MaineCare coverage options under the ACA and the implications of Vermont’s move toward a single-payer system.The series, sponsored by the Muskie School Board of Visitors, offers community conversations in which experts from various disciplines and perspectives inform and engage the broader public to explore and debate critical policy issues.

On April 8, the school presented Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act. More than 100 registrants from throughout the state joined national and state experts to address the issue of MaineCare expansion under the ACA. Featured speakers included Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, as well as Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

ADHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and experts discuss MaineCarentos and Rosenbaum were joined by a panel of public health and health care experts from throughout the state, including Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew; David Howes, president of Martins Point Health Care; and Sara Gagne-Holmes, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners. Trish Riley, adjunct professor of health policy at the Muskie School and lecturer in state health policy at George Washington University facilitated.

On April 22, community and sector leaders joined for Global Budgets, Payment Reform, and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont's Health Reform. Participants discussed Vermont's recent movie toward single payer health care and how the state is cutting costs and improving how health care is delivered, as well as the implications for Maine.

Presenter Anya Rader Wallack and panelistsAnya Rader Wallack, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, presented on ways in which the state is seeking to make heath care a public good, creating an integrated delivery system, and moving to a single system where access to health coverage is not linked to employment.

Wallack was joined by panelists Elizabeth Mitchell, former CEO of Maine Health Management Coalition; Katherine Pelletreau, executive director of Maine Association of Health Plans; Rep. Charles Priest, of the board of directors at Maine AllCare; and Stefanie Nadeau, director of MaineCare Services.

Muskie staff and faculty published two research briefs associated with the colloquia:

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"Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act," prepared by Erika Ziller and Trish Riley for an April 8, 2013 colloquium that explored the options and implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Maine. 

"Global Budgets, Payment Reform and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont’s Health Reform," prepared by Trish Riley for an April 22, 2013 colloquium that explored Vermont's health reform initiatives and the lessons they may have for Maine.

Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

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MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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