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Muskie students form Public Health Education Corps to support Maine CDC

Muskie School Public Health Education CorpsThree students in the Muskie School’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program have been chosen to provide health education services for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program of the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The Muskie Public Health Education Corps was created to increase the public health education capacity at the Maine CDC and advance the skills and experience of the emerging public health workforce. The Corps will help develop and implement educational programs that support community awareness and prevention of infectious diseases.

Carissa Parent, Nikki Busmanis, and Jacey Keller will form the inaugural Public Health Education Corps team, whose initial projects will include a middle school level intervention regarding tick- and mosquito-borne disease.

Dr. Judy Tupper, Muskie faculty member and managing director of the Population Health and Health Policy Program at Muskie’s Cutler Institute, is serving as the Corps advisor.


Photo: Carissa Parent, Nikki Busmanis, and Jacey Keller (left to right).

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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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