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Judy Tupper, DHEd, CPPS, CHES
Judy Tupper, director of the Patient Safety Academy and faculty in the graduate program of public health at the USM Muskie School, writes an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald on September 22 about the new initiative announced at the 5th Annual Patient Safety Academy to “crowd source” a patient safety improvement idea – the promotion of a “No News is No News” campaign to educate and inform consumers about the importance of following up on test results.
John Gale
John Gale, Research Associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, discusses the potential for rural safety net providers to become a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). In the August 20th edition of the Rural Monitor, Gale provides information on the challenges and opportunities rural health clinics face in meeting standards for PCMH recognition. According to Gale’s research, rural safety net providers face greater challenges than urban counterparts, including staffing shortages and limited resources, and patient populations that are low-income, often uninsured and less likely to become engaged in their personal care. Findings from his research will be published in a forthcoming report from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.
Aspen youth 2014
We are excited to announce that in July, the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) awarded a second grant to the Muskie School of Public Service and its partners who make up The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN). The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund is managed by the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and is dedicated to connecting “Opportunity Youth” to education and employment.
The 5th annual Patient Safety Academy will be held on Friday, September 5th, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland campus. All persons interested in or engaged in patient safety are invited to attend. Workshops will address topics related to pharmacy, patient engagement, infection prevention, health information technology, and more! Nationally recognized speakers Kathleen Galt and Tejal Gandhi will provide the opening and closing plenary, to which USM faculty and staff are invited. Local and regional experts will be leading a full slate of workshops during the day-long event. To register for the workshops or for more information, please visit the Patient Safety Academy website at: http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa
Erika Ziller, PhD, Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center
As part of WXXI's "Healthy Friday" broadcast on August 15th, Dr. Ziller of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discusses how the Affordable Care Act affects those living in rural areas. She was joined by Dr. Daniel Mendelson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, and James Kennedy, CEO of Finger Lakes (NY) Community Health.
Several research staff in the Maine Rural Health Research Center presented findings from their research at the 37th Annual National Rural Health Association conference held in Las Vegas, April 22-25, 2014.
Kris Sahonchik
Kris Sahonchik, Director of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, recently returned from several weeks in Russia on the 2014 US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) program to enhance child protection, foster care, and adoption.
Three students in the Muskie School’s Master of Public Health program have been chosen to provide health education services for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program of the Maine Center for Disease Control.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation Logo
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has chosen Muskie to serve as the Lead Community Partner of its District Level Systems Change Initiative for the Portland Public School District.
Health Policy and Politics 5th edition book cover
Children's Health Policy: Promising Starts, Disappointing Outcomes, co-authored by Beth Kilbreth, PhD (Muskie School faculty, retired) and Erika Ziller, PhD (Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center), explores the many federal and state programs addressing the health concerns of children. This chapter is part of a collection of writings on the factors that shape the US healthcare system and policy, published in the 5th edition of Health Politics and Policy, a widely used text in university courses on health policy.

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