Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Population Health and Health Policy Projects

Research projects in the Population Health and Health Policy program area focus on:

Public Health Systems & Practice: Our team of practitioners, researchers and evaluators focus this body of work on: 1) evaluation of public health initiatives, 2) assessment of performance and quality, 3) improvement of programs and service delivery, 4) development of tools and measures, and 5) preparation for accreditation. Projects include:

Health Services Access, Quality, & Financing

Rural Health: Rural health is one of the primary areas of research and policy analysis within the Cutler Institute, and builds on the Institute's strong record of research, policy analysis, and policy development. The Maine Rural Health Research Center's research portfolio addresses critical, policy-relevant issues in health care access and financing, rural hospitals, primary care and behavioral health. The Flex Monitoring Team, consisting of the rural health research centers at the Universities of North Carolina, Minnesota, and Southern Maine, develops relevant quality, financial, and community benefit/impact performance measures and reporting systems for Critical Access Hospitals, State Offices of Rural Health. and their stakeholders.


Additionally, research conducted within other program areas such as Disability & Aging and Children, Youth & Families include elements of population health, so we encourage you to visit those program areas for more detailed information about their projects.

See selected project list for the Population Health and Health Policy program area (listed alphabetically)

Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities Chartbook

Profile of Rural Residential Care Chartbook Cover

Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this chartbook from the Maine Rural Health Research Center presents information on a slice of the rural LTSS continuum—the rural residential care facility (RCF).  Survey results identify important national and regional differences between rural and urban RCFs, focusing on the facility, resident and service characteristics of RCFs and their ability to meet the LTSS needs of residents.

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