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)

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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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