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News: Population Health and Health Policy

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
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.
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.
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.
Rural Public Health book cover
In this new book, Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, invited authors from the Maine Rural Health Research Center discuss rural health issues from the perspectives of public health and prevention.
John Gale was elected to the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Board of Trustees as chair of the Research and Education Constituency Group.
In this report published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the authors discuss key responsibilities that the federal government and states hold for managing the Medicaid program and identify the key issues and challenges states face as they transform the way they do business and achieve key national goals.
In the May 20th issue of the Portland Press Herald, Mittal highlights the problems with the current grading system and offers a better alternative: a statistically sound and robust algorithm to rank and grade high schools.
Karen Pearson and Erika Ziller each presented findings from their research on The Evidence for Community Paramedicine in Rural Areas and Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid. John Gale gave two presentations on Rural Health Clinics (Identifying Relevant Quality Measures and Readiness for Practice Transformation) as well as on Critical Access Hospital Community Activities under Health Reform. Zach Croll displayed his findings from the Critical Access Hospital Community Benefit project as part of the NRHA poster session.
John Gale publishes article on rural veterans' health care issues. Evolving population trends — the aging of rural veterans, the growing number of female veterans and rates of homelessness among veterans — place significant demands on VA and rural delivery systems. Coordination among health care providers is essential to increasing the availability of services and expanding veteran outreach programs.

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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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