Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Impacting health policy and public health in Maine and across the nation
We develop, manage, and evaluate initiatives that test solutions to address access to and quality and cost of healthcare
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We evaluate public health initiatives, assess performance and quality, and develop tools and measures
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The Maine Public Health Institute informs health and public health policy and system development through research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and training
Our rural health research focuses on barriers to healthcare access for rural residents, behavioral health, and challenges faced by rural healthcare providers
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Population Health and Health Policy

The Population Health and Health Policy (PHHP) program at the Cutler Institute conducts policy-driven research, evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance focusing on the public health system and the delivery of healthcare services.

PHHP People

Areas of Focus


Healthcare Access, Quality, & Financing

Our team of researchers develops, manages, and evaluates federal, state, local and foundation initiatives that test innovative and practical solutions to address access to healthcare, improve the quality and safety of healthcare across multiple settings, and inform the complex dynamics of health services cost-efficiency and value. Contact Erika Ziller for more information.


Public Health Systems & Practice

Our team of practitioners, researchers, and evaluators focus this body of work on the evaluation of public health initiatives; assessment of performance and quality; improvement of programs and service delivery; development of tools and measures; and preparation for accreditation. Contact Brenda Joly for more information.


Maine Public Health Institute

The Maine Public Health Institute informs health and public health policy and system development through research, policy analysis, technical assistance and training, and is committed to effectively integrating the science, tools, and practices of public health and healthcare management to improve access, population health outcomes, and heathcare cost efficiencies. Contact Brenda Joly or Andy Coburn for more information.


Rural couple at mailbox on dirt roadRural Health

Rural health is one of the primary areas of research and policy analysis within the Cutler Institute, addressing critical, policy-relevant issues in healthcare access and financing, rural hospitals, and behavioral heath. Contact Andrew Coburn for more information.


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PHHP Publications

News & Events

Andrew Coburn, Zach Croll, John Gale, Jean Talbot, and Erika Ziller of the Maine Rural Health Research Center presented their research at the 38th Annual National Rural Health Association Annual Conference held in Philadelphia April 14-18.
photo: John Gale at national Rural Health Association
John Gale, Senior Research Associate with the Maine Rural Health Research Center, was presented with the 2015 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA's 38th Annual Rural Health Conference April 16 in Philadelphia. To view the video go to :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowct9wOYME&list=PLrLzXxrhUwSf-FTs0Erkcj4E8i_3AMAFe&index=10.
As part of the 2-day Sino-American International Research Forum, Dr. Erika Ziller and Dr. Brenda Joly of the USM Muskie School presented their research on Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act and Partnerships to Improve Community Health. Participants in the forum will have their research published in the NAAAS monograph series.
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