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
Access to healthcare photo
We evaluate public health initiatives, assess performance and quality, and develop tools and measures
Word art for public health systems and practice
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.


PHHP Projects

PHHP Publications

News & Events

Book Cover: Rural Public Health
Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, published by Springer Publishing Company, wins second place in the 2014 American Journal of Nursing Awards. Research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center contributed chapters to this book. Congratulations to John Gale, David Hartley, David Lambert, Jennifer Lenardson, Karen Pearson, and Erika Ziller!
picture of: Amanda Burgess, Muskie School graduate student
Amanda Burgess, a graduate student in the Muskie School Public Policy and Management (PPM) program and a graduate research assistant in the Maine Rural Health Research Center, is the featured haiku in today's Kaiser Health News (KNH) briefing (http://kaiserhealthnews.org/morning-briefing/thursday-january-15-2015/)
John Gale
John Gale, Research Associate in the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the USM Muskie School has been appointed to the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Rural Health Expert Panel for the Quality and Cost Efficiency Measurement Efforts Directed at Small-Practice and Low-Volume Providers project.
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