Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Review of State Flex Program Plans 2004-2005


This briefing paper examines the project activities proposed by states in their Fiscal Year 2004 Flex Program grant applications (September 2004-August 2005) and highlights recent trends in State Flex Program planning, development, and implementation.
Of the forty-five state grant applications reviewed, funding requests were greatest for activities related to network development (18%), quality improvement (21%), and supporting existing CAHs (22%). Some states provided funding directly to CAHs under state administered mini-grant programs to support hospital specific activities while others chose to use funds to support more statewide and/or regional activities to address the needs of CAHs through conferences and meetings, training and education initiatives, technical assistance services, recruitment and retention initiatives, operational assessments, and community needs assessments among others.

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March 1, 2006

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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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