Education: University of Southern Maine, B.A. Sociology, 2010
Research Interests: Rural health policy; population health; access to health services for vulnerable populations; patient safety and quality of care; health care financing; Medicare and Medicaid policy
Zachariah Croll is a Research Assistant II at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, aiding in all phases of the research process from project design to data collection and analysis. Zach completed his B.A. in Sociology at the University of Southern Maine, where coursework fostered his interest in the social determinants of health and illness as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. His recent work has focused on a range of health policy topics including rural long term services and supports; rural health clinic practice transformation; the experience of care and health status of children enrolled in MaineCare; hospital patient safety and quality improvement; rural telepsychiatry; the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act in rural areas. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Zach was a policy analyst at RTI International where he examined the consistency of payment incentives, resource usage and outcomes for populations treated in acute and various post-acute care settings.