Population Health and Health Policy
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.
The Patient Safety Academy, now in it's 5th year, brings together individuals engaged in healthcare quality and patient safety activities. An interdisciplinary day-long event, the Academy provides thought-provoking sessions, skill building workshops,and the sharing of best practices in patient safety. Nationally recognized leaders will present the opening and closing plenary sessions, with workshops led by local experts on topics including pharmacy and medication management, patient engagement, health information technology, prevention of health associated infections, and much more! Colleagues will be able to network and share best practices through interactive sessions and best practice displays. Continuing Education credit is available for CPHQ, Nursing, and Pharmacy.The Academy will also honor Maine's leaders in patient safety through the Rising Tide awards.
For more information, a list of workshops, and to register, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa
The impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on health care coverage and access in rural areas is largely unknown and will depend on the different state policy contexts in which the expansions are implemented and on existing system capacity. Understanding how many rural residents are likely to become newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, as well as their characteristics and health status, will provide important information to aid policymakers in structuring outreach and enrollment strategies and ensuring that the healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems in rural areas can address the needs of these individuals.
On March 18th, Dr. Erika Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine, will present via a webinar, nationally representative information identifying rural-urban differences among low-income non-elderly adults (18 to 65) in the following areas:
- Medicaid eligibility, pre-ACA
- Medicaid participation, pre-ACA
- New Medicaid eligibility in 2014
Dr. Ziller will also analyze the characteristics associated with any rural-urban differences in the above areas. Characteristics to be considered include age, gender, employment, education, income, Census region, health status, current relationship to primary care provider, primary care supply, and FQHC availability.
Register for the free webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=hoyjw9mp1en8
This webinar is based on Dr. Ziller's research under a State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) grant to inform federal and state implementation of the ACA Medicaid expansion by estimating the size and characteristics of the rural population likely to be newly eligible.
This editorial highlights the progress of public health accreditation efforts as discussed by the articles in this special issue. This issue represents an important step toward establishing a stronger evidence base for the national accreditation program, and the articles within this issue address many of the research agenda topics, including technical assistance, connections with public health categorical programs, readiness, and the impact of accreditation on public health departments of many sizes, types, and structures.