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MEPRI Co-Director Comments on School Funding in Bangor Daily News

MEPRI Co-Director, Dr. Amy Johnson, provided insight on school funding in relation to November 2016 Question 2 in Maine in recent Bangor Daily News article.

New article on EMS Performance Measures by Rural Health Research Center staff

Developing Program Performance Measures for Rural Emergency Medical Services has been published online in Prehospital Emergency Care, and is available at: The authors are John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zach Croll, and George Shaler. Building on national efforts to develop EMS performance measures, the authors sought to identify measures relevant to the rural communities and hospitals supported by the National Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program). The measures are intended for use in monitoring rural EMS performance at the community level as well as for use by state Flex Programs and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to demonstrate the impact of the Flex Program. Working with an Expert Panel, the authors identified 17 program performance measures to support EMS services in rural communities. These measures monitor the capacity of local agencies to collect and report quality and financial data, use the data to improve agency performance, and train rural EMS employees in emergent protocols for all age groups. FMI: John Gale
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CEPARE Researcher Speaks on MPBN Maine Calling

USM's CEPARE Researcher, Dr. Erika Stump, discusses proficiency based education on MPBN's Maine Calling.

Gale presents on rural opioids at United Nations meeting in Vienna

John Gale, Research Associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, was invited to present at a three-day meeting of the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section of the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime, held in Vienna, Austria the first week of June.The focus of the meeting is the development of a model program for drug prevention and treatment in rural areas. Gale's current research on rural opioids provided the context for his presentation, "The Overall Situation of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Prevention and Treatment in Rural Settings."

Rural Center staff present at National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting

Erika Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and John Gale, Research Associate, each presented findings from their current research portfolio and both contributed to a panel discussion on the rural opioid crisis. For more information, visit the National Rural Health Association webpage at:

MCBER's Wallace comments on potential job losses in Southern Maine

MCBER's Ryan Wallace mentioned in recent news regarding statement's by Maine's Governor LePage on the potential loss of 900 jobs in Southern Maine.

Wallace in Market Watch article on remote work 3/15/16

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MEPRI Research on Proficiency-based Diploma Systems & College Remediation Cited in Bangor Daily News

March 14, 2016 Bangor Daily News editorial board referenced MEPRI's analysis of school districts' implementation of Maine's Proficiency-based Diploma legislation as well as a report examining college remediation trends.

New Chartbook on the Use of Maine's Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

Prepared by research staff at the USM Muskie School of Public Service for the Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services, this Chartbook provides information on Maine adults who use MaineCare funded long term services and supports (LTSS). The Chartbook provides both demographic trends that impact Maine's LTSS system as well as data on the typical MaineCare service utilization and expenditures of different LTSS populations. The Chartbook will also help inform the discussion among policymakers, providers, consumers, and advocates as they work together to ensure that Maine’s LTSS system meets the needs of all its citizens. FMI: Kimberly Snow (
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MEPRI Report on Social Impact Bonds Published in People's Bank of China's Financial Market Research Journal

MEPRI Report written by Erika Stump and Amy Johnson, "An Examination of Using Social Impact Bonds to Fund Education in Maine," which examines the structures and potential of this type of funding mechanism, was published in the February 2016 volume of the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors' research journal.