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Examining Social Impact Bonds

Portland Press Herald Maine Voices Article Cites MEPRI Report on Social Impact Bonds

Portland Press Herald Maine Voices Article Cites MEPRI Report on Social Impact Bonds Gorham Savings Band President Chris Emmons endorses the use of 'Pay-for-Success' programs to fund early learning for Maine children. His article references a 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.
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MEPRI Researchers Brief Legislature on Social Impact Bonds to Fund Education in Maine

Dr. Erika Stump and Dr. Amy Johnson briefed the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) targeted research report regarding the use of Social Impact Bonds.

Remedial Course Enrollments and Student Outcomes in Maine's Public Higher Education Institutions

On January 19, 2016, Dr. Amy Johnson briefed the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) targeted research report regarding University of Maine System and Maine Community College System Remediation Data.

2015 Maine Crime Victimization Survey Report

The Maine Statistical Analysis Center hosted a press release forum for the 2015 Maine Crime Victimization Report on December 1, 2015.

USM exploring connections in Iceland

USM exploring idea of student exchange. "Could we do programs where our students could come for a semester to be able to strengthen their understanding of international economics, food systems, hospitality and tourism and particularly marine resources." - Glenn Cummings

Pearson and Shaler Present Community Paramedicine Study Findings at EMS Conference

Karen Pearson and George Shaler of the USM Muskie School presented findings from their evaluation of the Maine EMS Community Paramedicine Pilot Program at the EMS Conference in Rockland on November 13, 2015. The Community Paramedicine Pilot Program is comprised of 12 pilot sites located across the state of Maine. Community Paramedicine is the practice by an emergency medical services (EMS) provider in an out-of-hospital setting, providing patient evaluation and treatment within their scope of practice, directed at preventing or improving a medical condition as requested or directed by a physician. Pearson and Shaler found that, overall, Maine's Pilot Program highlighted the need for innovative solutions to integrating care coordination for patients with chronic conditions or who are at high risk for re-hospitalization.

Rural Maternal Smoking Behaviors Policy Brief Shared at APHA

Jean Talbot, Research Associate with the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and colleagues have published their study of the role of rural residence and single motherhood as risk factors for smoking. Their findings indicate that rural mothers are significantly more likely than their urban counterparts to be smokers, smoke frequently, and smoke heavily, even after adjusting for factors known to increase smoking risk. Talbot suggests that policymakers should consider methods for extending insurance coverage for smoking cessation interventions through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Additionally, anti-smoking initiatives at the local, state, and national levels could play an important role in decreasing rural-urban disparities in smoking-related morbidity and mortality.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the University of Southern Maine as one of nine winners of a grant to support a regional Environmental Finance Center.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the University of Southern Maine as one of nine winners of a grant to support a regional Environmental Finance Center. This is an award renewal for the New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC), so it will continue its work helping local communities in New England identify solutions for financing environmental initiatives.

Rural Active Living Research Brief Highlights Obesity Challenges

David Hartley and Anush Yousefian Hansen of Maine Rural Health Research Centerare authors of a research brief which focuses on the evidence base for rural obesity rates as it relates to physical activity. They note that rural residents, who face high rates of obesity, limited access to healthcare providers, and high levels of poverty, have been identified as a "priority population" in the fight against obesity. In this brief, Hansen and Hartley describe the current research on the rural built environment that may be related to obesity or physical activity, and outline key policy implications.

Students gain real-world experience at USM's Cybersecurity Lab

Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) initiative at the University of Southern Maine gives students real-world applications. MCSC is headed up by Glenn Wilson, an associate research professor in USM's Department of Technology.

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