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Cutler staff meet with Department of Labor in Washington, DC

Cutler Institute staff meet with the Department of Labor in Washington, DC on November 5, 2014. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy staff have received their second Susan Harwood Training Grant from OSHA, Department of Labor. The cross-program Cutler team led by Judy Tupper and Sue Ebersten are designing and piloting online courses for EMS personnel on the topics of bloodborne pathogens, respiratory hazards, and ergonomics. Judy Tupper and Theresa Bishop, Office of Sponsored Programs, recently traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Department of Labor officials and other grantees from around the United States. Picture: Judy Tupper, DHEd, Muskie School, and Theresa Bishop, USM Office of Sponsored Programs, meeting with OSHA officials at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Awards

Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Awards The Youth & Community Engagement Programs at USM's Muskie School of Public Service, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy was chosen as the recipient of the Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Award. Pentha Burns accepted the award at the MYAN annual conference in Augusta on October 28th. Through the ImpACT Awards, MYAN recognizes and celebrates youth leadership and the support systems that empower youth. These awards showcase youth and adults who are making a positive impact on each other, their communities, and their worlds. Picture: Penthea Burns, YLAT Director and Beth Yvonne, Director of Maine Youth Action Network

Call for Proposals Fiscal Year 2015

With financial support from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF), the Office of Research Administration and Development is announcing the availability of funds to support research activities that are central to USM’s mission as a metropolitan university.

Tupper authors Op-Ed article: Know your test results

Judy Tupper, director of the Patient Safety Academy and faculty in the graduate program of public health at the USM Muskie School, writes an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald on September 22 about the new initiative announced at the 5th Annual Patient Safety Academy to “crowd source” a patient safety improvement idea – the promotion of a “No News is No News” campaign to educate and inform consumers about the importance of following up on test results.

John Gale featured in Rural Monitor article

John Gale, Research Associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, discusses the potential for rural safety net providers to become a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). In the August 20th edition of the Rural Monitor, Gale provides information on the challenges and opportunities rural health clinics face in meeting standards for PCMH recognition. According to Gale’s research, rural safety net providers face greater challenges than urban counterparts, including staffing shortages and limited resources, and patient populations that are low-income, often uninsured and less likely to become engaged in their personal care. Findings from his research will be published in a forthcoming report from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.

National Funding Awarded to Connect Youth in Southern Maine

We are excited to announce that in July, the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) awarded a second grant to the Muskie School of Public Service and its partners who make up The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN). The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund is managed by the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and is dedicated to connecting “Opportunity Youth” to education and employment.

Patient Safety Academy hosts national speakers

The 5th annual Patient Safety Academy will be held on Friday, September 5th, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland campus. All persons interested in or engaged in patient safety are invited to attend. Workshops will address topics related to pharmacy, patient engagement, infection prevention, health information technology, and more! Nationally recognized speakers Kathleen Galt and Tejal Gandhi will provide the opening and closing plenary, to which USM faculty and staff are invited. Local and regional experts will be leading a full slate of workshops during the day-long event. To register for the workshops or for more information, please visit the Patient Safety Academy website at: http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa

Ziller speaks on healthcare in rural communities

As part of WXXI's "Healthy Friday" broadcast on August 15th, Dr. Ziller of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discusses how the Affordable Care Act affects those living in rural areas. She was joined by Dr. Daniel Mendelson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, and James Kennedy, CEO of Finger Lakes (NY) Community Health.

Proficiency-based Diploma System Implementation in Maine

On May 5, 2014 REL-NEI hosted a webinar event featuring CEPARE Research Associate Erika Stump, who shared findings from a MEPRI study on proficiency-based diploma system implementation in Maine, and Dr. Jennifer Steele, who presented research on competency-based pilot programs for Rand Corporation.

Rural Center staff present at National Rural Health Association annual conference

Several research staff in the Maine Rural Health Research Center presented findings from their research at the 37th Annual National Rural Health Association conference held in Las Vegas, April 22-25, 2014.

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