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Maine and its Aging Population

The Muskie School of Public Service recently prepared "Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)", co-authored by Muskie School’s research staff members Stuart Bratesman, Louise Olsen, Cathy McGuire, Tina Gressani, Cindy Shaw, Catherine Gunn, Jasper Ziller, Karen Mauney, and Julie Fralich.

Advancing Women in Academia

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Networking Conference - Advancing Women in Academia to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, in Bangor, ME. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jaime Lester of George Mason University on "Women Can't Have it All? Work-life Issues in Higher Education."

New article in Journal of Rural Health examines network adequacy standards for Qualified Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Health Insurance Exchanges (HIEs) to specify network adequacy standards for the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) they offer to consumers. This article, authored by research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, examines rural issues surrounding network adequacy standards, and offers recommendations for crafting standards that optimize rural access.

Dr. Coburn presents highlights of ACA to Maine legislators

Maine legislators attending the Policy Leaders Academy Health Care Forum session on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, were presented with an overview and highlights of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it affects Maine's uninsured population.

Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) chosen to lead state BUILD Initiative

MRTQ director Sonja Howard has been named the lead for a BUILD Initiative grant received by the State of Maine to help shape the technical assistance program offered to its early care and youth education practitioners. Maine is one of only eight states chosen to participate in this national initiative.

Where Theatre and the Feminist Intersect

Dr. Meghan Brodie, Assistant Professor of Theatre and a faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program, will be directing Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s "Orlando" this coming April at USM.

Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum

Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Hrenko and Associate Professor of Literacy Andrea Stairs co-authored an article entitled "Creative Literacy: A New Space of Pedagogical Understanding" recently published in the journal Across the Disciplines - A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing.

Patient Safety and the Elderly

Dr. Andrew Coburn, Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean of the Muskie School of Public Service, recently co-authored a policy brief as part of the study conducted by the Flex Monitoring Team with funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. USM is one of three institutions (with University of Minnesota and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) on the research team.

NRCOI Publishes Child Welfare Practice Model Guide

Guide published by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement offers an overall framework for developing, implementing, and/or strengthening a child welfare practice model, helping child welfare agencies and their partners make informed choices in selecting their approaches to this important work.

New Report: Drug Offense Trends and Drug Offender Recidivism in Maine

This new report funded by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, and developed by the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) of the USM Muskie School of Public Service, provides public safety drug arrest trends and recidivism rates of drug offenders admitted to probation in Maine.

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