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New Podcast Series Highlights Tribal Child Welfare Programs

Jackie Crow Shoe, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Policy Associate at the University of Southern Maine's Catherine Cutler Institute, connects with child welfare experts across Indian Country to address the importance of building tribal child welfare programs that are reflective of their community values and culture – reclaiming the narrative from a dominant system to one that reflects Indigenous worldviews and emphasizes responsibilities to children – in the new podcast series "Reclaiming the Child Welfare Narrative" from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes.

Cutler report provides insight into opioid use and barriers to treatment access in rural Maine

Rural practitioners and community stakeholders say opioid use disorder (OUD) has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, but access to treatment with medications for OUD (MOUD; e.g., buprenorphine, methadone) has not. Rural Maine continues to grapple with barriers to OUD treatment, and a new report provides much-needed insight into the problem.
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Research Release: Effectiveness and Harms of Contraceptive Care

Assistant Professor Kate Ahrens and Research Associate Amanda Burgess collaborated with researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and Oregon Health & Science University to examine evidence on the effectiveness and harms of contraceptive counseling interventions. The group’s findings were recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Maine Statistical Analysis Center Releases Report on Hate and Bias-Motivated Crimes in Maine

The Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) released a new report as a result of working with several criminal justice stakeholders across the state to determine arrest rates and outcomes for hate and bias crimes in Maine that were reported by law enforcement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Report (UCR) program from 2008 to 2017. Hate and bias-motivated crimes in Maine that were reported to the FBI’s UCR program decreased by 49% from 2008 to 2017.
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New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Program Launches with Five Maine Brewers

Allagash Brewing Company, Austin Street Brewery, Island Dog Brewing, Maine Beer Company, and Nonesuch River Brewing have completed the New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Program workbook. The breweries successfully fulfilled the requirements demonstrating commitment and leadership in sustainable practices to reduce the businesses’ overall environmental impact.
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Report Release: Economic Security of Older Women in Maine

In fall 2021, the Maine Women's Lobby and the Maine Council on Aging approached staff from the Cutler Institute to produce a snapshot of the economic security of older women in Maine that answers the question, "Can older Maine women meet their needs with the resources they have?" The resulting report, Economic Security of Older Women in Maine, was presented to members of the Maine Legislature and the press on February 28, 2022.
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Cutler Institute Researchers Publish Article on Building Youth Resiliency and Aspirations During a Crisis

Elora Way and Sarah Goan from the Cutler Institute published an article in the Maine Policy Review entitled, "Building Youth Resiliency and Aspirations During a Crisis: Lessons Learned from Maine’s Aspirations Incubator During the COVID-19 Pandemic."
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Cutler Institute Staff Develop and Implement Resource Parent Training

The Cutler Institute, with the support and collaboration of the Maine Office of Child and Family Services and Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, successfully updated and implemented the Resource Family Introductory Training using the National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents.
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Cutler Institute Staff and Muskie School Professor Publish Study on Birth Setting, Infant Mortality, and Rurality

Elora Way and Kate Ahrens published a study in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.
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Cutler Institute Staff Support Development of Gov. Mills' "Maine Elder Justice Roadmap"

Cutler Institute colleagues, Elisabeth Snell, Senior Policy Associate in the Justice Policy program area, and Kimberly Snow, Research Associate in the Population Health and Health Policy/Disability and Aging program area, joined forces to support the work of the Governor Janet Mills’ Elder Justice Coordinating Partnership and develop the Maine Elder Justice Roadmap.

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