Cutler Institute


Lambert and Atkins publish report on changing organizational culture

David Lambert and Julie Atkins present strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making. Their case study report examines the New Jersey Department of Children and Families' Manage by Data program, which was aimed at changing the technical capacity and agency culture to understand and use data to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Webinar: Veterans Choice Program

Join us on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST) for a discussion of the new Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program is a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that expands access to healthcare to veterans by allowing them to receive care from non-VA healthcare providers. Link: Call-in:1-888-831-8965 Passcode: 5914375

Webinar on Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

John Gale of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, will be co-presenting a webinar on rural behavioral health and primary care integration issues on 2/26/15 from 2-3:30 pm ET. Join this webinar to get an overview of integration models used in rural settings, planning best practices, financing considerations, and implementation strategies for primary care and behavioral health providers to collaborate and better meet the behavioral health needs of their communities.

New study published on Medicaid Expansions and their Rural Implications

Researchers from the Maine Rural Health Research Center present findings from their evaluation of the rural implications of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Research staff book chapter contributions win award

Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, published by Springer Publishing Company, wins second place in the 2014 American Journal of Nursing Awards. Research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center contributed chapters to this book. Congratulations to John Gale, David Hartley, David Lambert, Jennifer Lenardson, Karen Pearson, and Erika Ziller!

Graduate Student Publishes Haiku in Kaiser Health News

Amanda Burgess, a graduate student in the Muskie School Public Policy and Management (PPM) program and a graduate research assistant in the Maine Rural Health Research Center, is the featured haiku in today's Kaiser Health News (KNH) briefing (

Gale appointed to NQF Rural Health Expert Panel

John Gale, Research Associate in the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the USM Muskie School has been appointed to the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Rural Health Expert Panel for the Quality and Cost Efficiency Measurement Efforts Directed at Small-Practice and Low-Volume Providers project.

Muskie School to develop first-of-its-kind e-learning materials for tribal child welfare directors

The University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service will design and deliver e-learning resources for the new National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes. The e-learning resources will assist American Indian and Alaska Native child welfare directors across the country to build the capacity of their agencies to better serve native children in the foster care system.

Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference on November 19, 2014.

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.