Cutler Institute


Data Innovation Project

Data Innovation Project's E-Learning Module: Theory of Change

The Data Innovation Project is creating a series of short e-learning modules which focus on essential concepts for data-informed organizations.

USM’s Muskie School of Public Service launches free workplace violence prevention training

The University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with Maine Small Business Development Centers, has launched a free online program to train small business retail workers in preventing and responding to violence.
Portrait of Jarvis Thanex Louis

Jarvis Thanex Louis, 2019 Featured Graduate

Jarvis Thanex Louis spoke no English when he left his home of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in the months that followed the 2010 earthquake. Maine and the University of Southern Maine became his place to start over away from the reminders of the tragedy. "In Haiti, every day you saw something that reminded you of what happened: you lost all of your friends; you lost family members."In Maine, he found peace. He learned English with the help of library staff — "They are my favorite people at USM," he says — and the farmer's son began taking classes in Environmental Science.

Use of Telehealth Services by Rural Medicaid Recipients

Researchers from the Maine Rural Health Research Center recently published an article about the use of telehealth among rural Medicaid beneficiaries. The study found that rural Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to use telehealth services than their urban counterparts.

Rural Mainers Experience Treatment Delays for Lung Cancer

Research by Dr. Ziller and colleagues show association between rurality and lung cancer treatment

Interactive Data Dashboards Created for the Maine CDC

The Disease Prevention Epidemiology team, within Muskie's PHHP Program and contracted by and embedded within the Maine CDC, created three interactive data dashboards over the past year. These dashboards are now live on the Maine CDC website. The dashboards allow for spatial and temporal trends of essential Maine-specific public health data at the county and public health district level.

Brief on Access to Health Care Services in Maine Released

The Maine Health Access Foundation and Cutler researchers recently released a report examining access to health care services in Maine. One of the key findings of the study is that 20-30% of Mainers across all income groups report paying off health care bills over time.

Rural Health Staff Publish Research and Recommendations for Rural Tobacco Prevention and Control

Working with an expert review committee from 15 organizations, Dr. Jean Talbot and her team from the Muskie School developed a comprehensive report that explored rates and patterns of commercial tobacco use across rural subpopulations, aspects of the rural context that may affect tobacco prevention and control efforts, and rural tobacco control activities. The report includes 15 recommendations for advancing rural tobacco control initiatives and suggestions for future research.

Best Paper of 2018 awarded to Karen Pearson and George Shaler for their work on Community Paramedicine

Congratulations to Karen Pearson and George Shaler on receiving the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration's Best Paper of 2018 award! From a small,state-funded project comes national recognition, showcasing the high level of work conducted by our research staff.
Portrait of Meredith Sells

Meredith Sells, 2019 Featured Graduate

Meredith Sells had worked for five years on Wall Street — cultivating relationships and helping her clients invest their money — when she decided to return to Maine and enroll at the University of Southern Maine. For a young woman who grew up in Cape Elizabeth and had succeeded in New York City, it was an abrupt shift. But Sells, who describes herself as a “curious chameleon,” is a formidable person with the talent and drive to achieve her goals.