Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Judith Tupper

Managing Director, Population Health and Heath Policy
Judith Tupper

Office

403 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8407

Education: University of Maine at Orono, BS Health and Family Life Education, 1978; University of Maine at Orono, MS Human Development, 1981; A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO, DHEd, 2013.

Areas of Expertise: Certified Health Education Specialist; patient education; clinical quality improvement; patient safety.

Research Interests: Patient safety, quality, medication management, health literacy, home health, chronic illness care management, hospice.

Judy Tupper is the Managing Director of Population Health and Health Policy Program at the Cutler Institute, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.  Her current research portfolio includes patient safety, rural healthcare, medication management, patient education, healthcare provider education, health literacy, quality improvement, and chronic illness and disability.  Her roles in these applied research and demonstration projects include the roles of principal investigator, project director, and consultant.  She also provided leadership and technical assistance to the Maine Critical Access Hospital Patient Safety Collaborative.  A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Judy has field experience in a variety of clinical and administrative health care settings.  She earned the designation, Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), in 2012.

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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