Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center, Population Health and Health Policy

Zachariah Croll

Research Assistant II


432C Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8247

Education: University of Southern Maine, B.A. Sociology, 2010

Research Interests: Rural health policy; population health; access to health services for vulnerable populations; patient safety and quality of care; health care financing; Medicare and Medicaid policy

Zachariah Croll is a Research Assistant II at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, aiding in all phases of the research process from project design to data collection and analysis. Zach completed his B.A. in Sociology at the University of Southern Maine, where coursework fostered his interest in the social determinants of health and illness as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. His recent work has focused on a range of health policy topics including rural long term services and supports; rural health clinic practice transformation; the experience of care and health status of children enrolled in MaineCare; hospital patient safety and quality improvement; rural telepsychiatry; the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act in rural areas. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Zach was a policy analyst at RTI International where he examined the consistency of payment incentives, resource usage and outcomes for populations treated in acute and various post-acute care settings. 

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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