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Roxanne Guildford
Geography-Anthropology graduate Roxanne Guildford has secured a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom.
A group of people from the Muskie Public Health Education Corps
The Muskie Public Health Education Corps is a select group of Muskie public health graduate students that works directly with epidemiologists at the Maine CDC, Division of Infectious Disease.
Rising Tide Award presented to Vickie Koehler
At the 6th annual Patient Safety Academy on September 23rd, two Rising Tide Award winners were honored. Held on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus, the Patient Safety Academy is an annual interdisciplinary meeting that brings together healthcare professionals, students, academics and consumer advocates to explore best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. The Rising Tide award is presented to individuals or groups that advance patient safety through leadership, dedication and innovation. This year’s awardees were peer-nominated and exemplify the patient safety movement in Maine. Vickie Koehler, employee health nurse at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick received the first Rising Tide Award. The second Rising Tide Award was presented to Becky Martins of Warren, Maine. Becky is an active and effective advocate for consumers. Patient Safety Academy Director, Judy Tupper said, “We congratulate Vickie and Becky for their outstanding work, not only in the realm of patient safety, but in their everyday efforts to improve the healthcare of all Mainers.”
Muskie School's George Shaler accepts JRSA Yearwood Award
The Maine Statistical Analysis Center, located in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, was recognized by the Justice Research and Statistics Association for one of its most recent reports at the National Forum on Criminal Justice Forum held in Atlanta.
Logo for Maine Youth Transition Collaborative
University of Maine student Jessica Henderson shares her story in a Bangor Daily News op-ed about pursuing a college degree after growing up in Maine's foster care system and the help she's received from the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative.
Picture of the cover of "Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System"
"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System," released by the Muskie School of Public Service, reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.
Photo of Chelsea Malacara, 2015-16 Maine policy scholar
The University of Southern Maine is proud to announce that Chelsea Malacara has been named a Maine Policy Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year.
photo of the anatomy of a mosquito used during lime and tick prevention lesson. Courtesy of centralmaine.com
Graduate students from the Muskie School of Public Service have been visiting elementary school classrooms around the state to educate kids about the dangers of diseases caused by ticks and mosquitoes.
Muskie School of Public Service - Wishcamper building lobby
As part of the evolution in the Muskie School of Public Service - the new Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) prepares graduates for leadership roles in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector by developing a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge in the fields of policy, planning and management. As part of the University of Southern Maine’s Metropolitan University initiative, the program also encourages students to interact with their surrounding community, through various forms of engagement.
Photo of East Bayside neighborhood Portland Press Herald
Portland's up-and-coming East Bayside neighborhood is one of 20 communities that received a national grant to organize a long-term planning effort, thanks in part to a 2009 Muskie School of Public Service study.

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