Muskie School of Public Service

Sara Huston

Associate Research Professor

Office Location

12 East Chestnut Street, Augusta, Me 04330


(207) 287-1967

Academic Degrees

  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, PhD, Epidemiology, 1993
  • Hampshire College, BA, Biology/Anthropology 1988


Dr. Huston has more than 20 years of experience in applied public health epidemiology and surveillance working in state health departments. Chronic disease epidemiology and surveillance are her specific areas of expertise. Dr. Huston began her career in applied epidemiology as a U.S. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the North Carolina Division of Public Health from 1995 to 1997.  During the next 13 years, she served as the Cardiovascular Epidemiologist for the N.C. Division of Public Health and on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Dr. Huston joined the faculty at the University of Southern Maine in 2010 and, through a contract with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), she serves as the Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist for the Maine CDC, co-leading a team of epidemiologists who work in programs covering asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and tobacco. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease and is active in the Chronic Disease, Maternal & Child Health, and Oral Health Committee of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

Areas of Expertise

Chronic disease epidemiology, applied public health surveillance

Research Interests

Public health surveillance; health disparities; policy and environmental influences on physical activity and nutrition; chronic disease epidemiology, particularly stroke,  cancer, and asthma; complex sample surveys; spatial analysis; best practices for dissemination of data for public health action.

Recent Publications

Huston SL, Mittal P. Adult Cancer Survivors in Maine, 2011-2012. Augusta, ME: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2015. Available at:

Holt JB, Huston SL, Heidari K, Schwartz R, Gollmar CW, Tran A, Bryan L, Liu Y, Croft JB.  Indicators for chronic disease surveillance -- United States, 2013.  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Recommendations & Reports. 2015; 64(1):1-246.

Garrett TA, Huston SL.  Maine Cancer Surveillance Report 2014.  Augusta,ME: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2014.  Available at: MaineCancerSurveillanceReport2014.pdf

Feinstein J, Ghouri, F, Gradie MI, Huston SL, Kini, N, Mervis C, Nazare S, Phipps K, Spence R, Teach F, Yob D. Oral Health in Maine, 2013. Augusta, ME: Oral Health Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013.  Available at:

Keith RG, Huston SL, Braddick J.  Analysis of All-payer Claims for Maine Residents with Asthma in 2006. Augusta, ME: Maine Asthma Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2013.

Garrett TA, Yob D, Huston SL. Maine Cancer Surveillance Plan, 2013. Augusta, ME: Comprehensive Cancer Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013. Available at:

Kini N, Huston SL. The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Maine, 2012. Augusta, ME: Cardiovascular Health Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2012.

Kini N, Huston SL. Diabetes Surveillance Report, Maine 2012. Augusta, ME: Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2012.

DuBard CA, Schmid D, Bostrom S, Yow A, Viera AJ, Huston SL, Lawrence W.  Management of cardiovascular risk in the usual care of Medicaid recipients. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2011;22(3):772-790.

Nguyen QC, Waddell EN, Thomas JC, Huston SL, Kerkerb BD, Gwynn RC. Awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia among insured residents of New York City, 2004. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(5):A109.

Khan JA, Casper M, Asimos AW, Clarkson L, Enright D, Fehrs LJ, George M, Heidari K, Huston SL, Mettam LH, Williams GI, Schieb L, Greer S.  Geographic and sociodemographic disparities in drive times to Joint Commission–certified primary stroke centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(4).

Downie DL, Schmid D, Plescia MG, Huston SL, Bostrom S, Yow A, Lawrence WW, Dubard CA.  Racial disparities in blood pressure control and treatment differences in a Medicaid population, North Carolina, 2005-2006. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(3).

Asimos A, Enright D, Huston SL, Mettam LH. Drive-time proximity to Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers among North Carolina residents who died of stroke. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2010;71(5):413-420.