Public Health

Elise J. Bolda

Associate Research Professor Emerita
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Office Location

414 Wishcamper Center


(207) 780-4847

Academic Degrees

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD, 1995
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSPH, 1986
  • University of Vermont, BA, 1974


Professor Bolda teaches courses in Health Systems Organization and Management, Health Information Management, Health Planning and Marketing, and Long Term Care, Aging and Disability Policy, and she facilitates the MPH Professional Development and Capstone Seminars, and she is the Director of the USM Interdisciplinary Gerontology Certificate.  Dr. Bolda’s most recent research included leading a team of students, alumni and professional staff conducting the Vermont Hospice Study (2015). Her portfolio includes: serving as Project Director for North Carolina’s Dual Eligible Planning Grant to develop a strategic framework and implementation plan for an integrated delivery model to meet the needs of those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid from 2011 to 2014, serving as National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Partnerships for Older Adults initiative from 2000-2010, and serving as project director on multiple applied policy analyses for Maine's Bureau of Medical Assistance and Maine's Bureau of Elder and Adult Services from 1995 to 2000). She also has served as Principal Investigator (PI) for several Maine Rural Health Research Center. Elise began her career working with older adults and adults with disabilities, community leaders, and state policy makers in Vermont and in North Carolina.

Areas of Expertise

Healthcare planning; consumer behavior and marketing; strategic communications; information systems management, partnership and collaborative development, systems integration, applied policy research and evaluation.

Research Interests

Policy and programs designed to support the goals of older adults and adults with a disability; evidence-informed, transparent, and equitable allocation of public resources, and community engagement in program and policy development.

Recent Publications

Bolda EJ, Eager EP, Werneke C, Wright C, Bean A, Richards R, Keller J, Ciolfi ML, Veller K and Thorpe N. (2015) Vermont Hospice Study Report. Prepared for the Madison Deane Initiative of the VNA of Chittenden and Grande isle Counties and the VNAs of Vermont by the Muskie School, University of Southern Maine. Portland ME.

NC Cooperative Agreement Proposal for Implementation Support for State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Medicaid- Medicare Enrollees, prepared for the NC Division of Medical Assistance under agreement with North Carolina Community Care Networks (CCNC), Raleigh, NC (2013).

Maddox GM and Bolda E. (2009).  The Continuum of Caring in the Long Term: Movement Toward the Community.  In DG Blazer and DC Steffens (Eds.), Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry (4th Edition), Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Bolda EJ, Saucier P, Maddox GL, Wetle T, and Isaacs Lowe J. (2006).  Governance and Management Structures for Community Partnerships:  Experiences from the RWJF Community Partnerships for Older Adults Program, The Gerontologist,  46(3) 391-397.

Bolda EJ. (2006).   Community Partnerships for Older Adults: Meeting the Housing Challenge. Generations., 29(4), 61-63.

Bolda EJ, Isaacs Lowe J, Maddox GL, and Patnaik BS. (2005). Community Partnerships for Older Adults: A Case Study. Families in Society, 86(3), 411-418.