John Gale featured in Rural Monitor article
John Gale, Research Associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, discusses the potential for rural safety net providers to become a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). In the August 20th edition of the Rural Monitor, Gale provides information on the challenges and opportunities rural health clinics face in meeting standards for PCMH recognition. According to Gale’s research, rural safety net providers face greater challenges than urban counterparts, including staffing shortages and limited resources, and patient populations that are low-income, often uninsured and less likely to become engaged in their personal care. Findings from his research will be published in a forthcoming report from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.
National Funding Awarded to Connect Youth in Southern Maine
We are excited to announce that in July, the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) awarded a second grant to the Muskie School of Public Service and its partners who make up The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN). The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund is managed by the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and is dedicated to connecting “Opportunity Youth” to education and employment.
Ziller speaks on healthcare in rural communities
As part of WXXI's "Healthy Friday" broadcast on August 15th, Dr. Ziller of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discusses how the Affordable Care Act affects those living in rural areas. She was joined by Dr. Daniel Mendelson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, and James Kennedy, CEO of Finger Lakes (NY) Community Health.
Proficiency-based Diploma System Implementation in Maine
On May 5, 2014 REL-NEI hosted a webinar event featuring CEPARE Research Associate Erika Stump, who shared findings from a MEPRI study on proficiency-based diploma system implementation in Maine, and Dr. Jennifer Steele, who presented research on competency-based pilot programs for Rand Corporation.
Rural Center staff present at National Rural Health Association annual conference
Several research staff in the Maine Rural Health Research Center presented findings from their research at the 37th Annual National Rural Health Association conference held in Las Vegas, April 22-25, 2014.
Cutler Institute Director works to improve international child welfare practices
Kris Sahonchik, Director of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, recently returned from several weeks in Russia on the 2014 US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) program to enhance child protection, foster care, and adoption.
Muskie students form Public Health Education Corps to support Maine CDC
Three students in the Muskie School’s Master of Public Health program have been chosen to provide health education services for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program of the Maine Center for Disease Control.
Muskie School receives grant to lead systems change in Portland high schools
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has chosen Muskie to serve as the Lead Community Partner of its District Level Systems Change Initiative for the Portland Public School District.
Ziller co-authors chapter on children's health policy
Children's Health Policy: Promising Starts, Disappointing Outcomes, co-authored by Beth Kilbreth, PhD (Muskie School faculty, retired) and Erika Ziller, PhD (Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center), explores the many federal and state programs addressing the health concerns of children. This chapter is part of a collection of writings on the factors that shape the US healthcare system and policy, published in the 5th edition of Health Politics and Policy, a widely used text in university courses on health policy.
New book features Maine Rural Health Research Center authors
In this new book, Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, invited authors from the Maine Rural Health Research Center discuss rural health issues from the perspectives of public health and prevention.