Established in 1992


The Maine Rural Health Research Center draws on the multidisciplinary faculty and research resources and capacity of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. The Center’s mission is to inform health care policymaking and the delivery of rural health services through high quality, policy relevant research, policy analysis and technical assistance on rural health issues of regional and national significance.

Projects

The Maine Rural Health Research Center focuses on barriers to health access for rural residents and related topics, including insurance coverage, Medicaid, behavioral health, long term services & supports, and challenges faced by rural providers (rural health clinics & critical access hospitals) in delivering and sustaining services.

Publications

For 30 years, the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s research agenda has focused on some of the most intractable health access problems facing rural residents, especially those with mental health and substance abuse issues and those facing financial barriers due to lack of insurance and under-insurance.

About the Center

The Center is committed to enhancing policymaking and improving the access, delivery and financing of rural health services by effectively linking its research to the policy development process through appropriate dissemination strategies.

Latest Publications

Community Characteristics and Financial and Operational Performance of Rural Health Clinics in the United States: A Chartbook

The Northern Border Region: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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Maine: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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New York: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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New Hampshire: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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Vermont: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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Out-of-Hospital Births and Infant Mortality in the United States: Effect Measure Modification by Rural Maternal Residence

Rural-Urban Differences in Maternal Mortality Trends in the US, 1999-2017: Accounting for the Impact of the Pregnancy Status Checkbox
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Use of Electronic Health Records to Manage Tobacco Screening and Treatment in Rural Primary Care
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Experiences of Stigma among Individuals in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder in a Rural Setting: A Qualitative Analysis
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Voices From the Field: A Qualitative Study of the Challenges and Promising Practices of Rural Public Health in Addressing HIV and Hepatitis C
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HIV and Hepatitis C in Rural Areas: Prevalence, Service Availability, and Challenges [Webinar]

Medication for Addiction Treatment and Postpartum Health Care Utilization Among Pregnant Persons With Opioid Use Disorder

Rural-Urban Residence and Emergency Contraception Use, Access, and Counseling in the United States, 2006-2017
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Capacity of Rural Counties to Address an HIV or Hepatitis C Outbreak
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Rural HIV Prevalence and Service Availability in the United States: A Chartbook
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Rural-urban residence and maternal hepatitis C infection, United States: 2010-2018
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Opioid-Related Visits to Rural Emergency Departments
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Substance Use among Rural and Urban Youth and Young Adults
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Acuity Differences Among Newly Admitted Older Residents in Rural and Urban Nursing Homes
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Telehealth Use in a Rural State: a Mixed Methods Study Using Maine’s All-Payer Claims Database
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Supporting Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Summary Results of a Survey of State Flex Coordinators
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