Established in 1992


The Maine Rural Health Research Center draws on the multidisciplinary faculty and research resources and capacity of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy within the USM Muskie School of Public Service. 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 over 25 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

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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Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Community Health after COVID-19
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Telebehavioral Health Use among Rural Medicaid Beneficiaries: Relationships with Telehealth Policies
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A Century Later: Rural Public Health’s Enduring Challenges and Opportunities
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Pent-up Demand for Care among Dual-eligible Victims of Elder Financial Exploitation in Maine
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Virtually Possible: Using Telehealth to Bring Reproductive Health Care to Women with Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Maine
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Rural-Urban Residence and Mortality among Three Cohorts of U.S. Adults
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Maternal opioid use disorder at delivery hospitalization in a rural state: Maine, 2009-2018
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Rural–urban differences in hospitalizations for opioid use–associated infective endocarditis in the United States, 2003–2016
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Area deprivation index and rurality in relation to lung cancer prevalence and mortality in a rural state
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Health Care Use and Access among Rural and Urban Nonelderly Adult Medicare Beneficiaries
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Behavioral Health in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities
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Behavioral Health in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities. Executive Summary
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