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.
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.
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.
Ambulance Deserts: Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services [Chartbook]
Mental Health Within 24 Months After Delivery Among Women with Common Pregnancy Conditions
Provision of Postpartum Contraception before and after the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Maine
Association of Prenatal Depression with New Cardiovascular Disease within 24 Months Postpartum
Engaging at-Risk Rural Residents in Secondary Lung Cancer Prevention
Rural Working-Age Adults Report More Cost Barriers to Health Care
Twenty-Five Years of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program: The Past as Prologue
Urban-Rural and Socioeconomic Differences in Patient Knowledge and Perceptions of Genomic Tumor Testing [with Data Supplement.]
Rural-Urban Differences in Workers’ Access to Paid Sick Leave
Rural-Urban Residence and Sequelae of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in the First Year Postpartum, 2007 – 2019
Maternal hepatitis C prevalence and trends by county, US: 2016–2020
Patterns of Health Care Use among Rural-Urban Medicare Beneficiaries Age 85 and Older, 2010-2017
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
Maine: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
New York: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
New Hampshire: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
Vermont: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
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
Use of Electronic Health Records to Manage Tobacco Screening and Treatment in Rural Primary Care
Experiences of Stigma among Individuals in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder in a Rural Setting: A Qualitative Analysis
Voices From the Field: A Qualitative Study of the Challenges and Promising Practices of Rural Public Health in Addressing HIV and Hepatitis C
Rural-Urban Residence and Emergency Contraception Use, Access, and Counseling in the United States, 2006-2017
Capacity of Rural Counties to Address an HIV or Hepatitis C Outbreak
Rural HIV Prevalence and Service Availability in the United States: A Chartbook
Rural-urban residence and maternal hepatitis C infection, United States: 2010-2018