Maine Rural Health Research Center

The Maine Rural Health Research Center focuses on barriers to health access for rural residents. Specifically, researchers focus on the topics of insurance coverage, Medicaid, mental and behavioral health, long term services and supports, and challenges faced by rural providers in delivering and sustaining services.

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About the Research Center

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. Specifically, researchers focus on the topics of insurance coverage, Medicaid, mental and behavioral health, long term services and supports, and challenges faced by rural providers in delivering and sustaining services.

The Maine Rural Health Research 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.

Research History

The Rural Health Research Centers are funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Currently, Centers are funded through a four-year cooperative agreement. This research Center has produced research products funded by FORHP during the following years.

  • 1995 - 1996
  • 2000 - current