Maine Rural Health Research Center

Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine

PO Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104-9300
Phone: 207.780.4513
Fax: 207.228.8138
Website: View center's website

Director: Erika Ziller, PhD
Deputy Director: Yvonne Jonk, PhD

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, and has focused its research agenda on some of the most intractable health access problems facing rural residents

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.

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.