Katherine Ahrens, PhD
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
34 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Current Projects - (1)
A Current Examination of HIV and Hepatitis C in Rural Counties
Using data from federal and state sources, we will produce a chartbook on county-level data on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence and acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence, examine the availability of Ryan White HIV/AIDS medical providers and other HIV and HCV treatment/testing services across the rural-urban continuum, and estimate county-level prevalence of maternal HCV infection.
Research center: Maine Rural Health Research Center
Topics: Maternal health, Mental and behavioral health, Substance use and treatment
Publications - (1)
Rural-Urban Residence and Mortality Among Three Cohorts of U.S. Adults
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Rural residents have a shorter life expectancy than urban residents. We analyzed national linked survey and death certificate data and found risk of death was 10% higher for rural than urban residents and has increased over time. Findings suggest the overall mortality penalty in rural areas may be partly driven by social determinants of health.