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Sociodemographic and Health Status Characteristics of Maine's Newly Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries
Describes the sociodemographic characteristics, access to healthcare, and health status for Maine's adults with low-income and no dependent children using data derived from the 2011- 2016 Maine Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), in preparation of Medicaid expansion. Offers recommendations to policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders supporting the effective implementation of Medicaid expansion to address the health needs of potential enrollees.
Author(s): Zachariah Croll, Erika Ziller, Barbara Leonard
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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National Program Helps Older Adults in Rural Maine and Hawaii Feel More CAPABLE
Highlights CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders), a national model that connects low-income older adults with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Features programs implemented in Hawaii and Maine based on this model.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Maine
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Using Local Data on Adults Aged 18 to 64 to Tailor Interventions for Blood Pressure Medication Adherence in Maine
Demonstrates how mapping can be used to target specific populations for public health interventions, thereby assuring effective use of limited funding. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention developed a map using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to determine where and how to administer programs to increase adherence to a prescribed course of medical treatment for hypertension among adults aged 18 to 64. Nearly half of the counties identified with low medication adherence rates were rural.
Author(s): Caitlin Pizzonia, David Pied, Sara L. Huston, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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Case Study: New England
Results of a field study focused on two rural funding organizations in Maine and New Hampshire, documenting how philanthropy and community can work together to support rural vitality. Part of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis series.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis
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Assessment of Mortality and Smoking Rates Before and After Reduction in Community-wide Prevention Programs in Rural Maine
Results of a study comparing smoking and mortality rates in Franklin County, Maine with other Maine counties, by 5-year intervals between 1970-2015. Features statistics including demographics, mortality rates, and income data.
Author(s): Daniel K. Onion, Roderick E. Prior, N. Burgess Record
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(6)
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Health Status and Access to Care among Maine's Low-Income Childless Adults: Implications for State Medicaid Expansion
Examines access to care for low-income adults without children in Maine, along with their health status and demographics. Includes breakdowns by rural residence and a discussion of challenges for rural areas. Offers recommendations to policymakers and others working to implement Maine's Medicaid expansion.
Author(s): Zach Croll, Erika C. Ziller
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Predictive Analytics Shape Care Processes
Reports on an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in Maine that uses a predictive analytics platform in conjunction with Maine's statewide health information exchange (HIE) to prescribe care management interventions based on patient risk. Describes the predictive analytics system, discusses how the ACO is using it to manage care, and highlights future plans, such as targeting patients hospitalized for an opioid overdose and integrating social determinants of health data.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Northern Maine Medical Center – Fort Kent, Maine: Purchase of Retail Pharmacy Enhances Services to the Community
Profiles a hospital in rural Maine that purchased a community pharmacy to offer prevention and wellness services, reduce readmissions, and improve medication adherence.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Maine's Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant Workforce in 2018
Presents a report on the workforce supply of physicians, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant workforce in Maine. Compares data to a 2014 report, as well as data from rural and urban counties.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Benjamin A. Stubbs, Arati Dahal
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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USDA Maine Rural Opioid Misuse Roundtable
Features a roundtable on the rural opioid crisis in Maine hosted USDA Maine Rural Development. Presents discussion between community leaders, experts, and people working to provide treatment and prevention of opioid addiction in rural Maine.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development Maine State Office
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Telehomecare Monitoring Services: Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems VNA Home Health Hospice
Discusses the development, impact, lessons learned, and future goals of a telehealth home monitoring program for a healthcare system in rural Maine.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Federally Qualified Health Center Initiatives
Reports on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving high-need patient populations, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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Tackling the Opioid Crisis in a Rural Community
Discusses a partnership between a rural hospital physician and the director of a community counseling center to establish a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction in rural Maine. Presents the program's support structure, as well as the advantages of having an integrated treatment approach.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine's Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Moving Rural Health Systems to Value-Based Payment
Offers examples of rural health system transformation models and strategies from Maine and other regions of the U.S. to assist rural communities in moving forward with value-based payment systems.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Service Delivery Advances in Care Coordination, Emergency Care, and Telehealth
Offers examples of emergency services, telehealth technology, and care coordination initiatives with a focus on Maine, and how they impact rural service delivery and safeguard rural access to critical health services.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Maine Rural Health Profiles: A Statewide View of Rural Health
Summarizes the health status of the state of Maine and each of Maine's 16 counties; scroll down the page for direct links. Reports on the health systems, workforce and facilities for health services, the healthcare economy, and healthcare access. Includes maps and discussion illustrating the scale of rurality for each county, and how the data portray the challenges and opportunities of rural health.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn, et al.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Population Health Strategies of Critical Access Hospitals
Provides examples of population health strategies developed by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 8 different rural communities that have significantly contributed to the improvement of population health and the health of their community.
Author(s): John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zachariah Croll, George Shaler
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Access for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program
Describes the design and implementation of a project to expand access to healthcare for rural veterans through a bi-directional link between a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Maine and Veterans Administration facilities. Discusses challenges and successes encountered in developing a health information system that is interoperable between a variety of complex agencies.
Author(s): Karen B. Pearson, Amanda Burgess, John A. Gale, Andrew F. Coburn, Anush Yousefian Hansen
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Healthcare Costs in Maine: An Analysis of Price Disparities and What We Should Do About Them
Compares healthcare costs among providers across Maine, uncovering cost disparities between rural and urban healthcare providers. Highlights price transparency to better inform consumers as a possible solution to address the cost disparities.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Heritage Policy Center
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Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, State Fiscal Year 2014
A chartbook discussing demographic trends regarding disability, poverty, housing, work status, and other useful characteristics about adults and elders living in Maine who have used nursing facilities, residential care, or home and community-based services during the fiscal year 2014. Provides some county-level data and discussion of rural differences.
Author(s): Kimberly I. Snow, Tina Gressani, Louise Olsen, et al.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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Hospital Overview 2016
Report about the general state of hospitals in Maine, with an emphasis on the importance of hospitals in rural communities. Includes data and statistics about types of facilities, hospitals as employers, and the effects of Medicare cuts.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Hospital Association
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Impact of Rurality on Maternal and Infant Health Indicators and Outcomes in Maine
Analyzes 2000-2010 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System to determine the impact of rurality on maternal and child health in Maine.
Author(s): David Harris, AbouEl-Makarim Aboueissa, Nancy Baugh, Cheryl Sarton
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15(3), 3278
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
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Evaluation of Urban-Rural Differences in Pharmacy Practice Needs in Maine with the MaPPNA
Results of a survey conducted in Maine regarding needs in pharmacy practice, with a particular focus on urban versus rural areas. Topics covered include opioid abuse, access to healthcare, polypharmacy, and workforce.
Author(s): Sarah L. Martin, Robert P. Baker, Brian J. Piper
Citation: Pharmacy Practice, 13(4), 1-8
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors: A Comparison of Maine to the Nation
Compares senior and child poverty rates in rural and urban Maine and the U.S. for the past 50 years. Poverty rates were calculated using 2 different measures: the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) which does not take into account in-kind benefits, refundable tax credits and spending on medical care; and the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) which does take into account these same factors.
Author(s): Andrew Schaefer, Marybeth Mattingly
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Community Health Center Growth & Sustainability: State Profiles From the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States
Provides health and economic data, and Medicaid policy information regarding community health centers (CHCs) in rural and urban areas, from 13 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.
Author(s): Dan Lowenstein, Nancy Lager, Tom Manning, et al.
Date: 12/2014
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Primary Care Development Corporation, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Rural Data for Action: A Comparative Analysis of Health Data for the New England Region
Compares rural and non-rural demographic, healthcare delivery, access, utilization, and health outcome data for a six-state region.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: JSI Research and Training Institute, New England Rural Health Association
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2014 Health Occupations Report
Data and analysis of Maine's health workforce. Includes demographics, current size, and projected need in both health and human services professions.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor
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Maine Critical Access Hospitals by County 2014
Shows the location of Critical Access Hospitals in the state of Maine.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Maine Critical Access Hospitals by DHHS Districts 2014
Shows the location of Critical Access Hospitals in each DHHS District of Maine.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Care Management for Medicaid Enrollees Through Community Health Teams
Presents data from a 2011-2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in 8 states. Identifies community health team programs that provide services such as care coordination and self-management coaching. Includes information on small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Report of the Survey of Dental Safety Net Providers in Maine
Describes the oral health safety net in Maine, which includes Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community dental clinics, school-based oral health programs, and independent practice dental hygienists. Discusses workforce issues, services provided, sources of revenue, and patient demographics.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Tracey Continelli
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Oral Health Workforce in Maine
Summarizes data from 4 workforce surveys on the oral health workforce in Maine. The study included surveys of licensed oral health professionals, including dentists, registered dental hygienists (RDHs), RDHs working under public health supervision, independent practice dental hygienists, and expanded function dental assistants. Addresses rural/urban differences.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Tracey Continelli
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Rural Health Workforce Development Program: Giving Medical Students the Opportunity to Experience Practicing in Rural Maine
Highlights the Maine Track, a nine-month Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum that allows medical students to train in rural communities, supporting rural physician recruitment.
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Hospital Compare Quality Measures: 2010 National and Maine Results for Critical Access Hospitals
Examines state-level Critical Access Hospital (CAH) participation in Hospital Compare and quality measure results for 2010 as well as trends from 2008-2010 for each state with CAHs.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Peiyin Hung, Bridget Barton, Ira Moscovice
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Oral Health in Maine: A Background Report
Contains an environmental scan describing data about oral health in Maine including dental health professional shortage areas, rural populations, use of emergency departments for dental services, dental insurance status of Maine's population, safety net providers, and data on the oral health workforce.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Simona Surdu, David Armstrong
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Analysis of Emergency Department Use in Maine
Analyzes emergency department (ED) utilization; identifies factors that can explain the reasons for high or low ED; and analyzes hospital discharge data to identify potentially preventable ED visits, most frequently seen diagnoses, and the correlation between the physician-to-population ration and ED use rates. Includes findings specific to both urban and rural areas of Maine.
Author(s): Beth Kilbreth, Barbara Shaw, Danielle Westcott, Carolyn Gray
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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Maine: Federally Designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
Provides a map of Federally Designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas in Maine.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Maine: Federally Designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Features a map of Federally Designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas in Maine.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Maine: Federally Designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Shows the Federally Designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Maine.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Maine: Federally Designated Medically Underserved Areas and Populations
Shows the Federally Designated Medically Underserved Areas and Populations in Maine.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Maine
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Maine KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Maine QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Maine State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Maine Resources.


Last Updated: 11/11/2019