The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in geography-anthropology; tourism and hospitality; policy, planning, and management (MPPM); and public health (MPH). The school is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

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Capstones and Dissertations from 2020

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The Brigade Combat Team (BCT): A Revolution in Organizational Structure, Adam Davis

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Outdoor Recreation, Greenspace, and COVID-19 in Maine, Jayne Marie Foley

Capstones and Dissertations from 2019

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Identifying Challenges Different Provider Group Encounter in Managing Opioid Use Disorder, Chinonye Anumaka

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Substance Use Prevention: Communication and Strategies to Reduce Alcohol, Marijuana, and E-Cigarette Use Among College Students, Emily Bauer

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Health Status and Access to Care among Maine’s Low-Income Childless Adults: Implications for State Medicaid Expansion, Zach T. Croll and Erika C. Ziller PhD

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A Framework for Cooperative Housing in Portland, ME: Lessons from 13 Existing Cooperative Houses in the U.S., Cyndi Gacosta

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Recommendations for Creating a Certification System for Community Health Workers in Maine, Lyvia Gaewsky

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A Comparative Analysis of Primary Care Practice Payment Models: Practice and System Level Implications, Travis Masood

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For Our Health: Partnerships in Maine, Joanna Morrissey

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Future Workforce Development in Maine: The effects of sudden demographic, socioeconomic, and labor market change, Paul L. Young

Capstones and Dissertations from 2018

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Developing Recommendations to Prepare Individualized and Low Health Literacy Appropriate Health Education Material for Stroke Patients, Sanzida Anzuman

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A Qualitative Assessment of New Graduate Nurse Practitioners First Year of Practice, Alex Beggs RN, MSN

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Engaging Millennials In Behavioral Health Education, Melissa Boynton

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Exploring Best Practices in Recruiting Rural Maine Cancer Patients and Their Families to Participate in Focus Groups, Mary Caron

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Mobile Health Applications: Background Research and Best Practices, Piper Cassidy

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The Value and Utility of a Communication Toolkit for Promoting Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Stephanie Gagne

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Accountable Care Organization Attribution Methods, Jay Knowlton

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Count the Uncountable: The impact of Population Density on the Landscape of Haiti, Jarvis Thanex Louis

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Direct Care Nursing Aide Turnover in Long-Term Care Facility, Qilian Luo

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Lung Cancer Screening Provider Survey, Lindsay McFarren

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion and Food Insecurity Rates, Mary Moran

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A Current Look at Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) – What do we know today about V-BID’s ability to control health plan costs and improve the quality of health care, Charlotte Pease

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Provider Recommendations for High Quality End-of-Life Care for Advanced Heart Failure Patients, Molly Pinho

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Hepatitis C in Injection Drug Users: A Study of a Detoxification Program in Maine, Meghan Rousselle

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Children’s Oral Health in Maine: The Surveillance System, Leah Webber

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Early Data from the Maine Ombudsman’s Hospital Advocacy Program: A Deeper Look at Difficult to Place Patients, Joseph Zamboni

Capstones and Dissertations from 2017

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A Guide for Assessing Older Adults’ Needs on Maine Islands, Beatrice Byrne

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Qualitative Evaluation of MaineHealth Learning Resource Center's Perceived Value on Patient Empowerment and Health Literacy, Amy Danehower

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Palliative Players: Project Development and Initial Implementation, Eliza Eager

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Evaluation of Childhood Exposure to Lead in Community Water Systems in Maine, Nicholas Flavin

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Assessment of the Use of Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution by Maine Buprenorphine/Naloxone Prescribers, Stephen Kirsch

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Urine Cotinine in Children and Parental Behavior Modification: A Pilot Study, Teresa Lachance

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Integrating Public Health into Planning: Promising Practices for Regional Planning Councils, Zoe Miller

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Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Study: Phase III, Brianna Nalley

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New Outpatient Experience Survey Design: A Quality Improvement Case Study, Nathan Paluso

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Development of Health Education Materials to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections among University of Southern Maine Students, Lily Parenteau

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An Analysis of Public Health Employers Experience with Muskie’s Master of Public Health Students, Catherine Peranzi

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Recommendations to Recruit and Retain Older Adults in Southern Maine, Hannah Ruhl

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A Secondary Analysis in Support of the Community Health Needs Assessment for Oasis Free Clinics, Jillian Wheeler

Capstones and Dissertations from 2016

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Grant Writing in Higher Education, Amos Bean

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Capstone Summary Report, Kayla Blais

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An Analysis of Women’s Access to Acute Opioid Detoxification Services in Maine: Identifying the Barriers to Treatment, Karen E. Conley

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Population Health Improvement Through Coordination of Care, Trevey Davis

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Analysis of the Efforts of Urban and Rural Health Systems to Achieve Accountable Care Organization Target Goals for Dilated Eye Exams in Individuals with Diabetes, Michele Gilliam

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Monhegan: A Prescription for Resilience, Kenneth Paul Kiel Gross

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Implementing a Good Catch Program in Nursing Homes, Leigh Raposo

Capstones and Dissertations from 2015

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Evidence Informed Checklist Increase Patient Experience of Quietness During a Hospital Stay, Monica Alborg

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Portland Bicycle Share Health Impact Assessment, Nicole A. Anderson

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An Assessment of the Built Environment and Inclusivity of Older Adults in Community Planning in Portland, Maine, Elizabeth A. Bissonnette

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Why Waste Waste? A Strategic Plan to Achieve Zero Waste in Portland, Maine, Nathan J. Broaddus

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Issues of Sovereignty in Wabanaki Communities and Impacts on Health Outcomes, Ralph E. Cammack

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Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Study, Kathi-Anne M. Fortin

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Evaluation of Patient to Provider Oriented Telemedicine in Hospitals and Physician Practices, Macklin G. Gaynor

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Policy Considerations for Community Health Workers in an Era of Health Reform, Sara Kahn-Troster

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Policy Options for Recruiting and Retaining Rural Primary Care Physicians in Maine, Casey Lancaster

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Restraints Preventing a Successful Young Farmer Population in Maine: Obstacles to Land & Loans, Randy W. Lautz

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Conception to Implementation: Quality Improvement in Behavioral Health Home Organizations, Elizabeth A. Miller

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Telephone Usage at Mercy Hospital's Primary Care Practices, Julia C. Nason

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A Comparison and Analysis of Community Midwifery Education Programs in Afghanistan with other Countries, Nematullah Niazi

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Access to Oral Health for Children on MaineCare in the Lakes Region Towns of Bridgton, Casco, Sebago, and Naples, Carissa L. Parent

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Expanding Access to Naloxone in Maine: Opportunities and Barriers, Kate E. Richardson

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An Inventory of Community Wellness Programs in Biddeford, Maine, A Silver

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Visualizing Road Network Congestion to Inform Regional Planning in Southern Maine, G Andrew Smith-Petersen

Capstones and Dissertations from 2014

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Blood pressure monitoring of hypertensive patients in primary care: barriers and facilitators to ambulatory, office, and home blood pressure monitoring in the context of the Triple Aim, Elizabeth Andrews

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A Comparison of a Value-Added Status Model Versus a Value-Added Growth Model for Identifying High Performing Maine Middle Schools, Ida A. Batista

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An Assessment of the Health Needs of Maine Veterans and Their Access to Veterans Administration Health Care Services, Kristin Brawn

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Maine Child Welfare NCANDS Data: An available tool in efforts to reduce child maltreatment, Leah A. Bruns

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Using CHIPRA Immunization Measures for Primary Care Quality Improvement: Leveraging Registry Data from the State of Maine’s Immunization Information System to Calculate Practice-level Quality Measures, Kyra Chamberlain

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Human Trafficking in Maine: Protection, Prevention, and Prosecution: The Need for a Stand-Alone Statute, Laura M. Cyr

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Substance Abuse Trends in Maine: State Epidemiological Profile 2014, Tim Diomede

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What Does a Successful, Sustainable Telemedicine Program Look Like? An Inside View of Six Telemedicine Programs in Maine, Edwina Ducker

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Developing an Exit Evaluation for a Public Service Graduate Program, Emma Gelsinger

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Elements of a Successful Plan: Marine Invasive Species Management, Caitlin Gerber

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Maine State Retirement and The Unfunded Liability: A History of Legislative Changes and Financial Trends 1991 – 2013, Christopher J. Hanks

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The Price of a Healthy Diet: For Whom is it Affordable?, Katheryn L. Harkleroad

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RECREATION AND TOURISM IN MAINE’S MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION: A SURVEY OF SUMMER VISITORS, Erica Kaufmann

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Natural Gas Service Expansion Criteria in Maine, Kevin Mahaffey

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Super PACs 2012, Joseph Miller

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Maine’s Charter School Law: Predicted Impacts on Waynflete School Enrollment, Kelsey Robinov

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Characteristics of Working Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients in Maine, according to the 2011 American Community Survey, Victoria Ryan

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Between the Lines: Somali Women and Medical Interpretation Experiences, Amin Sheikh

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Safe Routes for Portland: A comparative analysis of The Walking School Bus model for Maine Schools., Rebecca Spitko

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A Vision for Berwick: A Case Study of the Citizen Initiated Visioning Process for Downtown Redevelopment in Southern Maine, John Stoll

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Strategic Planning in the Non Profit Sector: Creating a Strategic Plan for Affinity 2014-2017, Emilee Taplin-Lacey

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Development of an Evidence‐Based Implementation Plan for a System‐Wide Anticoagulation Management Service, Sarah Varney

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Improving Home Suitability for Aging in Place: A review of programs to assist Maine's seniors make necessary home repairs and energy efficiency updates, Andrea Westbye

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Broadband Policy in Maine: The Efficacy of the Current Approach and a Vision of the Future, Ethan Wiley

Capstones and Dissertations from 2013

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Opportunities for Munjoy Hill, Anne-Michelle Arless

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Evidence-Based, Best Practice Workplace Interventions to Reduce Overweight and Obesity Rates Among Employees in One Maine Organization: Identification of Strategic Models, Joanna Aronica

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The Government Service Technological Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities to Local Governments in Regard to E- Government Implementation and Advancement, Staci L. Beal

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Variables to Predict Risk of Hospital Readmission, Julie I. Carroll

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Geotechnics and regionalism: the lineage of thought from John Wesley Powell to Benton Mackaye, Nikkilee Cataldo

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Diffusion of POLST Education in Maine: Successes, Challenges, and opportunities, Mary Lou Ciolfi

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Closing the Rural Mortality Gap? An examination of 10-year cardiovascular mortality trends in Washington and Aroostook Counties, Maine, Christy Daggett

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Managing Social Security Disability & Other Public Benefits: Development of a Guide for Consumers and Providers, Stephanie L. Derochers

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Impact of Family Structure & Gender on School Engagement, Robyn Dumont

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Expanding Roles of Medical Assistants in the Patient Centered Medical Home, Christopher W. Eldridge

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Pharmaceutical Policy Process: Lessons from the Newly Independent States, Irina Ghazaryan

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High Peaks Back - country Trails Plan, Benjamin Godsoe

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The Path to Health Information Technology Adoption: How Far Have We Reached?, Pranav Gokhale