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 degree programs in geography-anthropology (GYA) and tourism & hospitality (TAH), and graduate programs in public health (MPH) and policy, planning, and management (MPPM). The School’s faculty and staff bring a practical, innovative approach to health, social, environmental, community, and economic development problems, and a commitment to spanning traditional boundaries among university, government, and nonprofit organizations. The School’s research and public service programs provide faculty and students with real-life experiences that expand and inform the educational experience. The Muskie School is also home to the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

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Publications from 2018

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Report of the Office of Population Affairs Expert Work Group Meeting on Short Birth Spacing and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Methodological quality of existing studies and future directions for research, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, Cande V. Anath, Olga Basso, Peter A. Briss, Cynthia D. Ferré, Brittni N. Frederiksen, Sam Harper, Sonia Hernández-Díaz DrPH, Ashley H. Hirai, Russell S. Kirby, Mark A. Klebanoff, Laura Lindberg, Sunni L. Mumford, Heidi D. Nelson, Robert W. Platt, Laura M. Rossen, Alison M. Stuebe, Marie E. Thoma, Catherine J. Vladitiu, and Susan Moskosky

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Updating the Systematic Reviews Used to Develop the U.S. Recommendations for Providing Quality Family Planning Services, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD and Susan B. Moskosky MS

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Short Interpregnancy Intervals and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in High-Resource Settings: An updated systematic review, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Heidi Nelson, Reva L. Stidd, Susan Moskosky, and Jennifer A. Hutcheon

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Unintended Pregnancy and Interpregnancy Interval by Maternal Age, National Survey of Family Growth, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Maria E. Thoma PhD, Casey E. Copen, Brittni N. Frederiksen, Emily J. Decker, and Susan Moskosky MS

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Trends in health insurance coverage of Title X Family Planning Program clients, 2005-2015, Emily J. Decker MPH, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Christina I. Fowler PhD, Marion Carter PhD, Loretta Gavin PhD, and Susan Moskosky MS

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Clinic-Based Programs to Prevent Repeat Teen Pregnancy: A systematic review, Brittni N. Frederiksen PhD, MPH; Katherine A. Ahrens PhD; Maria I. Rivera MPH; Nikita M. Malcolm; Anna W. Brittain MHS; Julia M. Rollison PhD, MPH; and Susan B. Moskosky MS

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Good Practices for the Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Observational Studies on Birth Spacing and Perinatal Health Outcomes, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, Susan Moskosky, Cande V. Ananth, Olga Basso, Peter A. Briss, Cynthia D. Ferré, Brittni N. Frederiksen, Sam Harper, Sonia Hernández-Díaz DrPH, Ashley H. Hirai, Russell S. Kirby, Mark A. Klebanoff, Laura Lindberg, Sunni L. Mumford, Heidi D. Nelson, Robert W. Platt, Lauren M. Rossen, Alison M. Stuebe, Marie E. Thoma, Catherine J. Vladutiu, and Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Parity Associated With Telomere Length Among US Reproductive Age Women, A. Z. Pollack, K. Rivers, and Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Trends in Risk of Pregnancy Loss Among US Women, 1990-2011, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, and Amy M. Branum

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Placental Tissue Collection, Processing, and Measurement Procedures for Application in Large Scale Assessment of Placental Inflammation, Lindsey A. Sjaarda PhD, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Daniel L. Kuhr, TIffany L. Holland, Ukpebo R. Omoshigo, Brian T. Steffan, Natalie K. Weir, Hannah K. Tollman, Robert M. Silver, Michael Y. Tsai, and Enrique F. Schisterman

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Low-Income, Uninsured Mainers Face Substantial Challenges Getting Health Care, Erika C. Ziller PhD, Amanda Burgess MPPM, and Barbara Leonard MPH

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Health Equity Challenges in Rural America, Erika C. Ziller PhD and Andrew F. Coburn PhD

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Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine [Policy Brief], Erika C. Ziller PhD, Barbara Leonard MPH, Amanda Burgess MPPM, and Nathan Paluso MPH

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Medicaid Income Eligibility Transitions Among Rural Adults, Erika C. Ziller PhD, Deborah Thayer, and Jennifer D. Lenardson MHS

Publications from 2017

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Reducing Unintended Pregnancies as a Strategy to Avert Zika-Related Microcephaly Births in the United States: A Simulation Study, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, Loretta E. Gavin, and Susan Moskosky MS

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Birth Order and Injury-Related Infant Mortality in the United States, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, Maria E. Thoma PhD, Margaret Warner PhD, and Alan E. Simon MD

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Interpregnancy Interval and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: An Analysis of Successive Pregnancies, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Marie E. Thoma PhD, and Lauren M. Rossen PhD

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Plurality of Birth and Infant Mortality Due to External Causes in the United States, 2000-2010, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Marie E. Thoma PhD, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, Margaret Warner PhD, and Alan E. Simon PhD

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Growing Portland: Not Whether, but How, Richard Barringer PhD and Joseph McDonnell PhD

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Greater Portland Tomorrow: Choices for Sustained Prosperity, Richard Barringer PhD, Joseph McDonnell PhD, and Frank O'Hara

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Does Contraceptive Use in the United States Meet Global Goals?, Brittni N. Frederiksen, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Susan B. Moskosky MS, and Loretta Gavin

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Future Directions in Performance Measures for Contraceptive Care: A Proposed Framework, Loretta E. Gavin, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Christine Dehlendorf, Brittni N. Frederiksen, and Susan Moskosky

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Update: Providing Quality Family Planning Services - Recommendations From CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, 2017, Loretta E. Gavin PhD, Karen Pazol PhD, and Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Financial Exploitation of Maine's Older Adults: An Analysis of Maine Adult Protective Services and Legal Services for the Elderly Case Records, State Fiscal Years 2010-2016, Eileen Griffin JD; Catherine McGuire BS; and Kimberly I. Snow MHSA, BA

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Receipt of Selected Preventive Health Services for Women and Men of Reproductive Age - United States, 2011-2013, Karen Pazol PhD, Cheryl L. Roberts PhD, Lindsey I. Black MPH, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Kimberly Daniel PhD, Anjani Chandra PhD, Anjel Vahratian PhD, and Loretta E. Gavin PhD

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Collinearity and Causal Diagrams: A Lesson on the Importance of Model Specification, Enrique F. Schisterman, Neil J. Perkins, Sunni L. Mumford PhD, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, and Emily M. Mitchell

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Knowledge of Health Insurance Concepts and the Affordable Care Act among Rural Residents, Erika C. Ziller PhD

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The Role of Public versus Private Health Insurance in Ensuring Health Care Access & Affordability for Low-Income Rural Children, Erika C. Ziller PhD, Jennifer D. Lenardson MHS, and Amanda Burgess MPPM

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Mental Health Status and Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine, Erika C. Ziller PhD and Barbara Leonard MPH

Publications from 2016

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Pregnancy Loss History at First Parity and Selected Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Housing Assistance and Blood Lead Levels: Children in the United States, 2005–2012, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Barbara A. Haley PhD, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, Patricia C. Lloyd PhD, and Yutaka Aoki PhD

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Relationship Between Mean Leucocyte Telomere Length and Measures of Allostatic Load in US Reproductive‐Aged Women, NHANES 1999–2002, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, and Alan E. Simon PhD

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Complications and safety of preconception low-dose aspirin among women with prior pregnancy losses, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Robert M. Silver MD, Sunni L. Mumford PhD, Lindsey A. Sjaarda PhD, Neil J. Perkins PhD, Jean Wactawski-Wende PhD, Noya Galai PhD, Janet M. Townsend MD, Anne M. Lynch MD, Laurie L. Lesher MBA, David Faraggi PhD, Svetha M. Jarek MD, and Enrique F. Schisterman PhD

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Trends in Timing of Pregnancy Awareness Among US Women, Amy M. Branum and Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Financial Alignment Initiative Annual Report: One Care: MassHealth plus Medicare, Elizabeth Gattine JD, Julie Fralich MBA, Maureen Booth MA, Angela Greene MS, Wayne Anderson PhD, Melissa Morley PhD, Matthew Toth PhD, Joyce Wang MPH, David Kaiser MA, and Amy Chepaitis PhD

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Rural Opioid Abuse: Prevalence and User Characteristics, Jennifer D. Lenardson MHS, John A. Gale MS, and Erika C. Ziller PhD

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Fostering Citizen Stewardship for Maine’s Freshwater Lakes, Firooza Pavri

In Freshwater Resources Management: Lessons from Survey Data on Environmental Conditions at Sebago Lake, Maine, Firooza Pavri Ph.D.

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Reconstructing a Pregnancy Cohort to Examine Potential Selection Bias in Studies on Racial Disparities in Preterm Delivery, Katherine J. Sapra, Ashok K. Chaurasia, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, and Katherine A. Ahrens PhD

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Influenza Vaccination Among US Children With Asthma, 2005–2013, Alan E. Simon MD, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, and Lara J. Akinbami MD

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Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural and Urban Contexts, Jean A. Talbot PhD, Donald Szlosek MPH, and Erika C. Ziller PhD

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Mental Health First Aid in Rural Communities: Appropriateness and Outcomes, Jean A. Talbot PhD, Donald Szlosek MPH, and Erika C. Ziller PhD

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Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine [Report], Erika C. Ziller PhD

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Health Insurance CO-OPs: Product Availability and Premiums in Rural Counties, Erika C. Ziller PhD, Zachariah T. Croll BA, and Andrew F. Coburn PhD

Publications from 2015

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A Cautionary Note About Estimating Effects of Secondary Exposures in Cohort Studies, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, S. R. Cole, D. Westreich, R. W. Platt, and Enrique F. Schisterman PhD

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Adherence to Vitamin D Recommendations Among US Infants Aged 0 to 11 Months, NHANES, 2009 to 2012, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Lauren M. Rossen PhD, and Alan E. Simon MD

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America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015, Federal Interagency Forum on Child Family Statistics

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Effects of Over-the-Counter Analgesic Use on Reproductive Hormones and Ovulation in Healthy, Premenopausal Women, R. A. Matyas, Sunni L. Mumford PhD, Karen C. Schliep, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, Lindsey A. Sjaarda PhD, Neil J. Perkins PhD, A. C. Filberto, D. Mattison, Shvetha M. Zarek MD, Jean Wactawski-Wende PhD, and Enrique F. Schisterman PhD

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Perceived stress, reproductive hormones, and ovulatory function: a prospective cohort study, Karen C. Schliep PhD

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The effect of male and female body mass index on pregnancy and live birth success after in vitro fertilization, Karen C. Schliep PhD, Sunni L. Mumford PhD, Katherine A. Ahrens PhD, James M. Hotaling MD, Douglas T. Carrell PhD, Megan Link MD, Stefanie N. Hinkle PhD, Kerrie A. Kissel MD, Christina A. Porucznik PhD, and Ahmad O. Hammoud MD