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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Capstones from 2018

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

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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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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 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 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 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 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