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 from 2019

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

Understanding the Outcomes From Boots to Books: A Study of the Higher Education Experiences of Student Veterans, Vincent Kloskowski III

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An Examination of How Middle School Principals Make Sense of Their Role in Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling

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Addressing Critical Shortages: An Examination of Supports For Early Career Special Educators in Maine, Diane R. Nadeau

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Leadership of Heart and Mind: Examining the Mind and Skill Sets of Student Sustainability Leadership, Holly E. Parker

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An Examination of the Relationship Between the Achievement of Students with High Incidence Disabilities and Maine State Compliant Standards-Based Individualized Educational Programs, Jessica A. Yates

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

Capstones 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 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