Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Elise Bolda, MPH


elder care, island communities, aging population, Muskie School of Public Service, USM Aging Initiative, Health and Wellness, Policy, Social/Cultural


This template may help Maine island communities identify older adults’ needs and island resources, in order to allow older adults to age in the island communities.

Three interviews with island health leaders, one community conversation with older islanders, and one pilot test provided information about what to include in the template.

The template includes a demographic survey, guides for conducting semi-structured interviews and group conversations with older adults and caregivers, a guide and worksheet for analyzing the data, a guide for assessing community resources, a guide for dissemination, and a list of additional resources.



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