Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Erika Ziller, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Anush Hansen, MS, MA


The purpose of this capstone project was to explore best practices in recruiting rural Maine cancer patients and their families for focus groups by developing, implementing, and reflecting upon a recruitment protocol using an Evidence-Based Practice framework. The basis of this project was a partnership between the Dempsey Center and the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine (USM). This partnership was developed to explore ways to connect underserved (especially rural) and uninsured Maine cancer patients and their families to free cancer support services and resources. To help achieve this goal, USM researchers planned to conduct two focus groups with cancer patients and family members/caregivers who live in rural areas of Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties and who have never used cancer support services from an organization like the Dempsey Center before.



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