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 2015

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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

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An Assessment of the Health Needs of Maine Veterans and Their Access to Veterans Administration Health Care Services, Kristin Brawn

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Maine Child Welfare NCANDS Data: An available tool in efforts to reduce child maltreatment, Leah A. Bruns

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Using CHIPRA Immunization Measures for Primary Care Quality Improvement: Leveraging Registry Data from the State of Maine’s Immunization Information System to Calculate Practice-level Quality Measures, Kyra Chamberlain

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Human Trafficking in Maine: Protection, Prevention, and Prosecution: The Need for a Stand-Alone Statute, Laura M. Cyr

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Substance Abuse Trends in Maine: State Epidemiological Profile 2014, Tim Diomede

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What Does a Successful, Sustainable Telemedicine Program Look Like? An Inside View of Six Telemedicine Programs in Maine, Edwina Ducker

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Developing an Exit Evaluation for a Public Service Graduate Program, Emma Gelsinger

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Elements of a Successful Plan: Marine Invasive Species Management, Caitlin Gerber

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Maine State Retirement and The Unfunded Liability: A History of Legislative Changes and Financial Trends 1991 – 2013, Christopher J. Hanks

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The Price of a Healthy Diet: For Whom is it Affordable?, Katheryn L. Harkleroad

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RECREATION AND TOURISM IN MAINE’S MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION: A SURVEY OF SUMMER VISITORS, Erica Kaufmann

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Natural Gas Service Expansion Criteria in Maine, Kevin Mahaffey

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Super PACs 2012, Joseph Miller

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Maine’s Charter School Law: Predicted Impacts on Waynflete School Enrollment, Kelsey Robinov

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Characteristics of Working Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients in Maine, according to the 2011 American Community Survey, Victoria Ryan

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Between the Lines: Somali Women and Medical Interpretation Experiences, Amin Sheikh

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Safe Routes for Portland: A comparative analysis of The Walking School Bus model for Maine Schools., Rebecca Spitko

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A Vision for Berwick: A Case Study of the Citizen Initiated Visioning Process for Downtown Redevelopment in Southern Maine, John Stoll

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Strategic Planning in the Non Profit Sector: Creating a Strategic Plan for Affinity 2014-2017, Emilee Taplin-Lacey

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Development of an Evidence‐Based Implementation Plan for a System‐Wide Anticoagulation Management Service, Sarah Varney

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Improving Home Suitability for Aging in Place: A review of programs to assist Maine's seniors make necessary home repairs and energy efficiency updates, Andrea Westbye

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Broadband Policy in Maine: The Efficacy of the Current Approach and a Vision of the Future, Ethan Wiley

Capstones from 2013

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Opportunities for Munjoy Hill, Anne-Michelle Arless

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Evidence-Based, Best Practice Workplace Interventions to Reduce Overweight and Obesity Rates Among Employees in One Maine Organization: Identification of Strategic Models, Joanna Aronica

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The Government Service Technological Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities to Local Governments in Regard to E- Government Implementation and Advancement, Staci L. Beal

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Variables to Predict Risk of Hospital Readmission, Julie I. Carroll

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Geotechnics and regionalism: the lineage of thought from John Wesley Powell to Benton Mackaye, Nikkilee Cataldo

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Diffusion of POLST Education in Maine: Successes, Challenges, and opportunities, Mary Lou Ciolfi

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Closing the Rural Mortality Gap? An examination of 10-year cardiovascular mortality trends in Washington and Aroostook Counties, Maine, Christy Daggett

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Managing Social Security Disability & Other Public Benefits: Development of a Guide for Consumers and Providers, Stephanie L. Derochers

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Impact of Family Structure & Gender on School Engagement, Robyn Dumont

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Expanding Roles of Medical Assistants in the Patient Centered Medical Home, Christopher W. Eldridge

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Pharmaceutical Policy Process: Lessons from the Newly Independent States, Irina Ghazaryan

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High Peaks Back - country Trails Plan, Benjamin Godsoe

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The Path to Health Information Technology Adoption: How Far Have We Reached?, Pranav Gokhale

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Evolution and Change in Civic Engagement Organizations: A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Maine League of Young Voters, Nathan J.R. Grant

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Public Pensions and Debt in the State of Maine, Ryan Knaus

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A Comparative Analysis of Funding for Judicial Services in Maine: Levels and Trends, 1996 - 2010, Barry C. Lucier

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An Analysis of Employment Policies and their Effect on Work-Life Balance for Caregiving Parents of Children with Special Needs, Sara Panella

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Tax Increment Financing Trends in Southern Maine 2001-2011, Kevin Price

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Recommendations to the City of South Portland, Related to Phase 2 of the Energy Action Plan, Karen Purinton

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Members in Mind: Outreach & Education Strategies for CO-OP Insurance Plans. Final Report, Elizabeth Rogers

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An Examination of the Governance Policies of Maine Nonprofits as They Relate to Endowment and Cash Reseve Accounts, Kenneth S. Spirer

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The Role of the Creative Economy in Sustainability Planning and Development, Marla Stelk

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Diversity and motivations among volunteers in nonprofit youth development programs, Emily Thielmann