Full-time Faculty

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

Karen O’Rourke, MPH is the Director of the Maine AHEC Network and Assistantl Professor of Public Health in the School of Community and Population Health.  Karen also coordinates the local performance site at UNE of the New England Public Health Training Center.  She is the Co-Chair of the Maine Health Workforce Forum and Co-Chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council’s Obesity Work Group. 

Prior to coming to UNE in 2010, Karen spent 25 years in various public health agencies... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

Professional Staff

Kira Rodriguez

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty

(907) 360-8687

As a member of UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation’s professional research and consulting staff, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on program evaluation projects and population health needs assessments for regional and state governments as well as health workforce programs, health care providers and health systems.  This includes responsibility for the design, implementation and analysis of evaluation research; responding to internal and external reporting needs and evaluation project management.  During her tenure at UNE, major projects have included managing a... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment


Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4463

Linnell Hall

Zoe Hull is the Program Manager for the Maine Area Health Education Center Network (Maine AHEC Network), working with academic and community partners across the state to provide rural, community-based clinical training experiences for medical and other health professions students, encourage Maine youth and mid-career professionals to explore health careers, and support practicing health professionals with continuing education and distance learning opportunities.  Zoe also coordinates Maine AHEC Network's HPV Vaccination Project, which is aimed at... Read More


Public Health Research

Community Outreach

Minority Health

Comprehensive Program Evaluation

Mary Frances Smith

AHEC Clinical Coordinator, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

Linnell Hall

Maryfrances Smith is the Coordinator of the Community Health Rotation, a program of the Maine AHEC Network’s Program Office which is located in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on UNE’s Portland Campus.

In this role she manages and is responsible for clinical coordination and development of practice sites for UNE COM’s Community Health Rotation for third year medical students.  She has been involved with the Maine AHEC since 2005.

Smith has been at UNE since April 2001.  Prior... Read More


Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research