People

Full-time Faculty

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

korourke3@une.edu

Linnell Hall
109

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

Expertise

Public Health Policy

Obesity

Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

Professional Staff

Kira Rodriguez

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty

(907) 360-8687

krodriguez@une.edu

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

Expertise

Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment

Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Heather Doran

Research Assistant

(207) 221-4563

hdoran@une.edu

Linnell Hall
Rm 113

Heather Doran, MS, is a Research Assistant for the Center of Excellence in Health Innovation. As part of her role, she is an evaluator for the Drug-Free Communities program facilitated by the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition in York County and completes QA/QI for the Maine Prevention Services: Domain 1 grant.  Prior to coming to UNE, Heather served as an Outreach and Communications Coordinator, where she coordinated outreach efforts, volunteers, community partnerships, and reporting. Heather graduated with her Masters in Medical Anthropology... Read More

Expertise

qualitative research

Community Outreach

volunteer coordination

QA/QI

basic data analysis

data entry and reporting

Data Management

Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4463

zhull@une.edu

Linnell Hall
110

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

Expertise

Public Health Research

Community Outreach

Minority Health

Comprehensive Program Evaluation

ian imbert

Clinical Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project Coordinator

AHEC CHR Clinical Coordinator

(207) 221-4625

iimbert@une.edu

Linnell Hall
102

Ian is a two time alumnus from the University of New England, having received his BS in Biochemistry and Medical Biology 2012 and his Masters of Public Health in 2015.  In 2016 he accepted a position in UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on the UNE Portland Campus working to improve clinical interprofessional education among UNE's graduate and professional healthcare students as a part of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant.  His responsibilities include developing and coordinating clinical IPE opportunities for... Read More

Expertise

Community and Public Health

Interprofessional Education

research

chronic pain

Health informatics

Healthcare Quality

Project coordination

Mary Frances Smith

AHEC Clinical Coordinator, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

msmith4@une.edu

Linnell Hall
107

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

Expertise

Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research