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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

michele polacsek

Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

mpolacsek@une.edu

Linnell Hall
212

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. Over the past 15 years, my work has focused on the translation of evidence to practice for childhood obesity prevention. During this time I coordinated the evaluation for the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative where I led the development of tools (e.g. parent, provider and staff surveys, as well as chart review forms and telephone interview protocols) to measure outcomes. More recently I... Read More

Expertise

Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health