Kira Rodriguez

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 statewide population health needs assessment for the Maine’s 3 major health systems, conducting a health disparity focused assessment for United Way of Greater Portland and serving as project lead for a statewide evaluation of Maine’s Healthy Maine Partnerships program.  Ms. Rodriguez currently provides evaluation services for two federally funded health programs based at UNE: the Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed) and is lead evaluator for UNE’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).  

Prior to her position at UNE, she worked as the Planning Director for a community health center in rural Alaska, developing programs and services, ensuring compliance with federal reporting requirements, and working with community partners to evaluate and respond to health needs.  Ms. Rodriguez evaluation experience also includes a five-year position as the Senior Research Program Manager for a comprehensive evaluation of a community based home visiting program for at-risk families conducted by the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.



MHS, Maternal and Child Health

Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health


BA, Psychology

Brown University



Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment



Current Research

Maine Area Health Education Center (ME AHEC) Network – Evaluator of Health Careers Pipeline, Community Health Rotation, and Continuing Education for Medical Professionals Programs.  Recently presented on Pipeline Evaluation work at National AHEC Organization Annual Meeting in June 2016

Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (ME SNAP-ED) – Member of Internal Evaluation Team providing process and outcome measurement of direct education, social marketing campaigns, and policy, systems and environmental change work.  Recently contributed to review of national SNAP-Ed evaluation framework and interpretive guide, released May 2016. 

University of New England Interprofessional Education Center (UNE-IPEC) – Evaluator of didactic, simulation and case-based interprofessional offerings on-campus.   Recently survey of all graduate health professions students re: interest and experience with IPE.  Also, presenting Interprofessional Team Immersion (IPTI) evaluation results at All Together Better Health Conference in September, 2016

Research Interests

Health Workforce Training & Evaluation, Interprofessional Practice and Education, Social Determinants of Health Approach Needs Assessments, Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Evaluation

Selected Publications


Caldera D., Burrell L., Rodriguez K. et al  (2007)  Impact of a statewide home visiting program on parenting and on child health and development. Child Abuse & Neglect 31: 829-852


Duggan A., Caldera D., Rodriguez K. et al  (2007)  Impact of a statewide home visiting program to prevent child abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect 31: 801-827


Treiman R. Tincoff R. Rodriguez K. Mouzaki A. and Francis D.J. (1998) The foundations of literacy: Learning the sounds of letters.  Child Development, 69(6): 1524-40.


Treiman R. Broderick V. Tincoff R. and Rodriguez K. (1998) Children's Phonological awareness: Confusions between phonemes that differ only in voicing.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 68(1): 3-21


Kira Rodriguez

Kira Rodriguez



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