Karen O'Rourke is the Deputy Director for Program Development at UNE's Center for Community and Public Health on the Portland campus. Karen coordinates the Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center (MHPRC), an obesity related research and research translation program in partnership with the Harvard Prevention Research Center and the state health department. She also works on several other initiatives of the Center for Community and Public Health.
Karen is also an adjunct professor and Outreach Coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Public Health where she works with MPH students to identify field placement opportunities.
Public Health Policy
Public Health Systems
Dr. Mills is a Maine native who was raised in Farmington, graduated from Mt. Blue High School, Bowdoin College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Internship and Residency Program, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a board-certified pediatrician who practiced as a hospitalist in Los Angeles (two years) and in a pediatric practice in her hometown of Farmington (four years). She also practiced medicine in several rural international locations, including Tanzania...
Human development and education: curriculum development and instructional design; faculty development; socio-moral education; distance education and new learning technologies; assessment strategies in education.
Dr. Graybeal currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Community and Population Health and as Associate Dean in the Westbrook College of Health Professions. In 2012-13 he served as the Interim Director of the School of Social Work. His scholarship has focused on evidence-based practice in social work and in interprofessional education across teh health professions. He has a particular interest in the exploring the relationship between science, creativity, and personal and organizational change.
In collaboration with Dr....
Evidence-based practice; the alliance between provider and patient/client; interprofessional education; transformative practice; the creative arts in social work.
Praphul Joshi received his masters and doctoral degrees from Norman J Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina majoring in health promotion, education and behavior. He obtained his degree in dental surgery from Bangalore University, India. His area of expertise is in program planning and evaluation. He served as the program evaluator for South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2004. From 2005 _ 2011 He served as the assistant professor at the University of Louisiana...
<br />Chronic Disease Prevention
<br />Adolescent Health
<br />Oral Health
Michele Polacsek received her master's degree in international health in 1989 and her doctoral degree in public health social and behavioral science in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She began her work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and by 1994 she was working on chronic disease prevention and was doing community based teaching and research at the University of New Mexico where she held joint appointments in the department of Communication and Journalism and the...
Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health
Associate Research Faculty
Carrie Buterbaugh joined the CHPPR team in October
2010. Her primary projects are Project Launch
the St. Louis County Community Health Needs Assessment
the Maine State Asthma Plan project
and OneMaine Health.
Dr. Spence joined the Center for Community and Public Health in 2010. She oversees the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Evaluation, The Maine Oral Health Program Evaluation, and the Project LAUNCH Evaluation.
*Comprehensive Program Evaluation for Community-Based Public Health Initiatives<br />*Public Health Systems Research
Analysis and Evaluation<br />*Grant Administration and Grant Writing<br />*Development of Data Collection Methodology and Instruments<br
Anne-Marie is a Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health promotion. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including education, business, non-profit and health care. She most recently served as the Wellness Director for Casco Bay YMCA and as a School Health Coordinator in RSU No. 5 (Durham-Freeport-Pownal). Prior to these roles, Anne-Marie was employed by the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service as Coordinator II: Community...
Foods & Nutrition
Content expertise: Chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease
cancer prevention and control
maternal and child health.<br /><br />Evaluation expertise: Comprehensiv
Sue is a nationally known health literacy expert who trains, consults, engages with research teams, develops print and web-based materials, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She works with a broad spectrum of national and local organizations engaged in medical care, community health, and public health. She works across disciplines and health topics, with expertise ranging from environmental health and chronic disease prevention to shared decision-making. Her work with the University of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health won 2...
and clear health communication. The Health Literacy Institute provides plain language consulting
and materials development. We work in the public and private sectors
in public health and medicine
Mr. Stabler has full-time responsibility for overseeing or assisting in writing federal, state, and local grants including competing and renewal opportunities for the Center for Community and Public Health. Prior to joining CCPH, Mr. Stabler worked for Karlsberger Healthcare Consulting,