SCPH Administration

Director, Training and Practice, School of Community and Population Health; Director, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

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.  

Prior to... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems


Dora Anne Mills

M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

(207) 221-4621

Hersey Hall

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... Read More

Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health, Associate Professor

(207) 221-4464

Linnell Hall


Human development and education: curriculum development and instructional design; faculty development; socio-moral education; distance education and new learning technologies; assessment strategies in education.

Interim Director, School of Community and Population Health;

Associate Dean, WCHP

Professor of Social Work

(207) 221-4509

Linnell Hall

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.... Read More


Evidence-based practice; the alliance between provider and patient/client; interprofessional education; transformative practice; the creative arts in social work.

Full-time Faculty

Praphul Joshi


Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4475

Linnell Hall

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... Read More


program planning/evaluation

<br />Chronic Disease Prevention

<br />Adolescent Health

<br />Oral Health

Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

 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... Read More


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

Associate Research Faculty

Research Associate

(207) 221-4562

Linnell Hall


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.

RuthAnne Spence


Research Associate Professor

(207) 221-4573

Linnell Hall

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. Read More


*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


SNAP Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4602

Linnell Hall

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... Read More


public health

Foods & Nutrition

Exercise Science

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

Linnell Hall

Ruth Dufresne is the Principal Investigator/Lead Evaluator, Maine CDC/DHHS, Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine; PI/Team Lead, the New Hampshire Chronic Disease Epidemiological Services. She evaluates public health chronic disease prevention programs and priority interventions. As an evaluator and epidemiologist, Ruth: develops and assists with implementation of surveillance and evaluation plans; develops and administers surveys; conducts interviews; provides expertise in CD epidemiology and evaluation; collects and analyses CD data; and provides overall grant management. She has 20 years of public health experience and... Read More




grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Sue Stableford

M.P.H, M.S.B.

Director, Health Literacy Institute

(207) 221-4567

Linnell Hall

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... Read More


Health literacy

plain language

and clear health communication. The Health Literacy Institute provides plain language consulting


and materials development. We work in the public and private sectors

in academia

in public health and medicine

Hank Stabler


Research Associate, Development

(207) 221-4565

Linnell Hall

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, Ann Arbor, MI, assisting in strategic and operational planning, implementing lean design, and best practice programming for U.S.-based hospital planning and design. Before this Mr. Stabler worked as the Finance Officer at Medical Care Development International in Silver Spring,... Read More


grant development