The School of Community and Population Health's research programs focus on designing research and evaluating policies and programs related to access, delivery, cost, quality and outcomes of health care in the U.S. and abroad. Some recent projects include:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Community Healthcare Worker Program in behavior changes of persons with pre-diabetes.
- Evaluating the integration of primary and behavioral health care in Downeast Maine.
- Evaluating the federal CDC-funded Community Transformation Collaborative (CTG) prevention interventions in Downeast Maine.
- Evaluating the federal SAMHSA-funded Project LAUNCH interventions in Downeast Maine.
- Evaluating the Hanley Center leadership program.
- Evaluating the Healthy Maine Partnership, Maine Asthma, Maine Oral Health and Maine Comprehensive Cancer programs.
- Developing the Passamaquoddy Health Assessment.
- Developing a Rural Health Network.
In addition, our research programs have two geographically-based collaboratives:
- The Ghana Health Partnership is a collaborative of UNE, the University of Cape Coast and several health organizations, dedicated to improving the health of the people of western Ghana. The School of Community and Population Health is developing a federally-funded proposal with these partners.
- The Downeast Health Collaborative is composed of several UNE public health initiatives in partnership with health providers, and tribal and local governments in Maine's Washington and Hancock counties.