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Pamela Bruno

Pamela Bruno, MPH, is a Senior Research Associate contributing to statewide evaluation efforts at the Center for Excellence in Public Health. Pamela has worked as lead internal evaluator for Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) for the past five years, tracking and measuring outcomes related to direct nutrition education and program efforts designed to change community policies, systems, and environments in order to reduce the burden of obesity and food insecurity. She also participates in a team evaluation of Maine CDC's federally-funded chronic disease program interventions aimed at preventing and managing diabetes.

Prior to coming to UNE, Pamela was the principal of her public health consulting business for 12 years, providing evaluation and strategic planning consultation for numerous public health agencies. From 2005-2015, Pamela provided evaluation consultation for the Healthy Maine Partnerships Initiative, utilizing and advancing research and analysis skills while leading evaluation efforts related to obesity prevention and school health and providing consultation on tobacco evaluation activities. She also provided consultation for several Maine public health programs, including the former Maine Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Healthy Weight Program where she lead evaluation efforts for the Maine SNAP-Ed Healthy Weight Awareness Campaign. Additional experience includes focused evaluations of the obesity prevention initiatives Starting Young, Take Time!, the Rural Active Living Assessment, Healthy Maine Walks website, as well as lead evaluator for Maine's Coordinated School Health Program.  

Prior to working as an independent consultant, Pamela worked for the Idaho State Health Department, coordinating primary health care and rural health care programs.  

Pamela is a graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Public Health.


Master of Public Health

Boston University School of Public Health


Bachelor of Arts

Tufts University




Research and Analysis

Obesity prevention

Diabetes and obesity

Food Insecurity


Current Research

School Wellness Policies - Policy Strength and Association with Health and Academic Outcomes

Research Interests

Food Insecurity, Obesity Prevention, Rural Health 

Selected Publications


Morrill, A., Bruno, P.,  Dufresne, R., Sears, M., et al, "A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluating School Policies." Poster presentation, American Evaluation Association (AEA)  Annual Meeting, October 2014.


The Application of a Systems-Based Evaluation to a Statewide Community-Based Public Health Initiative. Panel presentation, Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS), May 2011. 


Essential Elements in a Statewide Community-based Public Health Initiative in Maine. Poster presentation, American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, November 2010. 


O’Brien L, Polacsek M, MacDonald PB, et al. Impact of a School Health Coordinator Intervention on Health-Related School Policies and Student Behavior. Volume 80, Number 4, April 2010, Journal of School Health, American School Health Association.



Martin, SL, Maines D, Martin MW, MacDonald PB, Polacsek M, Wigand D, et al. Healthy Maine Partnerships: Policy and Environmental Changes. 6(2):A63 2009, Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC.


 Healthy Maine Partnerships Initiative’s Utilization of the KIT Prevention System. Oral presentation, AEA Annual Meeting, October 2008. 

Funded Grants

Healthy Maine Partnerships, 2005-2015

USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), 2014-Present


Invited Plenary Presentation

Evaluation of the Healthy Maine Partnerships Initiative - A Systems-Level Approach. Round table presentation, American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Meeting, October 2009. 

Pamela Bruno

Pamela Bruno



Senior Research Associate

Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed and Chronic Disease Prevention

Portland Campus

Linnell Hall

(207) 221-4562

On Campus