Research Analyst I: Rural Health

The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service invite applicants for a full-time, grant-funded position as Research Analyst I: Rural Health on the Portland Campus.

The Research Analyst I for the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s work focuses on research and evaluation in the area of rural health, particularly rural hospitals and health care delivery systems and the policy environment in which they operate. S/he works in a team environment and participates in various research and evaluation activities including proposal development, research and evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and oral and written dissemination of findings. The Research Analyst I directs small projects and portions of larger projects while working independently and as part of multiple teams. Major responsibilities include participation in proposal development; identification, review, and summary of relevant research and policy literature; and collection, management and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. This position also works with project teams to ensure reliable data cleaning, quality and security, and contributes to the development and writing of funding applications, work plans, interview protocols, data products, and reports.

The USM community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the Greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine’s most exciting metropolitan region.

• Master’s degree in public health, health policy or related field and one year of experience working in health policy, health care, public health, human services, or related professional field; OR, Bachelor’s degree and three to five years’ experience
• Knowledge and understanding of U.S. health policy
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Strong critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated organizational, work management, and group process skills, ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
• Knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or other statistical analysis software
• Experience developing integrated literature reviews
• Ability and willingness to travel
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of rural health and hospital policy and the health care needs of rural populations
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of hospital and health care system finance and operations
• Demonstrated experience analyzing health policy data with SAS® or other statistical analysis software
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the evaluation of state and federally funded grant programs
• Experience working collaboratively with a research team
• Experience with citation management software such as EndNote®

Apply online at: You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by November 30, 2018.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Position Title: Nutrition Education Coordinator
Employment Status: Half Time
Campus Biddeford, ME

Description: The Nutrition Education Coordinator is responsible for promoting nutrition-based education and active lifestyles to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) community members throughout York County.

Plan, coordinate and implement evidence-based nutrition and physical activity services in accordance with USDA guidelines for SNAP eligible community members in York County.
Deliver evidence-based services that help participants manage a healthy diet and an active lifestyle on a limited budget.
Promote appropriate educational strategies and implementation methods to reach and engage people eligible for SNAP support:
Cooking Matters and Shopping Matters classes
Classroom and garden-based nutrition education in schools
Help childcare sites adopt practices that support healthy eating and physical activity
Meet grant deliverables and expectations, including data collection and reporting requirements.
Promote nutrition and physical activity through social marketing materials.
Assist with evaluation, data tracking and reporting.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum of a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Master’s Degree in Public Health, nutrition or similar advanced training and experience, with at least three years relevant experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired.
Strong nutrition education experience and/or training.
Experience working with low-income populations.
Solid understanding of the emergency food system, federal and state nutrition benefits.
Excellent computer skills.
Demonstrated ability to work professionally and accurately within deadlines.
Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple assignments and priorities.
Strong communication skills: the ability to listen well, and speak and write effectively.
Possess a personable and approachable manner.
Ability to work with diverse people, and to build and maintain strong working relationships.
Ability to be a team player with high professional standards, a positive attitude and flexibility.
Requisite ability to travel throughout York County.
Valid Maine driver’s license and good driving record.

Let Your Work Shine in the MPHA Sizzle Reel

Public health professionals are not always the best at taking a moment to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. However, we hear repeatedly from our members that learning about the work of colleagues around the state is one of the member benefits they enjoy. The solution? Let MPHA share your great work by taking part in our 2016 Sizzle Reel!

We invite you to share one of your organization’s biggest public health accomplishments at the MPHA Annual Conference. This is the perfect opportunity to highlight programs and policies that work throughout Maine in an engaging format. What is a Sizzle Reel, you ask? It’s a form of promotional advertising that sums up a target message in a short video set to music.

What We Need From You to Participate
Option A: Send us a short video* that highlights your organization’s public health success in 2015/2016. We will choose the best 20 seconds from your video, or you can choose the 20 seconds you’d like us to use by only sending us a 20 second clip!

Option B: Send us still photos** that depict your organization’s greatest moments of 2015/2016, with a typed script that we will audio record (voice-over) for you. Make sure not to put text directly on the photo!

It is very important that you secure any video or photo release waivers if your materials require them. This video WILL be made public and you are responsible for obtaining any permissions needed.

All materials must be sent to MPHA at no later than August 19, 2016. But don’t wait – the earlier, the better!

If you have any questions or want help with ideas, email us!

*Video format: Please submit videos as MP4, AVI, MOV, QT, 3GP, M4V, MPG, MPEG, MP4V, H264, WMV, MPG4, MOVIE, M4U, FLV, DV, MKV, MJPEG, OGV, MTS, or MVI. Video clips are limited to 20MB. We recommend that you size your video clips to at least 720p at 24fps. And remember we will only be using 20 seconds or so for the final video.

**Photo format: Please submit images as; JPG, GIF, PNG or TIFF image formats. The maximum file size for images is 20MB. For the best quality, we recommend that images be 1024×768 pixels or greater. Lower resolution images may look blurry if you upgrade your video to a higher resolution or view it full-screen.

Important Board Announcement

Greetings MPHA members:

It is with bittersweet emotions that we write to let you know that Tina Pettingill, MPH, MPHA’s Executive Director for the past 8 years, has resigned from her position. While we are sad to see Tina leave, we are excited for her to start a new chapter at MaineHealth as Director of Community Education, and wish her all the best.

During Tina’s tenure as executive director, she has overseen significant growth of the organization, quadrupling our membership to more than 400. Tina has raised $400k+ in grant funding for MPHA, receiving support from several foundations, including the Bingham Foundation, MeHAF, and the Maine Cancer Foundation. This funding has been instrumental in growing the organization and public health visibility in Maine. Last year, Tina oversaw the production of the Touched by Tobacco videos. These videos have received national accolades, increased legislative support for tobacco control efforts, and promoted the personal costs of tobacco use.

Tina has spent much of her time in Augusta, representing MPHA, and preparing and giving testimonies about a range of public health issues, including food marketing, tobacco, environmental health risks, seatbelt safety, substance abuse, and immunizations. She has strengthened our partnerships with allied organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Maine Medical Association, hospital systems, and many, many more. Tina also oversaw the efforts of the Friends of the Fund for a Healthy Maine, working hard to protect essential funding for Maine’s public health infrastructure and programming.

Tina’s passion for public health, sense of humor, and calm under pressure have been key to the organization’s success. She lights up a room by always having a smile on her face, and recognizing when her friends and colleagues could use a hug. Tina has juggled being a working mom, caregiver, and public health leader with grace. We have been fortunate to have such an intelligent, articulate, passionate, committed, and engaging executive director. Tina has built a strong presence for MPHA, and we are so grateful for her service to promoting public health in Maine. Tina is a respected colleague and treasured friend to many in the public health community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with her. Thank you, Tina!

Please know, the MPHA board is committed to finding a qualified and talented replacement, and to ensuring that MPHA will continue to thrive. We will share the position announcement once it is available.

With sincere best regards,
MPHA Board of Directors