Erika is Co-Investigator on a SHARE-funded project to inform federal and state implementation of the Medicaid expansions under the ACA by estimating the size and characteristics of rural residents likely to be newly eligible. The study will provide nationally representative information that identifies the extent to which rural residents live in states that have already expanded coverage to low-income adults; how many eligible individuals have participated; the characteristics of the remaining pool of the rural uninsured; and the potential impact of Medicaid expansions on rural primary care and delivery system capacity.
Erika is Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service. Erika’s research expertise is in the area of health insurance coverage and access to care for vulnerable populations, including low-income families and rural residents. Erika has directed numerous studies using national data from the MEPS, the SIPP and other sources to examine patterns of health insurance coverage and problems of health access among rural children and adults, earning national recognition as an expert in this field.
Additional Professional Roles
Prior to joining the Muskie School, Erika spent seven years working as a social worker and health educator, first as the manager of a rural family planning clinic and later as an HIV prevention specialist with the City of Portland Maine’s Public Health Division. From these experiences, she learned important lessons from her clients about navigating difficult systems that continue to inspire and inform her research. In 2011 Erika received the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care from the National Rural Health Association in recognition of her contributions to rural health policy for her work on rural health insurance coverage.