The Center for Excellence in Public Health (CEPH) works to create a world where everyone has fair and just opportunities for health. 

We advance health equity by engaging IM体育官方App下载 faculty, professional staff, students, and community partners to generate new knowledge, contribute to best practices, and expand local self-sufficiency for health, all while creating learning opportunities for students.

Working with Students

We encourage IM体育官方App下载 students to get involved in our work. If you are interested in Public Health, CEPH can provide you with valuable experience in a variety of public health projects and research. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to contribute to solutions for public health problems in local, state, federal, and global arenas.

Students who would like to get involved with CEPH should email Shay Ayres at

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Working with IM体育官方App下载 Faculty

CEPH aims to provide IM体育官方App下载 faculty with a vibrant community for research and scholarship through interprofessional and multidisciplinary partnerships on grants and contracts. We can provide a space for exploring innovative solutions to health problems, support for grant submissions, financial management of grants, and the opportunity to partner with seasoned public health professionals. 

Faculty are encouraged to email Michele Polacsek at to learn more.

Working with Community Partners

We partner with all types of local and regional organizations, including universities, health departments, non-profits, health service providers, and beyond. We can provide your organization with support for developing grant proposals, program evaluation, needs assessment, program planning, workforce development, and more, with a particular focus on substance use prevention, nutrition education, and policy. You’ll have access to IM体育官方App下载 resources, such as the IM体育官方App下载 Office of Research Integrity, the RedCap online survey tool, qualitative and quantitative analysis software, and the password-protected data warehousing required for human subjects’ research. 

If you’re interested in seeing how partnering with CEPH can help your organization, please email Michele Polacsek at

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Our Flagship Programs

Our portfolio of programs includes State of Maine Substance Use Prevention services, statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), Maine Area Health Education Center Network (AHEC), program evaluation, nutrition and food marketing policy research, and public health and interprofessional workforce development. 


For more information and questions, email Shay Ayres at

Meet the CEPH professional staff



CEPH's 2020–2021 Digital Newsletter presents some of our highlights and accomplishments for the past year. Read about our presentations, reports, publications, and center highlights.

Michele Polacsek is a co-author of a new article published in 'The BMJ'
Michele Polacsek publishes article about calorie counts for prepared foods in JAMA
A number of health care preceptors pose for a photo against a slideshow
IM体育官方App下载 Receives $1.5 million to develop rural physician assistant training program
Michele Polacsek is a co-author of a new article published in 'The BMJ'
Michele Polascek article published in Health Promotion Practice
Composite image of Arabella Perez (left) and Laure Cyr-Martel (right) posing for separate portraits.
IM体育官方App下载's Arabella Pérez, Laurie Cyr-Martel join statewide panel on grief and loss

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