Upcoming Events

Tobacco Minimum Pricing Laws @ webinar
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

When tobacco products cost more, people are deterred from continuing – or starting – to use them. Although excise taxes are a proven strategy to increase prices and discourage use, there are other strategies, too.

Join us for this webinar to learn about two emerging strategies that are generating a lot of interest in the public health community to complement excise taxes: (1) a strong minimum price law that establishes a high statutory minimum price, and (2) laws to prohibit specific discounting tactics by the tobacco industry.

This webinar features a leading researcher, Dr. Kurt Ribisl, who will describe the research and evidence base supporting these pricing strategies. Kevin Scroth, JD, will describe the progressive Sensible Tobacco Enforcement ordinance in New York City; he will also explain how that law (which includes both minimum price and anti-discounting provisions) was adopted and is currently being implemented. Ian McLaughlin, JD, will discuss the legal implications of a minimum price law and describe model legislation recently prepared by ChangeLab Solutions.

Partnering between Healthy Maine Partnerships and Breathe Easy Coalition @ webinar
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how we can partner to provide the best possible resources to our communities. Breathe Easy Coalition has a wide variety of tools and resources available for tobacco policy work in behavioral health facilities, colleges, hospitals and housing.

Reducing Tobacco Use in Young Adults @ webinar
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Speakers: Rebecca Richey, LCSW, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, School of Medicine University of Colorado, Denver and Donna Vallone, PhD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Research & Evaluation, Legacy

More than 80% of adults smoke their first cigarette before they turn 18, and about 33% of young smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease. Images of tobacco use are pervasive in mass media. For example, in 2010, one-third of movies marketed to young adults show tobacco use onscreen. As a result, tobacco control and prevention efforts targeted at youth and young adults needs to employ creative, youth-competent tools and strategies.

Get the latest data on this population to frame your case for integrating tobacco prevention efforts aimed at youth and young adult within your practice and learn tobacco prevention and cessation tips that work well in this population. Then learn how Legacy’s award winning truth® campaign — a national, evidence-based public education campaigned —enlists youth to eliminate tobacco use.

Takeaways to Expect:
• Tobacco’s economic and health implications for youth and young adults
• Tips and treatment modalities that work well in preventing and treating tobacco use among youth and young adults
• The truth® campaign’s critical role in ending tobacco use among youth and young adults
• Community behavioral health providers’ key role in providing cessation and wellness services for youth and young adults

Health Impact Assessment Training @ University of Southern Maine
Nov 6 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Maine Health Impact Assessment Initiative (MeHI), in partnership with Healthy Maine Streets, USM, MeHAF, and Maine CDC Divisions of Rural Health and Population Health is pleased to invite you to attend this training on Health Impact Assessment (HIA), a tool for bringing health to the decision making process. This event will be held on November 6th from 8:00AM to 3:30PM.

The training will be led by Human Impact Partners (HIP), a non-profit organization that is one of the country’s leaders in HIA training. Active participation in both days of training is required. Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments both days. A mini grant has been established to assist with travel and lodging expenses for those who want to attend but who live more than 75 miles from the USM campus.

Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse (MAPSA) Prevention Convention @ Maple Hill Conference Center
Nov 6 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse (MAPSA) Prevention Convention is Maine’s primary conference on substance abuse prevention. Coalitions and communities throughout Maine have local substance use and abuse issues. This day provides an opportunity for a statewide voice to unite. The Prevention Convention provides a forum to hear from renowned speakers, share ideas, successes and resources, and to discuss how communities can meet challenges to their service area. The 8th annual conference – Prevention in Action in Practice –features opportunities for inspiration, empowerment and networking with prevention colleagues from around the state.

When Less is More: Curing the Epidemic of Medical Overtreatment (A Health Care Town Hall Meeting) @ Frontier Cafe (and webinar)
Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Town Halll will be held on November 6th from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  The meeting will address the phenomenon of medical overtreatment, identify its causes and suggest solutions. Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated:  Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, will kick off the meeting with a discussion of her book.  A panel of health care providers and consumers will respond and open up the conversation with the live audience and an extended audience participating via live video webstream.

Maine Colorectal Round Table @ Senator Inn, Augusta
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Please Join Us for Breakfast and Discussion:
To better assess colorectal cancer screening rates in Maine
To identify significant barriers to colon cancer screening in Maine
To form partnerships in an effort to improve colon cancer screening
rates statewide.

Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference @ Augusta Civic Center
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Maine Immunization Annual Conference @ Augusta Civic Center
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Reconnecting the Dots: Maine’s Breastfeeding Future @ University of New England, Portland Campus
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole state to create a network of support for breastfeeding. Let’s come together to make breastfeeding easier and improve the health of all Mainers. Join this interactive forum on how we can support, protect and improve breastfeeding for Maine mothers and babies of all ethnicities and incomes. This event will take place on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM.

Who Should Attend: child care providers, clinicians, community health outreach workers, doulas, employers, home visitors, lactation consultants and counselors, midwives, nurses, perinatal education providers, public health professionals, WIC staff, breastfeeding mothers (current and former) and all organizations and individuals interested in supporting strategies to improve health in Maine.



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