Upcoming Events

The following is a listing of events that might be of interest to those in Public Health.

Food Waste Reduction & Recovery for K-12 Schools & Institutions @ Room 211, Wishcampber Center, USM, Muskie School of Public Health
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Summer workshop at the Muskie School – 1 CEU available.

Overview: Food waste and food recovery are on the radar of schools, towns, institutions, environmental groups and the hospitality industry. Why? Because food scraps are the 2nd largest category of municipal solid waste sent to U.S. landfills –and recovering organics from the trash results in measurable environmental and economic benefits. Leftover food is a valuable resource that, when properly processed, can feed people and animals, generate renewable energy and enhance the soil as a fertilizer. In K-12 schools, leftover food can be recovered by setting up a Share Table and collecting for composting. For institutions and restaurants, cutting down on food waste helps to reduce their costs and is one of the practices that contributes to a sustainable brand.

Objectives: In this workshop we look at how Maine schools, institutions and restaurants can set up and operate data driven food waste reduction and recovery programs and achieve economic and environmental benefits by keeping leftover food out of the dumpster. We will examine the links between food waste and gleaning networks, and food recovery and food insecurity, as well as the donation of leftover food. Guest speakers from schools, municipalities, businesses and the hospitality industry will share their perspective and practices.

Instructor: Susan Webster, Consultant, New England Environmental Finance Center

Achieving Health Equity: Why health equity matters and what you can do to help ensure we all have the basics to be healthy @ webinar
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Research shows that health equity is critical to building a happy, prosperous nation, but that doesn’t mean a one-size-fits-all approach is the answer.  Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a webinar with national and local leaders working to create opportunities for all residents. You’ll hear about the ways a new definition can help us advance solutions and measure progress, and hear directly from communities working to ensure that everyone can be as healthy as possible.

The Future of Maine’s Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts @ USM, Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney Building
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to learn how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would hurt Maine’s marine environment and economy – and what you can do to help protect this critical funding.

A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities @ webinar
Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Last in the 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series: Behavioral Health of Children and Families in Rural Communities.

More information will be available at http://ruralbehavioralhealth.org/events closer to the broadcast date.

The 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series will provide resources and information on innovative approaches to address rural community behavioral health. These approaches are embedded in a public health framework that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how they impact behavioral health and well-being. Through these webinars participants will learn about strategies to create and sustain services and supports that reduce the impact of behavioral health issues and promote a good quality of life for an entire community. The webinar series provides an opportunity for participants to learn from experts and is intended to facilitate peer-to-peer networking, knowledge exchange, and information sharing.

8th Annual Patient Safety Academy @ Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This day-long event is open to anyone interested or engaged in patient safety activities.  The Academy includes plenary sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities.  Workshops will provide skill-building and best practice lessons in the areas of patient engagement, infection prevention, falls prevention, antibiotic stewardship, patient safety culture, and more.

MPHA 2017 Fall Conference – Health Equity: Can We Get There From Here? @ University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center
Oct 17 all-day

Please join us for the Maine Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, “Health Equity: Can We Get There From Here?” MPHA’s annual conference is the largest statewide meeting dedicated to public health in Maine. We attract 300+ public health professionals from across the state, and feature the latest science, policy, and programming related to public health in Maine.

We are so excited to announce Mark Fenton will be our 2017 keynote speaker! Mark is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television.

In addition, we’ll be featuring two exciting panels:

Maine Funders Panel – Hear from Maine funders about their priorities, challenges, and opportunities!
Substance Use Policymaking Panel – Interactive discussion with Maine legislators about policymaking related to substance use, including marijuana legalization and opiates

If you would like to list an event on our website (a free service for current MPHA members), please send the following to mpha@mcd.org: Name of Event, Short Description, Web Link to the Event, Registration Information

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