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 mainepha@gmail.com 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

MPHA announces new student opportunity

The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) announces an opportunity for a graduate internship this summer. We are seeking one graduate intern to develop a new Students & Young Professionals (SYP) section of the organization. The incumbent will be responsible for:

  1. Updating and managing the Career Pathways page on the MPHA website
  2. Establishing and organizing a public health network across all of Maine’s colleges and universities
  3. Promoting the SYP section statewide, across health professions programs
  4. Working with MPHA members to develop a webinar for undergraduate and graduate students about public health careers
  5. Developing and executing an information and networking session at the MPHA annual meeting (October 18, 2016)

These projects are to be completed by September of 2016 culminating with the intern’s attendance at the 2016 MPHA Annual Meeting in October. It is anticipated that this internship will require 180 total hours (weekly schedule is flexible). Applications are due APRIL 15, 2016. For more information and the submission form, see link below. This project is funded by AHEC and the successful applicant will receive a $1,500 stipend for their work. 

MPHA Stipend Application_student section for Summer 2016_3.30.16

LePage Rejects Federal Investment in Lifesaving Cancer Screenings for Maine Residents

PRESS RELEASE Dec 18, 2015
Administration turns down nearly 2.5 million dollars in federal funds to increase
colorectal cancer screening

AUGUSTA – December 18, 2015 – Earlier this week, Governor LePage indicated he would turn down nearly 2.5 million dollars over the course of five years from the federal government aimed at increasing lifesaving – and ultimately cost-saving – screening rates for colorectal cancer.

Earlier this year, Maine was chosen as one of 24 state health departments to receive a competitive federal grant to increase colorectal cancer screening rates through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). Historically, these funds have proven instrumental in saving lives across the country, including in Maine, by increasing cancer screening and early detection rates.

Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with routine screening, yet it remains the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women combined and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in Maine. The American Cancer Society estimates that 610 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and that 240 people will die from the disease in Maine this year.

“In the past decade, there has been unprecedented progress in reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death rates, largely due to the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer through screening,” said Hilary Schneider, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in Maine. “As an organization dedicated to making the fight against cancer a state and national priority, it is unfathomable that Governor LePage would reject an investment that could help prevent cancer and save the lives of hundreds of Mainers. Despite strong bipartisan support for cancer prevention early detection programs and funding, the Governor has chosen to forego this critical public health investment.”

“These are Maine’s taxpayers’ dollars that belong back in the state of Maine, to save Maine lives,” said Tina Pettingill, Executive Director of the Maine Public Health Association. “To continue to make progress in the fight against cancer, we need to continue to work in partnership with the state and federal governments. Maine received this grant because of our successful state and private sector initiatives in colorectal cancer screening and prevention, yet the Governor has elected to discard the opportunity to enhance the systems of care that could save the lives of Maine men and women.”

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem in Maine, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it. However, we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t realize they are at risk, don’t understand the testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Tara Hill, Executive Director of Maine Cancer Foundation. “By rejecting this federal funding, we are risking the health of our friends and neighbors and asking the state to take on the financial burden. The key to cancer is catching it early when it’s treatable and beatable. The CRCCP does exactly that.”

A broad coalition of organizations in the state have joined together to bring attention to the Governor’s rejecting nearly 2.5 million dollars over five years in CRCCP investment in Maine lives. The coalition includes physicians and practices, the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Maine Osteopathic Association, Maine Medical Association, Maine Primary Care Association, New England Cancer Specialists, Maine Public Health Association and the Maine Cancer Foundation.