Calendar

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

Aug
22
Tue
Virtual Conference – Incorporating Public Health Skills to Improve Quality of Life: Examples from Native American Food Systems @ virtual conference from Arizona
Aug 22 – Aug 24 all-day

The Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will be hosting a 3-day virtual conference bringing together public health workers, researchers, and educators to discuss and develop the skills needed to tackle disparities in diet-related disease and food access. The goal of the conference is to present and practice strategies in the areas of assessment, policy development, and assurance that can promote the development of local food systems and improve community health, particularly on tribal lands.  The conference will include presentations on selecting outcome measures for program planning and evaluation, policy development and advocacy, asset building and fiscal management, and creating sustainable food systems. Skill-building workshops will also be used to practice skills such as using logic models, writing policy briefs, and developing a program budget. The conference will have a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations, some online workshops, as well as discussion boards so conference participants can interact with the presenters. One of the benefits of having this conference in a completely virtual format, apart from being able to participate from your home or office, are that you will be able to access the archived recordings for one month after the conference. There is no cost for registration and check the conference program to see what sessions fit your schedule and you’ll be able to attend live — our schedule is in Pacific Time.
Sep
5
Tue
Spend Your Health Care Dollars Wisely @ webinar
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn how to navigate the cost labyrinth of our health care system with confidence and learn how to effectively self-advocate to get better information to make better decisions. During this webinar speakers will provide an overview of the new FREE online educational opportunity provided by Maine Quality Counts to help health care users navigate the cost labyrinth of our health care system with confidence.

This webinar will feature overviews of the four lessons in the “Spend Your Health Care Dollars Wisely” online educational opportunity, along with special guest speakers and several games to make the learning fun. Mary Schneckenburger, from Consumers for Affordable Health Care will lead webinar participants through why and how to advocate for health care users to get better information and ways to make better decisions.

Sep
7
Thu
Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training – Waterville @ Best Western Plus
Sep 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join other healthcare professionals in this one-day training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. It has been well established that brief interventions can significantly increase quit attempts and lead to long term tobacco abstinence. Led by licensed healthcare professionals, participants will learn how to use effective, motivational strategies and gain confidence when working with patients or clients who use tobacco.

The curriculum includes:
• The Burden of Tobacco Use
• Tobacco Products & Vaping
• Evidence-based Quit Methods
• Motivational Engagement Strategies
• Tobacco Treatment Medications
• The 5 A’s Brief Intervention Model Skil

Target Audience: All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education Credits are available. Please see the registration page for more information.

Sep
16
Sat
Climate Action Conference – Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions @ USM Lewiston Campus
Sep 16 all-day

This all-day gathering will bring together Maine climate activists from around the state to learn about advancing local climate and clean energy solutions.  Workshops will include information on local solar power, weatherization, micro-grids, sustainable businesses, clean transportation, youth organizing, 100% clean energy goals, community resilience, sustainable agriculture, town government best practices, grassroots organizing, and much more. The keynote speaker will be renowned author, environmental and peace activist George Lakey.  He will be presenting on “Building a Movement: A Big Picture vision for the climate.”

Sep
21
Thu
Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training – Bethel @ The Bethel Inn Resort
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join other healthcare professionals in this one-day training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. It has been well established that brief interventions can significantly increase quit attempts and lead to long term tobacco abstinence. Led by licensed healthcare professionals, participants will learn how to use effective, motivational strategies and gain confidence when working with patients or clients who use tobacco.

The curriculum includes:
• The Burden of Tobacco Use
• Tobacco Products & Vaping
• Evidence-based Quit Methods
• Motivational Engagement Strategies
• Tobacco Treatment Medications
• The 5 A’s Brief Intervention Model Skil

Target Audience: All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education Credits are available. Please see the registration page for more information.

Sep
28
Thu
Let’s Go! National Obesity Conference: Working Together to get our Patients Moving @ MaineHealth Conference Center
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day

Join us to explore the key role of physical activity to improve your patients’ health. The National Physical Activity Plan will be our framework for using physical activity in the prevention, management, and treatment of obesity and related health conditions. We have an exciting line up of speakers from near and far, including the following and more:
• Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General (invited)
• Dr. Robert Sallis, Kaiser Permanente, Founder – Exercise Is Medicine
• Dr. Liz Joy, Intermountain Healthcare, President of ACSM
• Dr. Eddie Phillips, Harvard Medical School, Founder-Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
• Dr. NiCole Keith, Indiana University, National Physical Activity Plan
• Experts from national and local YMCAs

Sep
29
Fri
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.

Oct
6
Fri
Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training – Skowhegan @ Redington-FairView General Hospital
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join other healthcare professionals in this one-day training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. It has been well established that brief interventions can significantly increase quit attempts and lead to long term tobacco abstinence. Led by licensed healthcare professionals, participants will learn how to use effective, motivational strategies and gain confidence when working with patients or clients who use tobacco.

The curriculum includes:
• The Burden of Tobacco Use
• Tobacco Products & Vaping
• Evidence-based Quit Methods
• Motivational Engagement Strategies
• Tobacco Treatment Medications
• The 5 A’s Brief Intervention Model Skil

Target Audience: All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education Credits are available. Please see the registration page for more information.

Oct
17
Tue
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

Oct
18
Wed
Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training – Bucksport @ Bucksport Golf Club & Event Center
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join other healthcare professionals in this one-day training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. It has been well established that brief interventions can significantly increase quit attempts and lead to long term tobacco abstinence. Led by licensed healthcare professionals, participants will learn how to use effective, motivational strategies and gain confidence when working with patients or clients who use tobacco.

The curriculum includes:
• The Burden of Tobacco Use
• Tobacco Products & Vaping
• Evidence-based Quit Methods
• Motivational Engagement Strategies
• Tobacco Treatment Medications
• The 5 A’s Brief Intervention Model Skil

Target Audience: All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education Credits are available. Please see the registration page for more information.


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