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The Maine Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in Maine and has been working to improve public health since 1984. MPHA aims to protect those who live, work and play in Maine from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion, disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in Maine. MPHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.


MPHA builds a collective voice for public health, working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities, among a myriad of other issues. We are a member based non-profit organization governed by a 16 member Board of Directors and guided by our mission and bylaws. MPHA has deep and vast support from many organizations throughout Maine and is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.


July 13

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.

April 29

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

April 19

MPHA Releases “Call for Abstracts” for its October 18th Fall Conference

The Maine Public Health Association 2016 Annual Conference “Population. Environment. Policy. #ThisisPublicHealth” will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the University of Southern Maine – Abromson Center Hannaford Lecture Hall in Portland.

MPHA is pleased to announce its Call for Abstracts for breakout sessions at this year’s conference. Abstracts from all areas of public health are welcome. We encourage abstracts focusing on the theme of Population. Environment. Policy., though this focus is not required. Students are also encouraged to apply.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and applications must include learning objectives.
Authors must provide complete and accurate contact information in order to be considered. You do not have to be a member of MPHA to submit an abstract, however, if your abstract is accepted, all presenting authors are required to register for the Annual Meeting.

All abstract and poster forms must be submitted using the application links below no later than Friday, June 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

2016 MPHA Abstract application form
Please note the information entered into the form cannot be saved, you will need to enter all required information at one time. To view the entire form prior to completing, use the print function on your internet browser and print or save as pdf.

March 31

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

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