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 7

Maine Public Health Association releases Touched by Tobacco videos

With support from the Maine Cancer Foundation, MPHA has just completed an educational video series titled Touched by Tobacco. These video’s are each around 1 minute in length and feature Maine legislators and others sharing their personal stories with tobacco. Below is a snippet from the attached press release. We hope our public and clinical health partners will join us to spreading the word about these videos through your social media platforms, email, and at your events- they are powerful and emphasize the dangers associated with addiction to a deadly substance.

Read our full Press Release

A new video series has been released on public health websites and social media this morning, featuring State Senators Anne Haskell, Brian Langley and Stanley Gerzofsky; State Representatives Matthew Pouliot and Justin Chenette; Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, and former broadcast journalist Felicia Knight. Each tells a personal story of tobacco addiction and the tragic outcomes that have resulted. The “Touched by Tobacco” video series was produced by the Maine Public Health Association with funding from the Maine Cancer Foundation.

“These stories are poignant and often heartbreaking,” said Tina Pettingill, Executive Director of Maine Public Health Association. “Tobacco addiction comes at a huge cost for too many Maine families. By sharing their stories, these leaders are bringing viewers into their lives and helping us understand that tobacco is an equal opportunity killer. We hope these stories spark more discussions about what else we can do in our communities to help smokers quit and keep kids from starting to use tobacco products.”

July 3

Dr. Ann Lemire Receives MPHA Award

Dr. Ann Lemire of South Portland received the Phebe Conrey King Health Care Access Award from the Maine Public Health Association during a gathering of more than 1000 health care providers and policymakers in Augusta at the annual Quality Counts conference in April. When this achievement was brought to the attention of the City of Portland, Dr. Lemire was then celebrated by Portland’s City Council when Mayor Brennan read a proclamation regarding Dr. Lemire’s many contributions to provide health care for the underserved in Maine and Haiti. Dr. Lemire received a standing ovation at both events for her tremendous achievements.

To read our press release on Dr. Lemire’s public health and healthcare achievements, click here.