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

A Matter of Balance @ Falmouth Senior Center MOB
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program designed to reduce the fear of falling and encourage physical activity. The workshop is conducted over eight sessions, meeting weekly for two hours per session. Meetings will be held by trained volunteer leaders. Participants will learn to: view falling as something you can control, set goals and increase your activity level, make changes around the home to reduce fall risks, exercise to increase strength and balance, and become a proactive self-manager in reducing your own risk for falls.

Opioid Overdose Prevention
Aug 15 @ 1:03 pm – 2:03 pm

Opioid Overdose Prevention

Presented by Cheryl Gagne Sc.D, Center for Social Innovation

August 27, 2018 ~ Augusta  OR  August 28, 2018 ~ Wells 

Opioid Overdose Prevention is a full-day, interactive workshop that will introduce participants to the neurobiology of opioid addiction, focusing on the brain changes resulting from long-term opioid use and the implications for addiction treatment. This workshop will examine the risk factors for opioid overdose as well as the strategies for addressing these risks. Time will be spent discussing client education and counseling designed to reduce risks for opioid relapses and overdoses and how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into discussions with your clients. Finally, participants will be trained on how to use Narcan for reversing an opioid overdose. Lecture, discussion, case studies and exercises will be used to help participant’s gain knowledge and skills important in facing the current opioid epidemic.

Participants who successfully complete this workshop will be able to:  

  • Describe the basic neurobiology of opioid addiction.
  • List 3 risk factors for opioid overdose.
  • Discuss educational and counseling strategies for reducing the risk of opioid overdose.
  • Discuss how to apply trauma-informed strategies to educational and counselling activities.
  • Demonstrate how to develop an opioid relapse and overdose prevention plan.
  • Demonstrate how to assess for an overdose.

Monday, August 27, 2018 ~ Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 ~ Village By the Sea, Wells

9:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM
$60 Registration Fee

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, workshop attendance and continuing education credit included.
Save $10 if you PAY by Thursday, August 23Early Bird fee $50

5 Continuing Education CreditsFor more information on credits
*Please Note: If you arrive late or leave early, you MUST sign in or out to receive a certificate and AdCare will need to adjust your certificate to reflect time. Certificates will be available at the end of the day, please pick them up at the registration table as a way to confirm your attendance.

For More Information and to Register

Populations at Risk for OUDs: Risk Factors, Signs, Symptoms and What to Do @ Augusta Civic Center
Aug 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join Eric Haram and Lisa Letourneau for this half-day, action-oriented session on Monday, August 20, 2018 to explore the essentials of identifying risk factors, screening, and treatment of individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.  As Maine continues to face an epidemic of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and drug overdose deaths, it is essential for behavioral health and health care clinicians and organizational teams to understand the factors that contribute to individual and population risk for developing OUD, as well as ways to identify and treat individuals with this too-often deadly condition.  Please join us and learn how you can be part of the solution!

Participants who complete this workshop will be able to:

  • List 3 populations at high risk for developing an OUD
  • Itemize risk factors and signs of developing Opioid Dependence and Opioid Addiction, and
  • Identify strategies for Risk Reduction and Treatment

Continental breakfast, workshop attendance and continuing education credit included.

3 Continuing Education CreditsFor more information on credits offered

*Please Note: if you arrive late or leave early, you MUST sign out to receive a certificate and AdCare will need to adjust your certificate to reflect time. Certificates will be available at the end of the day, please pick them up at the registration table as a way to confirm your attendance.

Interdisciplinary Service Provision for Forced Migrants and Survivors of Torture @ University of Southern Maine Glickman Library Event Room
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The event is capped at 100 registrations, and is close-ish to full.

The Office of Maine Refugee Services is thrilled to announce that the Bellevue/New York Survivors of Torture team is coming to Maine for a 1 day training event: Interdisciplinary Service Provision for Forced Migrants and Survivors of Torture.  This course is appropriate for social workers, health care providers, case managers, and other professionals working with refugees and immigrants who have experienced torture and trauma. The course will draw from the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture’s two decades of experience in working from an informed, interdisciplinary framework with survivors of torture and forced migrants from over 100 nations. The course will describe the context in which treatment takes place, as well as exploring the many ways that these vulnerable populations are marginalized that goes far beyond the precipitating traumatic experiences themselves.  Treatment techniques and priorities that have proven effective, such as safety and empowerment, will be described, explained conceptually and illustrated through clinical examples. There will be a philosophic emphasis on strength and resilience – as opposed to pathology – that will be detailed and illustrated. Specialized topics such as working with interpreters, multicultural issues in service provision, and self-care and the avoidance of compassion fatigue will be highlighted. A special emphasis will be placed on the existing and developing role for social workers and other service providers in this critical and growing area of inquiry. 


CEU credits for social workers and certificates of completion are available. Lunch and coffee breaks are provided (vegetarian options available).


Medical providers: $100

Social Workers, RNs, NPs, and other health care professionals: $75

Case Managers: $50

Interpreters and Students: $25

Limited scholarships available upon request.


For more information contact the Maine State Refugee Health Coordinator, Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, PhD:


Thank you Greater Portland Health, Gateway Community Services, CCM Refugee and Immigration Services, Maine Access Immigrant Network, and Cross Cultural Consulting Group for their assistance in organizing this event and supporting outreach!

Sound Healing @ Alfond Center for Health, Augusta
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Have you ever thought about how different sounds affect your body? Various cultures have used sound for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Energies in the body can be influenced by different sound waves which can also impact your brain. Learn about some of these sounds and experience several types that can lead to a meditative, calming state.

Web link to register:

Other information: 5:30-7:30pm located on the Prescott Education Pavilion, First Floor of Alfond Center for Health.  This is a free event hosted by MaineGeneral’s Prevention & Healthy Living.

Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training for all healthcare professionals @ Maine Veteran’s Home, Machias, ME @ Maine Veteran's Home
Sep 25 @ 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.

Tobacco Intervention:

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 Skills Training


Prerequisite: None

Target Audience:  All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Fee: $50 (Includes continental breakfast and lunch.)  A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education: Continuing Education Credits are available

To Register:

Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum @ Husson University
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

About the Forum

Maine’s economy and communities depend on a strong network of nonprofits organizations and the philanthropic partners that support them to deliver on their mission. Our gubernatorial forum will:

  • Highlight the value of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to the public and candidates.
  • Inform voters on where the candidates stand on key issues impacting the sectors.

The forum, moderated by Kathleen Shannon Nichols, is co-hosted by:

Maine Association of Nonprofits Maine Philanthropy Center

Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee reflects the broad diversity and depth of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and is working together to organize the forum.

Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Belfast Creative Coalition

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Catholic Charities Maine

Cobscook Community Learning Center

Community Concepts

Friends of Casco Bay

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

Maine Children’s Alliance

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Community Action Association

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Council on Aging

Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Health Access Foundation

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Maine Independent Colleges Association

Maine Hospital Association

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Maine Public Health Association

Maine Women’s Policy Center

Milestone Recovery

The Nature Conservancy


Sunrise County Economic Council

United Way of Eastern Maine


Kathleen Shannon Nichols currently serves as the Maine Development Foundation’s Director of Engagement & Communications. Most recently Kathleen worked at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, taking the lead in internal and external communications, media relations, and social media outreach. Kathy is an award winning storyteller with extensive experience as a broadcast journalist and as a corporate communicator. She led executive and employee communications with Martin’s Point Healthcare, an 800-employee non-profit organization based in Portland, Maine that operates two health insurance programs and seven clinical practices. Prior to that, Kathy was an investigative reporter in several markets across the country, most recently in Maine where she also hosted and delivered stories for the evening magazine program, “207”. As a speaker coach for Ted Talks, Kathy helps executives, front line employees, artists and community members weave storytelling and visual aids into presentations to make them engaging and compelling. Kathy lives in the Portland area with her husband, twin sons, and overly affectionate Weimeraner dogs.

For More Information

For more information about the forum or how to get involved, please contact Jenn Burns Gray, MANP Director of Advocacy + PR, at

Let’s Go! National Obesity Conference: Rest Up, Slow Down: Wellness for You & Your Patients @ MaineHealth Conference Center
Sep 27 @ 7:30 am – Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm

Join us to explore the key role of mindfulness, sleep and relaxation in the prevention, management, and treatment of obesity and related health conditions. And, take away tips for personal self-care to improve your resilience as a provider. We have an exciting line up of speakers from near and far:

– Tony Buettner, Blue Zones
– Elsie Tavaras, MD, MPH, Mass General Hospital
– Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
– Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body   Medicine
– Cathy Snapp, PhD, Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency   Program
– Liza Hoffman, MSW, LCSW, Cambridge Health Alliance
– Local experts, and you!

Health Care for Maine Annual Conference: The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times @ Augusta Civic Center
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 6th Annual Health Care for Maine Conference, “The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times” will be held October 1 at the Augusta Civic Center. Take a look at the event description and register now. Space is limited and it’s filling up fast!

Elena Hung, co-founder of Little Lobbyists is this year’s key note speaker Several exciting workshops are offered, providing information on Medicaid, efforts to control prescription drug costs, addressing health inequities and social determinants of health, children’s health issues, universal access and so much more.

For more information, see the event page!

Tobacco Treatment Groups as a Healing Process: Exploring the Possibilities@ Union Bluff Meeting House, York, ME @ Union Bluff Meeting House
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Providing evidenced-based tobacco treatment in a group setting is an effective way to help people stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco. Group treatment can help to articulate and resolve a client’s ambivalence, raise awareness of tobacco related issues, increase self-esteem, and increase readiness for change. A group can be a safe place to try new things and learn from others.


Prerequisite: None

Target Audience:  All healthcare, behavioral health, health education and public health professionals

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Fee: $50 (Includes continental breakfast and lunch.)  A limited number of scholarships are available.

Continuing Education: Continuing Education Credits are available

To Register:

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