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

Sep
24
Mon
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: https://mainegeneral-phl.coursestorm.com/course/sound-healing

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.

Sep
25
Tue
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: www.cti-trainingmaine.org/basic

Sep
26
Wed
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

Penquis

Sunrise County Economic Council

United Way of Eastern Maine

Moderator

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 JGray@NonprofitMaine.org.

Sep
27
Thu
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!

Oct
1
Mon
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!

Oct
11
Thu
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: www.cti-trainingmaine.org/groups

Oct
12
Fri
Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium: Innovative Living Environments for Older Adults @ Wells Conference Center, University of Maine Orono
Oct 12 @ 7:45 am – 4:00 pm

The Thirteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium: Innovative Living Environments for Older Adults

Friday, October 12, 2018
7:45 am –  4:00 pm
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Description:
Please join The University of Maine Center on Aging at the Wells Conference Center for our Annual Geriatrics Colloquium! This year we will be exploring topics related to living environments for older adults, including:

– Housing Maine’s Growing Older Population
– Affordable Senior Housing: A Platform for Successful Aging in Community
– Where Do We Go from Here? Living Alternatives When Home Doesn’t Work
– Aging Friendly Design is (Wicked) Good Design
– Fall Prevention through Tai Chi, Personalized Risk Assessment and In-Home Adaptations
– Long Term Care Reimagined: The Household Model at The Cedars

Register now to save your spot!

Web Link to Event: https://mainecenteronaging.umaine.edu/geriatricscolloquium/

Registration Information:
Regular registration fee: $60.00 
Maine Gerontological Society (MGS) member fee: $40.00
Student fee: $25.00
Exhibitor fee (includes 1 regular registration): $125.00

Oct
16
Tue
MPHA 34th Annual Conference: Addiction & the State of Public Health in Maine @ Augusta Civic Center
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please join us for the Maine Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Conference, “Addiction and the State of Public Health in Maine.” 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.

Call for Abstracts!

Maine is struggling with an addiction epidemic. In 2017, there were 418 opioid overdose deaths. Our youth tobacco use rate is higher than the national average for the first time in years. The prevalence of obesity among adults is 30%, and among children ages 10-17, it’s 28%. As the state struggles with curbing the tide of addiction, we have lost lives and missed opportunities. Across the state, law enforcement personnel, educators, religious leaders, health care providers and many others are coming together to address this complex epidemic of addiction. The Maine Public Health Association wants to hear from you –  about your research, policies, programming, collaborations and experiences with addiction, and about the work you and fellow Mainers are doing to improve the wellbeing of our people and places.

Abstracts are 300 words, and due by 5:00pm on Friday, July 6. We will confirm conference presenters by August 1. To learn more and to submit an abstract, please visit our Abstract Submission Site. Note: Please review the full application before submitting.

Interested in Conference Sponsorship?

Please see new and continuing opportunities for sponsorship in our 2018 Prospectus. Questions about sponsorship? Please contact us.

Interested in Exhibiting?

Please complete the Exhibitor Registration Form and email it to executivedirector@mainepublichealth.org.

Directions to the Augusta Civic Center

GPS Address
76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Parking
There is plenty of on-site parking at the Civic Center.

Hotel Accommodations
Information about discounted hotel rooms will be available shortly.

Oct
18
Thu
Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training for all healthcare professionals @ Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, ME @ Hilton Garden Inn Bangor
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.

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: www.cti-trainingmaine.org/basic

Oct
26
Fri
2018 Southern Maine Harm Reduction Conference @ Innovation Hall, University of New England
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

2018 Southern Maine Harm Reduction Conference

Presented by The University of New England, The SBIRT Grant 
and The City of Portland’s Public Health Division 

Friday, October 26 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Innovation Hall, University of New England

772 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

Please join the University of New England, the Collaborative SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) Training Grant, and the City of Portland’s Public Health Division for a series of workshops about ideas and strategies aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance use and other high-risk behaviors. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced sessions are available during all three workshop blocks. There will also be resource tables and an interactive, harm reduction-focused installation that explores the benefits of community health engagement locations.

Scholarships available upon request.

Topics Include:

  • Barriers to Harm Reduction in Rural Maine
  • Supporting Sex Workers
  • Supporting Clients Who Use Drugs
  • Screening and Brief Interventions
  • Injection Drug Use and Hepatitis C
  • Recovery Oriented Housing

For registration questions: llaliberte@adcareme.org

FMI, Contact Zoe Brokos: zop@portlandmaine.gov

 
 
 

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