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

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

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

Directions to the Augusta Civic Center

GPS Address
76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

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

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

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