Dedicated to assuring the health of Maine’s people and places.  

As a statewide association, we advocate, act and advise on critical public health challenges, assuring that all Maine residents have the opportunity to lead healthy lives, regardless of their income or where they live. We are not tied to a national agenda, which means we are responsive to the needs of Maine’s communities and we take that responsibility seriously. We believe we are only as healthy as the world around us. To that end, we work hard to assure the health of Maine’s people and Maine’s places.


Upcoming Events

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

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!

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!

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.

Annual Infectious Disease Conference, Maine CDC @ Augusta Civic Center
Nov 14 @ 7:45 am – 4:30 pm

Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Surveillance, DHHS has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the state. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious disease topics including: rashes, STDs, antibiotic stewardship, occupational and recreational needle use, TB, and rabies. Learn more about the event here.

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