CCC Wednesday Communique — April 10, 2024

Please help us determine priority health focus areas for adults 55+ in Washington County by taking or forwarding this survey.  Learn more below. 

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

DCPHI Priority Health Focus Areas Survey

You are invited to complete or forward this voluntary survey for the Downeast Community Population Health Initiative (DCPHI) by Dante Zanoni, program manager of The Connection Initiative. The Connection Initiative is a program of the Community Caring Collaborative. The purpose of this survey is to learn about health issues that concern older adults and their caregivers in order to identify a health focus area for an emerging initiative that aims to improve health outcomes for older adults and tribal elders in Washington County and Passamaquoddy communities.  This survey is intended for Washington County community members over the age of 55 and for people caring for older adults in professional and non-professional roles. It should take about 7-10 minutes to complete. Other than the time it takes to complete it, there are no risks involved in doing this survey. You can skip any questions and stop the survey at any time. Your answers are anonymous.  Find the survey here.

Wabanaki Voices

Wabanaki Voices Presents: Decade + Art Practice Research of Christiana Becker.  The University of Maine at Machias invites you to a presentation and discussion led by Christiana Becker revolving around her educational and artistic journey, Thursday evening, April 11th, from 6:30 — 8 pm in Science 102.  Download a flyer to share.

Boundaries for a Thriving Business

Many female business owners find that they are repeatedly asked to do unpaid work, work that is not within their skill set, or work that leaves them tired and at risk of burnout. However, running a business is not inherently draining — especially when you have the tools to set healthy boundaries.  In this 6-week cohort led by Hannah Curtis, CEI Women’s Business Center will combine structured discussions and skill-building instruction to help you learn to say no, set limits, prioritize your work, and build and grow a business that really works for you.  Join a group of supportive women business owners from all around Maine who are ready to work on boundaries to sustain their businesses together on 6 Tuesdays, beginning April 24th, from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  Please note: This program is for Maine-based female entrepreneurs who are currently in business.  Learn more or register

Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic

Community Health and Counseling Services has expanded the hours of their children’s behavioral health urgent care clinic at 42 Cedar Street in Bangor, now open 12 — 8 pm Monday though Saturday.  Please call (207) 922-4600 x6444 to contact a clinic crisis worker to let you into the building, which is locked for security.  See flyer for important details.

New UMM Art Show — Placemarkers

On Friday, a new art gallery show on the first floor of Powers Hall opens: The work of Artist Michelle Scarlett, a  Downeast papermaker whose practice uses sketchbooks and journals to create in the mediums of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts. She will open her show, “Placemarkers – The Inner Workings Of Sketchbook Ideas” at the University of Maine at Machias on April 12, 2024 from 4-6 pm in Powers Hall.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Maine Children’s Trust: Our key message this year is Supportive Communities and Strong Families Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect. The campaign goals are to build support and partnerships, educate for action, connect to local prevention efforts, and message best practices. Raising awareness is a critical and foundational step in preventing child abuse. When we take action, children are safer and have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. Child Abuse Prevention Month is our opportunity to build support for what we know must happen year-round: supporting parents and caregivers and building the relationships and connections in communities so that families can readily access what they need to help every child. Download 2 Child Abuse Prevention activity calendars for your use.

WC RFW Network featured in the latest issue of Journey Magazine

“This movement not only fights employment stigma but also boosts the region’s economic and social well-being. It’s about creating opportunities, offering resources for inclusive hiring, and shaping a society that celebrates recovery and integration.  Washington County is leading by example, showing the powerful impact of community support on the workforce and beyond.” – Journey Magazine.  Read the full story.  [Announcement reprinted from Sunrise County Economic Council’s April 8, 2024 Local Happenings.]

MCHT and DCC Accessibility Survey
You are invited to participate in a voluntary survey being conducted by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Downeast Coastal Conservancy, with assistance from the University of Maine at Machias. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of accessibility needs for trail and preserve access in the Washington County area. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to take a confidential survey. Except for your time, there are no risks to you from participating in this study. Participation is voluntary. Thank you for your participation. If you provide your name or contact information on the final question, it will remain confidential. Your name will not be associated with the data.  If you have any questions about this study, please contact  Submitting the survey indicates consent.

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