This is the Community Caring Collaborative Weekly Communiqué where we share announcements about trainings, meetings and other events, including announcements from our collaborative partners. Look for links to meeting minutes and agendas in the Meetings section, training registration forms and flyers in the Events section, and job postings and other items of interest in the Announcements section. Subscribe here to get the Communiqué. Make sure to add Community Caring Collaborative to your contacts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gmail users, check for the Communiqué under the Promotions tab. This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included. Thanks!
Photo above: Sign up for a conversation with NYU Dental students providing free care during next week’s Dental Clinic — 1-2 pm April 10th at Sunrise County Economic Council.
Healing Garden Workshop Cancelled: Due to snow in the forecast for Wednesday, April 3rd, the horticultural therapy workshop presented by Elin MacKinnon from 3:30-5:30 pm at SCEC has been cancelled. We are hoping to reschedule and will post the new date when confirmed.
Work Group & Poverty Busters Cancelled: snow mixing with rain, wind and slushy roads are making driving in the greater Machias area hazardous. Stay put or get home safe everyone.
Elder Abuse Summit: The 2019 Elder Abuse Summit will be held on May 16th from 9:30 am — 4:15 pm at the Augusta Civic Center. Cost of attendance is $45 (limited scholarships available upon request). This is a day-long, multidisciplinary event for professionals working to prevent, detect, and respond to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The day will include presentations from local and international experts in the field (see Summit Agenda and read speaker bios). Contact and registration information here.
2019 Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book: The Maine Children’s Alliance has released the latest edition of the Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book, marking 25 years of producing this compilation of the most comprehensive data on the status and well-being of children in Maine. Find out how to get your copy in the Favorite Resources section of this newsletter.
Date Change for Colloquium: Please note that the University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, Innovations in Dementia Care, will be held on October 28th at the Wells Conference Center, not the 21st. For more information, see the announcement in the One-Time Events section of this newsletter.
Free Financial Coaching: Read about Joe Connors continuing his free financial coaching service thanks to DCP in the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.
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This is where we post updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation.
Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older by G. Oscar Anderson, Colette Thayer, AARP Research, September 2018.
“About one-third of U.S. adults age 45 and older report feeling lonely — and, due to an increased number of aging adults, the number is growing.
A survey by AARP Foundation finds that those who have low income are especially vulnerable. Nearly half of midlife and older adults with annual incomes of less than $25,000 report being lonely. A full 10 million people over the age of 50 live in poverty in the United States.
People who are lonely and socially isolated are more likely to have health problems, which can have serious financial implications. Social isolation among midlife and older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.” Read full article here.
Culture is Prevention:
April 9, 2019
The Maine Youth Action Network presents a free professional development training specific to working with Native American youth, 9:30 — 3:30 at 39 Union Street, Calais. Learn how to best access resources and supports when working with tribal youth and strengthen your engagement skills for reaching these young people. Hosted by Wabanaki Public Health. Contact Beth Broderick at (207-553-5915) or (email@example.com) for details. Register here.
NYU Dental Clinic:
April 8-13, closed Thursday 11, 2019
Free dental clinic from the New York University School of Dentistry, coordinated by Sunrise Opportunities, at the Lee Pellon Center for children and adults. More details in coming months. See flyer for details. Please call Teresa Alley at 255-3254 with any questions.
Dental Clinic Conversation:
April 10, 2019
Join CCC staff for an hour’s conversation with the NYU School of Dentistry team in the large conference room at SCEC from 1 — 2 pm. These are the students who volunteer their time for the free dental clinic coordinated by Sunrise Opportunities each year in April. For the past several years, CCC staff and Work Group/Poverty Busters have met with the students and their global outreach administrator for an informal conversation during the clinic about the impact of their work in downeast Maine. Once again, we ask for your participation to help orient the dental team to the unique challenges and strengths of maintaining oral health in rural Maine, while receiving feedback from the volunteers’ perspective that might surprise you. Please RSVP to Christine if you are able to attend.
Why Can’t Johnny B. Goode at Home:
April 11, 2019
G.E.A.R. Parent Network Webinar on April 11, 1 — 2:30 pm, presented by Carrie Woodcock, Maine Parent Federation. Call 1-800-264-9224. See flyer for details
Impacts of Trauma on Students & Families:
April 24, 2019
This free training, presented by Julie Redding, LCPC, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, is designed for staff at all levels in Family Futures Downeast partner organizations featuring scenarios and content with a specific focus on Washington County early and higher education. Participants will learn the definition of trauma and how it impacts a person, including:
- Toxic stress and the role of cortisol
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- How the brain is impacted by ACEs and toxic stress
- Factors that mitigate effects of ACES, trauma, and stress
- What it means to become Trauma Informed
This training is an introduction (101 version) to trauma and its impacts. Staff from other CCC partner organizations who find this relevant to their work are welcome to attend. Share this flyer with staff and colleagues. Register here.
SAGE Maine Spring Symposium:
April 27, 2019
SAGE Maine (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) invites you to a spring symposium with reception following at Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center in Hallowell, from 8 am — 5 pm. Speakers include Governor Janet Mills and Serena Worthington (SAGE USA). Workshop Themes include:
- LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness
- The Power of Relationship to Reduce Isolation
- Creating Programming in our Communities
- Building ‘Age Friendly’ LGBTQ+ Communities
and MANY OTHER FUN EVENTS. Online Registration will be on the SAGE Maine website after March 15th.
Mandated Reporter Training:
May 1, 2019
CCC is hosting a free mandated reporter training presented by Barbara Koch, Community Educator with the Washington County CAN Council. Participants will be registered with the State of Maine and receive a certificate of completion in the mail. This training will be in the format of a brown bag lunch in the large conference room at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm on May 1st. Bring your lunch – CCC will provide beverages and dessert. Sign up for this training by emailing Christine. Download a flyer to share with colleagues.
Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference:
Save the date for “A New Look at Mindfulness in Our Work with Families” — the 32nd annual conference at the downtown Freeport Hilton Garden Inn. Michael Trout, M.A. is the featured speaker. Details in conference brochure. Please contact Debra Nugent Johnston with any questions at DebraNJ@aol.com.
Elder Abuse Summit:
May 16, 2019
The 2019 Elder Abuse Summit will be held on May 16th from 9:30 am — 4:15 pm at the Augusta Civic Center. Cost of attendance is $45 (limited scholarships available upon request). This is a day-long, multidisciplinary event for professionals working to prevent, detect, and respond to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The day will include presentations from local and international experts in the field (see Summit Agenda and read speaker bios). Contact and registration information here.
MCH & Substance Exposed Infant Conference:
May 22 & 23, 2019
DHHS’s Maternal and Child Health & Substance Exposed Infant Conference, Building Pathways of Hope and Success, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Registration coming soon. This two day conference is an educational opportunity for clinicians, medical and social service providers, prevention professionals, public health professionals, behavioral health professionals, community members, parents, and others to discuss strategies to optimize maternal and child health. The presenters each day will provide a host of information related to Health Equity, Trauma Informed Care, Eat Sleep Console, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Maternal Depression, Prenatal Substance Exposure, and the many resources available to this population at large.
Lesson’s Learned from Maine’s Lifelong Communities Movement:
May 30, 2019
Save the date for this special learning and networking event specifically designed for lifelong communities initiatives including Age-Friendly Communities, village models, and independent lifelong community planning efforts, sponsored by the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, 10:30 am — 4:30 pm. Details in this flyer. Full Program will be announced shortly, but registration is already open.
Maine Geriatrics Conference:
June 13-14, 2019
Early Bird registration ends May 1st for the 29th annual Maine Geriatrics Conference “where policy meets practice,” at the Harborside Hotel, Bar Harbor. Speaker lineup includes:
- Wendy Lustbader, MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA.
- Toni Miles, MD, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens
- Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, Institute for Aging Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Boston, MA
- Mikhail Kogan, MD, George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC
Innovations in Dementia Care:
October 28, 2019 (revised date)
Save this date for the Fourteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, 8 am-4 pm at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. Orono, ME. Anticipated topics include:
- Population Health, Prevention, Genetics, Risk, & Resilience
- Environments of Care
- Screening & Diagnosis
- Dementia & Driving
- Caring for the Caregiver
- What is High Quality Dementia Care?
Registration Information Coming Soon. Details in this flyer.
Serial Classes & Groups
classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events
Rent Smart in Machias: Next Step is holding a “Rent Smart” renter’s education class from 9:30-12:00 on Wednesdays from April 10th to May 8th at the Sunrise Economic Council building. Those wanting more information or wishing to attend can contact Marcie Dean by calling 259-5051 or emailing. There are 4 remaining seats so don’t delay – sign up now! This is also an opportunity to display agency materials or cards. Contact Marcie at 259-5051 to display your materials on the resource table during a class.
Gerontology Course Summer 2019: The UMaine Center on Aging announces a 7-week online course in Gerontology this summer: May 20 through July 10, 2019. GRN 502: Interprofessional Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (3 cr.) GRN 502 is one of 3 online courses in the UMaine Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology. More information on the Certificate Program here.
2019 WC CAN Council Classes:
- Active Parent Connection, a 4-week course for parents with children 0-5 (in Machias on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 beginning Jan 16th and in Calais on Tuesdays form 3-4:30 beginning Jan 15th)
- Co-Parenting Connection Classes: in Calais on Tuesdays 5 — 7 pm, beginning January 22nd; and at Sunrise Opportunities (232 Court Street), Wednesdays 3 — 4:30 pm beginning January 23rd
Contact Mandie Pepperman with questions about any of these classes at 263-5270.
Nurturing Program: The CAN Council invites parents to a multi-session educational program sharing tips and tricks to help navigate the difficult challenges of parenting. Lots of opportunity for discussion and questions – free refreshments and childcare. Text/call Mandie at 263-5270 to sign up. See flyer for locations and dates.
Calais Circle of Parents Playgroup:
The WC CAN Council with partner Maine Families is holding a playgroup on Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm beginning in September at the Calais Recreation Center, 344 Main Street. “Get a chance to meet other parents while your kiddo gets some energy out.” Contact Mandie Pepperman with questions at is 263-5270.
Community of Practice Groups:
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community of practice groups:
- Calais Community of Practice meets on the third Tuesday of each month at WCCC – Riverview Hall, Room 115 (Multi Media Room
- Machias Community of Practice meets on the 4th Monday of each month at UMM – Torrey Hall, Room 228
For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator – 207-956-2070 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly and quarterly meetings
2019 MRBN: Save these dates for Maine Resilience Building Network meetings held at EduCare in Waterville:
- May 30, 2019
- Sept 26, 2019
- October 31, 2019
Washington County Food Pantry Network: Here are the NOTES From the March Meeting on this shared google doc. Apologies for the gaps in the note-taking. The presentations were so interesting! Please fill in if you can update the information. The network offers technical and infrastructure support and education to all of the county’s pantries as well as to provide an opportunity for pantries to share successes and struggles. Dessert, beverages and gas cards will be provided to all food pantry participants. Meeting dates (Thursdays) and locations for 2019 are as follows:
- June 6, 1-4 pm at Lubec Community Outreach Center, 44 South St in Lubec (the old high school). We will update you as to whether internet connection in Lubec can support virtual participation. Conference call in info will be provided.
- Oct 3, 1-4 pm; Location to be determined.
Questions? Contact Regina Grabrovac at our Machias Healthy Acadia office by phone at 255 3741 or by email at email@example.com
Calais Area Breast Cancer Support Group: meets on the 4th Friday of each month at 3 PM at the Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St. (downstairs parlor), in Calais. This free “gathering” is a comforting and safe environment to find encouragement and hope. Open to all that have a breast cancer diagnosis. FMI call Marianne at 454-0501. Download a flyer for more information.
Caregivers Support Group: Join other family/informal caregivers monthly for a supportive meeting at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, facilitated by Lisa King, LCPC, on the first Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Contact Lisa King for more information.
Work Group & Poverty Busters: Meeting cancelled today due to a winter storm of slushy snow – in April? Join this meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area. The next meeting is May 1st, in the large conference room at SCEC, 7 Ames Way, from 1 — 3:00 pm with another 30 minutes for informal networking and discussion.
Needs & Offers
Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.
Free Financial Coaching: Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau. To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFD now accepting applications for Cohort 4!! Family Futures Downeast uses a two-generation approach to income eligible families providing services and supports for parents to succeed in college, while their child is assessing high quality early childhood education. FFD also providing the family with coaching services, barrier removal, tutoring, college preparatory services and so much more. For more information or to request an application visit www.familyfuturesdowneast.org, e-mail email@example.com or call Jasmine Bassett- Enrollment & Eligibility Assistant at 207-255-0983 ext. 234. Download a flyer to share with colleagues and friends.
Survey for Washington County: You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by graduate students in the department of Social Work at the University of Maine. The purpose of the research is to examine professionals’ attitudes about substance abuse. If you agree to participate, individuals must be 18 years or older and will be asked to take an anonymous survey. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please click on this link to learn more about the study and to take the survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carsten Mackeldey Nicole Cannizzaro,or Kathleen Lookner.
Eastport Health Care is Hiring 2 Key Positions:
- Chief Executive Officer: Eastport Health Care, Inc., located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) that provides dental, medical, behavioral health, podiatry, radiology, outreach and enrollment services. We are searching for a dynamic and experienced leader to join our company in the role of CEO (Chief Executive Officer). The desired candidate for this position will share EHC’s commitment to exemplary quality of care and services, as well as our vision to improve health outcomes in Washington County by leading through listening, learning through partnership, and serving through collaboration. To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to Roxanne Woodworth, HR Coordinator-Administrative Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org). Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. For more information, please view our website.
- General Dentist: Eastport Health Care, Inc., located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), that provides dental, medical, and behavioral health services. EHC is looking for a full-time General Dentist to provide oral health education and care to patients, ages 6 months and up. Your expertise will be embedded into an integrated care clinic that follows patient-centered medical home guidelines and principles. Must be a graduate from an accredited dental school. Possess the ability to relate to people of all socioeconomic levels. To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to Roxanne Woodworth, HR Coordinator-Administrative Assistant (email@example.com). Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. For more information, please view our website.
Ed Tech III: Child Development Services is seeking a 40 hour per week, calendar year position with our CDS Downeast office in Ellsworth. This position may be based out of the Ellsworth or Machias location, depending on where the successful candidate lives and where the need is greatest. Local Travel is required. This is a Part C position, working with children ages birth to two. Experience working with young children and their families, using the Early Start Denver Model of service delivery (ESDM), is preferred. Details and application information here.
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2019 Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book: The Maine Children’s Alliance has released the latest edition of the Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book, marking 25 years of producing this compilation of the most comprehensive data on the status and well-being of children in Maine. Digital downloads of the 2019 Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book are available online at www.mekids.org. National, state and county-level data can be found on the KIDS COUNT Data Center at datacenter.kidscount.org. To obtain a copy of the data book, email firstname.lastname@example.org. KIDS COUNT® is a project of the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA), a nonpartisan, data-focused advocate for public policies that improve the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families.