CCC Wednesday Communique — February 14, 2024

Today is St. Valentine’s Day — CCC sends you our love!
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Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Growing Hope

The Community Caring Collaborative invites you to join us in the large conference room at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias, for session #2 in our Provider Wellness series: Growing Hope with Elin MacKinnon, LCSW. How are providers like seeds? They can bring the hope of new growth and change. Come join us for an hour of fun on Wednesday, March 6th, from 11:30 am — 12:30 pm.  We’ll take a hands-on look at the many ways that people and plants are the same and what we both need to stay healthy and grow. Bring a little bit of Spring to your windowsill and join us in some fun where you’ll get to create your own grass head person to grow.   Due to the hands-on nature of this session, we are limited to 10 participants.  Don’t delay — register now.

Wabanaki Voices

Join the University of Maine, Machias on February 26th from 1 – 2 pm in Science 102 for the first session of the Wabanaki Voices Series: Little People of the Dawn with Sapiel and Tomah.  Minquansis Sapiel and Dwayne Tomah will read Sapiel’s book, Little People of the Dawn in both English and Peskotomuhkati. Illustrated by Sapiel’s child Minsoss Sapiel-Bobadilla, this is a beautiful Peskotahmokahti (Passamaqoddy) story about a young girl who comes upon the little people and a lesson in the need to preserve our languages and cultures.  Zoom option available.  Download a flyer to share.

Grand Opening in Baileyville

You are invited to the Grand Opening of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and Baileyville Community Connections Center, Thursday, March 7th, from 3 — 6 pm at 163 Main Street, Baileyville. Join us for our Grand Opening for a light snack, door prizes, tour the facility, and enjoy a glass of delicious cider. Mingle with old friends and make new ones as we celebrate the success of our new facility and look forward to a new and shining 2024!  Services in the new space include patient education, wellness activities, Tele-health, patient navigation, mental health supports, self-care, and materials for comfort.  This resource is possible thanks to donations to Beth C. Wright Cancer Resources Center.  Download a flyer to share.

Upcoming CCMA Training

In collaboration with RSU 24 and 25 Washington County Adult & Community Education will be holding another Clinical Certified Medical Assistant class starting May 8th. See flyer for details.  Class overview: Students will review important topics including medical terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, electronic health records, medical billing and coding, phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper EKG lead placements, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. Students will be eligible to take a national certification exam, and have an opportunity for job shadowing/externship. Class time: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:30pm-9pm.  Labs: TBD in Machias.

Cobscook Institute’s Spring & Summer Offerings

Cobscook Institute presents an incredible array of classes and events, like Wilderness First Aid Training (Tuesday-Thursday, March 5th-7th, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm), Forest Garden Design Weekend (Saturday & Sunday, April 27th & 28th), and Canoe Camp (July 8th – 12th).  Something for everyone in the family.  Check them out!

Prostate Cancer Support Group Change

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is hosting a prostate cancer support group with facilitator Cadie Saucier, DPT of Mainely Pelvic Physical Therapy located at 97 Beechland Rd, Ellsworth. Please note the change in time: 4th Tuesday every month, 3 — 4:30 pm.  This monthly group is open to men diagnosed with prostate cancer that are seeking a community of support and understanding. The group also offers a great opportunity for men wanting to provide insight and mentorship for others. We annually have guest speakers on various topics. Meetings are usually via video conferencing. Occasionally we set up in-person/video conferencing hybrids. Call to register and get on our mailing invite list!  To register call: 207-664-0339 or 207-949-0290, email:

Prevail Counselling & Consulting

Introducing Prevail Counseling & Consulting, PLLC, a small private practice offering weekly video sessions with a licensed therapist.  See flyer for details.

 Alfond Grant Abassador Program

The Alfond Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is launching an Alfond Grant Ambassador program to help inform families about the $500 Alfond Grant, support post-secondary aspirations, and encourage saving for college. Alfond Grant Ambassadors are trained and compensated by the Alfond Scholarship Foundation to help educate community members about the $500 Alfond Grant through virtual or in-person events and meetings.  See flyer for details.

Daughterhood The Podcast

New Episode! #54 The Final Days of Hospice and What to Expect with Barbara Karnes. In this episode, Rosanne asks the questions caregivers want to know – how to choose the right hospice, what happens with food and other physical and emotional issues at end of life, and how we can be prepared and present as caregivers for those final moments and more. Click HERE to listen.

New SAMHSA Resource

New Resource: Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders.  This report provides an update on the present state of coverage, availability of, and access to, medications for treating ongoing alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) and reversing an opioid overdose within state Medicaid plans. It also includes examples of innovative efforts to increase access to medications for the treatment of SUDs.

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