CCC Wednesday Communique — October 20, 2021

Autumn in Acadia National Park.  Wow, do you believe this is our downeast backyard?  (Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Surprise speaker at ZERO TO THREE Conference

We’re excited to announce that U.S. Senator for Colorado Michael Bennet is joining us for a deep-dive conversation about infant and early childhood mental health, improving our mental health system, and ensuring families and their babies have what they need to thrive.  The U.S. mental health care system was not designed to serve very young children. To support the mental health of babies, we need to rewire the system. Hear real-world solutions from leaders in the field and learn how you can contribute your voice and expertise to addressing this challenge. ZERO TO THREE Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Lee Johnson III will lead the conversation. You won’t want to miss this!  ZERO TO THREE conference held virtually October 25-29th.CEUs available. $599 / $524 for members, Group Discounts Available. Register here.

Know Your Lemons
Please join Healthy Acadia’s ‘Lemonista’ Angela Fochesato online via Zoom on Friday, October 29, 2021, for “Know Your Lemons,” a fun and interactive breast health education program. Until we have a cure for breast cancer, the best chances for survival are early detection. This can’t happen until we know what to look for, feel for and what to do if something seems out of place. Education is key to making a real difference. Breast cancer detection always begins with you, whether that is finding a symptom through self-exam or putting yourself in front of a mammogram machine or other screening appointments. During the one-hour session, we’ll explore breast cancer risk factors, symptoms, and tools for detection. Join Angela on Friday, October 29, at the time that works best for you: sessions begin at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. The same information will be presented at each session. To register and receive information to join by Zoom, click here, or go to For additional information contact Angela Fochesato at

When Loneliness Remains:
Supporting the Social Needs of Older Adults Beyond the Pandemic
The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders invites you to this webinar on October 25, 2021, 12pm-1pm. Restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased public awareness of the detrimental effect of social isolation and loneliness—especially for community-dwelling older adults. This webinar will show participants some traditional and innovative approaches to engage and support older patients who are most likely to remain at risk during the Nation’s recovery from the COVID-driven public health crisis. Intended Audience: Health center providers and staff who serve populations that include older adults. Register here.

ASIST Training

The ASIST(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) training in Machias will take place on Nov 3-4 at UMM from 9-5. To register or more information you can reach Tara Young at

Facts VS Myths about Vapes workshop

Healthy Acadia is hosting a FREE Facts VS Myths about Vapes workshop every month. This month’s workshop is scheduled for October 21st from 4-5.  See poster for November & December’s schedule. Any pitching you could provide to your families, friends, school contacts, family groups etc would be greatly appreciated.

We are officially going VIRTUAL for 2021

Rudman Winchell’s FREE annual employment law seminar, 8:30 am — 12 pm, November 18th will be held virtually this year.  Make sure to Register to receive seminar materials and the webinar link.  If you pre-registered, you would need to re-register to receive the webinar link. Topics covered include:
  • Employment law updates
  • Legislative updates
  • Remote work
  • Accommodation issues
  • COVID, and more

Tips and Tipping for Long-Lasting Holiday Decorations

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar about creating winter holiday decorations from available natural materials from 6–7:15  p.m. Nov. 1. “Tips and Tipping for Long-Lasting Holiday Decorations” will show how to harvest and handle evergreens, and how to create both traditional and contemporary decorations. Presenters will be Dave Fuller, UMaine Extension agriculture and nontimber forest products professional; Lynne Holland, Extension horticulture and social media professional; and Molly Friedland, owner-operator of The Little Red Flower Truck, Ellsworth.  Registration is required; a sliding scale fee is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This is the first in a six-part winter gardening webinar series offered monthly through March for Maine and New Hampshire gardeners. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Pamela Hargest, 207-781-6099;

Guidebook for Caregivers of Children with Rare and/or Serious Illnesses

The National Alliance for Caregiving is proud to present The Circle of Care Guidebook for Caregivers of Children with Rare and/or Serious Illnesses, a new resource designed in partnership with Global Genes and with support by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to provide caregivers with the support, services and specialized information they need to care for a child with a rare and/or serious illness. This guidebook offers an extensive list of resources to help a caregiver in any situation throughout the entirety of their journey as a rare disease caregiver, compiled by those in the rare disease space and caregivers themselves. This list is supplemented by the specialized information needed in order to care for a child with a rare and/or serious illness. Learn more in the Favorite Resources section of this newsletter.

What Just Happened? Video NOW available online

In case you missed it, the Podcast Special Event “What Just Happened?” was amazing and a must see!  Daughterhood Podcaster Rosanne Corcoran interviewed Dr. Jessica Zitter who specializes in critical care and Palliative Care Medicine and practices at a public hospital in Northern California on the disconnect between what the treatment is at end of life and what actually happens. We know as caregivers our time is not always our own. So if you couldn’t attend, please follow this link to watch the full video recording of the meeting. And please share with others you know.

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