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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: The Impact of our Childhood Experiences

    Program Topic: Weathering Shame – overcoming the shame, stigma, and challenges of mental health issues, substance use and other significant challenges

    Key Discussion Points:
    ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences happen for more than 2/3 of our population and can affect our lifelong health and wellbeing if not addressed
    These challenges happen to all of us – regardless of income, race, ethnicity. None of us are immune.
    It takes at least one strong supportive relationship to help us to rebound – overcome our challenges.

    Guest: Kevin Mannix, author – Weathering Shame

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Homeless Youth in Maine: Services and Supports Available for Northern Maine Counties

    -Homeless youth are not kids who have “run away from home” – they have been rejected, thrown out or escape from dangerous home circumstances
    -Many of these youth have mental health issues due to poverty, child abuse, living in a home where there is substance use, physical abuse, etc.
    -Each of these kids needs time and support to develop trust, as they have been disappointed so many times before by adults in their lives
    -Success happens for so many of these kids
    -Important to provide food, address Maslow’s hierarchy in order to create a trusting relationship where you can then help the youth

    Guests:
    Sherrie House (Streetlight Outreach Coordinator
    Nathaniel Coe (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Christopher Bowie (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Daniel Wendell (Streetlight Outreach Team)
    Cody Webster (Streetlight Outreach Team)

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Homelessness in Hancock County

    Program Topic: Families First Community Center (FFCC)

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Young families, especially young women ages 18-23, and young children constitute the greatest increase in homelessness nationally and here in Maine
    b) FFCC is working to break th ecucle of homelessness by equipping young families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency
    c) They are working to open a transitional home that will house up to six families for between 12-18 months, supporting them to learn essential like skills (cooking, money management, child development, etc.), prepare for life through employment training, etc. with mentors to support them in overcoming barriers and learning new skills.

    Guests
    Dawn Carter Coffin, President of FFCC Board of Directors
    Jamie Willis Hunt, FFCC Board member and lead for their fund development efforts

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Thriving in Place: Quality Life for Seniors

    Program Topic: Ensuring Quality of Life for our Seniors

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Communities throughout Maine are working together to ensure that Seniors are recognized as valuable members of their communities!
    b) Thriving in Place or TIP are working to reduce isolation, expand socialization and connect medical, healthcare and community services to Seniors
    c) Many communities in Maine are also implementing Age-Friendly Communities status to welcome Seniors to their communities

    Guests:
    Meg Callaway, Piscataquis Thriving in Place
    Anne Schroth, Thriving in Place Downeast

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Food Insecurity in Maine: Focus on Washington, Hancock Counties

    Program Topic: Helping Our Neighbors: Combating Hunger
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Food insecurity, or HUNGER, has increased substantially in Maine subsequent to the LePage Administration restrictions to eligibility for SNAP benefits
    b) Maine is now 9th in the country; 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity
    c)Affects all Mainers – children, youth, families, adults and seniors
    d)There are many opportunities in Washington/Hancock County to both volunteer or receive help and assistance
    e) Organizations throughout Maine are partnering together to maximize resources (people, time, money) to address food insecurity

    Guests
    Joe Perkins, Director of Development & Community Services
    Emily Herwerden, AmericaCorps VISTA with Healthy Acadia
    Marjorie Peronto, Extenstion Educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: The Safety Net

    Program Topic: Supports for people in need/opportunities to make a difference

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Washington Hancock Community Action Program provides an array of services to indicate individuals living in poverty in these two counties
    b) WHCA is one of 10 Community Action Agencies in Maine
    c) Services are focused on families, adults, seniors, veterans and include housing/transportation/food/fuel/access to health care, ADSC and the At Home supports

    Guests:
    Joe Perkins Director of Development and Community Services
    Jennifer Trowbridge, Housing Director
    Bob I Harris, Special Projects/HRS director

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Thanksgiving Dinner Relationships

    Key Discussion Points:
    Importance of relationships in our lives
    Handling and preparing for the inevitable challenges
    Even disasters can be memorable!

    Guest: Charlie Slaughter MPD RD

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Access to high quality health care for all Mainers

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) federally qualified health centers throughout Maine provide access to a full range of high quality health care – medical, dental and behavioral health services
    b) services are àvailable regardless of insurance status or ability to pay
    c) Mainers of all ages are served through 20 FQHCs with 70 sites statewide

    Guests:
    Vanessa Santarelli, CEO Maine Primary Health Care
    Carol Carew, CEO Bucksport Regional Center

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