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

    Issue: Raising Healthy Happy Children

    Program Topic: Emotions and Mindfulness

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) It is important to acknowledge and experience feelings and emotions
    b) By doing this, we can help our children and others around us to manage their emotions, becoming more healthy and vibrant in their lives
    c) Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose without judgment

    Guest: Nancy Hathaway, PhD

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

    Issue: Resilient Children, Families and Communities

    Program Topic: Resilience Building: Something we all can do!

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Resilience is the ability to overcome the challenges of all kinds – trauma, tragedy, personal crisis, and everyday life problems – whether you are a child, adult or a community of any type – and to be able to bounce back stronger, more wide and more connected with others.
    b) There is a growing body of scientific research that tells us when people or communities are experiencing a lot of stress or risk, without support or help to reduce the stress, people can turn to unhealthy ways to cope through the challenges.
    c) Anyone can help another person to raise resilience – Hunt the Good Stuff – have time everyday to “debrief” and to focus on three good things that happened during the day, what do these good things meant o you, and what can you do tomorrow to have more good things happen? It also helps to talk about ways that you or others helped to contribute to these good things as ways to identify successful strategies and celebrate them.

    Guest:
    Tara Young, Healthy Acadia

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

    Issue: Making a Difference in our Communities

    Program Topic: Talking with our Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and other Substances

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Important to start talking with kids as early as toddler-age about what’s going on in our world, environment
    b) Take advantage of the teachable moment – e.g., the cigarette butt on the ground, or seeing someone who is smoking
    c) Learn with your child – go on websites, read, learn and talk together

    Guest: Tata Young, Community Health Program Coordinator with Healthy Acadia

    FMI:

    www.maineparents.net/Talking/index.htm

    www.drugfree.org/MJTalkKit/

    abovetheinfluence.com/

    www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/mobile-application

    healthyacadia.org/

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

    Issue: Information about Opiates, Heroin, Marijuana and Addiction

    Program Topic: Prevention and Education about Addiction

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) The origin of heroin dates back hundreds of years – originally available without a prescription at any drug store
    b) Increased availability and use of opiates bolstered by addition of the 5th vital sign – pain, something that hospitals and providers are routinely evaluated about still today
    c) Contact your physician and talk about a prescription for a NARCAN kit if you are living with/know someone who is taking large dosages of pain medications, or is confronted with substance use disorder. This is legal in Maine.

    Guest: Heath Myers, Bangor City Public Health and Community Services

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