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

    Issue:Foster parents in Maine

    Program Topic: A Family for ME

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Maine has a significant need for foster parents
    b) three particular populations – drug affected infants, siblings and adolescents in transition
    c) there are lots of ways beyond being given a foster parent for people to be involved

    Guests:
    Linda Brigitte DHHS OCFS
    Brandy Clapper A Family for MEE

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

    Issue: Leading and contributing to your local community

    Program Topic: Making a Difference

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) We all bring gifts and talents to our local community which, together, combine to enrich our neighbor’s lives, our communities and our own lives
    b) There are many ways that we can make a difference, both in terms of focus and level of influence (being a Selectman, for example)
    c) Our ideas and actions are “portable” to other communities with similar needs and to neighbors with similar interests and talents

    Guest: Cynthia Donaldson, retired and member of the Lamoine community

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

    Issue: Happy Thanksgiving! From the family perspective

    Program Topic: Creating Family Traditions and Enjoying Them!

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) We all come to holidays with our own “family of origin” experiences, memories both good and bad which frame our approach and perspective to our own holidays as adults and parents
    b) We have to allow for successes and failures and learn from them!
    c) There are three important/key things to promote – connection, delight in others, and being “good enough” (as compared to perfect!)
    d) Shared community meal options for listeners and encouraged attendance, volunteer

    Guest: Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RN

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