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

    Issue: Child Development and Well-Being

    Program Topic: Supporting our Kids Through the Challenges of Life – Tips for Parents and Caregivers

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Dealing with challenges is a normal part of life
    b) Significant adults – parents, teachers, others – are key to helping kids see their strengths and survive trauma through their love, their relationship, their understanding and their non-judgmental caring
    c) A good majority of us have experienced some sort of trauma in our lives – we need to make it more “normal” to have these discussions rather than making people feel badly about the struggles that they sometimes have.
    d) We can all be there for our youth!

    Guest: Hector Sapien, Clinical Child & Youth Care Worker

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

    Issue: Parents and Primary Care Partnership: Ensuring the health and well-being of your child

    Program Topic: Creating and maintaining productive relationships with your child’s primary care doctor, communicating, problem solving and partnership

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Creating a good, open and honest relationship with your child’s primary care physician is essential to ensuring your child’s health and well-being
    b) Developmental screening is a key component of each well child visit
    c) Parents know their child best and should always be listened to – and their concerns tended to in a timely, comprehensive manner

    Guests:
    Amy Belisle, MD – Quality Counts for Kids
    Bob Holmburg, MD – retired/Maine Children’s Growth Council/Maine AAP/Healthy Peninsula
    Nan Simpson, Program Manager – Development Screening Initiative, Quality Counts for Kids

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