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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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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews

    Issue: From Adversity to Resilience – Part III

    Program Topic: Brain Development in Infancy

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Brain development starts in utero and all the child’s experiences and relationships throughout their life influence how the brain developments, how the child thrives
    b) Relationships are central to healthy child development – trust, safety and security are three basic tenets that all children need to have
    c) We discussed brain development and the importance of understanding and being realistic about what infants and your children are capable of doing vs. their brain ability at the time depending upon their age.
    d) We reviewed how parents teach, promote brain development every day in their relationships with their children

    Guests:
    Katherine Endy, LCSW
    Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

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