Upcoming Training for Maine providers, Taking It To The Next Level: Meaningful Use of IPE in Clinical Settings

March 28th, 2017 by healthinnovation
Flyer for the April 28th IPE training held on the UNE Portland Campus rom 8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Flyer for the April 28th IPE training held on the UNE Portland Campus from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The University of New England is pleased to invite UNE clinical affiliates and providers to attend an interprofessional education (IPE) training with two nationally recognized IPE experts, Brenda Zierler, Ph.D., RN, RVT, and Sarah Shrader, PharmD, BCPS, CDE. The training will be held on Friday, April 28th, from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the University of New England’s Portland Campus located at 716 Stevens Avenue and will feature two training sessions, one on interprofessional facilitation and one on collaborative community practice. The training is offered through the four year Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant that was awarded to UNE in 2015 which aims to improve healthcare outcomes through collaborative practice. The goal of the training is to help clinical preceptors, IPE facilitators, and practice leaders build skills to guide students in delivering collaborative and effective team-based patient care.

The objectives for the training are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of interprofessional principles and their meaningful use in campus and clinical practice and education.
  • Describe how IP facilitation is similar to and different from traditional teaching and learning.
  • Analyze the core elements of IPE facilitation.
  • Identify areas of where and how to apply these in your curriculum and activities.
  • Identify and overcome barriers to implementing IP learning and facilitation.
  • Demonstrate IP facilitation skills that can be implemented in classroom and clinical settings.
  • Discuss the range of venues in which IP facilitation skills can be operationalized.

Interested participants can register here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PK9XLY .

Dr. Brenda Zierler is the Associate Director for the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies at the University of Washington School of Nursing and Health Systems. As the co-principal investigator of a Macy Foundation-funded study (with Brian Ross MD, PhD). Dr. Zierler led a group of interprofessional faculty and students in the development of a simulation-based, team training program it improve collaborative interprofessional communication both within teams and with patients. In addition, Dr. Zierler is a fellow in the RWJ Nurse Executive Program (2008 cohort).

Dr Sarah Shrader is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She has a clinical practice site in the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic in Family Medicine. Her areas of interest are Interprofessional Education, Preceptor and Experiential Learning/Site Development, and Primary Care.

FMI on UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation: http://www.une.edu/academics/centers-institutes/center-excellence-health-innovation

FMI on UNE’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative: http://www.une.edu/wchp/ipec

FMI on the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation: http://macyfoundation.org/


UNE’s Center for Health Innovation Forms a Pipeline to Franklin County to Address Healthcare Shortages

March 27th, 2017 by healthinnovation
Students from the Franklin County rural health immersion pose for a photo on Wilson Lake the day after a Nor'Easter hits Maine and most of New England.

Students from the Franklin County rural health immersion pose for a photo on Wilson Lake the day after a Nor’Easter hits Maine and most of New England.

Fifteen healthcare students from UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and Westbrook College of Health Professions Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program recently attended a weeklong rural health immersion in Franklin County. The experience, which is coordinated and funded by UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation and the Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC), is a pipeline activity created to reduce healthcare provider shortages in rural Maine and to strengthen UNE’s relationships with healthcare centers around Maine. The weeklong rural health immersion experience was the second time that it has been offered to UNE students; last May a weeklong immersion was held in Maine’s northern most county, Aroostook County. The enormous amount of positive feedback from students and community members of last years 2016 immersion spurred two more immersions to be scheduled for 2017.

Attracting healthcare professionals to rural and underserved communities has been a national priority for several years and a particular issue for Maine partly due to the fact that, according to the 2010 Census Data, Maine was the most rural state in the United States. Rural terrain can lead to long commutes for patients seeking basic healthcare services and can exacerbate provider shortages, leading to poorer health outcomes. The locations for the immersion experiences are chosen based on the three AHEC centers strategically located around Maine in Aroostook, Franklin, and Penobscot counties, three of Maine’s most rural counties.

Franklin County, which ranked middle of the pack among Maine’s sixteen counties for health factors (8th) and health outcomes (7th), has been given less favorable ratings in quality of life (12th) and social & economic factors (10th), according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2016 county health rankings. It’s predicted that some of the health challenges that Franklin County faces would be improved if there were more providers in that area. According to the Robert Graham Center and the Nursing Workforce Forecast, Maine will need an additional 120 primary care physicians and 3,200 nurses in the next decade in order to maintain current rates of healthcare utilization. Research shows that students are more likely to practice rural medicine if they have a personal connection to a rural area, so, the rural health immersions aim to provide opportunities for students to connect to rural Maine and hopefully alleviate healthcare provider shortages.

Brad Gilbert, RN, talks to the students about his career path as a nurse and how he ended up in rural medicine

Brad Gilbert, RN, of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME, talks to the students about his career path as a nurse and how he ended up in rural medicine

The students who participated in the western Maine rural health immersion came from a broad array of backgrounds, some growing up throughout the country in areas like California and Oklahoma while about a third of the students had grown up in Maine or had spent time previously in rural Maine. Most students had some experience working with underserved populations in the past but, for some it was their first opportunity to experience rural underserved healthcare. One ABSN student, originally from Taiwan, Feng Cherng (Alex) Hsu, who was an economist before enrolling in UNE’s ABSN program, said he is already considering returning to Franklin County after graduating It would be my honor to be able to become one of the colleagues of Franklin Memorial Hospital because they have many professionals who contributed so many years in such working environment without many support and resources…We were constantly informed that [Franklin County] is and will be a great [place to] work under such a beautiful area. The working environment in Franklin County is great, people of Maine are very nice, and workers can enjoy all kinds of outdoor recreational activities all year long.”

The students experienced a variety of activities in underserved areas in Franklin County, such as meeting with providers of Franklin Memorial Hospital for a tour of the facility, meeting with a local pediatrician and nurse to discuss current strategies used to address population health, and meeting with a local EMS agency to discuss emergency medicine in rural Maine. There was also an overarching behavioral health theme during the trip and all of the students were exposed to topics within that field on multiple occasions, such as a panel discussion on the opioid epidemic in rural Maine with a public health professional, maternal child health nurse, and nurse practitioner who work in Franklin County. Later, they also attended a three-hour public seminar to discuss suicide prevention and strategies, which featured a well-known expert from Maine General and the director of the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “There was great depth and breadth of exposures during the immersion that the students will be able to bring to future courses and clinical experiences”, says UNE clinical assistant professor, Judith Metcalf, APRN, BC, MS, FMGS, one of the faculty members who also attended the immersion.

The students also enjoyed having time to take in the natural beauty of the area, such as when they went snowshoeing under a full moon on Wilson Lake. They also got a taste of the local culture when they met with with Bill Roorbach and Tom Saviello. Roorbach, a nationally known author from Farmington, had lunch with the students and gave each of them a signed copy of one of his books. The next morning, Saviello, a Maine state Senator, talked with the students about economics and health policy in rural Maine.

Students wake up early to meet for breakfast and talk health policy with Maine state senator Tom Saviello

Students wake up early to meet for breakfast and talk health policy with Maine state senator Tom Saviello

Some of the week’s activities were canceled due to the March 14th blizzard that hit most of Maine and New England. There were a variety of clinical skills activities that were scheduled but had to be canceled due to the storm such as conducting health screenings at a senior citizens center in Farmington and Rangeley; collecting vitals and providing patient education at Edgewood Rehab in Farmington, and doing home visits with Androscoggin Home Health. Despite the wintery conditions, the students were determined to make the most of their rural health experience, and, after making a trip to the local Hannafords to stock up on food and water for the storm, the group hunkered down at the motel in Wilton to work on team-building exercises, as they collectively decided to cook dinner together and then self-facilitate an evening debrief.

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Vice President for Clinical Affairs and director of UNE’s Center for Health Innovation attended the immersion and had this to say of the students experiences “It’s been very exciting to see medical and nursing students learn from, with, and about each other, and I found it very inspiring to learn from them.  They are truly an interprofessional team, as partly evidenced by how I couldn’t tell who is which profession.” Another UNE faculty member who participated in the immersion, Jen Van Deusen, Director of Curriculum in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, saw the tight bonds that had formed among the students as an opportunity to continue the interprofessional learning and extended an invitation to the nine nursing students to attend a panel session on addiction and substance use with the first year medical students the week after they returned from the immersion. “The rural health immersion leads to longstanding friendships and increases students’ value of interprofessional learning experiences, which is why I invited the nursing students to join our medical students in the March 24th training session”, says Van Deusen.

The full team of students who attended the Franklin County immersion included six medical students from UNE’s College of Ostepathic Medicine, Sean Bilodeau, Jessica Brancely, Kristina Carlson, Stephanie Czajkowski, Kristin Frisby, and Zachary Lane and nine nursing students from UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Sheridan Aspinwall, Valerie Bedard, Ilija Bratina, Anika Gannon, Feng (Alex) Hsu, Kane Kunst, Cynthia Mosher, Sarah Rafferty, and Kali Waters. You can read more on each students experience here.

Lorri Brown and Tania Dawson, RN, talk to the students about substance misuse in Franklin County.

Lorri Brown and Tania Dawson, RN, talk to the students about substance misuse in Franklin County.

The majority of the planning and coordination for the trip was provided by Ian Imbert, MPH, project coordinator of a four year Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant and staff member in UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation. Jen Van Deusen, M.Ed., Director of Curriculum for UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Judith Metcalf, APRN, BC, MS, FMGS, clinical assistant professor of nursing and coordinator, Upstream Practicums in Nursing Program, both attended and provided expertise and mentorship during the trip. Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at UNE and director of UNE’s Center for Health Innovation also attended the immersion.

The next weeklong immersion is scheduled for May 21st – 26th 2017 in the Midcoast region and will involve students from UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Dental Medicine, and College of Pharmacy.

The trip was graciously supported by Maine’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The Maine AHEC has continued to prioritize experiential learning in rural communities for graduate healthcare students and their commitment to the rural health immersion proved to be invaluable for the success of the trip. Tania Dawson, director of the Western Maine AHEC was an essential resource in setting up connections with providers, community members, and hospitals in Franklin County. The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant that also helped fund the experience is a four-year grant awarded to UNE in 2015 from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and aims to improve health care and education in rural areas.

FMI: Contact Ian Imbert, MPH, (207-221-4625 or iimbert@une.edu)

Maine AHEC Partners with the MPHA to offer a Training on HPV Related Cancer Prevention

March 27th, 2017 by healthinnovation
Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV

Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV

Every year in the United States 27,000 people are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV, that’s 1 case every 20 minutes.  Most of these cancers can be prevented by the HPV vaccine; however, in Maine fewer than half of girls and boys are fully vaccinated against HPV. The National AHEC Organization  received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project to provide continuing education to health professionals about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The Maine AHEC Network was awarded a grant to facilitate this effort in Maine.

Since beginning this work in 2014, Maine AHEC Network has worked closely with a variety local organizations to partner on this shared goal of preventing HPV related cancers. Each partner organization has brought valuable knowledge and resources to increase the reach and success of this cancer prevention campaign. Some of the organizations throughout the state involved in this effort include the New England Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) , the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Quality Counts, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, Maine Primary Care Association, MaineHealth, and the AHEC Centers across the state.

Most recently, Maine AHEC Network has developed a partnership with the Maine Public Health Association, and together with ACS they will offer a free webinar training,  “You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” on Friday, April 21st from 12-1pm.

Interested participants can register here.

Featuring the New Public Health Training Course: Marketing Public Health

March 23rd, 2017 by healthinnovation
Visit www.maine.gov/pht to enroll in one of the free online public health trainings

Visit www.maine.gov/pht to enroll in one of the free online public health trainings today!

Have you ever wondered if your marketing efforts were effective? Questioned if your messages were reaching your target audience? If so, you and your team can build confidence in your marketing approach by learning about public health marketing strategies with Maine’s free online Public Health Training program.

Whether you are managing a single program or an entire public health department, understanding the basic principles of branding and marketing can be crucial to your success. Every program and organization has key stakeholders, and the goal of this course is to offer you concrete strategies for communicating with those stakeholders in order to support your broader program and organizational goals.

This module follows a marketing strategy developed for a highly-focused community organization using principles, strategies, and tactics that can be applied universally. By participating in this free one hour training you will learn about the four pillars of building a strong brand and outline the steps for developing an effective marketing communications plan.

This module will help you and your team better understand how to define your organization’s mission and goals, target marketing to your various audiences, identify core umbrella messaging, and prioritize tactics. It will also help you learn about the importance of educating your staff and other stakeholders on desired brand behaviors, and identify and track success metrics in this module.


The Public Health Training site is supported by The New England Public Health Training Center at the University of New England through funding from HRSA, offering free professional and workforce development modules for public health professionals. To access our latest module, Marketing Public Health, visit our website at Maine.gov/PHT. Once on the site, you can quickly and easily set up an account and choose at least one course from the several that are available based on which course is more relevant for you and your teams’ professional development goals. Courses are typically an hour long and can easily fit into your workday.


FMI: Contact Nicole O’Brien, M.A., Research Assistant in UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation and Project Manager, Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME) grant at Nobrien1@une.edu