UNE to Offer Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop

September 26th, 2017 by healthinnovation

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In July 2017, UNE received $80,000 in supplemental funding from its HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant to further increase education around Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care to address the opioid crisis. In 2016, 313 Mainers died of an opioid-related overdose, which represents 83% of all drug-related deaths in the State. Currently the demand for MAT in the state still outpaces the supply, especially among those who lack health insurance or live in health professional shortage areas.

To address the critical need for training, UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation will be hosting an Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The workshop will host experts discussing the current climate in Maine concerning the opioid epidemic and its impact on the state. Attendees will gain knowledge in areas including OUD diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and emphasizing MAT. Day of presenters will include:

  • Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH– University of New England
  • Toho Soma, MPH- University of New England
  • Peter Michaud, JD, RN– Maine Medical Association
  • Matthew Braun- Young People in Recovery
  • Clay Graybeal, PhD, MSW – University of New England
  • Bethany Fortier, MPH – University of New England
  • Brianna Nalley, MPH– University of New England
  • Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH– Keynote Speaker
  • Alane O’Connor, DNP– MaineGeneral Medical Center
  • Mary Beth Leone – Thomas, LCSW– Penobscot Community Health Care
  • Noah Nesin, MD– Penobscot Community Health Care

The workshop is free and open to all UNE health professions students, UNE faculty, and interested community members. Student attendees to this workshop can apply their attendance toward SBIRT Student Leader Certificate, IP Honors Distinction, or Care for the Underserved Pathway (CUP) scholar distinction. Contact hours will also be available for practicing clinicians.

For more information and to register please visit:  http://www.une.edu/calendar/2017/opioid-use-disorder-and-medication-assisted-treatment-workshop

UNE Receives Federal Grant to Support Health Workforce Development in Rural and Underserved Areas

September 26th, 2017 by healthinnovation

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The University of New England Center for Excellence in Health Innovation has received a federal grant to support the Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which works to alleviate health workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas of the state.

This $309,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will enhance AHEC’s ability to achieve greater workforce diversity, distribution, and practice transformation as part of, and within the context of ongoing changes to the way health care is delivered.

Through this program, AHEC will increase the number of students trained in rural and underserved areas by adding a robust AHEC Scholars program. It will increase community-based training and interprofessional learning opportunities for health profession students, support new strategies to increase workforce diversity and strengthen pipeline activities to encourage youth to pursue health professions.

The funding will also address the training needs of health professions students and rural providers on emerging health issues and health disparities, and support partnerships with government and community-based organizations to enhance workforce-training needs around the challenges of practice transformation.

The AHEC program office at UNE contracts with three rural centers: Eastern Maine AHEC at the Penobscot Community Health Care, Northern Maine AHEC at Northern Maine Community College, and Eastern Maine AHEC at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

FMI: http://www.une.edu/ahec

UNE’s Clinical Interprofessional Team on the move nationally

September 26th, 2017 by healthinnovation
Dora Anne Mills, Toho Soma, and Melanie Caldwell provide consultation to a leader from A.T. Still University.

Dora Anne Mills, Toho Soma, and Melanie Caldwell provide consultation to a leader from A.T. Still University.


On Tuesday August 22, 2017, several people from the University of New England’s Clinical Interprofessional Team presented a one-and-a-half hour session at the National Summit for Interprofessional Practice and Education, hosted by the federally-funded National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota.

Dora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Toho Soma, M.P.H., and Melanie Caldwell, M.S., presented a session called, “Lessons Learned from Scaling Clinical Interprofessional Sites from One to 12 Sites Across Maine.” They also provided consultations and shared resources at a kiosk. During the session they shared challenges, lessons learned and resources during their several years of developing clinical interprofessional clerkships that involve UNE osteopathic medical students working alongside other UNE health professions students across Maine, with a focus on rural health centers providing care for the underserved. The Clinical Interprofessional Team, based in UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, works collaboratively with UNE colleges and clinical affiliates, with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This last academic year, 165 UNE health professions students, including 86 osteopathic medical students, participated in interprofessional clerkships of at least several weeks in 12 clinical sites across Maine. In 2017 and 2018, 15 clinical sites are expected to participate.

The presentation at the National Summit was one of several recent national presentations by the Center in Health Innovation’s Clinical Interprofessional Team on UNE’s successful efforts to scale up interprofessional education (IPE) and practice learning activities in clinical sites in order to assure UNE health professions students have these opportunities and graduate team-ready. For instance, over the last few weeks Mills delivered: a keynote presentation at the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute in Washington DC; a breakout session at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) in Baltimore, Maryland; and a webinar sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative on UNE’s clinical IPE efforts.

Additionally, team members from UNE’s clinical IPE staff and faculty, including Toho Soma, Judith Metcalf, Ruth Dufresne, and Ian Imbert, along with Mills, attended the three-day IPEC Institute in D.C. with clinical leaders from Greater Portland Health, the area’s federally qualified health center, to plan an expansion of clinical interprofessional practice opportunities for UNE health professions students that include osteopathic medical students. Mills also gave an invited keynote on leadership in a changing health landscape to the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMOs) Leadership Academy convened by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington DC. This is a year-long academy for CMOs in major academic health centers.

To learn more about the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, visit: http://www.une.edu/academics/centers-institutes/center-excellence-health-innovation

To apply, visit www.une.edu/admissions