Maine SNAP-Ed launches new website geared towards teaching families to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a limited budget

January 29th, 2017 by healthinnovation

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Maine SNAP-Ed, a program of UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, with the help of Vont Performance Digital Marketing, launched an interactive website to reach SNAP recipients outside of the classroom. The migration from a landing page to a full website was driven by the needs heard from Nutrition Educators across the State that their participants wanted more information. Maine SNAP-Ed answered that request with a full website with healthy shopping, cooking, and meal planning tips.

When visiting the site, users can review multiple pages of content created by registered dietitians and program staff of the UNE SNAP-Ed team. One section of the website is specifically dedicated to answering common questions about food and nutrition. Users can also submit a request to be contacted by a nutrition educator in their area to learn of opportunities for classes and shopping tours. Maine SNAP-Ed will tap into its trained local Nutrition Educators to develop blog posts for more tips and solutions to shopping, cooking, and eating healthy within a limited budget.

The largest feature of the site is a recipe database with over 300 recipes. This database is shared in partnership with Oregon’s SNAP-Ed program, Food Hero. Maine SNAP-Ed has worked with the Oregon State partners to share recipes that are quick, easy, healthy and low-cost. In addition to all of the informational content, the website also houses program reports, success stories, and other material pertinent to program partners.

This website complements the work that has been done over the years with the Maine SNAP-Ed Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Partners interested in setting up local programming can submit a request to have a local Nutrition Educator reach out to them. Additionally, Maine SNAP-Ed would like to extend the opportunity to partner with community agencies on content for this website.

FMI: Leslie Ouellette, louellette3@une.edu

UNE Provides Social Determinants of Health training in Bangor as part of a five-year $2.5 million Federal Grant to Improve Rural Health Care in Maine

December 6th, 2016 by healthinnovation
Bangor area UNE graduate students from medical, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs attend a Social Determinants of Health training as part of a 5 year grant to improve primary care education.

Bangor area UNE graduate students from medical, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs attend a Social Determinants of Health training as part of a 5 year grant to improve primary care education.

In July of 2016 the University of New England’s (UNE) Center for Excellence in Health Innovation was awarded a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to partner with Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) to transform the primary care workforce in rural and underserved Maine and improve health outcomes. As part of the HRSA PCTE grant PCHC clinical preceptors and UNE students in the Bangor area attend a series of five training sessions. The trainings will cover interprofessional education, social determinants of health, oral health for primary care, health literacy, and shared decision making with patients. Each session is designed to provide students an opportunity to train together, learn the skills needed for exemplary interprofessional, and team based care.

On November 30th, the second student training session was held on the social determinates of health, presented by UNE faculty member and epidemiologist Jennifer Gunderman, MPH. “The training was aimed at creating an awareness in students that they have a critical role in addressing the social determinants of health in the population in which they serve”, explained Jennifer. “We cannot expect better health outcomes unless we get to the root of health issues such as income, education, housing, access to a healthy environment, etc.”

The training hosted students from several disciplines, “The UNE Clinical IPE training on social determinants of health was really educational and fostered great discussion among the PA, COM and Pharmacy students” said Morgan Harper UNE COP student. “The main points that I took away from this training were ways to assess patients based on their social determinants of health (income level, education, housing status, etc.) and where or who to connect them with once a need is identified. These are skills I will be bringing with me into my future clinical rotations and clinical career as a pharmacist.”

Future HRSA PCTE trainings will combine both students and preceptors. The next HRSA PCTE training scheduled in February will be led by UNE’s Dr. Timothy Martinez who will discuss oral health.

 

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), with nearly 70,000 patients, is Maine’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center. It has nine primary care practices and 16 clinical service sites including a flagship clinic in Bangor, a Health Care for the Homeless clinic and shelter, a Clubhouse program for those recovering from mental illness, a geriatric practice serving long-term care facilities, a 340B pharmacy, and other practices ranging from Jackman to Belfast, Maine. Providing care for one-third of all Mainers served by federally-funded community health centers, PCHC is also a Teaching Health Center with Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home designation. Located in Bangor, its service area is over 8,500 square miles, spanning Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo counties, which include some of the poorest and most rural areas of Maine – a population of 135,000. 82% of PCHC’s service area is designated as rural or frontier. For more information, visit http://pchc.com/

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.

FMI: Contact Dora Anne Mills, M.D., UNE’s Vice President for Clinical Affairs and the Principal Investigator at dmills2@une.edu or Melanie Caldwell Project Coordinator at PCTE_Info@une.edu.

Center for Excellence in Health Innovation Receives Funding to Evaluate Maine Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

December 6th, 2016 by healthinnovation

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Ruth Dufresne, S.M., Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, received a new grant from the US Administration for Community Living and the Administration on Aging to evaluate Maine’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Program. The grant, implemented by Spectrum Generations along with four other Maine Area Agencies on Aging organizations, delivers evidence-based self-management education programs in the community that empower older adults and adults with disabilities from underserved areas and populations to better manage their conditions.

Spectrum Generations, one of the five Maine Area Agencies on Aging (M4A), serves seven counties in the central and mid-coast Maine area. Their mission is to promote life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and the social well-being of all older and disabled adults. With seven locations, Spectrum Generations provides services for older and disabled adults spanning from nutrition education, adult day care, legal services, to community case management. The other four area agencies on aging, Aroostook Agency on Aging, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, SeniorsPlus, and Southern Maine Agency on Aging, will be providing support in implementing the CDSME program in their affiliated areas.

The Administration on Aging reports that nearly 60% of CDSME participants have more than one chronic condition. The most common conditions are: hypertension (41%), arthritis (37%), and diabetes (32%). The average age of a CDSME participant is 65.6 years, and 46% of participants report having a disability. “This grant provides Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging with an opportunity to strengthen its CDSME infrastructure through collaboration with sustainability partners such as health systems, insurers, and employers,” states Dufresne, “This expansion will contribute to an increase in the number of older adults and adults with disabilities that have access to CDSME, ultimately allowing them to better manage their conditions.”

Heather Doran, M.S., Research Assistant, and Ruth Dufresne, as the Evaluators for this two-year $74,000 grant, ensure data integrity, quality assurance, and perform rapid-cycle quality improvement to strengthen CDSME programing, improve health outcomes and decrease healthcare costs. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be collected to evaluate progress toward grant objectives. Pre- and post- surveys will be collected from CDSME participants to determine change in knowledge, attitudes and skills. Focus groups and interviews will be conducted with Spectrum Generations and the other Maine Area Agencies on Aging to better understand the successes and challenges of program implementation.

 

For more information, contact: Ruth Dufresne, rdufresne@une.edu, 221-4571

Enhance your Substance Use Disorder screening knowledge: Free SBIRT training from UNE’s IPEC and SAMHSA

December 6th, 2016 by healthinnovation

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Please join us as UNE launches a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train health professions students and practitioners in the field in the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) tool for Substance Use Disorders. SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

The first training grant of its kind in Maine, Collaborative SBIRT Training for Maine’s Future Health Profession Leaders is a three-year grant which utilizes an interprofessional approach to the development and implementation of training programs to teach UNE students across 8 health professions the skills necessary to provide evidence-based screening and brief intervention as well as referral to treatment for patients who are at risk for a substance use disorder (SUD). Additionally, the training will develop the leadership skills needed in order to champion the implementation of SBIRT throughout our healthcare system with the ultimate goal of helping clients avoid substance use disorders. Training for clinical faculty and preceptors of UNE students is a critical part of the grant – please plan participate remotely or come to the Portland campus for this free training in December.

 

Friday, December 9 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. SBIRT 101* Livestream only http://stream.une.edu/events/

 

Wednesday, December 14  | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. SBIRT 101* Livestream http://stream.une.edu/events/ or in person in Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

 

Wednesday, December 14  | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. SBIRT: Hands-on training: practical exercises and role play opportunities. Livestream http://stream.une.edu/events/ or in person in Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

*Watch the SBIRT 101 program Dec. 9 or 14 then join us on campus for in-person for additional training, role-play opportunity and resources!

 

Thursday, December 15 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adding SBIRT to your curriculum. Livestream http://stream.une.edu/events/ or in person in Blewett 108, Portland Campus

 

If you plan to attend in person, or would like to receive Continuing Education Unit documentation for participating, please RSVP no later than December 10 to SBIRT@une.edu. Parking passes can be requested with RSVP.
This event can be Livestreamed to your computer, or you are welcome to attend in person.

Public Health Managers complete management training through UNE’s New England Public Health Training Center

December 5th, 2016 by healthinnovation
Katherine Boss (4), Nicole O’Brien (1), Leslie Ouellette (1), Jessica Shaffer (7), Jessica Eyles (2); Rindy Fogler (2), Tera Pare (3), Tonya Philbrick, Cheryl Cichowski (3), David Pied (3), Grace Cleaves (6); Garrick Brown (1), Patty Hamilton (2), Judith Johnson (5), Elizabeth Pratt (1), Holly Lasagna (4), Elaine Beaulieu (2), LuAnn Thibeau (1) (1-University of New England, 2-Bangor Public Health and Community Services, 3-Maine CDC, 4-Healthy Androscoggin, 5-Portland Public Health, 6-Beyond Clinical Competence LLC, 7- EMHS)

Participants of the Public Health Management Training: (Front to Back and Left to Right) Katherine Boss (4), Nicole O’Brien (1), Leslie Ouellette (1), Jessica Shaffer (7), Jessica Eyles (2);
Rindy Fogler (2), Tera Pare (3), Tonya Philbrick, Cheryl Cichowski (3), David Pied (3), Grace Cleaves (6);
Garrick Brown (1), Patty Hamilton (2), Judith Johnson (5), Elizabeth Pratt (1), Holly Lasagna (4), Elaine Beaulieu (2), LuAnn Thibeau (1)
(1-University of New England, 2-Bangor Public Health and Community Services, 3-Maine CDC, 4-Healthy Androscoggin, 5-Portland Public Health, 6-Beyond Clinical Competence LLC, 7- EMHS)

Over the past three months, a group of 21 Public Health managers from across the State participated in a six session Public Health Management training course entitled Managing Effectively in Today’s Public Health Environment. The management training was supported by the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC). The NEPHTC offers public heath workforce development through public health trainings in six New England states. The University of New England’s Center for Health Innovation is a local performance site for the NEPHTC, administered through Boston University’s School of Public Health and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The management training was designed to build skills in managing staff, budgets, projects and partnerships. Participants were comprised of emerging, new and experienced Public Health staff, managers and directors bringing a wealth of knowledge and interest to the training. The training course was divided into three lunch-time webinars and three day long sessions at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell. Throughout each session participants gained skills and explored new tools to manage public health programs, lead high performance teams and effectively hire new staff. The importance of resiliency was discussed throughout the program. The six training sessions included the following topics: Trends, Opportunities and Resistance; Recruiting and Hiring; Coaching, Developing, and Managing Performance; Conflict Management and Collaboration; and Budget, Financial and Project Management.

The training was facilitated by lead trainer Grace Cleaves of Beyond Clinical Competence, LLC and included content knowledge experts Mike Miles and LuAnn Thibeau. The course organization and delivery were administered and implemented by Karen O’Rourke and Nicole O’Brien, in conjunction with Boston University.

UNE Conducts Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise with State and Community Partners

October 27th, 2016 by healthinnovation
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The UNE Harold Alfond Forum on the Biddeford campus is transformed into a POD site on October, 19th 2016.

On October 19th, 2016, the Harold Alfond Center at UNE’s Biddeford campus was converted to a Point of Dispensing (POD) site, and influenza vaccine was administered to over 160 students, employees, and the public. UNE students from a variety of professions learned some of the basic principles of preparedness planning from emergency preparedness officials, and medical students administered vaccines.

UNE has been registered as a Point of Distribution (POD) with Maine State Government for a number of years. This means in the case of an emergency, UNE’s Portland and/or Biddeford campuses would be used to administer vaccine or other supplies to its students, employees, and the public. “Many health professions students came to UNE to learn to care for their community, and the POD exercise allowed us to do that” says Frank Jackson, a second year medical student at UNE. “We got organized on the spot to efficiently distribute influenza vaccines and got to work on a scenario with students from other programs. After the exercise I found myself knowing more about addressing an emergency in southern Maine and signed up for Maine Responds, the program that organizes emergency response volunteers.”

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Frank Jackson, OMS-II, provides a flu shot at the 10/19 POD exercise.

Nancy Bobyrsh, another second year medical student reflected on her volunteer experience at the October 19th training “I really enjoyed the POD exercise. Not only did I get to learn the skills of large-scale emergency preparedness, but I also learned how to administer vaccines in an efficient manner.  Due to this exercise, I feel like I am more likely to volunteer in real life emergency situations both as a medical student and future physician.”

“For several years UNE has registered to be part of a volunteer network of Points of Distribution, or PODs, that will serve as centers for administering medicines, vaccines, and/or necessary supplies for the public in the event of a large-scale emergency”, explained Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, vice president for clinical affairs and director of UNE’s Center for Health Innovation. “To fully prepare for such an event, UNE faculty, staff, and students worked in collaboration with state and community partners to simulate such an event, and offered free influenza vaccines to the public as part of the exercise.”

When state and county emergency preparedness officials asked Dora Anne Mills if they could conduct an exercise to test the POD system, she agreed and thought that UNE’s health professions students could also benefit. The exercise was done in collaboration with a number of partners, including: Maine CDC, York District Public Health Council, York County Emergency Management Agency, the City of Portland’s Maine Cities Readiness Initiative, Maine Responds (Maine’s emergency health volunteer system), and Southern Maine Regional Resource Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Adam Hartwig, the York District Public Health Liaison, commented “This exercise represented an innovative way to allow public and private partners to share resources and learn from one another.  The relationships developed have added value and should serve as a model for the York Public Health District during future public health emergencies.”

“As part of this initiative, UNE’s Center for Health Innovation is working collaboratively with our health professions programs as well as state and community partners to provide learning experiences for our students. A number of medical, public health, pharmacy, and other students are attending some sessions run by emergency preparedness experts and assisting in administering vaccines, “ said Dr. Mills. “As a result, southern Maine will be better prepared for an emergency today, and tomorrow’s health professionals will also be better prepared.”

FMI on the Center for Health Innovation: http://www.une.edu/academics/centers-institutes/center-excellence-health-innovation

Maine SNAP-Ed Hosts Two Day Training for Statewide Nutrition Educators

October 27th, 2016 by healthinnovation

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In September 2012, the State of Maine awarded UNE funds from USDA to implement a statewide nutrition education program for low-income Mainers. The goal of Maine SNAP-Ed is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthier food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles, consistent with the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. UNE contracts with agencies around the state and has 35 trained Nutrition Educators working in their communities to reach families in all 16 counties.

A few weeks ago, the Maine SNAP-Ed program held its third annual summit where all program staff across the state came together to connect with partners, brainstorm with other educators, and learn about program improvements. At this two-day summit, Nutrition Educators heard presentations from external evaluators and partners, participated in round table discussions, and shared their winning strategies for reaching low-income individuals with key information on how to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a budget. Nutrition Educators got a sneak peek at the new website that will be launched later this fall.

One key session at the summit included breakout sessions where Nutrition Educators worked together to determine what was needed in their communities to make the healthy choice the easy choice. They worked to determine ways they could integrate their programming into worksites, health care, farmers’ markets, and food pantries. Nutrition Educators learned of a healthcare partnership with a pediatric clinic, Countdown to a Healthy ME, based in Portland, where the pediatricians at the clinic identify families that are at risk for obesity and enroll them into a families based culinary enhanced nutrition education program with Nutrition Educators from Healthy Portland. This model is being replicated in other communities such as Topsham utilizing the healthcare system as a feeder for eligible families to participate in free SNAP-Ed programming.

As the Maine SNAP-Ed program moves into its fifth year of operation, it attributes the great successes to the close partnerships developed at both the state and community levels. In FY2015, the Maine SNAP-Ed program reached over 36,000 low-income individuals with easy ways to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a budget. We look forward to strengthening those partnerships and making new partnerships to share in our future successes.

For more information on the great successes of this program, please visit maine.gov/snaped to review the annual report.

Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented statewide by the University of New England (UNE) through contracts with local community coalitions. Maine SNAP-Ed educates low-income families on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles.

Contact mainesnap-ed@une.edu or 207-221-4560 for more information or visit: maine.gov/snaped

University of New England to work with Eastern Maine Medical Center as part of national research partnership

October 27th, 2016 by healthinnovation
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https://nexusipe.org/advancing/nexus-innovations-network

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education announced that the University of New England has joined the former’s Nexus Innovations Network, a national research partnership testing new approaches to health care delivery and health professions education.

UNE joins 87 projects in 33 states already testing new models and methods of integrating health care practice and education. Each of the projects in the Nexus Innovations Network focuses on the real-world testing of effective interprofessional team-based strategies with the potential to improve the experience, outcomes and costs of health care.

In joining the Nexus Innovations Network, UNE will work with Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) to study the impact on students, clinicians and patients of implementing interprofessional education. “At UNE, our students are provided interprofessional team-based competencies while they are still on campus, before their clinical training,” explained Dora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, vice president for Clinical Affairs and director of the Center for Health Innovation. “As they enter clinical settings that help build those interprofessional team skills, such as at EMMC, we want to determine how those skills are impacting their learning, the way clinicians at EMMC practice, and the health outcomes of their patients,” she said. “We are very excited to partner with EMMC in this ground-breaking research.”

Interprofessional team-based care occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds blend their expertise to provide comprehensive health services to patients, families and communities. Patients and, as appropriate, their families are also members of the health team. The concept is not new, but health systems, governmental agencies and educational institutions are beginning to look at how to fully implement it in practice and measure its outcomes on patient care.

“This research is an excellent match between an innovative health system and an innovative health and sciences university, with both serving Maine and growing the next generation of health professionals,” said EMMC’s Felix Hernandez, M.D. “EMMC is a major training site for a variety of UNE health professions students, including those from osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and nurse anesthesia. By training some of these students in teams and researching which elements of team-based care are the most critical, we will be able to better serve our patients.”

This project is estimated to take three years. Throughout the process, UNE and EMMC researchers will collect and submit HIPAA compliant data (i.e., without patients being identified) to the National Center where it will be aggregated with data from other projects and shared through reports and peer-reviewed publications, increasing evidence on the effectiveness and return on investment of interprofessional models in developing the skills necessary for high quality and efficient health care.

Read the Journal Tribune‘s coverage of the news

Learn more about the work occurring at UNE and other Nexus Innovations Network sites at nexusipe.org/advancing.

To learn more about the Center for Health Innovation, visit www.une.edu/

UNE Students Help Staff Influenza Clinics for Vulnerable Populations

October 27th, 2016 by healthinnovation

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In October 2016, Greater Portland Health (formerly Portland Community Health Center) invited UNE students and preceptors to participate in its flu clinic events for the second year in a row. The flu clinics serve underserved clients at Logan Place, the City of Portland Family Shelter, and the Oxford Street Shelter. In addition, the Maine Veteran’s Administration included UNE students and preceptors at one flu clinic held in Saco and at four in Togus. In all, the interprofessional immunization clinics included 12 pharmacy and 13 osteopathic medicine students at these events.

While annual immunization against influenza is recommended for all adults and children without specific exclusion factors (CDC, 2016), individuals living in crowded conditions such as those in homeless shelters may be at particularly high risk for acquiring influenza, while those with underlying health conditions such as older adults may be at high risk for serious complications from the flu.

Several participating osteopathic medicine students represented the newly-launched Care for the Underserved Pathway (CUP) Scholars program at UNE, which trains students in culturally appropriate patient-centered care for residents of rural and urban underserved communities. Following her service immunizing veterans at the Saco-based VA Outpatient Clinic flu clinic event, CUP scholar Annie Liu reflected on a “wonderful experience. The team was incredibly patient and helpful… I look forward to participating in more interprofessional events!” Sean Bilodeau RN, another osteopathic medicine student, thanked organizers for “a great experience” serving clients at Logan Place, which provides permanent housing for persistently homeless Portland residents.

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Woori Kim, PharmD Class of 2017, Kaitlyn Bernard, PharmD Class of 2017, and Eleanor Teoh, DO Class of 2019 provide influenza vaccinations to veterans at the Togus VA Medical Center.

“These interprofessional clinical learning experiences in which UNE students learn from, with, and about each other and from patients are key to building team skills students can bring with them to clinical sites,” explained Dr. Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director UNE Center for Health Innovation and VP of Clinical Affairs.

 

FMI on UNE’s Care for the Underserved Pathway: http://www.une.edu/academics/centers-institutes/center-excellence-health-innovation/care-undeserved-pathway

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

LifeWings comes to Maine to offer TeamSTEPPS trainings in Bangor, Portland, and Biddeford in September

September 6th, 2016 by healthinnovation

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In September the University of New England’s Center for Health Innovation is parterning with LifeWings to offer TeamSTEPPS trainings in Bangor, Portland, and Biddeford. The LifeWings TeamSTEPPS training is an evidence-based framework to optimize team performance across the health care delivery system. It’s based on team structure and has four teachable-learnable skills: Communication, Leadership, Situation Monitoring, and Mutual Support. The interactive LifeWings TeamSTEPPS training will address the U.S. and Canadian IPEC competencies.

On Wednesday, September 14th, the training will be held in Bangor at the Spectacular Event Center from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, light food and refreshments will be served from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The training will offer students, faculty, and clinical affiliates in the Bangor area an opportunity to earn a Team Strategies and & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) certification and providers will also be eligible to receive CME credits. To register for the Bangor training please e-mail Ian Imbert at iimbert@une.edu.

On Friday, September 16th, there will be two separate training’s, one on each of UNE’s campuses. The first training will occur Friday morning from 7:45am-12:00 pm on the Portland Campus in the Finley Recreation Center, registration and light breakfast to start at 7:00 am. The second training will be from 1:15 pm-5:30 pm on the Biddeford Campus in Leonard Hall, light lunch to start at 12:30 pm. The training will offer students, faculty, and clinical affiliates an opportunity to earn a Team Strategies and & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) certification. To register for the Portland event, sign up here. The Biddeford event is full.

LifeWings is a small team of healthcare professionals, military pilots, and healthcare risk managers who have come together to create a sustainable culture of quality. The LifeWings company guarantees that its initiatives will produce measurable outcomes such as creating better teams and teamwork; reducing errors, rework and waste; improving efficiency and reliability; and creating better care and outcomes. The LifeWings team consists of seven different educators who train more than 13,000 healthcare professionals each year at over 150 hospitals worldwide.
Jeff Hill is a LifeWings educator and will be performing the TeamSTEPPS training at the University of New England in September. He brings 30 years of experience in aviation leadership and safety processes to his 15 years of experience as a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer in healthcare. Prior to joining LifeWings, Jeff was the associate director responsible for TeamSTEPPS trainings at Vanderbilt where he developed safety tools and educational curricula supporting patient safety through teamwork and communication. Jeff has given national presentations at Partners Healthcare, The Joint Commission, and the National Patient Safety Foundation.

The Center for Health Innovation is providing the TeamSTEPPS training to meet the objectives of the four-year $600,000 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant it received last year and the five-year $2.5 million grant that it received in conjunction with PCHC in July of 2016 from the Health Resources Service Administration. One of the main goals of the grant is to transform the primary care workforce in rural and underserved Maine and improve health outcomes. The training will provide the necessary tools for UNE’s graduate healthcare students and area providers to have a basic understanding of and exposure to team-based care. It will also encourage students to work interprofessionally before venturing into their professional careers.

For more information on the attending one of the upcoming TeamSTEPPS events in Bangor, Portland, or Biddeford please contact Ian Imbert, MPH, Project Coordinator for interprofessional practice and education at iimbert@une.edu.