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January 29, 2020

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
U.S. Now Has Five Confirmed Cases of Wuhan Coronavirus with More Suspected Cases Under Investigation
Maine CDC Resources on Coronavirus
Vaccine Referendum Update
Maine's Weekly Influenza Report
U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Greater Use of Smoking Cessation Tools That Have Been Proven Effective
10 Terms Every Doctor Should Know About BP
Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, February 4th
State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
Understanding Social Security - Webinar on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm
10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 
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Vaccine Referendum Update

We are less than 5 weeks away from the March 3rd referendum seeking to repeal the new vaccine law that eliminates nonmedical exemptions. The MMA has been working with over 50 other groups as part of the Maine Families for Vaccines coalition in order to defeat this repeal effort.

In the past week or so the proponents of the repeal have put up signs arguing for people to vote “Yes”, with the tag line “Reject Big Pharma.” This misleading message has resulted, paradoxically, in hundreds of people reaching out to the “No” campaign asking how they can help defeat the referendum. “No on One” signs have just arrived and will be appearing around the state soon, with the message “Protect Maine’s children.”

The “No on One” campaign will be holding a campaign rollout event this coming Tuesday, February 4th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center at the State House in Augusta. Members of the coalition groups, including MMA members, are invited to join in the event to demonstrate support for public health. If there was ever a time to block your calendars this is it! Seating will begin at 10 am, and lawn signs will be available.

Finally, these campaigns are costly. The “Yes” side has been far more successfully in raising money to support its messaging than has the “No” campaign. Please help with this effort by clicking and donating to the Maine Families for Vaccines PAC.

Anyone can vote on March 3rd regardless of party affiliation. Don’t forget to vote to protect Maine’s children!

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