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May 14, 2021

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Governor Announces Maine Will Follow New CDC Guidance on Masks for Fully Vaccinated People

Governor Janet Mills announced Friday that the State of Maine will adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) new guidance which allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face coverings indoors, effective May 24, 2021.

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FDA Adds Adolescents Age 12 Through 15 to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.

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AMA Pledges in New Plan to Dismantle Causes of Health Inequities

The American Medical Association (AMA) released an ambitious new three-year roadmap this week to embed racial justice and advance health equity within the AMA and our health care system.

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Vaccine Ordering Open to All MIP-approved COVID Vaccine Providers Through Maine CDC

COVID-19 vaccine ordering is now available to all COVID-19 enrolled provider sites. Smaller independent physician offices are excited they can now offer patients shots at their offices. The Maine Medical Association applauds the efforts of Maine public health officials after their announcement they will be offering more doses to community physician practices in the coming weeks.

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Another Busy Week for Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy

The following bills of importance were up for public hearings or voted on this week before policy committees in the Maine State Legislature.

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MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service

The Mary Cushman, MD Award is presented each year by the Maine Medical Association to recognize the humanitarian service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.  Nominations for the 2021 award are due by July 23, 2021.

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Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021

Updates for the Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021.

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UNECOM 2021 updates.

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This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network

Find this week's top articles from JAMA network here.

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SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

The Maine Medical Association- Center for Quality Improvement, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, launched the SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance initiative.

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Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All

After the grueling toll of pandemic life, there are some very clear bright spots. Three vaccines are approved and all back online and being rolled out. In fact, Maine is ranked among the top in the nation for vaccination rates.

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A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity

By registering with Maine Responds at maineresponds.org, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs.

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Maine Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update

The following updates cover bills and issues that were internally defined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors as core state legislative priorities in late 2020 with MMA being the one of the primary advocates before the Maine Legislature and statewide public policy stakeholders.

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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 19th

MMA Legislative Committee Chair, Jay Mullen, M.D. welcomes you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

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Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

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NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff

This 6-hour course will be held in 3 sections of 2 hours each on Tuesday June 8, June 15 and June 22 from 2:30-4:30pm.

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    AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)

    The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.
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    New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series

    The Maine AAP is launching an educational webinar series beginning at the end of March until the first of June.

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    Learn how to engage in effective brief conversational style communication to strengthen a young person’s/families own motivation and commitment to change – conducted in a healthcare setting,  especially for adolescent nicotine and other substance use, misuse and abuse.

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    2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond May 18-19, 2021

    Prevention Professionals Conference is designed to offer Maine's Prevention Community a broad range of learning opportunities, what was formerly known as Prevention Professionals Day has grown to become a 2-day conference.

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    Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting May 21-25

    Please join us online for the annual meeting of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health starting Friday evening, May 21, and going through Tuesday, May 25. Registration closes on May 7th!

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    Maine Opioid Prescribing Legal Update May 25, 2021

    Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on Tuesday May 25, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. 

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    Medical Director / Physician

    Sacopee Valley Health Center, FQHC located in Porter, Maine is seeking a Board Certified, experienced, Physician to be the Medical Director.
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    Finance Director for Islands Community Medical Services

    Our Finance Director leads a 3-person team at Islands Community Medical Services (ICMS), a Federally Qualified Health Center on the island of Vinalhaven serving over 1,500 patients annually. 
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