May 28, 2021

In This Issue
Congratulations 2021 UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine & Maine Track Program Graduates
Maine Congressman Jared Golden Part of Group Spearheading Medicare Expansion
Maine Health Alert Network Advisory: Myocarditis and Pericarditis following COVID Vaccination
ME DHHS Updates Pop-Up Clinic Eligibility & Application
Associated Press: COVID Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults
U.S. CDC ACIP: Vaccine Recommendation Updates - 5/25/2021
American Academy of Physician Assistants Votes to Change Title: Physician Associate
Primary Care 2.0 Webinar Opportunities
Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series
Maine Community Action Partnership: CALL TO ACTION!
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy Update
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series - Last Session is June 1
A Trusted Source: Expanding COVID Vaccination in Maine Physician Practices
NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff - June 8, 15, & 22
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Free Level 1 and Level 2 training on June 18, 2021, via Zoom.
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Maine Community Action Partnership: CALL TO ACTION!


Although Maine is leading the way in terms of getting our communities vaccinated, we still have work to do. As physicians and providers you are uniquely positioned as the most trusted sources of information and play an integral role in seeing us through to community immunity. 

In speaking with people across the state, we have found that there are people who are waiting to hear from their doctor about whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is where you all come in. If you haven’t done so already please reach out to patients either via phone, portal, email, mail or in person and recommend to your patients that qualify to get the vaccine. 

As an additional resource, here are six recommended actions for doctors and providers to help build vaccine confidence. For further information, please visit de Beaumont 

1. Lead by example. Get vaccinated and encourage your staff to be vaccinated. 

2. Prepare your health care team, pharmacy, and staff. Ask your staff members if they’d be willing to speak with their colleagues and patients about why they got vaccinated. All staff should be equipped to answer basic questions about Covid vaccines. 

3. Share educational materials widely

4. During patient visits, make COVID-19 vaccination a new vital sign. Ask every patient what their vaccination plan is. For those who say they will take it, make sure they know how and where to schedule an appointment. If they say they’re not sure, discuss their concerns and answer their questions. 

5. Partner with your health department, employers, and others to engage with community members. 

6. Consider sending a letter or email to your patients. (Sample language is provided at link)

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