Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/28/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  New Maine CDC Director Appointed
•  Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Doctors Without Borders in Portland May 28th
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
•  AMA Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th
•  Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta
•  Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1
•  Topics in Gastroenterology 2019 Update - June 1, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine (6 CME)
•  MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3
•  Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
•  Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


New Maine CDC Director Appointed

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, has been selected as the new director of the Maine CDC.


[from the Maine DHHS press release]

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, has been selected as the new director of the Maine CDC. Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.

As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe about improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, with his work including investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.

Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State's opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.

"We are proud to welcome Nirav Shah to Maine CDC," said Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. "His expertise and enthusiasm will serve the state well as he leads the revitalization of our public health system to improve the health and wellbeing of Maine people."

"I'm delighted to join the dedicated staff of Maine CDC to continue their momentum in rebuilding the state's vital public health infrastructure," said Dr. Shah.

"I look forward to supporting the key initiatives of Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew, including restoring public health nursing, responding to the opioid epidemic, and avoiding the spread of vaccine-preventable disease."

"I am pleased that Maine CDC now has a permanent director in Dr. Shah," said Rep. Patty Hymanson, House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. "The health of Maine people is among our most critical priorities, and I'm confident that the state will benefit from his impressive experience and credentials."

"Dr. Shah has been a national leader in several areas during his tenure as State Health Official for Illinois and in his active participation in the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and I know he'll bring the best of what he learned to Maine," said Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO. "Public health is a team sport, and Dr. Shah is collaborative, enthusiastic, and knows what it takes to create meaningful health improvement. With the support of an excellent team in Maine, I look forward to partnering with Maine reach its health improvement goals."

Since January, the Maine CDC has hired 18 new employees, and 40 additional positions are approved to be filled.

Shah is scheduled to begin as CDC director on June 3.