Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 09/16/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Registration Open: MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting
•  Physician Voting More Important Than Ever
•  Women In Medicine Month: Maroulla Gleaton, M.D
•  SEP 23rd Deadline To Register for Maine’s New PMP System, RxGov
•  New MaineCare Medical Director Announced
•  COVID-19: Millinocket Wedding Outbreak Update - 7 Dead
•  Much Work Remains to Tame Maine’s Opioid Epidemic
•  Infectious Disease Monthly Graph for August 2020
•  September is Suicide Prevention Month
•  CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls - September
•  COVID-19: Weekly Epidemiological Update + New Guidance Documents
•  AMA Video - COVID-19 & High-risk Pregnancies
•  Launch of ‘Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety’ Charter
•  The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
•  Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA 2021 Suggested Legislative Priorities Due Next Week
•  Want To Vote By Mail? Here's How
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine AAP Virtual CME Conference - Sept 26 & 27
•  ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19
•  Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)
•  Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference - Thursday, October 1
•  Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
•  Behavioral Health Clinician
•  Dentist
•  Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
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Physician Voting More Important Than Ever

A recent statnews.com article began with the following, “Physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

 

A recent statnews.com article began with the following, “Physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.” 

It turns out that US physicians are rather complacent with respect to voting-- 41% chance of voting according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which is even worse than the average American voter's 50% chance of voting. This low physician turnout undercuts our ability to encourage voting among our health colleagues, trainees, and patients, despite being otherwise well-positioned to do so. 

Given how public policy determines health in so many ways, and how many patients are marginalized, some physician-leaders and others formed the non-partisan group VoteHealth 2020. Therefore, the MMA joins votehealth2020.com and colleagues nationwide in encouraging all healthcare professionals to find ways to get their patients, their peers, and their peoples (e.g. communities and health systems) engaged in safely voting. 

Of course, given the challenges of COVID-19 and in-person gatherings, creating a safe voting plan is a must. VoteHealth2020 helps with safe voting in the following ways:

1)    Provide materials for healthcare workers to engage patients in clinical spaces- these include placing QR codes on lanyards, flyers, and stickers that patients may then use to directly access voter registration tools.

2)    Provides materials for healthcare workers to engage their larger health systems or communities to vote- these include email signatures, sponsored webinars, and other local events we at VoteHealth can co-host. 

Email info@votehealth2020.com to get involved or reach out to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or call/text at (207) 838-8613 for more information and to learn about Maine candidates for Congress and your respective Maine State Senate and Maine State House races. 

The VoteHealth 2020 (www.votehealth2020.com) website also offers you the chance to confirm your existing voter registration, register to vote, and/or request an absentee ballot.