Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/14/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Governor Announces Maine Will Follow New CDC Guidance on Masks for Fully Vaccinated People
•  FDA Adds Adolescents Age 12 Through 15 to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA
•  AMA Pledges in New Plan to Dismantle Causes of Health Inequities
•  Vaccine Ordering Open to All MIP-approved COVID Vaccine Providers Through Maine CDC
•  Another Busy Week for Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy
•  MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
•  Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021
•  This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
•  SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
•  Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 19th
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
•  2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond May 18-19, 2021
•  Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting May 21-25
•  Maine Opioid Prescribing Legal Update May 25, 2021
•  Medical Director / Physician
•  Finance Director for Islands Community Medical Services


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.


    Suicide Assessment and Management for Clinical Staff
    Registration is open for this virtual 3-part workshop - $10
    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.

      Presented by NAMI Maine
      The ability to conduct an informed suicide risk assessment is a vital skill of any clinician working with high-risk populations.  Suicide Assessment is a virtual 3-part workshop designed to prepare a new or seasoned healthcare or mental health clinician to understand the risk of suicide, how to approach and complete an effective suicide risk assessment, intervention and ongoing management for an individual at risk.  Learning Objectives:

      • Articulate a rationale for a systemic approach to suicide assessment and management within a system of care.
      • Describe the components of a suicide risk assessment interview, using the C-SSRS tools.
      • Use the elements of risk assessment to determine level of care needs and corresponding appropriate resources.
      • Understand the rationale for and applicability of Collaborative safety planning, referrals and follow-up to help manage risk.

      Workshop description and registration information:
      Registration and information for workshop on Tuesdays June 8, 15 and 22.


      Also available:
      Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings:
      A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
      Presented by Greg Marley, LCSW - Director of Suicide Prevention, NAMI Maine

      To schedule this 1-hour presentation for your medical practice, contact the NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Coordinator at or at (800) 464-5767 x2318.

      A Maine citizen is 13.5 times more likely to die by suicide than by homicide (2016-2018), yet suicide is among the most preventable forms of death.  Healthcare practice settings provide an excellent venue for the identification and assessment of suicide risk and the provision of ongoing care to assist in the management of the drivers of suicide.

      This 1-hour presentation will provide updated information on trends in suicidal behavior across the lifespan and an overview of the best-practice approach to suicide identification, assessment, and management of suicide within a practice or hospital setting.  Tools for practice will be offered to address assessment, Collaborative Safety Planning and coordinated follow-up.  This presentation is appropriate to any professional working in a medical, clinical or behavioral health role: medical providers, nurses, social workers and ancillary clinicians and support staff.

      Attendees will leave able to

      • Articulate the rationale for a structured approach to suicide assessment and management in healthcare
      • Describe to elements of suicide assessment and Collaborative Safety Planning
      • Appreciate the recent trends in suicide across the lifespan in Maine

      In collaboration with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and NAMI Maine, the Maine Medical Association offers resources for physicians and medical practices at

      AMA Designation Statement: The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

      Joint Providership Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and NAMI Maine.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians.