Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 19 - June 26  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Registration open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
•  FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis
•  MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency
•  Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers
•  Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths
•  Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
•  AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage
•  #VaccinateME - Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!
•  Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles
•  MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week
Federal Government Affairs
•  Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
•  Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
•  Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on July 15th
• 
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
•  Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
•  Medical Director
•  Pediatrician

 

Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths

Free texting service available to alert Mainers to any sudden increase in overdoses and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Partnership to End Addiction have launched a free texting service that alerts Maine residents to any sudden increase in overdoses in their counties and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.

According to Maine.gov, all people in Maine, including parents, caregivers, medical professionals, first responders, community groups and those struggling with substance use can sign up for the Partnership’s SPIKE Auto Text Program. Individuals can sign up by texting SPIKE to 1 (855) 963-5669 (855-9-OD-KNOW) and following the prompts.

Maine is the first state to launch the program statewide. Partnership to End Addiction is piloting the program in three counties in New York and one county in Tennessee, with plans to expand nationwide.