Addressing childhood trauma will take a movement

This short video does a fantastic job at explaining the science behind Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Childhood trauma is remarkably common, and has an incredible powerful impact on our ability to be healthy...UNLESS we are able heal from that trauma. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris lays things out clearly, and names the issue as the public health crisis that is is. "The single most important thing that we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say, this is real and this is all of us." Thanks to Stephanie Leblanc of Oxford County Mental Health Services, who convenes our Behavioral Health workgroup, for bringing this video to our attention. That workgroup, as w

Fundraising to support Recovery Coaches

We're very fortunate to have Project Save ME operating in Oxford County. It allows people who are actively using substances to show up at a police station or at Stephens or Rumford hospital, turn over drugs and/or paraphernalia, and ask for help. (There are some stipulations: people with active warrants need to address those first and those with a history of violent crimes may not be able to enroll in the program.) These people are paired with a Recovery Coach who will connect the individual to resources and advocate for that person during his or her recovery. Recovery Coaches play a critical role, helping to navigate treatment options and serving as part of a web of support for people in re

MEHAF Partnership Profile: Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative

This is the first of a four-part series that the Advertiser-Democrat wrote about our MEHAF Initiatives. The Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative is addressing the heroin and opioid crisis by doing critical work to reduce the stigma around substance disorder and support people in recovery. The article is available here: #addiction #recovery #WMARI

MEHAF Partnership Profile: Community Safety Workgroup & RSU10

The second in a four-part series written by the Advertiser-Democrat, this focuses on the excellent work being done by our Community Safety Workgroup to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience. Unfamiliar with those terms? Learn more here: #ACEs #resilience #trauma

MEHAF Partnership Profile: Let's Go, Let's Grow

Community Concepts does great work to support healthy kids in their Early Head Start program. A new effort aims to build upon that work with a focus on how children can maintain healthy relationships with each other as a way to maintain physical health. This article is the third in a four-part series published by the Advertiser-Democrat. #healthyeating #HeadStart

MEHAF Partnership Profile: Alan Day Community Garden

This is the last of a four-part series that the Advertiser-Democrat wrote about our MEHAF Initiatives. Check out the good work going on at the Alan Day Community Garden, and the plans to build upon their solid progress. The article is available here: #healthyeating #garden #ADCG

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