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Talking About Alcohol

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Getting comfortable talking about about alcohol.  Learn about a new program designed to break down barriers to talking about alcohol use.  We'll discuss how to have what can be a difficult - but important - conversation... and steps to take to get health care professionals, caregivers, family and friends - comfortable with the subject of alcohol use. 

Guests:  Shawn Yardley, BSW, MBA, a person in recovery and founding member of Bangor Area Recovery Network, past director of the city of Bangor’s Health and Community Services, serves on the boards of: Maine Public Health Association, Maine Center for Public Health, Statewide Coordinating Council for Public Health, Maine Children’s Alliance, and the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Maine).

Mary Lindsey Smith, PhD, MSW, Research Associate, Cutler Institute of Health and Social Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. She has research expertise in substance use and mental health.

Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Penobscot Community Health Center, board-certified family physician in Maine for 30+ years.

Keith grew up in Thomaston, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to Maine Public in 1989. Keith has taken on a number of roles at Maine Public and is the primary editor of Maine news and feature stories aired on Maine Public Radio, and TV news specials including election debates and the annual live State of the State address. Keith is the host and producer of the weekly political roundtable Across the Aisle and on occasion takes the host chair for the daily call-in news program Maine Calling.