Health and health care news


Dec 12, 2013

  The feeling of being alone- what does it mean, who does it affect and how to feel less isolated and more connected.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Blanca Gurrola, VP of Clinical Services at the Community Counseling Center in Portland

Paul Revier, Clinician at the Community Counseling Center who specializes in counseling the refugee and immigrant population

Maureen Hannigan, Senior citizen who serves as a volunteer foster grandparent at a local school


Nov 19, 2013

  A panel of experts discussed ways to recognize and reduce diabetes in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Eileen Molloy, registered dietician at Pen Bay's Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center 

Nathan Morse, CHES, TTS-C, Program Coordinator, Diabetes Prevention & Control Program, Division of Population Health, Maine CDC, DHHS

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  Chefs and policy experts talk about how the old concept of bringing fresh, local food directly to diners is now new again... and what makes Maine a farm-to-table hot spot. From tomatoes to tuna - buy it local and eat it fresh.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Sam Hayward, Chef-partner of Fore Street Restaurant in Portland 


Nov 12, 2013

  As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars wind down, our country is facing another longer-term battle -  against post-traumatic stress. How can we help those with PTSD?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Dave Meyer from Togus VA

Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and Executive Director of Give An Hour

Kathy Russin, MST Program Director at Togus 

Clifford Trott, PhD, Team Leader/Clinical Psychologist, Portland Vet Center 


Healthy Lifestyles

Oct 21, 2013

  The importance of having a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve one.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Nadine Villani, Family Nurse Practitioner / Patient Educator with Health Access Network 

Dr. Jonathan Fanburg, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Maine Medical Partners. He also works MaineHealth on the Let's Go childhood obesity program. 

Tom Bartol, Nurse Practitioner at the Richmond Area Health Center

  The School of Dentistry opens at the University of New England this week. We heard from it's dean and talked about increasing access to dental care.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Dr. James Koelbl, founding dean of the University of New England's new College of Dental Medicine 

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, pediatric dentist and Clinical Associate Professor of Health Policy, Health Services Research and Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University 

Medicare Update

Sep 24, 2013

  A panel of experts were on hand to discuss all things Medicare, including it's future and what the ACA may mean for Medicare enrollees.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Gordon Smith, Maine Medical Association 

A. Jan Berlin, MD, Physician Leader - Special Projects, MMC Physician-Hospital Organization and Medical Director for the Low Vision Clinic at The Iris Network

Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director

  The Maine Women's Policy Center recently hosted a talk by author Florence Williams. She spoke about her award-winning book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

She explored how and why breast cancer rates have drastically increased since the 1940s and how it speaks to consumer products and the effect of chemicals on our bodies.

This talk was recorded August 15, 2013 at the Strand in Rockland

Maine Women's Policy Center

  The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is upon us. Learn about the great places to see and outdoor things to do for fun & health

Host Jennifer Rooks will be joined by 

Scot Balentine, Senior Product Developer for Equipment 

Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director at The Trust for Public Land 

Kaitlyn Bernard, Appalachian Mountain Club 

Carl Costanzi, Maine Outdoor Coalition Chairman; Program Coordinator for 5210 Let's Go! Oxford County 



Sep 18, 2013

  What are the latest developments in understanding and treating depression, and what support is available for those affected by it.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Robert V. McCarley (MD)-- Outpatient Attending/Outpatient Psychiatry Rotation Director, Dept of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center 

Alan Bean Burpee (LCSW) -- therapist with Counseling Services, Inc.

Elder Care

Sep 17, 2013


  The challenges facing elder care givers and resources for helping them were discussed.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Valerie C. Sauda, RN-BC, MS, MGSF, Geriatric Nurse Service Instructor, Rosscare 

Josephine Cirrinone, Senior Care Coordinator, Eastern Area Agency on Aging

  Just in time for back to school - from immunizations to annual checkups - what can - and should, be done to keep kids healthy.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Larry Losey---Pediatrician in Brunswick 

Patty Hamilton: Public Health Director for City of Bangor Health and Community Services 

Amy Belisle, MD, Director, Child Health Quality Improvement, Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP)

  Another in our 'What Does It Mean" series - this time exploring what it means to be kind.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Michael J. Chase, author, founder of The Kindness Center, and a Southern Maine resident

David Livingstone Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of New England and author of "Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others"

The Human Nature Project


Senior Health Issues

Jul 31, 2013

  A panel of experts discussed the biggest, and not so well known threats to the health of seniors in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

  What is 'shared medical decision making' and how is it helping patients - and doctors?

Host Keith Shortall  was joined by 

Brian J. McGrory, MD, MS, Joint Replacement Surgeon, Maine Medical Center, Joint Replacement Center Workgroup Chairman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guideline on surgical treatment of knee arthritis, Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts School of Medicine 

Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH, Director, Center of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Maine Medical Research Institute