Island Health & Wellness Foundation: Just For The Health Of It Community DiscussionsSep 08, 2023
The History of Island Medical Center: 1976-1993
In the second episode in a series reviewing the history of Island Medical Center, we cover the years of 1976 to 1993. These years are best summed up in an article titled "A Short History of a Big Idea" written by the Island Medical Center Board in 2016:
"The subsequent 17 years at the Island Medical Center saw a significant increase in the stability and number of medical and dental providers, interrupted for a time in the late 1980s by the challenging changes in funding arrangements for doctors' services, and a substantial community-funded renovation and expansion of the medical center building to make room for the expanding services."
Take a walk down memory lane with me as we talk about Drs. Rissi, Garland, Howes, Reynolds, George, Alpaugh and van Emmerik and of course, Ann Barrows. The medical center gets a renovation in 1986 thanks to the community's support and a lot of hard work by the Building Committee, which included Rich Dunham, Aldo Ciomei, and Richard Eaton.
The takeaway from this episode is that the island can face change with tenacity, creativity, and wisdom. We have the shoulders of giants to stand on as we look to the future with hope, possibility, and a deep sense of community.
Talking with Douglas Cornman and Simone Babineaux of Maine Seacoast Mission
The following is a conversation that I had with Douglas Cornman, MA, BC-DMT - Director of Island Services and Simone Babineaux, MSN, RN, FNP-C - Sunbeam Nurse.
Since 1905, Maine Seacoast Mission has been helping to grow stronger communities, resilient children, engaged families, and connected older adults. The organization focuses on meeting people where they are. The mission statement of Maine Seacoast Mission reads as follows: Rooted in a history of compassionate service and mutual trust, the Mission seeks to strengthen coastal and island communities by educating youth, supporting families, and promoting good health.
During our discussion we talk about:
1. What is the Maine Seacoast Mission?
2. What is the Sunbeam?
3. Why is this boat and its crew vital to the health of island communities?
4. Is there any charge for the services provided on the Sunbeam?
5. How is telemedicine being used to better serve the needs of those who live off the coast?
6. Tell me about some of the Mission’s other healthcare initiatives.
7. Are you able to share a story that shows the positive impact that the Sunbeam has on the health of island communities?
8. What other initiatives take place on the boat and with program staff?
9. The Sunbeam recently hosted an event on Isle au Haut. Tell my listeners more about that event.
10. How do people reach you with questions or for more information?
11. What is bringing you joy right now?
Maine Seacoast Mission Website:
Talking with Anna Wind About Healthy Eating and Food Security
The following is a conversation that I had with Anna Wind. Anna is the Healthy Eating Coordinator at Healthy Peninsula, which serves the towns of Blue Hill, Penobscot, Surry, Castine, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Brooksville, Deer Isle and Stonington. Join us as we discuss the following:
1. Tell me about your job as Healthy Eating Coordinator at Healthy Peninsula.
2. What programs does Healthy Peninsula support in our area to address food security?
3. Why is access to healthy food a necessary component of a healthy community?
4. What if I am listening to this and am interested in trying new fruits or vegetables, but am unsure how to cook or prepare them?
5. How can all of us contribute to solving food security issues in this area?
6. How do people reach you with questions or for more information?
7. What is bringing you joy right now?
To contact Anna:
Healthy Peninsula website: https://www.healthypeninsula.org/
Talking about Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and Evensong
The following is a conversation that I had with Kathy Baillargeon, Chris Childs, and Hunt Gressitt. Kathy is the Executive Director of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. Chris is the Patient Care Manager at Hospice Volunteers. Hunt is the Volunteer Choir Director of Evensong. During our conversation my guests answer the following questions:
1. What does Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County do and who does it serve?
2. Is there any cost associated with the services you provide?
3. Who can request services from HVHC?
4. What is your equipment sharing program?
5. Why is your organization a vital part of a healthy community?
6. What is one program or service that you offer that you wish more people knew about?
7. Why is the Patient Care Manager a vital part of the HVHC team?
8. What is Evensong?
9. Why is music important for someone experiencing a life limiting illness?
10. Do you offer all types of music to patients?
11. How big is the group of singers who come to someone’s home, nursing home, or hospital bedside?
12. How can our community help you to accomplish the goals of your program?
13. How do people reach you with questions, to sign up for one of your programs or to become a volunteer?
14. What is bringing you joy right now?
**The end of this episode features four sample pieces performed by Evensong volunteers**
To contact Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County:
An Island Celebration for Drs. Alpaugh and Zelnick and a Request for Assistance
In this episode:
1. I clarify the pronunciation of a past dentist's name from our last episode on the history of Island Medical Center. Dr. Lundin is pronounced Dr. Lun-deen. Thanks to my sharp eared listeners who pointed this out!
2. Announce that Island Health & Wellness Foundation is partnering with Island Community Center to host a thank you celebration for Drs. Alpaugh and Zelnick on Monday, August 21st in the evening. We will have a live band (weather permitting), food trucks, etc. It will be very informal-both doctors requested this. I will have more details coming, but please save this date!
3. Read an email from Drs. Alpaugh and van Emmerik requesting the community's help in finding affordable housing for a dental student.
To follow up on anything said in this episode:
A. There is no need to RSVP for the August 21st event. If you do have pictures of Dr. Alpaugh or Dr. Zelnick that you would like to share, please reach out to me at 207-801-8237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
B. If you have leads on affordable housing for a dental student from mid October to mid December, please reach out to Drs. Alpaugh and van Emmerik at 207-367-2631 or email@example.com
The History of Island Medical Center: 1966-1976
This is the first installment in a series we will be releasing over the next year that covers the history of Island Medical Center. The series is dedicated to reviewing its rich history and re-telling how this island came together to make a dream into reality, and how that vision has evolved over time.
Do you have a story, photos, newspaper article or other information pertaining to the history of Island Medical Center? Please share them with me by calling 207-801-8237 (cell) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You might be featured in a future episode!
Did I say something in this episode that you would like to clarify or correct? Please don't hesitate to reach out to me and let me know.
Talking about the new Island Outdoor Initiative
We need your help on the brand new Island Outdoor Initiative. Working closely with a number of local organizations we are putting together a small but mighty group to take a close look at where we have safer spaces to run, bike and walk and how we might add more of them on Deer Isle-Stonington. The addition of safer spaces to recreate contributes to a strong workforce, a healthy community and can attract more year round residents to the island. I hope you will listen to this episode and reach out to me for more information. My cell is 207-801-8237 and my email is email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Talking with Vanessa Hatch of Healthy Peninsula about Healthy Families
The following is a conversation that I had with Vanessa Hatch. Vanessa is the Healthy Families Coordinator at Healthy Peninsula, which serves the towns of Blue Hill, Penobscot, Surry, Castine, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Brooksville, Deer Isle and Stonington. This is not intended to serve as any type of medical or health care advice. It is just for educational purposes. During our conversation we discuss the following questions:
1. Tell my listeners about your job as Healthy Families Coordinator at Healthy Peninsula.
2. What services does Healthy Peninsula offer to help families thrive?
3. Why is the health of families vital to the health of the entire community?
4. What is one program or service that you offer that you wish more people knew about?
5. Is there a typical work day for you? If so, what does it look like?
6. How can our community help you to accomplish the goals of your program?
7. If you could wave a magic wand and solve one issue facing families right now, what would it be?
8. How do people reach you with questions or for more information?
9. What is bringing you joy right now?
To reach Vanessa by email:
To reach Vanessa by phone:
Cell Phone: 207-469-1119
Healthy Peninsula Office Phone: 207-374-3257
Link to LibriVox: https://librivox.org/
Note on Child Care Provide Network Meetings: The child care provider network is open to child care owners in our service area and is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Owners who come to the meetings get hours of elective continuing education through Maine Road to Quality (MRTQ) for participating in our zooms. Vanessa emails MRTQ each month with the participants/hours/and topic. If someone is interested in joining us they can email Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking with Jessica Perez, Digital Equity Manager for the Maine Connectivity Authority
The following is a conversation that I had with Jessica Perez. Jessica is a Digital Equity Manager for the Maine Connectivity Authority. During our conversation we discuss:
1. What are the goals of the Maine Connectivity Authority?
2. Why is internet connectivity necessary for a healthy community?
3. What is digital equity?
4. Why is ensuring digital equity vital for Maine?
5. What do you wish more people knew about the Maine Connectivity Authority or digital equity?
6. How can our community help to accomplish the goals of the Maine Connectivity Authority?
7. How do people reach you with questions or for more information?
8. What is bringing you joy right now?
P.S. Jessica had no idea that Perez is a well known last name here on the island. She plans to visit soon and I have promised to take her picture by the Perez Crossroad sign. Website for Maine Connectivity Authority:
Talking with Rene Colson of Healthy Island Project about the "Successful Aging Creativity Circle"
The following is a conversation that I had with Rene Colson of Healthy Island Project (HIP). Today we are focusing on a program that HIP is offering through the Foundation of Art & Healing called "Successful Aging Creativity Circle". During our discussion we talk about:
1. What is the Successful Aging Creativity Circle?
2. Why are offerings like this necessary for a healthy community?
3. What is the goal of this program?
4. What has been Rene's favorite part of this program so far?
5. If Rene could snap her fingers and solve one issue facing the aging population on Deer Isle-Stonington, what would it be?
6. How do people reach HIP to sign up?
7. What other community resources does HIP provide that my listeners should know about?
8. What is bringing Rene joy right now?
The following are topics used in the Successful Aging Creativity Circle:
- What does healthy mean?
- Coping with Covid-19-Coping with uncertainty and traumatic times
- Making and keeping friends
- Brain health
- Self care
- Finding meaning through legacy
Dr. Nobel's book "Project Unlonely": https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/647051/project-unlonely-by-jeremy-nobel-md-mph/
To contact Rene:
HIP Phone: 207-367-6332
HIP email: email@example.com
Talking About Island Prescription Drug Take Back Day-April 21, 2023
Opiate Free Island Partnership, Island Health & Wellness Foundation and Healthy Acadia are partnering to host an Island Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Island Medical Center. This year's event will be different from past take back days. In this episode, I talk about what the event will look like and answer frequently asked questions about Deterra medication wasting bags. Please join us!
Link to Deterra website: https://deterrasystem.com/
Talking about Fuel Up! Food, Fitness and Fun
This is a special episode of the podcast designed to highlight an upcoming healthy living series called Fuel Up! Food, Fitness and Fun being offered by Healthy Island Project beginning Monday, April 10, 2023. This is an eight week session open to all islanders 18 years of age and older at no charge. Sessions will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church in Stonington. Native islander and Registered Dietician Raegan Heanssler will be the facilitator. There will be yummy food AND prizes!
To sign up/register:
Call Healthy Island Project at 207-367-6332
Email Healthy Island Project at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking with Melissa Jones Bayley About Island Angels
The following is a conversation that I had with Melissa Jones Bayley. Melissa grew up here on Deer Isle-Stonington and is a licensed massage therapist. In addition, she founded an organization called “Island Angels”. During our discussion, Melissa answers the following questions:
1. What is Island Angels and how did it get started?
2. Although many of my listeners probably knew your mom, please tell me more about her.
3. Island Angels just received approval to be an official non-profit organization. What does this mean for future projects and goals?
4. What services/support does Island Angels offer to those who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis?
5. Why is massage important for those who are dealing with cancer?
6. What challenges have you encountered while creating this organization?
7. What has surprised you about this project?
8. How can people support your work?
9. Let’s talk about massage in general. Why is massage important for overall physical health?
10. What services do you offer here on the island?
11. What does a typical massage appointment look like?
12. How do people reach you for massage or for Island Angels work?
13. If you could send one message to a person experiencing a cancer diagnosis or a family member helping to care for him or her, what would it be?
14. What is bringing you joy right now?
Links to Contact Island Angels:
Talking with Rose Honders of Eastern Area Agency on Aging
The following is a conversation that I had with Rose Honders. Rose is the Community Services Director for Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA). This is Rose’s second time on the podcast, as she was a guest in her previous role as Director of At Home Downeast. During our discussion, Rose answers the following questions:
1. In your own words, tell me who you are, where you work and what you do.
2. What does Eastern Area Agency on Aging do and what kinds of services does it provide?
3. Who does EAAA serve?
4. What is a program or service that is offered through EAAA that you wish more people knew about?
5. If you could snap your fingers and solve one issue facing the population you serve, what would it be and why?
6. How do people reach you?
7. How can we support EAAA’s work in this area?
8. What is bringing you joy right now? (Hint: It is her amazing dog, Abraham!)
To reach EAAA:
Phone numbers: 207-941-2865 or 800-432-7812
Physical address: 240 State Street, Brewer, ME 04412
Talking with Jo Cooper about the "Transportation Equity for Healthy Aging" Project
The following is a conversation that I had with Jo Cooper. Jo retired last year after 20 years as the Founding Executive Director of Friends in Action. Currently Jo is a Consultant and Project Manager of a Maine Health Access Foundation grant project titled “Transportation Equity for Healthy Aging.” During our discussion, Jo answers the following questions:
1. Why are volunteer transportation programs important to the health of Maine communities?
2. What is the “Transportation Equity for Healthy Aging” project?
3. How did this project get started?
4. What is your job as a Consultant and Project Manager?
5. What is the goal of this project?
6. What challenges have you encountered while doing this work?
7. What has surprised you about this project?
8. How can people support your work?
9. What is bringing you joy right now?
Talking with Jessica Ames About Angel Flight East
The following is a conversation that I had with Jessica Ames. Jessica is the Outreach and Events Director for a program called Angel Flight East. During the episode we talk about:
1. What is Angel Flight East?
2. How did this program get started?
3. How do people qualify for a flight?
4. What is the process to sign up for a flight?
5. Is there anything people should know before signing up for this program?
6. What are the requirements for a volunteer pilot?
7. How do pilots sign up?
8. Why do pilots fly with Angel Flight East?
9. What do you wish more people knew about the services your organization provides?
10. Can you give my listeners an example of a particular flight?
11. How do people reach you?
12. How can people support your work?
13. What is bringing you joy right now?
To reach Angel Flight East to access a medical flight: https://angelflighteast.org/passengers/
To reach Angel Flight East to become a volunteer pilot: https://angelflighteast.org/pilots/
To call Angel Flight East: 215-358-1900
Talking with Sheriff Scott Kane about the Wanderers Program
The following is a conversation that I had with Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane. Our discussion focused on a very unique and valuable service that his office offers called the Wanderers Program. Sheriff Kane answers the following questions during the episode:
1. Tell my listeners about the Wanderers Program.
2. How did this program get started?
3. What information does the Client Wandering Database Intake form ask for?
4. Why is it important that people who love and care for someone with autism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or dementia register that person in the database?
5. How does law enforcement use the information to help locate a missing individual?
6. Is the database information shared with other departments in case the person is away from Hancock County when he or she goes missing?
7. How do people request a form?
8. What is bringing you joy right now?
To reach the Sheriff's Office to request an intake form: 207-667-7575
Location of Sheriff's Office: 50 State Street, Ellsworth, ME
For help with the form, don't hesitate to reach out to me at 207-801-8237 or by email at email@example.com
Talking with Alli Williamson at Next Step Domestic Violence Project
**This episode features discussions about domestic and dating violence. Please listen with care. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or dating violence, there are resources available to help you. You can call Next Step Domestic Violence Project at 1-800-315-5579.**
The following is a conversation that I had with Alli Williamson. Alli is the Prevention and Youth Education Coordinator at Next Step Domestic Violence Project and the host of her own podcast called “Relationship Rewind”. In our discussion, Alli answers the following questions:
1. What does Next Step Domestic Violence Project do?
2. What does your role as Prevention and Youth Education Coordinator involve?
3. What does a “typical” day look like for you?
4. Tell us about the “Relationship Rewind” podcast.
5. Why is this podcast important for our local youth to listen to and talk about?
6. Why are relationships based in equality important for a healthy community?
7. What is one service that you offer as part of your role at Next Step that you wish more people knew about?
8. How can we best support your work?
9. How do people reach you?
10. What is bringing you joy right now?
To reach NextStep for any reason, please use the hotline number below:
Talking About FindHelp.org
The following is a conversation that I had with Amanda Bowen and Jessica Shaffer. Jessica is the Director of Community Health Partnerships at Northern Light Health and Amanda is from an organization called Find Help. This is not intended to serve as any type of medical or health care advice. It is just for educational purposes. Jessica and Amanda do a great job of answering the following questions:
1. Tell my listeners about FindHelp.org.
2. How is Northern Light partnering with Find Help?
3. Why did Northern Light choose Find Help as its database for community resources?
4. Why is it important for community resource providers to be listed in this database?
5. How do people get their program or service added to Find Help?
6. Can anyone access this database of resources? If so, how?
7. What is your goal for the coming year in terms of getting organizations signed up in Find Help?
8. How is overall community health improved by databases such as this one?
9. How do people contact you?
To contact FindHelp:
Amanda's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BONUS Episode in Written Form: Talking with Denise Antonition, LCSW about Coping with Holiday Stress
This is a story of lemons to lemonade. . .or eggs to egg nog this time of year. Below is a link to our first written podcast!
Denise Antonition, LCSW at Island Family Medicine, and I recorded a podcast last week about coping with holiday stress. The only problem. . .and a large source of my stress. . .was that when I played it back in editing there was a persistent noise in the background that made it impossible to listen to comfortably. So, since the information she shared is extremely important, we are releasing it in written format instead. I love the final product and hope that you will share it far and wide. It can be viewed on our website at the link below:
If you would prefer, you can also email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to send it to you in a file that can be shared.
Talking with Angela Fochesato, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
The following is a conversation that I had with Angela Fochesato, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. In this episode, Angela answers these questions:
1. What does the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center do and who does it serve?
2. How did the center start?
3. What has been the focus of her work so far?
4. Why is this work so important to our community?
5. What is one thing that the organization offers that she wishes more people knew about?
6. Does she have any exciting upcoming events to share?
7. How do people reach the Center?
To reach Angela and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
Physical Address: 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth, ME
Please watch "Island Strong"
Due to the holiday, there will be no new episode of the "Just for the Health of It" podcast this week. Instead, I ask you to take a few minutes to watch the short film "Island Strong", which can be accessed here:
This professional short film highlights the work being done right here on Deer Isle-Stonington to address substance use prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction. It features interviews with your friends and neighbors who have been impacted by substance use as well as those working on the front lines to combat this disease.
Talking with Nick St. Louis about the OPTIONS Program
The following is a conversation that I had with Nick St. Louis. Nick is the new OPTIONS Liaison for Hancock County. During our discussion, we talk about:
1. What is the OPTIONS Program?
2. How did Nick end up in this position?
3. What is his role as an OPTIONS Liaison?
4. How did the OPTIONS program originate?
5. What does a typical day look like for Nick?
6. What is a program or service that the OPTIONS program offers that Nick wishes more people knew about?
7. How does the OPTIONS program improve the overall health of our community?
To Contact Nick:
Talking with Heidi Burgess About Car Seat Safety
This is a conversation that I had with Heidi Burgess. Heidi just completed the Maine Department of Transportation’s Child Passenger Certification Training. She is eager to share what she learned with our community. During our conversation, we discuss the following:
1. What is the certification training process like?
2. What was Heidi's favorite part of the training?
3. What surprised her the most?
4. What piece of advice from the training does she wish every caregiver knew about?
5. How do people reach Heidi?
To reach Heidi, please call: 207-348-2609
Talking with Danielle Coutu about Sexual Assault and Trauma Informed Care
**Trigger warning: In this episode we discuss sexual assault. Please listen with care.**
The following is a conversation that I had with Danielle Coutu. Danielle is a Registered Nurse and serves as the Regional Coordinator of the SANE Program. This program is administered by the University of New England’s School of Nursing and Population Health. In this episode we discuss:
1. What does SANE stand for and what does this program do?
2. Why is trauma informed care important?
3. How does having SANE trained first responders, medical personnel, etc. benefit the community?
4. How can organizations or people contact Danielle to hear more about the services offered by her organization?
5. How can our community best support Danielle's work?
To contact Danielle, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking with Linda Nelson about the Stonington Economic Development Committee Health Care Task Force
The following is a conversation that I had with Linda Nelson. Linda is the Economic & Community Development Director for the Town of Stonington. Today’s discussion focuses on a newly formed Health Care Task Force that the Stonington Economic Development Committee (SEDC) has organized as a way for the Town to support health care needs on the island. In this episode, we talk about:
1. The job description of an Economic & Community Development Director.
2. Where the idea for a Health Care Task Force came from.
3. Who serves on this committee.
4. The committee's goals and priorities.
5. What kinds of work has been done so far.
6. How our community can best support the work of the task force.
To contact Linda Nelson
Talking with Raegan Heanssler, Registered Dietitian
Exciting news!! This is my first in person podcast interview!!!!
This episode features a conversation that I had with Raegan Heanssler. Raegan grew up here on the island and now works as a Registered Dietitian for the VA Maine Healthcare System. During our discussion, we talk about:
1. What is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and how does it differ from a nutritionist or nutrition coach?
2. What made Raegan interested in becoming an RD?
3. Where did she go to school and for how long?
4. What advice does she have for someone going into the RD field?
5. What part of her job does she enjoy the most?
6. What does a typical day look like for her?
7. Why is a Registered Dietician an integral part of a health care team?
8. What has surprised Raegan about her work?
9. What is bringing her joy right now?
Talking with John Lindquist of Friends in Action
This episode features John Lindquist, the new Executive Director of Friends in Action. In this conversation we discuss:
1. What does Friends in Action do?
2. What made John interested in leading this organization?
3. How many employees work at Friends in Action and what do they do?
4. What is the history of Friends in Action?
5. What has been the focus of John's work so far?
6. What is one thing that Friends in Action offers that John wishes more people knew about?
7. What has surprised him about Friends in Action?
8. How do people reach Friends in Action?
9. What is bringing John joy right now?
To reach Friends in Action:
Talking with Caroline Bloss and Sonya Connelly About the Prosper Program
The following is a conversation that I had with Caroline Bloss and Sonya Connelly. Caroline and Sonya are both working with Healthy Acadia’s Prosper Initiative. Caroline serves as the Project Director. Sonya is a Community Health Navigator. This episode is brought to you by Healthy Acadia through a grant from The Human Resources Services Administration's Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program.
In this episode we discuss:
1. What is the PROSPER Program and who does this program primarily serve?
2. How did this program get established?
3. What has been the focus of your work so far?
4. How does this program benefit the health of our communities?
5. What is one thing that the PROSPER Program offers that you wish more people knew about?
6. How do people reach you?
7. What is bringing Caroline and Sonya joy right now?
To contact the PROSPER Program:
phone: (207) 974-7460
Talking with Hallie Lartius of Healthy Island Project About Digital Equity and Inclusion
The following is a conversation that I had with Hallie Lartius. Hallie is an Island Institute Fellow who is working with Healthy Island Project. Her focus is digital equity and inclusion. In the episode we talk about:
Hallie's first year living and working in the Deer Isle-Stonington community.
What digital equity and inclusion are and why they are important to communities.
What Hallie has been focusing on in addition to her digital equity and inclusion work.
How the work that Hallie is doing will make our community healthier.
Healthy Island Project's Website:
Healthy Island Project's Phone Number:
Farm Drop Website for Deer Isle:
Talking with Anna Viertel of Next Step Domestic Violence Project
**Trigger warning: In this episode we discuss domestic and sexual violence. Please listen with care.**
The most important part of this entire episode is the Next Step 24/7 Hotline: 800-315-5579.
Anna Viertel is the Coordinator for Community Response at Next Step Domestic Violence Project, which serves the Deer Isle-Stonington community. This conversation ran long, but I hesitated to edit it because every word is so important and could save a life. During our discussion, Anna and I talk about:
What services does Next Step provide?
Why should our community be concerned about domestic violence?
What has been the focus of Anna's work so far as a Community Response Coordinator?
What is non fatal strangulation?
How can people reach Next Step?
To see more about what Next Step does, visit their website at: https://www.nextstepdvproject.org/helpline
Talking with Larry Clifford of Healthy Peninsula About Age Friendly Communities
Larry Clifford is the new Healthy Aging Coordinator at Healthy Peninsula. Healthy Peninsula serves the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle and Stonington through their work on Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating and Healthy Families. During our conversation, Larry answers the following questions:
What does "age friendly" mean?
Why should communities be concerned about being "age friendly"?
Why has Larry focused on community interviews?
What areas of need have been identified through these interviews?
How can we help Larry make our community more age-friendly?
What other programs/resources does Healthy Peninsula offer?
To reach Larry:
office phone: 207-374-3257
location of Healthy Peninsula's office (it is new!): 26 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill, Maine
Healthy Peninsula website: https://www.healthypeninsula.org/
Talking with Traci Martin About Massage Therapy
This episode features a conversation that I had with Traci Martin. Traci is currently in the process of becoming a licensed massage therapist. During our conversation, Traci answers the following questions:
What made her decide to switch careers and become a massage therapist?
Why is massage an important component of overall wellness?
What happens at a massage appointment?
How long does an appointment typically take and how often do people come for treatment?
How much does an appointment cost? Is it covered by insurance?
How do people reach Traci to make an appointment?
What is one thing Traci wishes more people knew about the work she does?
How has the pandemic impacted her work?
Contact information for Traci:
Talking with Jeannie Hatch About the new Island Community Center Gym
In this episode I talk with Jeannie Hatch, Executive Director of Island Community Center. Jeannie is a returning guest to the "Just for the Health of it" podcast. In this conversation we focus on Island Community Center's new gym, which is set to open around the end of June. Jeannie gives us all the details-hours, cost, equipment, etc. Jeannie is an inspiration, both in the skillful way she leads her organization and the way that she is quick to credit others for their contributions. I can't wait for you to listen!
To contact Island Community Center:
Talking with Island Nursing Home Board-Answering Community Questions
Tim Hoescht and Ronda Dodge, Island Nursing Home (INH) Board members, sit down with me again this week and continue to answer listener and community questions. In this episode we talk about how staffing is the key issue preventing the nursing home from reopening. Tim even gives me a pop quiz-which I fail! We also talk about ideas that have been shared as to possible uses for the INH building that will benefit seniors.
To submit questions for future episodes or to give ideas about possible uses for the INH building, please email me at email@example.com
Talking with the Island Nursing Home Board-Answering Community Questions
In this episode, Tim Hoescht, Ronda Dodge and Skip Greenlaw sit down with me (via Zoom) and answer community questions regarding the recent report from the Island Nursing Home (INH) Board that was published in Island Advantages.
One thing that they said off-air that I think bears repeating is that they hope the community will be kind and positive about the nursing home's future.
Thank you, my listeners, for trusting me with your questions. Please know that after listening to this episode, if you have additional thoughts or questions, they are always welcome. The INH Board is willing to continue answering community questions as they are shared and I am committed to getting answers for all of you.
To view a copy of the Island Nursing Home Board's report, click on the link below:
To contact Island Nursing Home with ideas for how the building can be used to benefit seniors, please call: 207-348-2351.
To share ideas with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking with Rose Honders about At Home
In this conversation I talk with Rose Honders, Director of At Home, a program of Downeast Community Partners. Rose and I discuss what At Home does, why it is an important part of our community, how people sign up, how much it costs, and how we can all support healthy aging. Rose brings warmth, enthusiasm and a sense of humor to both her job and this discussion.
To contact At Home:
Phone number: 207-374-5852
Talking with Beth Alteri and Tracy Crossman about SMART Recovery
In this conversation, I talk with Beth Alteri and Tracy Crossman about SMART Recovery. This is a new program that is being offered at the INSPIRE Recovery Center in Ellsworth on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During our discussion, we talk about:
What is SMART Recovery?
Can SMART Recovery be used for other habits we would like to break?
What happens during a typical session?
How do I sign up?
Can I join at any time?
Is there a cost to join?
Is there homework?
How has the response been so far?
For more information about the INSPIRE Recovery Center and/or SMART Recovery, please contact Beth Alteri at email@example.com or (207) 217-3449, or Tracy Crossman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 610-0386.
Talking with Savannah Steiger of Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council
Trigger warning: This episode contains discussions about child abuse and neglect. If you are in immediate danger or know of a child who is in danger, please call 911.
This is my second conversation with Savannah Steiger, Care Coordinator and Educator for Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While Savannah and her colleagues work on this issue all year long, they are using April as a time to highlight this issue in Hancock and Washington Counties.
Among other things, Savannah and I discuss:
What is the Prevention Council?
How and when did it get started?
How many Councils exist in Maine and what are their areas of focus?
What is considered child abuse and neglect?
What are the risk factors for child abuse and neglect and why are they important to recognize in addressing this issue?
How has the pandemic impacted child abuse and neglect?
How many cases of child abuse and neglect were there in Maine last year?
What can we do as a community to minimize child abuse and neglect?
What types of programs does Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council offer to parents, caregivers, community agencies and the general public?
What should I do if I suspect child abuse and neglect?
To report child abuse/neglect: 1-800-452-1999
Savannah Steiger: phone (text or call)-207-271-8199 or email email@example.com
Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council website: https://sun-rise.tv/can-council/
Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council phone number: 207-255-8273
To contact Anne West to sign up for a Front Porch session in Deer Isle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking with Erin Benson and Becky Nelson of Eastern Maine Development Corporation
The following is a conversation that I had with Erin Benson and Becky Nelson. Erin is the Senior Director of Workforce Services at Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) and Becky is an EMDC Youth Ambassador. Among many other topics, in this episode we discuss:
1. What programs does Workforce Services offer to Hancock County Residents?
2. What is a program or service that EMDC offers that Erin and Becky wish more people knew about?
3. How are the services offered by EMDC tied into the health of our community?
4. How do people reach EMDC?
5. How has the pandemic impacted EMDC's work?
6. How can we support EMDC?
This episode is a must listen for anyone who knows someone aged 16 to 24. The career development opportunities that EMDC offers for this age group are life changing! Listening to Becky's story of going from a high school student overwhelmed by the pandemic and remote learning to a confident, young woman who is planning to become a nurse will stay in your mind and heart forever. These kids truly are our future and EMDC is giving them the best start possible.
To reach the Workforce Services program to find out more about participating (either as a student in the program or as a business mentor/host), please call:
or by email at:
Talking with Renee Mozeliak of the INSPIRE Recovery Center
The following is a conversation that I had with Renee Mozeliak. Renee is a Maine Recovery Core Intern at Healthy Acadia’s INSPIRE Recovery Center in Ellsworth. Among other things (including the universal appeal of tacos) we discuss the following:
Why did Renee decide to become a Recovery Coach?
What does Renee do at the INSPIRE Recovery Center?
What is a program or service that is offered at the recovery center that she wishes more people knew about?
What does Recovery Coaching mean to her?
How do people contact Renee?
What is a typical day like for Renee?
How has the pandemic impacted her work?
How can listeners of this podcast support the recovery center?
What is bringing Renee joy right now?
To contact Renee:
Talking with Caroline King of the Red Cross
The following is a conversation that I had with Caroline King. Caroline is the Executive Director at American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine. I am still amazed at the scope of services that the Red Cross offers to our area. During the course of our conversation, Caroline answered the following questions:
1. Did she always want to work in the non-profit world?
2. What services does the Red Cross offer in our area?
3. What is a program or service that the Red Cross offers that she wishes more people knew about?
4. What is the free smoke detector program?
5. How do people reach the Red Cross?
6. How has the pandemic impacted the Red Cross' work?
7. How can people support the Red Cross?
8. What is bringing her joy right now?
Contact information for the Red Cross:
1-800-RED CROSS (national phone line)
1-800-464-6692 (local Red Cross)
Talking with Ann Delaney of Island Adult & Community Education
This podcast features a conversation that I had with Ann Delaney. Ann is the new Director of Adult Education at Island Adult & Community Education. She brings warmth, enthusiasm and knowledge to her position, all of which shine throughout our discussion.
Among other things we discuss how people can access offerings at Island Adult & Community Education for everything from obtaining their high school certification to taking CNA classes. I love the hands on approach Ann brings to her job and her focus on inclusivity. We also talk about how the pandemic has impacted adult education and highlight the benefits of working with a tight knit and connected community like Deer Isle-Stonington.
I want to highlight the upcoming CNA course being offered through Island Adult & Community Education. The lack of CNA’s has been named as a reason that the Island Nursing Home was forced to close last year. Right now, thanks to local donors, the upcoming class is free. Now is the time to learn a new skill and help this community!
To read more about the programs available at Island Adult & Community Education, visit the Facebook page below:
To contact Ann you can call 207-348-6303 or email her at email@example.com
Talking with Dr. Hollan Oliver
This episode features my conversation with Dr. Hollan Oliver. Hollan is a native islander and is the owner of Coastline Physical Therapy and Performance in Deer Isle. In this episode we talk about how she ended up back on the island after years "away" and what draws her to this helping profession.
In addition, Hollan and I discuss what services she offers, how to reach her for an appointment, what happens during a physical therapy session, and one thing we can all do today to increase our strength, mobility and flexibility.
Fun facts that are brought up in this episode:
Hollan's office manager is a sweet dog named Presley.
Hollan is a new mom.
Hollan was one of the first recipients of an Island Medical Center health scholarship.
To make an appointment, visit Hollan's website at: https://coastlinetherapy.com/ or call her at 207-619-4974.
If you are a physical therapist, or know a physical therapist, who would like to practice on the island, reach out to Hollan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollan's book recommendation-"Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.
Talking with Savannah Steiger of Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Counsel
In this podcast episode, I talk with Savannah Steiger, Care Coordinator and Educator at Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council. This is the third in a series of podcasts highlighting offerings at the new INSPIRE Recovery Center in Ellsworth.
In addition to the Parenting in Recovery Support Group, Savannah and her team offer a number of groups and programs throughout Hancock and Washington Counties that benefit parents and children. Among other topics, we talk about how we might bring more support to families in Deer Isle-Stonington.
Savannah is smart, resourceful, humble and full of heart for her work. Prepare to be inspired to change the world one family at a time! To learn more about Savannah, check out this podcast episode that featured her experience getting her degree while parenting and overcoming significant obstacles:
To contact Savannah: email@example.com
Parenting in Recovery Support Group-Weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm to 7pm, In-person or Zoom from home Join us at INSPIRE or from the comfort of your home for coffee and conversation about the amazing and challenging journey called parenthood. Find support, share stories, find resources, get parenting info and so much more! Meeting ID: 216.556.6326 Passcode: public
Talking with Ronda Dodge About Island Nursing Home-14th in Series
In this episode, Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the Island Nursing Home (INH), provides the community with updates, including:
1. Where to find a copy of the INH Task Force's final report and the INH Board's response to the report.
2. What needs the INH Board has that our community may be able to help fill.
3. Why a recent Bangor Daily News article said the Island Nursing Home may need millions of dollars to reopen.
Ronda also answers a listener's question about whether or not the INH Board plans to keep the two minivans, bus and pick-up truck that they had at the time of closing.
Lastly, Ronda and I talk about how she, and other INH Board members, are doing after four months of pouring their hearts and souls into this effort.
To access a copy of the INH Task Force Report: https://islandnursinghome.squarespace.com/new-blog/2022/1/4/task-force-executive-report-and-recommendations
To volunteer to help the INH Board with fundraising, affordable housing or offer your talent/services, please email Ronda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To offer a housing or rental option, please email Lori Morey at: email@example.com or call 348-2351.
Keep those questions coming! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-367-5851 (leave a message).
Talking with Tracy Crossman and Beth Alteri About The INSPIRE Recovery Center
Wow! This episode will leave you inspired and hopeful about the future of substance use recovery in Hancock County. As I talked with Beth and Tracy, it became so obvious that this is more than a job for them-it is a calling. Beth and Tracy answered all my questions, including:
1. What is the new INSPIRE Recovery Center?
2. Where is it located?
3. When is it open?
4. Can people just walk in?
5. What can I expect at the center when I walk in the front door?
6. What is your goal for the recovery center?
7. How can the Deer Isle-Stonington community help?
8. What is bringing you joy right now?
To find out more about the center and the Healthy Acadia's work, I've linked their website here: https://www.healthyacadia.org/
To sign up for the monthly calendar detailing INSPIRE's upcoming activities, email Tracy at: email@example.com
Want to go to the recovery center with me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-367-5851 (leave a message) and we will set up a time.
Looking for recovery support? Healthy Acadia's website can help you access support. Go to: https://www.healthyacadia.org/need-help
Talking with Esther Adams and Marti Brill About the Mariners Soar! Afterschool Program
In this episode I talk with Esther Adams and Marti Brill of the Mariners Soar! Afterschool Program at Deer Isle Elementary School. These two ladies pour their hearts and souls into caring for our island children. Among other things, Marti and Esther answer the following questions:
1. What is the After School Program? Who does it serve and why was it created?
2. How does the After School Program improve the overall physical and/or mental health of this community?
3. What does a typical day look like?
4. How do students access after school programming?
5. How has the pandemic impacted your work?
6. What has surprised you most about this program?
7. What is bringing you joy right now?
To financially support the afterschool program, please send checks made payable to "Deer Isle Elementary School" to 249 N Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Please put "Mariners Soar! Program" in the memo of your check.
To offer your help as a volunteer, please contact Marti or Esther by calling 348-6301.
Talking with Ronda Dodge About INH Engaging Covenant Health, Inc. for Assessment
In this episode Ronda Dodge and I talk about a recent announcement that Island Nursing Home has engaged Covenant Health, Inc. to conduct a three-month assessment of the organization's viability to reopen. We talk about:
1. Does this announcement mean Covenant will own INH?
2. What is meant by affiliation?
3. Is INH now a religious facility?
4. When will the Task Force recommendations be shared with the INH Board?
5. What are the next steps?
Do you have property that might be used as a rental? Please contact INH at 348-2351.
Keep your questions coming! I can be reached at ihwf1966@gmail or 207-367-5851.
Talking with Denise Black and Teri Woodruff About Recovery Coaching
On this Giving Tuesday, we have a gift for you-a bonus podcast episode! This is a conversation that I had with Denise Black and Teri Woodruff, Co-Directors for the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching. These ladies personify compassion, competence and community. In our discussion we talk about:
1. What recovery coaching is and how people can become a recovery coach or access recovery coaching services.
2. What a recovery coaching session looks like.
3. How the pandemic has impacted recovery coaching.
4. What we can all do today to make our community more recovery friendly.
Recovery Coach Trainings:
How to get a recovery coach: