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Virtual Health Fair

2020 marks the 41st year of the annual Cary Medical Center Health Fair and thanks to these unusual times, we have had to reimagine our event so that the fair could go on. This year, in lieu of our annual in-person Cary Medical Center Health Fair, we will be conducting a “Virtual Health Fair” and invite you to join us! From October 1 to October 31, we will introduce and highlight our virtual health fair exhibitors in a special way here on this page and also on Facebook in any of the following three locations: Cary Medical Center’s 2020 Virtual Health Fair; Healthy You Facebook pageHealthy You Health & Wellness Community.

Throughout the month, we will introduce and showcase one organization or program each day – providing health information, resources, and important agency/organizational information to help people in our communities access their services. We will be sharing videos, brochures, upcoming event information, live Q & A segments and giveaways – just like you might have experienced at the in-person event in the past. It will also pay to stay engaged as we will host a few door prize drawings throughout the event as well as a grand prize drawing at the very end. Entries will be earned through engagement with the event – think “LIKES” and comments! We hope you will join us as we aim to connect our communities with whatever they might need to make their health and wellness a priority – even in the midst of these uniquely challenging times.

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October 21: CARY – Women’s Imaging Center

Have you postponed your routine mammogram due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
It’s time to reschedule by calling Cary Medical Center‘s Women’s Imaging Center at 207.498.1201!

Pink Aroostook Program Director, Bethany Zell, recently talked about how you can “Think BEYOND Pink” when it comes to breast cancer. This includes knowing your own personal risk for breast cancer, finding ways to reduce that risk and knowing what’s normal for you so that you will know when things are different and be able to see your provider before too much time has passed. Watch the informative video which highlights a few practical ways you can help those living with and at risk for breast cancer beyond buying a pink ribbon product.

October 20: Aroostook Council for Healthy Families

The Aroostook Council For Healthy Families is a community organization committed to strengthening families in Aroostook County by providing and advocating for education and support. Learn more about what they have to offer and how they support our Aroostook County communities by visiting their website at https://sites.google.com/achf-me.org/wwwachf-meorg. Don’t forget to also LIKE and follow them on Facebook to stay plugged into educational information and upcoming events to help support your family and you as a parent.

The team at the Aroostook Council For Healthy Families took some time to introduce themselves and tell you a little more about what they do and how they serve our Aroostook families and communities! Watch the short video they made below.

 

October 19: CARY – Zero Suicide Grant

Beth Singer, Grant Coordinator for the ZERO Suicide grant at Cary Medical Center sat down with Healthy You Program Director, Bethany Zell, to discuss the program’s initiative and to share important mental health information to help in our quest to reduce the amount of death by suicide.

70% of people that die from suicide showed warning signs or even talked about it. If you suspect someone is in crisis, please talk to them. You will NOT give someone the idea. You can help. Visit https://www.bethe1to.com to learn more.

A recent national survey shows that 93% of Americans believe that suicide can be prevented, and would do something if someone close to them was thinking about suicide (95%). However, many people (69%) identified key barriers to talking about suicide, such as not knowing what to say, feeling they don’t have enough knowledge, or not feeling comfortable with the topic.
You can play a role today in helping to reduce those barriers by sharing tips and resources that empower all Americans to take action to support themselves and others. We all play a role!
Learn more by visiting: https://www.take5tosavelives.org/!

October 18: Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. As a not-for-profit organization, they depend on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform their mission. Learn more by watching this short video:

We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross of Northern New England to help bring Red Cross Blood Drives to our local communities. We have two more scheduled for 2020 in Caribou. You can easily schedule an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org.

  • Caribou Inn and Convention Center: 19 Main St – Caribou, ME 04736 – 10/22/2020 | 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM
  • Caribou Inn and Convention Center: 19 Main St – Caribou, ME 04736 – 12/17/2020 | 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Be sure to visit the American Red Cross on the web and LIKE/follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on upcoming events, learning opportunities and other ways you can help.

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October 17: AMHC – Sexual Assault Services

Julia Miller, Program Director of Prevention and Sexual Assault Services, and Wendy Page, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator for Aroostook County, of AMHC Sexual Assault Services recently sat down with Cary Medical Center’s Bethany Zell to discuss the prevalence of sexual assault in Aroostook County, how we can help change the conversation around this issue and how they are equipped to help. Watch the video below to find out more.

The mission of AMHC Sexual Assault Services is to promote healing and justice to all who are affected by sexual violence through advocacy, education, and prevention.
AMHC Sexual Assault Services has provided services to individuals who are affected by sexual violence since 1984. Their advocates and educators serve Maine’s Aroostook, Hancock, and Washington Counties.
Their dedicated website outlines their services and has a comprehensive list of resources that are available.
Visit https://www.amhcsas.org to learn more and to be connected to someone who can help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There is help available and they are just a phone call away. Someone is on the other end 24/7.
Additionally, Aroostook Mental Health Center – AMHC Sexual Assault Services’ work in Northern and Downeast Maine includes:
  • Advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, their families, and friends, including a 24-hour crisis and support line, support groups, crisis intervention and information, and help finding other community resources.
  • Support for survivors 24 hours a day. Advocates can go with survivors to the hospital or doctor’s office, to the police, or to court. It doesn’t matter when the violence happened. Advocates are also there to help families and friends.
  • Community awareness-building and prevention education for all ages and audiences on a range of topics, including sexual violence prevention, sexual violence, sexual harassment, internet safety, and personal body safety.

October 16: American Cancer Society & ACS-Cancer Action Network

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they are funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. We are happy to be sponsors of many of ACS’s initiatives and we are so grateful that they are there to help those living with and at risk of cancer in our communities connect with the information and resources that they need – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about how the American Cancer Society is helping people in Maine every day by visiting their website at https://www.cancer.org.
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As proud sponsors of Aroostook Relay For Life, we are happy to help cheer on our local Relay teams in fundraising to support the work of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Have you considered joining us in this annual fundraising event? Start a team today or join one that is already established by visiting relayforlife.org/aroostookme!
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The American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.

Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor’s office. They are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is holding lawmakers accountable for their words and their actions. We demand that our leaders not only talk about fighting cancer but take real steps toward decreasing the number of people suffering and dying from cancer.

Achieving a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer requires a comprehensive public policy agenda. Our mission and thus our work includes a strong focus on preventing cancer, seeking new cures and treatments and ensuring all Americans have access to the medical care that could save their life.  We also support the determination and courage of cancer patients and survivors by working to improve their quality of life both during treatment and after it has ended.

Our enormous record of accomplishment is a result of our volunteers and staff relentlessly advocating at every level of government, from local city councils and county commissions to every state legislature, the U.S. Congress and the federal government.

Learn more and join us in our advocacy by visiting fightcancer.org.

October 15: ACAP – Aroostook County Action Program, Inc.

Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) provides the people of Aroostook with services and resources that help individuals and their families achieve greater economic independence. Get to know more about how they do this by watching the video that follows.

From there, you can head over to ACAP’s website and easily connect with ACAP – Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. staff, programs and all of the resources and information that you might need to move toward economic independence or help others through volunteer opportunities. You can also LIKE and FOLLOW them on Facebook to find out about upcoming events and see all the great work that they are doing in our Aroostook communities.

 

 

 

 

October 14: Power of Prevention

Power of Prevention at Cary Medical Center is a local coalition that works with community partners to make Northern Aroostook a healthier place to live and work. Visit their website at powerofprevention.org for great resources and learn more by watching the short video below.
 

Part of the work of Power of Prevention is helping to educate Aroostook youth and their families about ways to reduce risk for future substance use and negative health outcomes. The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) provides the data needed to guide programming and help reach youth in their areas of greatest need. Check out the 2019 snapshot of the data for Maine youth. We are so thankful for programs like Power of Prevention who are working to help provide youth with the tools that they need to avoid a future marred by poor choices.

Additionally, Power of Prevention provides a comprehensive guide to Substance Use Resources for Aroostook County that they update annually. Check out the most recent edition by clicking the image below to visit the printable PDF link featuring the full resource guide.

 

October 13: Pines Women’s Health

Obstetricians are physicians who specialize in caring for pregnant women. They provide care throughout the nine months of pregnancy, oversee the labor and delivery process, and care for the new mother while she is in the hospital. A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is also a medical professional who specializes in pregnancy. CNMs are not physicians and therefore do not perform obstetrical surgery. If a woman’s pregnancy is normal and uncomplicated, she may choose a midwife for her prenatal care, labor, and delivery.

Pines Obstetricians and CNMs see patients at Pines Federally Qualified Health Centers listed below:

Gynecologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the female reproductive organs, including the uterus, vagina, and ovaries. Most gynecologists in the United States are also obstetricians, and vice versa.

Pines Gynecologists see patients at Pines Federally Qualified Health Centers listed below:

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Breast and cervical health are important for women to remain mindful of. For more information about women’s health screenings, please view the short video below from our friends at Pines Health Services.

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The Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), and with Maine General Fund dollars. Maine first received CDC funding in the fall of 1994 and began providing early detection services in 1995. The mission of the MBCHP is to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to underserved women, to provide public and professional education, and to support community partnerships to enhance statewide cancer control activities.
MBCHP will pay for a breast and/or cervical cancer screening office visit performed at one of our designated network service locations. You will be given options to choose a service location during enrollment or re-enrollment.Your office visit must be performed at the service location you choose during enrollment/re-enrollment AND include one of the following preventive cancer screening services:
  • a Clinical Breast Exam and/or;
  • a Pelvic exam and/or;
  • a Pap test alone or;
  • a Pap test and high-risk HPV test (HPV co-testing)
MBCHP will pay for a screening Mammogram (at MBCHP participating Mammography locations). MBCHP also covers limited diagnostic or follow-up services. 
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October 12: Family Eye Care & Mavor Optical

Family Eye Care & Mavor Optical – with locations in Caribou and Presque Isle – are ready to help with all of your optical health and wellness needs. They are going above and beyond to take the necessary precautions ensuring your safety as you visit their office for your appointment. Call today for more information or to discuss appointment availability!

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Dr. Paige Small shares how you can be prepared for your upcoming eye exam appointment in this video.

Be sure to visit their website at www.drcraigsmall.com as well as LIKE and FOLLOW Family Eye Care & Mavor Optical on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about their services, how to connect AND to see all of the fantastic eyewear options available through their locations!