Resources & Good Works
MRBN Newsletter, December 2019
Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Maine Resilience Building Network Staff and Board of Directors, we extend warm wishes to each of you during the holiday season!

Thank you to the individuals and organizations who became MRBN members during 2019. We appreciate your support and partnerships to build resilience and flourishing in individuals, families and communities across Maine. We offered training programs in nearly all Maine counties this past year. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this amazing collaborative work and meet so many of you along this journey.
MRBN is excited to announce in 2020 we will bring a MRBN meeting closer to you! MRBN is committed to scheduling meetings statewide. We will continue holding our regular meetings at Educare in Waterville but will add meetings across the state. Follow our events page on the MRBN website, to learn more about meetings and new events in 2020.
Enjoy time with family and friends and remember to fill your soul with acts of kindness such as a warm smile and hello to someone you do not know each day. 

Kini-Ana Tinkham
Executive Director
Save the Date!

Maine Resilience Building Network Annual Conference

Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2020

The Samoset Resort, Rockport

Meet one of our featured speakers, Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH!

​MRBN is pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH will present on the first day of our 2020 conference. Dr. Bethell provided expert testimony to the first-ever congressional hearing on childhood trauma this summer. In addition, her paper on promoting positive relational experiences to promote child and adult health was published in Jama Pediatrics September, 2019. Her 9/9/19 audio interview on NPR’s All Things Considered can be listened to here .    A short video from Stanford’s ChildX talk can be viewed here.
Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities. With roots in health care finance reform, social epidemiology and culturally-competent, community-engaged approaches to assessing and improving health and well-being, she is the founding director (1996) of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and the We Are the Medicine consortium. Together, this work operates to promote “top down” (knowledge and data to reveal the big picture and possibilities), “bottom up” (methods to engage families, collect data and track progress) and “inside out” (relationship-centered strategies for successful transformational partnerships). She led the design of a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing and flourishing and advances family-centered approaches to optimize child well-being and national, state and local policies to enable transformation.

Dr. Bethell earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Healing Through Revealing methods and is an avid student of transparent communication, presence and human potential for flourishing amid adversity. She writes poetry, dances and believes that connection with ourselves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.

More information on the conference will be shared soon! Mark your calendar now!
Discounted Conference Fee for MRBN Members!
Did you know MRBN Members get a significant discount on the cost to attend our conferences? If you are not yet a member, now is the time to join!

The Maine Resilience Building Network offers many membership levels. Our network, representing a cross sector of professionals and community members, is committed to building communities where children and families can thrive. Please visit and JOIN the Maine Resilience Building Network
Broken Places Film Screening:
Examining the Impact of Childhood Adversity

Please join us next month when MRBN offers a free screening of the documentary Broken Places followed by a panel discussion. The event will be held in southern Maine and is a partnership between MRBN and the UNE Interprofessional Education Collaborative. No registration is required. For more information visit the MRBN website!

Thursday, January 23 • 5 - 7 p.m.
Alfond Center for Health Sciences, Rm 106
11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford

BROKEN PLACES explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. The film revisits abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience.
2020 Maine Resilience Building Network Meetings

Thursday, January 30 th
Our January 30th meeting will feature a presentation, ' 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Data (MIYHS) Review' by Korey Pow, MPH, Project Coordinator for MIYHS, within the Division of Disease Prevention at Maine CDC/DHHS. Korey's talk will be based on the newly released 2019 data from the Maine Center for Disease Control.

Wednesday, April 29 th
Our April 29th meeting's professional development features speakers Sarah Mattox from the Restorative Justice Project and Ryun Anderson, from the Restorative Justice Institute.

Thursdays, July 30 th and October 29 th

We will continue to hold the quarterly meetings held at Educare Central Maine, Waterville,
and will add additional meetings at locations around the State.
Community Resilience Facilitators (CRF) Project

The Community Resilience Facilitators (CRF) project is active throughout Maine providing community conversations and education about ACEs and resilience building. Local training is provided to schools, healthcare practices, community collaboratives and organizations in an effort to promote resilience in Maine’s children, families and communities. The project offers a 1 hour overview of ACEs and resilience as well as an expanded 2 hour training focused on ACEs, the impacts of toxic stress and the importance of building resilience through protective factors.

For more information please contact
Goodworks: Restorative Justice Project

Founded in 2005, RJP was conceived as a grass-roots citizen effort to promote alternatives to punishment, isolation and incarceration in favor of collaborative, non-adversarial processes focused on accountability, support and healing - inviting those most directly affected by harm to the center of determining a resolution. Our vision for the future is to work with local residents to establish hubs for community justice practices in the four counties of Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc which comprise prosecutorial district six and make up public health district four! RJP was recently awarded a federal grant for  Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction  from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in support of this effort. For more information, please visit the RJP website