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MRBN Newsletter, January 2020
Director's Message

MRBN Welcomes 2020!

The end of 2019 brought good cheer to the Maine Resilience Building Network!

MRBN received IRS 501 c 3 nonprofit status in late December! We are excited to share the news and thank those members who joined MRBN in 2019 . With your support we continue to expand our reach and MRBN offerings across Maine. We appreciate your commitment to MRBN and our mission!

We are pleased to welcome Dee Kerry to the MRBN Team. Dee joins MRBN part-time as the Director of Communication and Operations, joining Joyce Morrissette, Engagement and Training Director, and me to advance MRBN’s strategic plan. Please join me in welcoming Dee, who will continue serving as the Maine AAP Executive Director.

MRBN exceeded all expectations in 2019. Our staff trained over 1000 adults in 13 Maine’s counties over 6 months! We are excited to advance new research on ACE's, resilience, and flourishing to guide our members in applying this to their work in 2020 and beyond.

We welcome you to Join MRBN! Please visit our website for details: .

Kini-Ana Tinkham, RN
Executive Director
Maine Resilience Building Network Meeting

Thursday, January 30th

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.

The MIYHS is completed every two years by most middle school and high school students in Maine. According to the CDC, newly released data shows that 21.3% of Maine high school students reported 4 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's). There has been a significant upward trend in many areas including youth vaping, suicidality and bullying. Join us as we review the new data and have an opportunity to discuss with colleagues.

SAVE THE DATE - Additional Maine Resilience Building Network Meetings

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.
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 and to read about the panelists, visit the MRBN website!

Thursday, January 23 • 5 - 7 p.m.
Alfond Center for Health Sciences, Rm 106
11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford (parking available in lots 16 & 18)

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.
HOPE in Maine

(HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)

Conference featuring Dr. Robert Sege

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

UNE's Portland Campus - Innovation Hall

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, MRBN will host an all day conference on  HOPE  facilitated by pediatrician and researcher Dr. Robert Sege from Tufts University School of Medicine.  HOPE  (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) is a new way of understanding key positive childhood experiences that allow children to grow and develop into healthy and resilient adults. Positive childhood experiences (PCEs) support child development and protect against the effects of ACEs. Assessing positive childhood experiences allows people to identify their sources of strength beyond the history of traumas they have endured.  HOPE  supports families, health equity and resilience in the face of historic trauma and institutional racism. Please join us May 5th in Portland to learn about the research and applications for practice within your profession.

Further details and registration will be announced soon.
SAVE THE DATE for MRBN's Fall Conference!

Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2020

The Samoset Resort, Rockport

A Call for Proposals and Posters will be released in February!
Meet featured speaker 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 receive a significant discount on the cost to attend our programs and 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
Addressing the Opioid Crisis and Response in Maine

The Maine Opioid Prevention Task Force completed their goal of developing recommendations to Governor Mills to address the Opioid Epidemic Crisis in Maine, a charge being led by Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response for the State. Last spring, MRBN’s executive director Kini-Ana Tinkham, joined her colleagues on the Task Force to research best practices, identify mental health and substance use prevention work and recovery gaps across Maine. MRBN had the opportunity to present our work on Adverse Childhood Experiences, brain development and resilience building to further understand the impact of trauma on addiction, recovery and prevention. Investing in our children and families through programming that supports quality childcare and healthcare was highlighted in the presentations.

The recently released Executive Summary and Strategic plan can be located on the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future’s website:
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
The Maine Resilience Building Network mission is to promote resilience in Maine’s communities, children and families by increasing the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.