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MRBN Newsletter, October 2019

Update from MRBN Board President; Leslie Forstadt

Leslie Forstadt welcomed new directors and celebrated the contributions of three departing directors at the September 2019 board meeting.

Welcome to our new directors, Shannon King, Darylene Cote, Deborah Deatrick and Amy Trunnell.

We extend a warm heartfelt thank you to Mark Rains, Allegra Hirsh-Wright and Sarah MacLaughlin for their contributions to and leadership of MRBN. Many of you may know Mark was one of the founders of MRBN. We are pleased that Mark, Allegra, and Sarah agreed to join Sue Mackey Andrews and Marti Howard as members of the MRBN Advisory Group, a group of professionals that will work closely with MRBN board and staff on special projects.
Join us for our October 31st meeting for a talk by Deborah Deatrick, MPH: 'Social Determinants of Health and Equity- How They Inform Resilience Building'

Deborah Deatrick, MPH is a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience in developing, leading and evaluating population health initiatives, focusing on tobacco prevention and control, obesity, asthma, child health, access to care, and other issues, with a focus on multisector projects that align clinical, community, and policy interventions to achieve measurable outcomes. Ms. Deatrick recently retired as Senior VP for Community Health Improvement for MaineHealth and is currently an independent consultant. At MaineHealth, she co-founded the nationally-recognized Center for Tobacco Independence, the Let’s Go! childhood obesity prevention program, the Health Index, and AH! Asthma Health among other regional and statewide population health initiatives. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Michigan and completed doctoral level coursework in evaluation at the University of Houston and the University of Maine.    

To register for the October 31st program, please visit: 
Save the Dates!

2020 Maine Resilience Building Network Meetings

January 30 th , April 29 th , July 30 th , and October 29 th

Meetings held at Educare Central Maine, Waterville

Our January 30th meeting will feature a talk, ' 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Data Review' by Korey Pows, MPH, Project Coordinator MIYHS, Division of Disease Prevention at Maine CDC/DHHS.
Jim Sporleder, retired Principal WallaWalla, WA met with MRBN

MRBN was pleased to have the opportunity to consult with Jim Sporleder to expand our capacity to offer TA and guidance to Maine schools. We look forward to assisting schools who are exploring or creating plans to become trauma informed,” explained Ms. Tinkham, MRBN’s Executive Director. 

Jim Sporleder has dedicated the next chapter of his life to assisting schools become more trauma informed and centers of healing. After 33 years as an educator and most recently as principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, Jim and his staff’s pioneering work was documented in the movie  Paper Tigers .

Most recently, Jim along with Heather Forbes, published an Implementation Guide for Administrators and School Personnel. The manual is designed to provide a step-by-step guide on how to turn any building into a trauma-informed school.
New Partner Spotlight: The Van Buren Resiliency Project (VBRP)

Van Buren, a small town in the St. John River valley in Aroostook County, boasts a totally volunteer resiliency group with a two-fold mission to educate people about ACEs and their prevalence and life-long negative effects and to engage individuals and organizations about how ACEs have affected our community; research effective methods of promoting individual, family, and community resilience; and obtain the tremendous positive results that can be achieved when individuals and organizations work together to promote resilience. 

The Van Buren Resiliency Project (VBRP) began with a dozen or so residents who share a concern about the negative effects of ACEs affecting the town and its families, and in August, VBRP was incorporated as a Maine non-profit organization. In early October, VBRP reached out to MRBN for assistance in conducting a community needs and resources assessment as well as help in presenting relevant educational programs for the town and surrounding communities. Kini and Joyce travelled to Van Buren to meet with five board members and begin the process of collaboration that will establish a business plan and an agenda for the coming year. To learn more about the VBRP, contact (Rev.) David Cote, LCSW, Executive Director at
Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5

The Maine Resilience Building Network traveled across the State to train Early Childcare and Pre-K teachers about ACEs, early brain development and resilience. Classroom strategies included the practice of mindfulness and compassion. MRBN values the relationships, care and education early childcare and Pre-K teachers provide to Maine's children and families. When Maine's children and families are flourishing our communities will flourish.  

This no-cost Professional Development Training is offered by Maine Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Maine Resilience Building Network at sites across Maine to Early Childhood and Public School Preschool providers on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Building. MRBN is excited to meet with early childhood providers in communities to offer new knowledge and resources.  Please share this information with your local schools, private and program early childhood providers. 

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
​Partner Resources


1.      Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development Ann S. Masten, PhD
Ann Masten is an internationally known expert on resilience in development with over four decades of experience and well over 170 publications. Ordinary Magic provides a comprehensive overview of research and knowledge to date on resilience in children and adolescents.

2.      The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive W. Thomas Boyle, M.D.
Pediatrician and researcher Dr. Boyle writes about orchid children who are more sensitive than others due to a combination of inherited traits and environmental factors. His story is both scientific and personal with a commitment to supporting all children to thrive.

1.     Bartlett Jessica, Murphey David. (2019). Childhood adversity screenings are just one part of an effective policy response to childhood trauma. Child Trends.
2.     Bethell C, Jones J, Gombojav N, Linkenbach J, Sege R. Positive childhood experiences and adult mental and relational health in a statewide sample: associations across adverse childhood experiences levels [published online September 9, 2019].   JAMA Pediatr . doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3007
3.     Kendall, Joshua. May 26, 2019. Adverse Childhood Experiences: When Will the Lessons of the ACE Study Inform Societal Care?
4.      Shonkoff, Jack P. M.D., Toxic Stress: Issue Brief on Family Separation and Child Detention. Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Immigration Initiative at Harvard Policy Brief
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!