Tick & Vector Borne Disease Awareness - not just Lyme
Ticks can carry more than Lyme Disease so know what you've and your patients have potentially been exposed to! Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in Maine. Many cases are reported each year, and the number will rise as the weather continues to get warmer. Cases have been increasing each year in Maine, occurring in all 16 counties. As always, prevention is key to staying tick-free!
Submit a Tick - Test Lab - Maine residents: $15 https://extension.umaine.edu/ticks/submit/
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Support your chapter with the purchase of an AAFP clinical self-study package using the source code 4MYCHAPTER during checkout to help benefit your chapter.
AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis as Organizations Call for Congressional Action to Fight the Epidemic
Opioid Resource Page - Prescribing, the Maine Law, Resources, Education
Maine Tobacco HelpLine
The Maine Tobacco HelpLine offers friendly, confidential, and non-judgmental support to people thinking about quitting, who are ready to quit, or who may just have questions. There are now two ways tobacco users can enroll in services. They can continue to call 1-800-207-1230 or enroll online by visiting www.theQuitLink.com.
Donate Unused Medical Supplies & DME
"Partners for World Health" - a non-profit based in Portland Maine - accepting donations - Information
Their mission- "to collect unused medical supplies from local medical facilities (hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, etc.) and individuals, and to distribute those medical supplies to international communities in need"
The EveryONE Project, developed by the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, released a screening toolkit to help family physicians assess patients' social determinants of health. The toolkit contains an outline of a team-based approach to SDOH screening, questions for determining a patient's social needs, and resources and tools to help plan how to address deficiencies.
In this webcast, the AAFP leads a discussion on prescription drug pricing legislation across the states.
Jane Horvath, Senior Policy Fellow at the National Academy of State Health Policy
Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access
Bob Hall, AAFP Director of Government Affairs
Maine DHHS Health Alert Network (HAN) - sign up HERE for ZIKA Virus as well as other Health Updates
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