Helpful Links, Resources & Patient Education Handouts:

Health Alerts:

CDC - Winnable Battle Areas

(Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and known effective strategies to address them)

CDC - Centers for Disease Control - United States

Maine CDC (Center for Disease Control) & Bureau of Health, Maine

Maine CDC on Facebook

Maine Health Alert Network (MaineHan) -

A consortium of key public health officials responsible for protecting the public in the event of a natural disaster, infectious disease outbreak, or bioterrorism attack. All physicians/healthcare providers are encouraged to enroll ONLINE HERE or by contacting the HAN Help Desk at: or 207-287-6551 for information

Maine CDC on Twitter - @MEPublicHealth

Poison Control Center (Northern New England) available 24-7 at 1-800-888-1222

Medical Associations/Organizations:

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Cancer Society

Maine Medical Association

Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians

Sports Medicine - American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Get Better Maine - (a charitable organization whose mission is to bring the people who get care, pay for care, and provide care together in order to measure and improve the quality of health care services in Maine)
  "Get Better Maine" Free Health Resources - Affordable Care, Asthma, Caregiving, Diabetes Type 2, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Pediatric Immmunization, Poort Quailty Care, Prevention

Maine Quality Counts


Get Back to Basics:  Take Control of Asthma NOW (HERE)

Asthma vs COPD - New resources from the AAFP are available to help family physicians and their patients better understand the differences -- and the similarities -- between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma - HERE


Colorectal Cancer - "Everything You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer Testing" (from Maine CDC - print .pdf)

Order brochure from Maine CDC - HERE

Maine Cancer Foundation  (Maine's statewide Cancer Prevention, Detection & Care Partnership - formerly Maine Cancer Consortium)

National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center Toolkit: Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cancer Survivorship Care  (George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences)

Celiac Disease: - Patient information and resources

Concussion & Sports Safety:

Brain Injury - Defense & Veteran Brain Injury Center

Concussions in Sports (patient education handout - from

Concussion safety resources from the AAFP

Have you taken advantage of these free concussion safety resources?

Watch a series of three webcasts designed to provide you with sport concussion basics and knowledge on individual care-based management. In addition to the webcasts, there’s a free brochure available to help your patients understand what a concussion is, learn about long-term brain health in athletes, as well as the limitations of protective equipment.

Take advantage of these free resources today. 

AAFP Sports Safety Resources - Help Patients Avoid Sports-related Injuries - Whether you’re a team physician, evaluate student athletes for team sports, or simply have young patients presenting with sports-related injuries, the AAFP offers several different tools to aid you in serving these athletes.  AAFP Sports Safety Resources - HERE

Maine’s statewide cancer prevention, detection, and care partnership. - See more at:
Maine’s statewide cancer prevention, detection, and care partnership. - See more at:
Maine’s statewide cancer prevention, detection, and care partnership. - See more at:


Diabetes Resources for Patients - Links to helpful websites and information for Patients

Diabetes Resources for Physicians - Links to helpful websites and information for Physicians

Disaster Preparedness:

Disaster Preparedness Resources from AAFP

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness -

Plan Ahead for Disaster -

Geriatrics (Seniors):

Dementia - AAFP Editors' Choice of Best Available ContentThis collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on dementia and related issues, including Alzheimer’s, Binswanger’s type, dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Observing the Senior Driver (from

GLBT & Related:

Gender Clinic at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Drs. Alan Morris, Jerrold Olshan, Michale Dedekian, and Toni Eimicke CPNP
Contact Coordinator: Heather Shanholtz RN, 207-662-5795

Gay Youth Resource Brochure - HealthReach Community Health Centers

Healthy living:

"12 Ways to Health" (CDC):  CDC Video & Song

Choosing Wisely - Physician/Patient Partnerships program through Quality Counts

Fitness “A Prescription for Exercise Success” (patient handout)

Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 - Let’s Go! is a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families Mental Health

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators at a Glance

Hygiene - "Henry the Hand" - We are a Non-Profit (501c3) dedicated to improving health and wellness by making people aware of the role their hands play in the spread of infectious diseases, using several different multi-sensory and media techniques. We teach non-pharmaceutical infection prevention strategies (Hand Awareness: hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cross-contamination awareness) to prevent people from contracting or spreading respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections

NutritionMake Healthy Choices (patient handout)

Overweight, Obesity, and Fitness - Help your patients with these AAFP Resources for Physician Practices

American Family Physician Journal - article collection - This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on obesity and related issues, including bariatric surgery, childhood obesity, diet, exercise, lifestyle counseling, and weight loss maintenance.

Patient Education Nutrition Toolkit  (AAFP - Help your patients meet their nutritional needs)


Immunization Schedules - AAFP Resources

Adult Immunization Guidelines/Schedules

Childhood Immunization Guidelines/Schedules

AAFP Immunization Resources Aim to Keep FPs Up to Speed

Immunization Action Coalition - The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services

Maine DHHS Immunization Program Updates:   2018 January

Infectious Disease:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) COVID-19 Information Resources & Alerts - HERE

Ebola -

Maine CDC Ebola Site 

AMA Ebola Resource Site

CDC Ebola Site

Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease - CDC Health Alert Network

Additional Resources

CDC: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (

World Health Organization: Ebola Virus Disease (

Ebola - Detect, Protect and Respond (AAFP)


Free Webinar Addresses Flu Vaccination for Older Adults - Family physicians can learn the latest information on influenza vaccines, particularly those used in patients 65 years and older, by viewing a free, 30-minute AAFP webinar that originally aired on May 17, 2016

Influenza Updates from CDC


Collected articles from AAFP's American Family Physician Journal - This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS and related issues.

National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center - A University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital-based AIDS Education & Training Centers clinical resource for health care professionals


World Health Organization (WHO): Measles Fact Sheet

Tick & Vector Borne:

Parasite Prevalence Map - Interactive 

Maine Extension Tick Testing Lab

Tick & Vector-Borne Disease Educational Resources  (Including Lyme)

Tickbourne Diseases of the US - CDC

West Nile Virus

ZIKA Virus:

Zika Virus (US Gov CDC)

         Federal CDC Testing Algorithm for Asymptomatic Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Exposure (PDF*) added on 7/25/2017

Zika Virus - Physician Information  (Maine CDC)

         Maine Zika testing algorithm

         HETL requisition form

Zika Virus - Patient Information from Maine CDC

AAFP Webcast Focuses on ZIKA Virus - Access the AAFP’s members-only Webcast: Zika Virus: Information for Family Physicians

Zika Virus Outbreak - AAFP Resources

Read "From the President's Pen - The Zika Virus – Another Reason to Love the Maine Winter" by  William Sturrock MD, MAFP President - Read the article HERE

View Dr. Sturrock's interview Feb. 5, 2016 on WABI TV 5 HERE


Marijuana: Talking Points for Parents and Teens (from AAFP)

For Physicians & Healthcare Providers-
Editorial: Counseling Parents and Adolescents about Marijuana (from AAFP)

Mental Health:

Suicide Prevention:  Maine CDC Resources

Teen Suicide Prevention

for Physicians:  Immediate Action Protocol: A Tool to Help Your Practice Assess Suicidal Patients

Depression and Mental Health - AAFP Resources

For Rural Primary Care Practices: “The Consultation Project” - Developed by the MAFP in collaboration with the Maine Psychiatric Association, the program links volunteer psychiatrists with rural primary care practices

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Model for Healthcare Settings - Training Available for Individual Practices
NAMI Maine, working under contract with the Maine CDC, Injury Prevention Program, and in Partnership with the Maine Medical Association has delivered the training and technical assistance efforts for the Maine Suicide Prevention Program over the past 4 years.  Working in concert with national recommendations and best practices, our goal is to support suicide prevention within a healthcare environment through the development of a system of care - MORE INFORMATION for Medical Practices

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Maine Chapter -
Greg Marley, LCSW Clinical Director, NAMI Maine: - 207-622-5767

Military & Veterans:

Brain Injury - Defense & Veteran Brain Injury Center

VA - Public Health

Minority Health Issues:

Help Your Patients Manage Racism-Related Health Risks -The AAFP’s theme for National Minority Health Month in 2016, The Psychological Toll of Racism, addresses the need to work toward health equity for all. As family physicians and leaders in your communities, you are uniquely positioned to engage patients and populations about the stress of being a victim of racism and discrimination. 

As family physicians and leaders in your communities, you are uniquely positioned to engage patients and populations about the stress of being a victim of racism and discrimination. 

The AAFP has created a consolidated page for this topic - HERE


Food Insecurity: How You Can Help Your Patients- AAFP Journal- American Family Physician:

AARP Implementing food security screening and referral for older patients in primary care: Resource Guide & Toolkit

Feeding America Clinical training: screening for and addressing food insecurity in clinical settings

WIC -  Maine WIC Program:  Home Page

            WIC Health Care Provider Toolkit

Oral Health:

   From the First Tooth - Maine

From the First Tooth integrates early oral health prevention into medical practices by teaching healthcare providers how to provide a basic oral health assessment, apply fluoride varnish and provide counseling to parents about proper oral health care for children from the eruption of the first tooth to their three year well-child visit. The application of fluoride varnish is a quick and easy process that takes only a couple of minutes.

Pain Management & Prescription Issues/Resources:

Pain Management Kit - (free, downloadable forms & resources)


Breastfeeding Support and Resources - AAFP Toolkit for Physicians

Evidence shows that breastfeeding is a healthy choice for your youngest patients and their families. The American Academy of Family Physicians supports you in your decision to support and encourage breastfeeding in your office. We have compiled a variety of resources, including the AAFP’s extensively updated, evidence-guided position paper based on the United States Breastfeeding Coalition's Core Competencies(, to help you and your office team create a positive breastfeeding environment for your patients.

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership:

The Mission of the Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is to educate, support and empower pediatric care providers through training and ongoing web-based and telephonic patient care consultations with behavioral health providers.


Bright Futures Toolkit - The web-based Bright Futures Toolkit is now available at the MaineCare Children's Services webpage for all DHHS/MaineCare health providers. The Toolkit offers multiple resources for providing preventive health care to children and adolescents. To receive your username and password, please call Provider Services at 1-866-690-5585 or email

New Parent/Patient Education Forms - There are 18 Maine-specific Parent/Patient Education forms now available to providers on the MaineCare Children’s Services webpage. Based on the Bright Futures guidelines, these forms can be printed and given to parents and patients at their well child visits.

Revised Well Child Visit Forms Process Change - Revised Maine-specific Well Child Visit forms (sometimes called “Bright Futures Forms”) are now available on the MaineCare Children’s Services webpage. These forms replace the Well Child Visit forms now on that webpage. Now that the revised forms are available, the process of ordering them through GHS is discontinued. Instead, practices can download, save, and print the forms as needed.

Submitting Well Child Visit (“Bright Futures”) Forms to MaineCare - Maine’s Public Health Nurses continue to review the well-child visit forms to identify health concerns or missed well-child visits and provide education and support to the family.   A new mechanism for Public Health Nurse follow-up is in development. In the meantime, providers may continue to submit the forms to facilitate follow-up, but it is not a requirement. Current policy does not tie provider incentives (or disincentives) to the submission of the forms.

    Snuggle ME Project:    

The Snuggle ME Project serves to offer evidence-based information for providers in the care and critical screenings of pregnant women and newborns. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a collection of tools and information through the Snuggle ME Guidelines for the use and reference of medical providers in fields of family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and addiction medicine.

Practice Management Resources:

FPM Toolbox Library - Download more than 200 free practice improvement tools -- from coding cheat sheets to encounter forms to Medicare annual wellness visit resources.

Public Health:

Maine - Local Public Health Districts - To improve coordinated delivery of essential public health services, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Maine Legislature approved the establishment of eight public health districts.

Social Determinants of Health Toolkit - 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.


National Patient Safety Foundation

Traffic Safety Links (National Road Safety Foundation)

Screening Recommendations:

Choosing Wisely - Search recommendations from the Choosing Wisely Campaign by keyword, topic areas, sponsor, or source 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - AAFP American Family Physician -  Editors' Choice collection

Smoking Cessation & Tobacco Related Issues:

Ask & Act:  The AAFP's tobacco cessation program, "Ask and Act," encourages family physicians to ASK their patients about tobacco use, then ACT to help them quit.

the Great American Smokout!: The American Cancer Society designates the 3rd Thursday each November as the "Great American Smokout" encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

SmokeFree Movies: UCSF Smoke-Free Movies Campaign aims to reduce promotion of tobacco products to young people through movies by recommending an "R" rating for any movies containing smoking.  Tell Hollywood to rate smoking 'R'. One little letter will save a million lives.

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

Tobacco Cessation: Helping Patients Quit: Implementing The Joint Commission Tobacco Measure Set in Your Hospital

AAFP Tobacco Abuse and Dependence - Collection of articles from "American Family Physician" (tobacco abuse and dependence and related issues, including addiction, behavioral and drug therapies, lifestyle counseling, and smoking cessation)

Tar Wars & Tobacco Advocacy -

Substance Abuse:

AAFP Collection of resources:  This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on substance abuse and related issues, including addiction, drug dependence, and urine drug screening


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