Tim Talk
Episode 31: Ensuring access to healthcare in Maine

Episode 31: Ensuring access to healthcare in Maine

January 20, 2022

On this Tim Talk, Tim is joined by Cathy Bean, RN, manager, Community and Telehealth Services, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice. Cathy has worked with some of the most underserved, vulnerable populations here in Maine for more than 20 years. She frequents homeless shelters and travels to Maine islands to ensure people have life-saving flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Tim and Cathy discuss the human barriers to care and the importance of building trust with those we serve. Cathy also shares the different populations Northern Light Home Care & Hospice has served, what her team has experienced in their work, and what they are actively doing to break down barriers for the underserved populations throughout our state and ensure they have equal access to healthcare.

An International Perspective on Maine

An International Perspective on Maine

December 16, 2021

In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim speaks with Maksim Liaukovich, MD, oncologist, Northern Light AR Gould, about what it is like to live and work in a place with a different culture and language. Dr. Liaukovich completed his medical schooling in Belarus and subsequently completed training in Ottawa, Canada. He later moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he completed his residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology. Both Tim and Dr. Liaukovich highlight the growing importance of cross-cultural teamwork in the workplace—our ability to work together with colleagues of all different backgrounds and to understand people from different cultures and engage with them respectfully toward a common goal of providing the best care possible.

Episode 28:Living with Mental Illness

Episode 28:Living with Mental Illness

December 1, 2021

Approximately one in five U.S. adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, but more than half do not seek help or treatment. In this episode of Tim Talk, Gavin Ducker, MD, family physician, co-president, Northern Light Health Medical Group, and senior vice president, Northern Light Health, shares his personal mental health journey with both depression and PTSD. Dr. Ducker also shares that about a quarter of the patients he sees might have an element of a mental illness as part of their diagnosis and treatment. As part of their discussion, Dr. Ducker and Tim explore the differences in views between mental and physical illnesses, and how we can provide support for someone struggling with a mental health issue.

Episode 28: Surviving and Recovering from Domestic Violence.

Episode 28: Surviving and Recovering from Domestic Violence.

October 21, 2021

While the beginning of October usually greets us with an abundance of apples, pumpkins and beautiful fall foliage, it’s also an important time to raise awareness around domestic violence. On this episode of Tim Talk, Tim invites Amanda Cost, executive director for Partners for Peace and Christine Matson, Environmental Services supervisor, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, two women working to bring positive change through dialogue and action. As a child, Christine grew up in a home with domestic violence and shares her experience as a survivor as well as her mother’s role in influencing change in New Hampshire. Amanda returns to Tim Talk as a guest to discuss Partners for Peace’s comprehensive work in the Bangor community to help and support victims of domestic violence move forward on a better path. Tim also reflects on the connection between workplace violence and domestic violence and the lessons we can take from Partners for Peace to make our workplace an even more safe and supportive place to be.

Vaccine Hesitancy, Mandates, and Promoting Vaccine Equity

Vaccine Hesitancy, Mandates, and Promoting Vaccine Equity

September 16, 2021

We launch a new season of Tim Talk with a discussion that’s been a big topic of conversation during the last several weeks: Vaccine hesitancy, mandates, and promoting vaccine equity. In this episode, Tim has a frank conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine with Brandon Libby, MD, Northern Light EMMC Emergency Department, and Angela Tsai, MD, Northern Light EMMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic—two doctors passionate about correcting vaccine misinformation and promoting vaccine equity. Both Drs. Libby and Tsai share their views on COVID-19 vaccination, where we are now in the fight against the pandemic. Dr. Tsai, who recently gave birth to her son, Ari, also helps clarify some misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy. In light that ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 throughout the nation, Dr. Libby shares what Northern Light Health is doing to reach out to minority groups across Maine.

Highlights of a year discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion - Part 2

Highlights of a year discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion - Part 2

June 23, 2021

This week, we bring you part 2 of our first year of Tim Talk discussions …

If you’ve never heard a Tim Talk podcast, but wanted to tune in, here’s your chance to catch up on the rest of season! And, if you’re a loyal listener, here are some of the most compelling moments yet again, and perhaps you’ll catch something you may have missed. Conversations on this episode include domestic violence, religious diversity, spirituality’s role in healthcare, racial equity in healthcare, Native American spirituality and tradition and its role in medicine, Asian perspectives in healthcare, and medical justice for under served communities as it relates to COVID-19. This compilation of episodes provides a comprehensive sampling of engaging discussions focused on breaking down barriers, opening our hearts and minds to diversity, and focusing on issues of social and medical justice.

Highlights of a year discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion - Part 1

Highlights of a year discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion - Part 1

June 9, 2021

If you’ve never heard a Tim Talk podcast, but wanted to tune in—Here’s your chance to catch up on season one in just 15 minutes! And, if you’re a loyal listener, here are some of the most compelling moments yet again, and perhaps you’ll catch something you may have missed. Conversations include medical and social justice, systemic racism, being an ally, and helping those who identify as LGBTQ+ feel welcome in the healthcare setting. This compilation of episodes provides a comprehensive sampling of engaging discussions focused on breaking down barriers, opening our hearts and minds to diversity, and focusing on issues of social and medical justice.

Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

May 27, 2021

During this episode, Tim speaks with Marwa Hassanien, director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northern Light Health. Marwa shares her background as a bilingual, first-generation American, her approach to DEI, and what she hopes to accomplish within Northern Light Health. She says, “We must get comfortable with being uncomfortable to address underlying systemic issues relating to bias, equity, and racism. Tim reflects on this statement and recalls the early days of Northern Light Health’s work and how far we have come. In addition, they both discuss Northern Light Health’s new policy to eliminate discrimination towards providers and staff, as part of our efforts to build a stronger culture of caring throughout the system for everyone.

What Health Equity Could Look Like in Maine

What Health Equity Could Look Like in Maine

May 13, 2021

While COVID-19 has left a lasting effect on us all, it has hit our underserved populations exceptionally hard. During this episode, Tim talks with Leana Amaez, manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the ‎Maine Department of Health and Human Services, about how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black and Latinx Mainers and what the state is doing to ensure underrepresented groups have access to the vaccine. Leana discusses what we can learn beyond data when we take the time to speak with underserved communities. She also shares what the State has discovered in terms of building trust and delivering meaningful access to the COVID-19 vaccine to all communities. Tim discusses Northern Light Health’s strategy to ensure we directly partner with the communities that really need us and nurture relationships in order to get more people vaccinated.

Asian-American Experiences in Healthcare

Asian-American Experiences in Healthcare

April 29, 2021

Recently, the nation has experienced an unsettling surge of tragic violence directed towards the Asian community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Tim talks with two members of our Northern Light Health community of Asian heritage: Thailand born Omm Stillwell, a psychiatric clinician at Northern Light Acadia Hospital and John Marc Pascual, or “Mac” as he goes by, a registered nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center who was recruited through our international nurses program in 2018 and hails from the city of Manila in the Philippines. Omm, who was raised in Maine, and Mac, who came to Maine within the last few years, share their experiences and impressions of Maine, the welcoming community, and the importance of connecting to people as individuals.