During this episode of Tim Talk, Tim speaks with Bobby Keith, PA-C, MPA, who practices medicine at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion Maine. Mr. Keith is also a vocal advocate for medical justice for underserved populations, and as such has testified in support of legislation such as single payer healthcare, which he knows a thing or two about as he previously practiced medicine in Canada. On June 19 the nation celebrates Juneteenth. Tim and Mr. Keith dive into the historical significance of this new national holiday and the effect it has on racial and social justice.
During this episode of Tim Talk, Tim hosts his very first panel discussion with four members of Northern Light Health’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council: Olamide Sobowale, MD, OB/GYN, Northern Light Women’s Health; Emily Tolman, MSN, RN, system director, Health Equity and Access; Melissa Skahan, vice president, Mission Integration, Northern Light Mercy; and Mia Dubois, MSN, RN, associate vice president, Patient Experience, Northern Light Health. Northern Light’s DEI Council is a dynamic, diverse, and talented group of 20 individuals who are behind all the hard work that is happening around our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, which ultimately supports our culture of caring. Each panelist discusses why they choose to be a member of the Northern Light DEI Council and why this work inspires them. In addition, the panel gives an overview of the work of the council, an explanation of an important provider anti-discrimination policy change implemented by the council just this past year, a bit about the current initiatives of the gender identity task force, and more.
In this episode, Tim invites Keri Kapaldo, RN, sexual assault nurse examiner at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, and Danielle Coutu, RN, regional coordinator for the University of New England's Advanced Nursing Education Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Keri and Danielle discuss what it means for them to be in this critical line of work. In addition, Tim, Keri, and Danielle share the importance of advocacy, empowerment, and education in reducing the incidence of sexual assault and what we can do within our communities to better support victims of sexual assault.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault can help, 1-800-871-7741.
In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim speaks with Marie Tessier, journalist, writer, and comments moderator for the New York Times opinion pages. Ms. Tessier is the author of "Digital Suffragists: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy," and her work has appeared on the Women's eNews and Women's Media Center websites, in Ms. magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Tim and Marie discuss the value of women’s voice in society and the current lack thereof in the digital world. Marie shares her eye-opening experience moderating comments in the NYTimes.com opinion section, what she’s noticed about how women choose to express their voice, and how women’s voices remain deeply underrepresented in meaningful social discourse today. Additionally, both Tim and Marie discuss the importance of listening and lifting women’s voices in the workplace and within our greater communities as well as the value of inviting women to share their thoughts at the table.
On today’s Tim Talk, Tim speaks with Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, founder and CEO of Grapevine Health. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s impressive career has spanned research, clinical medicine, global health, community health education, patient advocacy, and most recently as the medical director for Washington DC's Medicaid program. Tim and Dr. Fitzpatrick discuss health delivery at the national level as well as the critical work Grapevine Health is doing to improve community health literacy through relatable, understandable, trustworthy health communication. As part of this work, Dr. Fitzpatrick relates the ability to listen as a super power, and she comments on how this ability is an important foundational element to creating positive change in underserved communities and in the lives of our patients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.