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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, Tim invites Benjamin Huerth, MD, family medicine provider at the Penobscot Nation's Indian Island Health Center and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, who practices both family medicine and psychiatry and is a nationally-recognized expert on narrative medicine to share more about their passion for helping Wabanaki communities in Maine, the importance of providing medically just healthcare, and the role of healthcare in Native American culture. They also share information about Makwi, a unique collaborative between Maine’s Native American communities and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center to provide critical medical treatment. In addition, Tim asks Drs. Huerth and Mehl-Madrona how Northern Light Health can better support and be of service to Maine’s Native American communities.
In Native American tradition, spirituality plays a significant role in the balance and wholeness of who we are as well as the interconnectedness of the world around us. This week, Tim talks with Pamella Hand, IS Infrastructure admin and billing lead for Northern Light Health about Native American spirituality and medicine. Pam is Yanktonai, Dakota and a tribal member of Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota. She shares why a segment of the song “Fairy Dust” is played at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center on the overhead paging system every time a new baby is born. In addition, she explains the delicate balance that Native Americans must practice between traditional and modern medicine as well as important takeaways from Native American culture that we can all embrace in serving this community. Tim discusses the importance of “oneness” and the ultimate goal of becoming one Northern Light Health with a culture of caring for one another.
This week, Tim welcomes James Fullwood, DPM, podiatrist, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, and member of Northern Light Health’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council to speak about the history of racism and segregation in the medical profession. Dr. Fullwood is a delegate of the historic National Medical Association (NMA) which promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. He is also the creator of the Maine Medical Society, which is a local affiliate of the NMA. In addition, Dr. Fullwood has developed an international podiatry program and has traveled to Nigeria to teach in medical schools, conduct academic research, and influence politics in an effort to promote parity in medicine for underserved populations. In this episode, Dr. Fullwood shares how his international experience has changed how he thinks about, perceives, and acts upon racial and social justice matters. Also, he shares stories about how herbal remedies from centuries ago can still blend harmoniously with modern research-based medicine, especially in areas where access to healthcare is limited. In addition, Tim describes the structural barriers he sees to medical equity as well as differences in the perception of healthcare in America versus what he has experienced internationally, and what Northern Light Health can do help break down barriers built up by generations of misconception.