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The history of racism and segregation in the medical profession

The history of racism and segregation in the medical profession

March 4, 2021

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.

Common pursuit of racial, social, and medical justice

Common pursuit of racial, social, and medical justice

February 18, 2021

On this podcast, Tim chats with Kimberly Whitehead, PhD, vice president and chief of staff at the University of Maine, the state's flagship public research university. At the university, Dr. Whitehead is engaged in a variety of strategic initiatives, including co-chairing the President's Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, leading UMaine's Powered by Publics Initiative, and serving as the Project Director for the recently announced University of Maine System TRANSFORM project. Dr. Whitehead shares the comprehensive journey the university has been on in recent years to further ensure UMaine is a welcoming, inclusive place for all. Also, they both discuss how the university and Northern Light Health can keep their work sustainable and not just another initiative. Finally, Tim shares his most valuable lesson from hosting Tim Talk.

Minority Leadership in Medicine

Minority Leadership in Medicine

February 4, 2021

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, while 28.7 percent of the total candidates currently waiting for transplants are Black/African Americans, they comprised only 12.5 percent of organ donors in 2019. In addition, Black/African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than their Caucasian counterparts, putting them at increased risk for organ failures. In this episode, Tim welcomes Clive Callender, MD, a renowned transplant surgeon, medical professor at Howard University, and pioneer in increasing awareness of transplant medicine among minority segments of the population. Dr. Callender discusses how leadership and understanding, and education about organ transplants can make a big difference in empowering change. Tim also reflects on how Dr. Callender’s work may also help in other public health areas, such as engaging minority communities to become vaccinated for COVID-19.

Celebrating and Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating and Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 22, 2021

This week, we celebrate the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on his teachings. As part of this reflection, James Varner, long-time civil rights leader and activist from the Bangor region joins Tim to offer his valuable insights as a prominent community leader and one who attended the historic 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Together, Mr. Varner and Tim share their thoughts on how we can be inspired and carry forth Dr. King’s legacy and dream for America.

Islamic Holiday Observances and Experiences

Islamic Holiday Observances and Experiences

January 7, 2021

In this episode of Tim Talk, we continue our discussion on religious diversity in healthcare. During this episode, Tim invites Omar Conteh, community outreach coordinator, Islamic Center of Maine and psychiatric clinician at Northern Light Acadia Hospital to share with us the rich tradition of the Maine Islamic community as well as the important role of the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono in helping those of all faiths get to know one another better. Omar also shares how those who do not practice the prominent religious traditions in their community may feel lost, and he asks Tim how Northern Light Health may help these people feel more included in honoring and celebrating each other’s holidays.

Religious Observations and Spirituality in Healthcare

Religious Observations and Spirituality in Healthcare

December 17, 2020

In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim invites Pastor Jerry Mick of the nondenominational CrossPoint Church in Bangor to join him in his series of discussions about religious and spiritual diversity in healthcare. Pastor Jerry shares the many community efforts of his church and the importance of spirituality in helping people recover from physical ailments. He also asks Tim to share what Northern Light Health is doing to help people of all faiths feel spiritually supported when they come to us for care. Finally, Pastor Jerry shares his role in chairing the Faith Outreach Committee, which connects faith communities to the hospital's services and breaks down barriers between the hospital and those faith communities. Together, they discuss a vision of how hospitals and faith communities can work closely together.

Religious Diversity in Healthcare

Religious Diversity in Healthcare

December 3, 2020

In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim welcomes Melissa Skahan, vice president of Mission Integration, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, to continue our discussion about religious diversity in healthcare. Melissa shares Mercy’s commitment of delivering holistic, person-centered care as a hospital founded in faith-based tradition. Melissa also shares how Mercy has tended to the personal and spiritual needs of weary team members who continue to battle a relentless pandemic. Finally, Tim and Melissa spend some time discussing the role and importance of spirituality—in all its diverse forms—within healthcare, especially at Northern Light Health.

Diversity and Differences around the holidays

Diversity and Differences around the holidays

November 19, 2020

As we approach the end-of-year holidays, many of us have our own cultural and religious traditions that we embrace. In Maine, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, among others, are present in our communities and our workplaces. In this episode of Tim Talk, Rabbi Darah Lerner, of Congregation Beth El in Bangor, joins Tim to discuss religious diversity and differences around the holidays. Rabbi Lerner also shares  lessons from the Jewish tradition that speaks to strength and resiliency within our current times. In addition, Tim shares his thoughts on how Northern Light Health can bring more inclusivity and awareness of all holidays during this time and throughout the whole year.

Health Justice in Our Communities

Health Justice in Our Communities

November 5, 2020

In this episode of Tim Talk, Tim shares, “One huge lesson in healthcare we are learning all over again with this pandemic is that health, and the risks of poor health, start in the home and on the streets.” As we open a new chapter in our podcast series, we explore how we can better work our community partners to deliver healthcare that is medically just. This week, we welcome Sgt. Wade Betters, the public information officer for the Bangor Police Department. Sgt. Betters discusses his perspective on social and racial justice and how we can all work together to create a safer, more accessible pathway for the homeless and other vulnerable populations to receive the healthcare that they need.

What’s to come: Look for a new Tim Talk podcast every two weeks, as we work together towards breaking down barriers, opening our hearts and minds to diversity, and focusing on issues of social and medical justice. On November 19, Melissa Skahan, vice president, Mission Integration, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, joins Tim to discuss religious diversity and tolerance.

Dispelling Myths About Domestic Violence

Dispelling Myths About Domestic Violence

October 29, 2020

During the month of October, we have cast a light on domestic violence to bring awareness and share information about this critical topic. As the month comes to a close, we present a special Tim Talk featuring Tricia Mercer, system director for Medical Group Practice Management and Ann-Marie Williams, associate vice president of Patient Care Services at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center—both senior leaders of Northern Light Health as well as domestic violence survivors. We thank both Tricia and Ann Marie for both courageously coming forward to share their story as well as dispel some of the myths and erase some of the stigma surrounding domestic violence. Also, joining Tim, Tricia, and Ann-Marie is Amanda Cost, facilitative director at Partners for Peace, a  domestic violence prevention organization serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.