Background Information & Links

The resources listed below will provide more information on topics that Common Health will cover on the monthly Common Health programs on WERU-FM (Third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.), and on public health topics in general. There are many, many more links to resources under specific past programs.

Air Quality
Community Health
Drinking Water
Education Programs
Health Care Access
Healthy Buildings
Infectious Diseases
Safe Food
Toxins in Our Lives
Tough Choices
Workplace Health and Safety

Audio Files

Air Quality
For information on indoor air quality and what you can do to improve it in your home or office, visit the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council's web site.

For information on outdoor air, ozone, particulates in the air, and their impact on public health, visit the Maine Department of Environmental Protection air quality pages. This site also contains information about air pollution alerts and historical information about air quality in different sections of the state.

The Maine Lung Association's site focuses on the health impacts of poor air quality.
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Community Health
Maine Network of Healthy Communities: "The Network" is a statewide network of community coalitions working to enhance physical, social, emotional, environmental and economic health in Maine. Additional healthy community links.

Healthy Hancock: The Hancock County Coalition for Community Health is a coalition of community-based organizations and schools, employing the Healthy Communities approach to promote health, well-being and quality of life for the people living and working in Hancock County.
 
Healthy Maine Partnership: Partnerships facilitates the coordination of the state and local intervention activities funded by the tobacco settlement and assures linkages with related program activities.

Education Programs

MHA PRograms: Advanced Degree Programs in Health Care Administration and Community Health a resource for new college students to find in-depth information about picking the right Health Administration masters degree to fit their needs.

www.healthadministrationdegrees.com Resource for health administration career and education info.

www.healthadministrationdegrees.com/programs/public-health/ - Directory of Public Health programs.

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Drinking Water
State of Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) is responsible for enforcing the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in Maine.  Also see these other links to drinking water sites.For the young at heart, you can link to An Expert Guide for Kids.

Health and Environmental Testing Lab (HETL): Is your well water safe to drink? Many Maine wells have too much Arsenic, Radon and Uranium. The Bureau of Health recommends a yearly test for Bacteria, Nitrates and Nitrites. The Bureau of Health additionally recommends a test for Arsenic, Uranium, Radon, First Draw Lead and Fluoride every 3 to 5 years.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Water Quality Office provides information to the public on protecting Maine's water resources. The Office presents many water quality educational programs, making a difference in Maine.
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Health Care Access
Maine Health Access Foundation: The Foundation's mission is to promote affordable and timely access to comprehensive, quality health care, and  improve the health of every Maine resident.

Maine Public Health Association: The Maine Public Health Association seeks to create an environment which sustains and improves the health and well-being of Maine residents. Its diverse membership has a common interest in the promotion and protection of the public's health through service, education, and advocacy.

Dirigo Health Dirigo Health Reform Act is a system-wide health reform law designed to afford access to coverage to every man, woman and child in Maine within five years, to bring down the cost growth of health care in Maine and to launch initiatives to continually improve the quality of care provided to Maine citizens.

Tough Choices in Health Care: On March 12th, Governor Baldacci brought together 1,000 Maine people who represent a cross-section of Maine’s population for a series of meetings all over Maine. At the meetings, they discussed their priorities for improving health and health care in Maine, and significantly, what we all can do – providers, consumers and payers – to make Maine the healthiest state in the nation. This conversation is one step of a 5-part public process to develop the State Health Plan.

Common Health Study on Health Care Access and Quality: From the 2003 Common Health project.
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Healthy Buildings

The Alliance for Healthy Homes identifies 7 Attributes of a Healthy Home.

The Maine Lung Association's site focuses on the health impacts of poor air quality.

GreenBuilding.com has good information on the importance of selecting the right mateirals when constructing or remodieling a building. See especially the "Fast Facts" and "Resources" links.

Home Safety - provides room-by-room tips for making your home safer for all ages, tips on indoor air quality, emergency preparedness and more. Produced by HomeInsurance.org.
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Infectious Disease
Centers for Disease Control: Mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.
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Safe Food
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food Safety: The overall educational goal of Extension’s Food Safety and Quality Program is to reduce the risk of foodborne illness by use of proper sanitation and food handling practices.
 
Food and Drug Administration: The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), in conjunction with the Agency's field staff, is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.

Environmental Health Strategy Center. The Environmental Health Strategy Center works to protect human health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, expanding the use of safer alternatives, and building partnerships that focus on the environment as a public health priority.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources: Quality Assurance and Regulation. The mission of the Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations is to provide marketing assistance and consumer protection for Maine’s agriculture, industry, and citizens. The Division ensures that a safe, high quality food supply is maintained, that weighing and measuring devices used in commerce are correct, and that standards used in law enforcement are properly calibrated and accurate.

www.FoodSafety.gov. This is "The Gateway to Government Food Safety Information," a web portal that connects to a variety of federal government web sites that provide information on food safety. It includes videos as well as text and has specific links for teens and children, as well as a search capability.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Food Safety Web Site. This CDC site has links to "Hot Topics in Food Safety," a section on "Foodborne diseases, pathogens, and toxins," and all the statistics you could ever wish for about food safety and foodborne illnesses.
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Toxins in Our Lives
Hancock County Planning Commission: The HCPC offers plenty of information and advice about dealing with toxins ranging from household waste to mercury contamination.

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Tough Choices
A summary of the Tough Choices Town Meetings, along with copies of the Discussion Guide given to participants and other resources, is available at the Tough Choices in Health Care web site.
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Workplace Health and Safety
For information on how to make workplaces safer, see "10 Steps to a Safe and Healthy Workplace" provided by the Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks program.

For information on the incidence of workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses, see information provided by the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards.

Moss, Inc. is a Belfast company that champions a "triple bottom line" and sees worker health and wellness as a key part of business success.
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