From: CTBH Coalition Staff [] on behalf of Sue Patterson

Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:07 AM

To: Natalie Gould

Subject: Choose To Be Healthy Coalition ~ March Newsletter


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The Choose To Be Healthy Coalition Newsletter ~ March



What's New and Coming Up in Our Communities


Changes at the Choose To Be Healthy Coalition


Long-time Coalition Director Deb Erickson-Irons is moving to a new role at York Hospital. Deb will direct the transition of York Hospital's Family Practice Groups to patient-centered medical homes. Sue Patterson, formerly the Healthy Maine Partnership Coordinator, is the new Coalition Director and Natalie Gould has been hired to work as the Community Health Specialist. Caitlin Crane, RD, recently joined the team as the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--formerly known as Food Stamps) Nutrition Educator. Lynne Hatch works with retailers to prevent the sale of tobacco products to underage customers. Sally Manninen continues as the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator and Amanda Carey is the Youth Coordinator. Choose To Be Healthy recently moved to a new office on the York Hospital campus. They are located at 2 Hospital Drive, Suite 2B.


"The Choose To Be Healthy Coalition has been in existence for 14 years. We plan to continue to grow and change with our communities' health needs. We welcome new coalition partners. We would love to explain our work and give you a tour of our new office space," said Coalition Director Sue Patterson.


York County Youth Substance Abuse Rates: Mostly  Going Down


Past 30 day use of tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs have all gone down overall in York County high schools, according to the latest Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey results from 2013. However, in some of the high schools that CTBH works with, underage drinking, especially binge drinking has increased. The coalition is helping those communities come together to look at why and what can be done.


Another piece of data that is concerning: while past 30 day use of marijuana has remained relatively unchanged since 2009 at 23% among 9-12th graders, 52% think regular use is NOT harmful - a significant increase from 40% in 2009. Visit the Maine Public Health website to see all of the results for York County and Maine. To hear more about the results and what we are doing together, come to CTBH's next coalition meeting on March 27th. FMI:


Problem Gambling

Did you know that between 8 and 12 million people meet the criteria for having gambling problems?  March has become one of the biggest gambling occasions because of the massive popularity of the "March Madness" Basketball Tournament.  Many problem gamblers suffer in silence because they don't know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is, or where to get help.


Some of the signs of problem gambling are preoccupation with gambling, lying to loved ones about gambling behavior, borrowing money to gamble, loss of interest in other activities, and unexplained absences for long periods of time. If you or a loved one are experiencing one or any of these symptoms, help is available through the Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. A confidential helpline is also available by dialing 2-1-1 (Maine only) for information and resources.



Maine is Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Maine is raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder by urging women to avoid all alcohol while pregnant. Maine's Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services says fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is 100 percent preventable and there is no safe time, amount or type of alcohol during pregnancy. More than 9 percent of pregnant women ages 15 to 44 in Maine reported that they were drinking alcohol. Every year, more than 40,000 children throughout the country are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs at any time during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome and serious life-long ill effects in the baby. The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) has a new initiative to help prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder through educational resources for pregnant women. If you would like to order posters and brochures for your offices, clients, and patients, contact Natalie at 351-2662 or email



CTBH Applauds CVS and Other Local Stores' New Tobacco Policies


CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is the first national pharmacy company to stop selling tobacco products. President and CEO Larry J. Merlo was quoted saying "The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose - helping people on their path to better health."

Recently, Spiller's Farm Store, Allard's Market and Pine Tree Country Store were recognized by the CTBH coalition for complying with the NO BUTS! Program. NO BUTS! (Blocking Underage Tobacco Sales) gives retailers the tools needed to help prevent underage tobacco use. Underage tobacco use is a public health concern in Maine - one in five Maine high school students use tobacco products and many start as young as 12 or 13. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death today in the United States. For more information on becoming a NO BUTS! store, contact Lynne Hatch at or 207-351-2656.



Issue # 18



CTBH Coalition Meeting

Wells Activity Center

113 Sanford Rd.

Thursday, March 27th

3:30-5:00 PM


Wells Open House


   York Hospital in Wells

112-114 Sanford Rd.

Tuesday, March 25th

 3:00-7:00 PM


Celebrate Spring!
Learn about YH services
in Wells plus fun activities,
food, giveaways.



On YouTube


The REAL Cost
of Smoking



March is National
Nutrition Month



Our Funders

Center for Disease Control,
Fund for a Healthy Maine


Maine Office of
Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services


US Office of National
Drug Control Policy,
Drug Free Communities 




Our Lead Agency


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The Choose To Be Healthy Coalition is a local Healthy Maine Partnership and Drug Free Communities Coalition serving
Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, Lebanon, North Berwick, Ogunquit, South Berwick, Wells and York.




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