Maine Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing
the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance
of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.


Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) is a statewide public health 501(c)3 organization with a network reaching more than 2,000 individuals and organizations across Maine. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about awareness and change that addresses the systematic inequities and root causes of poor public health and health-related outcomes related to ACEs. MRBN is recognized as a leader, convener, catalyst, and key resource for informing organizations, communities, education leaders and staff to create systems change and policy to improve the health and well-being of Maine's children and families.

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Register Now for February's Network Meeting!

The Maine Resilience Building Network's February Network meeting will focus on suicide and overdose data and prevention strategies in Maine. Sheila Nelson, Maine CDC Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention program manager, will offer a two-part, in-depth presentation that includes tools and resources. The meeting is open to all and there is no charge to attend.

MRBN Network Meeting

February 3, 2022





Professional Development

Presenter: Sheila Nelson, MPH, MSW
Program Manager, 
Maine CDC Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention

Part 1 – Putting it together: Taking an upstream approach to suicide and overdose prevention


  • Engage with data on the populations most impacted by suicide and overdose in Maine.
  • Describe the shared risk and protective factors that influence the prevention of suicide and overdose.
  • Identify primary prevention strategies to build community resilience and reduce suicide and overdose risk.


Part 2 – Tools you can use: Supporting community suicide prevention


  • Review the goals of the Maine State Suicide Prevention Plan 2020-2025.
  • Explore the resources included in the Statewide Suicide Prevention Toolkit.
  • Identify next steps for community suicide prevention action planning. 


Connecting the Dots:
The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health Disparities and Health Outcomes

MRBN wrapped up a busy year of programming with the engaging, informative webinar "Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health Disparities and Health Outcomes" on November 18. 

The US CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has identified three priority aress: ACEs, overdose, and suicide. The three are closely linked, with ACEs often contributing to drug use and suicide.

"This means that these two priority areas, which have substantial public health burden, can be prevented and mitigated by targeting ACEs," explained Manisha Patel, MD. Dr. Patel and her colleague, Sarah Bacon, PhD, gave an overview of the FY2021-FY2024 Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Strategy, which includes goals around surveillance and data, evidence, resources, and awareness building.

The rest of our panelists helped connect the dots between ACEs, health equity, chronic disease and the importance of upstream prevention.

"We see the CDC Strategy as strong support for the work we and many of you in the MRBN network are doing. As we look ahead, focusing on upstream prevention and building community resilience will be critical to mitigate the impact of ACEs and trauma on our communities and workforce," MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham told participants. "The COVID pandemic has spotlighted a number of these issues and has exacerbated issues caused by lack of social connectedness and youth feeling that they don’t matter in the community. Reframing the lens of public health to a community resilience approach is necessary to shift this public health issue."

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Manisha Patel, MD
Sarah Bacon, PhD
US CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Erika Lichter, PhD
Cutler Institute, University of Southern Maine

Ian Yaffe
Director, Office Population Health Equity, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Robin Matthies, MSW
Director, Public and Behavioral Health Integration, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Help us celebrate one year of Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth!

It’s been almost a year since we launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth and we are so inspired by the work being done throughout our state to support the health and well-being of our young people.

The isolation and disconnect caused by the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the power of connection to bring our community together during challenging times. Now more than ever, we want to share and celebrate all the ways people are making sure that Maine youth feel seen, heard, and valued!

We invite you to join the celebration by sharing your story. Have you found new ways to connect with youth? Has your organization made changes to keep connections strong while remaining physically distant?

Please click this link to tell us how you are working to make sure youth know how much they matter!


MRBN Leaders Urge Decision Makers to Include Prevention in Pandemic Repair Strategy 

MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham and Board President Leslie Forstadt submitted an opinion article to the Bangor Daily news, urging state and county leaders to consider the role of primary prevention in Maine's pandemic recovery plan.

"Repair is necessary. But when it comes to the pandemic’s toll on Mainers’ mental health, it is crucial to include prevention in the recovery plan. Without it, we perpetuate the cycle of repair — endlessly dealing with mental and physical health issues after they occur. We need systems and policies that prioritize primary prevention," they wrote.

This OpEd was published in the Bangor Daily News June 15, 2021.

Click here to read the article.

MRBN's Mattering Work Highlighted on ABC7/Fox22 in Bangor 

MRBN Executive Director Kini-Ana Tinkham spoke with reporter Stephanie Wittenbach from ABC7/Fox22 about Mattering and youth mental health.

Thanks to Shannon Fowles for sharing her perspective as well!

Watch the story here!

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MRBN leads and supports a network across Maine to build resilience and well-being by providing systems that strengthen children, family, workplace, and community connections. MRBN is at the forefront of thought leadership and action to bring about positive changes that address systemic inequities and root causes of poor health outcomes related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

MRBN provides statewide network meetings, professional development and training programs, and contributes to state and local policy development.

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MRBN Members & Friends:  Please seek help right away if you have trouble coping or feel overwhelmed or are worried about a friend or loved one. The Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline is available 24/7. For assistance, call  1-888-569-1112 or call 211, Maine's Resource Line.

The Teen Peer Support Text Line 207-515-8398, for ages 14-20, staffed by people under 23 years old.

Please view MRBN's Wellness Resources

    Maine Resilience Building Network: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement

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         Written by : Anndee Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series. 

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