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

Connecting the dots between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), health disparities, and health outcomes, Manisha Patel, MD and Sarah Bacon, PhD presented the FY2021-FY2024 Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Strategy on behalf of the US CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Maine and national experts on youth and chronic disease data, health disparities and ACEs links to chronic disease shared data on ACEs in Maine, disparities .

The program objective is to connect the dots, framing the importance of primary prevention to prevent negative health outcomes across the life course. Staff of the US CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control will present the FY2021-FY2024 Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Strategy.

Their presentation will be followed by Maine and national experts on youth and chronic disease data, health disparities and ACEs links to chronic disease.

ACEs are widely recognized factors in issues for children and adults for what diseases of despair including suicide, substance misuse, and excessive alcohol use. However, the US CDC and others report that ACEs are also increasingly linked with health disparities and issues of health equity, as well as with leading causes of morbidity and mortality from chronic conditions and with poor socioeconomic outcomes in adulthood. (Merrick, et al, CDC, 2019). This program will feature national and Maine experts and will connect the dots between ACEs, health equity, chronic disease and the importance of upstream prevention.

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Manisha Patel, MD and 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.

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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.

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    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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