The 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.

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The Maine Resilience Building Network invites you to join the conversation and  become a member. 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 change that address systemic inequities and root causes of poor health outcomes related to adverse childhood experiences. MRBN provides statewide network meetings, professional development and training programs, and contributes to state and local policy development.                                                           

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Join MRBN this November and December in Groundbreaking Conversations

The Science of Mattering & Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth

In the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, middle school and high school students, when asked if they mattered in their community, could only agree less than 60% of the time “I Matter".  High School students report a 15-point drop in feeling they have support from an adult that is not a parent. These are failing grades. Maine has the most anxious children in the nation, the teen suicide rate is on the rise and our youth rank 3rd in the nation as most depressed.

MRBN is launching an initiative to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth. You Matter to the conversation.

Join Us in Groundbreaking Conversations for Collective Impact…

Facilitated Thought Leader Roundtables This December

Join the Groundbreaking Conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth

This December 3 and 9, The Maine Resilience Building Network is convening thought leaders across Maine from all sectors of business, healthcare, community organizations, youth programs, government and law enforcement along with representation from all 10 Public Health Districts to begin the conversation to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth through collective impact. Carole Martin will facilitate each roundtable. Attend either day or both! 



*Each day will be represented by different thought leaders & discussion*

December 3rd- 9:00-10:30AM

AND/OR  December 9th - 1:00-2:30

Cost: $0.00. No Fee

Webinars will be facilitated by Carole Martin.  Participants can send comments via chat throughout the webinar to participate. A Report of the two Thought Leaders Round Tables will be posted on the MRBN website. Webinar will be recorded. Organizations may have more than 1 attendee.

December 3 Maine Thought Leaders Include: 

Barrett Wilkinson-Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-Portland Public Schools, Catharine Biddle-MRBN Board of Director, Vice President-Associate Professor of Educational Leadership-College of Education and Human Development-University of Maine, Mike Felton-Superintendent-St. George Municipal School Unit, Ana Hicks-Senior Policy Analyst and Children’s Cabinet Coordinator-Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future State of Maine,  Pender Makin-DOE Commissioner, Tara Williams-Executive Director-Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, Mary Bonauto-Civil Rights Project Director-GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Kevin Hancock-Chairman + CEO- Hancock Lumber. 

December 9 Maine Thought Leaders Include:

Gordon Smith-Director of Opioid Response-State of Maine, Deborah Hagler- MD-Mid Coast Pediatrics-President AAP, Maine Chapter, Jason Judd-Executive Director Educate Maine, Dr. Todd A. Landry-Director-Office of Child & Family Services, Shanna Cox-President + CEO-Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Erin Benson-Program Coordinator- Workforce Development and HEAP- Aroostook County Action Program, Sherry Pineau Brown-Educator-Waterville High School-Educator- English Teacher-MRBN Advisory Committee member, Morgan Hynd-Director-Bingham Program.

To learn more about Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth, please reference the MRBN White Paper.


We Learned that the Science of Mattering Matters

Catalyzing Resilience & Healing Through Mattering

With Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MPH, MBA

On November 12th & 13‚Äč over 130 persons across Maine, MA, NH and even Canada! Joined the MRBN Network in a conversation with Keynote speaker Dr. Christina Bethell to learn more about groundbreaking Science on Mattering and how we can catalyze resilience and healing through Mattering. We learned about protective factors such as the importance of connections to flourish. We gained many new resources. As MRBN embarks on the effort to Cultivate Mattering for Maine Youth, we welcome you to continue to join the conversations happening statewide on Mattering for ME. We are so pleased with the keynote conference, its impact and its outcomes. Attendees shared: It’s a rare thing when you can feel so engage in a Zoom conference, I definitely felt engage at this event, especially in the breakout rooms. There was really good energy throughout each day!”- “Such a needed discussion- the science behind Mattering was interesting and I have downloaded the book on Compassionomics and have listened to 7 chapters so far!”

Many Thanks to Kennebunk Savings for providing Underwriting Sponsorship to the conference! We are grateful!



HOPE Webinar Summary: Frontline Stories of Inspiration, Concern, and Self-Care 

May 26, 2020 by Chloe Yang in HOPE Blog and ACE's Connection 

Last Monday, Dr. Robert Sege was invited by the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) to speak about HOPE and Positive Childhood Experiences during an interactive webinar. Usually an in-person meeting, the gathering attracted nearly 300 virtual participants. Our Zoom screens were tiled with pages and pages of faces, front-line workers across Maine who continue to serve families during this time. Among the audience were teachers, social workers and mental health professionals, clinical and medical practice based staff, school nurses, and those who work for organizations serving children and families. At the heart of the meeting, Dr. Sege turned the spotlight on these important workers, giving them a platform to share stories of inspiration, concern, and self-care with each other. Below, Kini-Ana Tinkham, MRBN’s executive director, sheds light on MRBN and the virtual event. Read more...

Inside the ACE Score Strengths, Limitations and Misapplications with Dr. Robert Anda

Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator and designer of the ACE Study, explains strengths and limitations of the ACE Score. He explains why the growing popular movement to use the ACE Score for screening patients, assigning risk, and making clinical decisions for individual patients is a misapplication of the ACE Study findings.

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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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