Recent News

  • RADx-UP: Bringing COVID Testing to our Underserved Urban Communities
    March 30, 2022 by Ellen Brennan
    Over the past two years, we’ve heard a lot about quarantines and vaccinations, but there’s a critical aspect of the pandemic response that doesn’t get its equal share of the spotlight: testing. To address this, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the RADx program to support research that expands testing accessibility, and Dr. Kathleen Fairfield of MaineHealth was awarded RADx-UP funding for her project on providing testing to immigrant, low-income, and unhoused populations around Portland, Maine.
  • RADx-UP: Bringing COVID Testing to our Rural Communities
    March 30, 2022 by Ellen Brennan
    Over the past two years, we’ve heard a lot about quarantines and vaccinations, but there’s a critical aspect of the pandemic response that doesn’t get its equal share of the spotlight: testing. To address this, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the RADx program to support research that expands testing accessibility, and Drs. Adam Atherly of the University of Vermont and Yvonne Jonk of the University of Southern Maine were recently awarded RADx-UP funding to pursue their collaborative project on expanding testing access in our rural areas.
  • Rural Stroke Care: How EMS Changed Overnight
    March 30, 2022 by Ellen Brennan
    In 2018, the timeline for a life-saving stroke treatment was extended from 6 hours to 24 hours after stroke. That changed the landscape of stroke care, and the story is how EMS responded. Read this highlight to learn how one pilot project turned into a tri-state partnership and policy change that revolutionized how emergency personnel respond to stroke in the field.
  • Consistent Treatment Improves Health Outcomes for Pregnant Persons with OUD
    March 1, 2022 by Ellen Brennan
    Opioid use disorder (OUD) has been declared a public health crisis in the northern New England states for years, and one population requires particular care: pregnant patients. In 2018, only about half of pregnant persons were receiving consistent treatment, while another quarter had inconsistent treatment. Increasing these numbers would be essential to supporting pregnant patients with OUD, and Drs. Katherine Ahrens of USM and Marjorie Meyer of UVM aim to do just that.
  • Telemedicine Lessons Foreshadowed by Pre-Pandemic Cancer Telegenetics
    March 1, 2022 by Ellen Brennan
    In 2018, telemedicine was not at the forefront in medicine for many, but some knew that for our rural communities, it could make a world of difference. Drs. Susan Miesfeldt of Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth and Nan Solomons of the University of New England assessed whether cancer genetic services were equally effective via telehealth consults as in-person appointments from the patient’s point of view. Their study highlighted both the need and benefits of telemedicine for remote patients far before the pandemic came into play.

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