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Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA)
Steering Committee Meeting
Bureau of Labor Standards
Third Floor Conference Room
July 2, 2003
Staff Present:Terry Hathaway & Lynne Lamstein.
Staff Absent: John Rioux.
Members Present: Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance), Peter Doran (MIOHE), Ron Dyer (DEP), Carol Eckert (MIOHE), Jonathan Lepoff (Consultant), Jeff Levesque (Maine Workers’ Compensation Board), Kim Lim (Bureau of Labor Standards), Ruth Lawson-Stopps (Occupational Health Associates), Heather Mason (Maine Safety Council), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers Compensation Board), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).
Members Absent: Peter Crockett (MLGH), Denise Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Brenda Joly (Maine Center for Public Health), Louise Morang (MAOHN), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), Andy Smith (Bureau of Health), Jonathan Torres (WorkMed), & Castine Verrill (Maine Cancer Registry).
Guests: Saskia J. Bopp (Maine Public Health Association)
Peter Doran called the meeting to order at 9:12 A.M. He introduced Saskia Bopp (Maine Public Health Assocation), who replaces Brenda Joly.
Approval of June 4, 2003 Minutes. Ruth Lawson-Stopps made a motion to accept the minutes of the June 4, 2003 meeting; Ivan Most, seconded. Vote, unanimous.
New Member - Valerie Carter. Peter Doran proposed that Valerie Carter (Bureau of Labor Education) be added to the Steering Committee. All members present were in favor.
Update on Legislation - Steve Minkowsky. Steve thanked MORA for their support of the LD’s. Steve had e-mailed the status of L.D. 339 to the Steering Committee. In fact, L.D. 35 was merged with LD 339 so that $40,000 would be available on an emergency basis, effective July 1, 2003 (otherwise, the $40,000 would not be available until September 13, 2003). This LD requires the Workers’ Compensation Board to adopt rules requiring electronic filing (EDI). Also, LD 398 creates a working group on data collection and injury prevention which should be identified by October with MORA well represented.
Kim Lim pointed out the quality of data still needs to be resolved.
Steve will be attending the IAIABC Conference in September and will report on that at the October meeting.
Ivan Most suggested that Glenn Pransky would be an excellent resource for the Steering Committee.
Ivan Most. Ivan reported on the NORA meeting held last week in Washington. He had a copy of the papers presented and the research agenda. NORA is also discussing it’s future after being operational for seven (7) years. NORA now has a full-time director.
Ivan was a part of the Research Committee. He made a short presentation on MORA, which was well received. Ray Sinclair invited Ivan to write a letter to the director about MORA, which is the only state model in the country. He would include how MORA is recognized and how we could capitalize on it. Ivan will compose a letter to NORA and e-mail it to the Steering Committee for their feedback; then, Ivan will develop a paper.
Brainstorming - Heather Mason. Heather led the Steering Committee in a brainstorming session, which included goals, objectives, and strategies. As a result of this session, Heather will work with Ivan, Lynne, and Kim to compile a draft operative paper. Members who are not on this subcommittee can feel free to contact Heather with any pertinent information.
Lynne is taking the lead on preparation of a symposium summary based upon evaluation results, which she distributed at the meeting.
Saskia suggested that MORA consider an exhibit and presentation for the fall MPHA Conference.
Next Meeting. The steering committee decided not to have a meeting in August; therefore, the next meeting of the MORA Steering Committee will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at 9:OO AM in the third floor conference room of the Bureau of Labor Standards, Hallowell.
Agenda items will include Don Martin and draft results of the brainstorming session.
The meeting ended at 11:25 A.M.
Terry M. Hathaway