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Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA)
Steering Committee Meeting

Bureau of Labor Standards

Third Floor Conference Room

June 4, 2003


Staff Present: Terry Hathaway, Lynne Lamstein, & John Rioux.

Members Present: Peter Doran (MIOHE), 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), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Members Absent: Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance), Peter Crockett (MLGH), Denise Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Ron Dyer (DEP), Brenda Joly (Maine Center for Public Health), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers Compensation Board), Louise Morang (MAOHN), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), Andy Smith (Bureau of Health), Jonathan Torres (WorkMed), & Castine Verrill (Maine Cancer Registry).

Guests: Michael Glover (USM Student Intern, Maine Safety Council), Leslie Ingraham (University of New England), Valerie Carter (Bureau of Labor Education), Mary Adams, & Commissioner Laura A. Fortman (Maine Department of Labor).


Peter Doran called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

Approval of May 14, 2003 Minutes. Jeff Levesque made a motion to accept the minutes; Jonathan Lepoff, seconded. Vote, unanimous.

Sights & Sounds of 2003 MORA Symposium - Kim Lim. Kim presented an assortment of pictures from the 2003 Symposium. Bureau of Labor Standards staff were present.

A discussion was held concerning the 2003 MORA Symposium. Members received positive feedback. Peter Doran asked folks to send Terry the Earl Dotter article which appeared in Sunday (June 1) Portland Press Herald so she can forward them to Mr. Dotter. Ivan Most shared an e-mail from Ray Sinclair, CDC, who thought the symposium was "thoughtfully organized and well-executed". Leslie Ingraham’s office is working on the evaluations, which are very positive. Also, Leslie’s office is getting the financials worked out. There is money toward another conference, possibly to be held May 21-22, 2006. Carol Eckert will contact Helen King-Attalah regarding the MIOHE contribution

Lynne stated that the Research and Statistics Division had discussed what could be done to make the conference better. Among the problems were audio-visual and a hold-up on registration. One of the suggestions was to display the poster sessions in a more prominent location where they can be easily seen. Another suggestion was to include a four (4) hour session, either prior to or just after the conference, for medical doctors for CEU’s. The steering committee agreed that the break out sessions were concentrated and powerful. Discussion continued on the length of the conference; it was decided that a day and a half is a good length. The steering committee was in agreement that perhaps four (4) presenters in an hour was too much as it didn’t leave much time for questions; they agreed that three (3) presenters would work better.

Leslie Ingraham suggested that a meeting with the facilitators before the start of the conference would be advantageous.

Commissioner Laura A. Fortman, Department of Labor. Commissioner Fortman is very supportive of workplace safety as well as the Department of Labor coordinating with other state agencies and forging partnerships with other groups. The steering committee gave the Commissioner a brief sketch of MORA, which included how it began and what the steering committee has accomplished. Each member of the steering committee introduced himself/herself, and stated how they were involved in MORA. Commissioner Fortman is very supportive of workplace safety and eager to work with MORA

Peter Doran announced that the agreement between MORA and ALAM has been finalized and signed.

Proposal by Jeff Levesque. Jeff told the steering committee that the Workers’ Compensation Act states that his division has a responsibility to produce a report updating the current status of those claimants who have settled Workers’ Compensation claims. Jeff suggested generating a multi-page survey to send to 500 randomly selected Maine claimants. Ruth Lawson-Stopps made a motion that a subcommittee be formed so that they can think this through and perhaps apply for a small grant. Jonathan Lepoff seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous. The subcommittee members are Jeff Levesque (Chair), Heather Mason, Jonathan Lepoff, Ivan Most, John Rioux, and Valerie Carter. The subcommittee will report to the steering committee at our August meeting.

Mary Adams suggested the following website for the Maine Injured Workers’ Association, <> .

Charting the MORA Steering Committee’s Future. Ivan suggested we change our name from the MORA Steering Committee to "Board". Kim suggested "Consortium" and that we wait until the legislation has gone through to see how it works. Heather suggested that the steering committee come up with an operative document, which would include the mission, goals, objectives, and things we want to accomplish before changing the name. Heather has experience as a facilitator for this.

Jeff Levesque made a motion to come together for a brainstorming session, which would focus on the future of MORA and would be based on our historyto date. Ivan Most, seconded. Vote, unanimous. It was decided that Heather Mason and Ruth Lawson-Stopps will pull together background information for Terry to forward to the steering committee before our July meeting.

Kim Lim presented an e-mail request from Don Martin. Tabled to the August meeting.

Kim brought forward six (6) points to hold the next MORA Symposium in 2006:

(1) The Northeast Surveillance Group has its annual meeting in May.

(2) Research projects to be completed.

(3) Call for papers, specific focus.

(4) Identify Maine employers.

(5) Space/Facility/UNE.

(6) Funding.

Lynne suggested sending thank you notes or e-mails to the presenters of the 2003 Conference. The steering committee agreed.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the MORA Steering Committee will take place on Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at 9:00 AM in Room 106 (the first floor training room) at the Bureau of Labor Standards. There will be coffee, juice, and bagels available.

The sole purpose of this meeting will be to brainstorm the future of the MORA Steering Committee to be facilitated by Heather Mason.

Other. There being no further business, Peter adjourned the meeting at 11:55 AM.


Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway