Update: May 2, 2019
Maine's Public Health Nursing (PHN) Program continues to strengthen its statewide capacity to provide critical supports and services to some of Maine's most vulnerable populations. Just this week, 5 nurses started their new roles as PHNs in the Augusta and Bangor regions. Additionally, the PHN program will welcome a second Office Associate on May 13 to assist with day-to-day operations.
Last week, PHN Director Kate Downing traveled to Machias for a job fair aimed at recruiting nurses for the Down East and northern region of the state.
"It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the nurses who attended our job fair in Machias," said Downing. "As we work to recruit qualified PHNs in this rural part of the state, it was encouraging to witness their excitement about the opportunity to make a difference in their communities." PHN has already received one application as a result of this outreach, and anticipates more.
The Department's recently announced child safety initiative is officially under way, with PHN receiving 29 referrals since April 29 for Maine families who are eligible for additional home visits from a public health nurse, or through the Maine Families Home Visitation Program. These families, who have children two years of age and younger, will receive specialized parenting guidance in navigating the challenges that can come with caring for young children. They can also be connected to community-based supports designed to ensure that Maine children are living in safe and healthy homes.
At this morning's meeting of the Children's Cabinet, Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced the streamlining of the home visiting program under Maine CDC. Home visits are performed by both Public Health Nurses and through Maine Families, a program administered by the Department's Office of Child and Family Services.