Tricky Tide Means Island Health Director Travels to Matinicus Flu Clinic by Skiff

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN travels by skiff to Matinicus flu clinic.

BAR HARBOR, Me — October 17, The Sunbeam V left Northeast Harbor for a three-day Island Health tour. Timing is critical when the Sunbeam V motors in to Matinicus harbor. Low tide will strand the boat for about 12-hours. On trips when the Sunbeam V cannot spend that much time at Matinicus, Sharon has to rely on the Sunbeam V skiff to travel to the island.

In this photo, taken from the Sunbeam V, the boat’s Engineer, Storey King, is taking Sharon to a scheduled flu clinic at Matinicus.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: https://seacoastmission.org/givingtuesday/ 

#GivingTuesday at Maine Seacoast Mission 2017

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#GivingTuesday 2017 Introduction

Maine Seacoast Mission kicked off its 2017 #GivingTuesday Land & Sea campaign this week with the announcement that Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation made up to $2,000. The Mission’s goal is to raise a total of $25,000 through the campaign.

We hope you will visit our web site and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for an overview for the Mission’s work. Meanwhile, the Mission’s Island Health program (Sea), and our Food Program (Land) are our focus for #GivingTuesday 2017. Thank you for your help.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Taking place this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US, and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back.

Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.

We are deeply attentive to, and guided, by the input and participation of the people we serve. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. As one Maine islander said, “Maine Seacoast Mission doesn’t tell us, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do for you. The Mission asks, ‘What do you need help with? What can we do to help you?'”


Island Health & Telemedicine

Help Island Residents Access Medical Care

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challengings. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

We offer personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, keeping in touch between trips by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use the equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Our Island Health program arranges for specialists, including podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists, to visit the islands via the Sunbeam V.

And Island Health sponsors a free two-day Elder Care Conference on helping island community elders age in place. Caretakers from numerous islands collaborate, share resources, and learn about a variety of topics.

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Food: Reducing Threat of Hunger

The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.

We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.

Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Learn more about our food School-Based Programs, our Organic Pantry Garden, our Food Pantry, and our Sunbeam on Wheels which home delivers to people who cannot get to our Food Pantry.

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Island Health Director Sharing Front Line Work on Aging on Islands (Video)

Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN is a leader in finding best ways to enable aging Maine islanders to live in their homes, communities. Maine Seacoast Mission was a cosponsor of this 2016 Aging on Islands Conference.

In this 38-minute presentation, you will hear Director Sharon Daley and colleagues give the conference audience their Perspective from the Islands. This work, panel Moderator Wendy Wolf reminds the audience, is “work” these professionals do “day-to-day.”

The Panel: Moderator: Wendy Wolf, President, Maine Health Access Foundation, Panelists: Sharon Daley, Maine Seacoast Mission and Islesboro Boardman Cottage, Maura Michaels, Islesboro Boardman Cottage, Lindsey Beverage, Southern Harbor Eldercare Services, Del Webster, Vinalhaven.

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Maine Seacoast Mission Launches Land & Sea Giving Tuesday Campaign

Monday, November 21, 2017

BAR HARBOR — For the first time, the Maine Seacoast Mission is joining the Giving Tuesday global movement and launching our own Giving Tuesday campaign. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. In 2015, it helped raise $116.7 million dollars online.

By tapping into global excitement and support for Giving Tuesday 2016 through social media, the Mission’s goal is to attract new donors, build awareness for its programs, and encourage existing supporters to spread the word.

The Mission 2016 campaign is focused on suggesting donations to our Housing Rehab Program (land), and our Island Health & Telemedicine Program (sea).

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Everyone deserves to live in a warm, safe home. But housing in Washington County, Maine is often old, hard to heat. Especially on a limited budget. Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program, with 350 amazing nationwide volunteers, and collaborating with other housing agencies, each year fixes or rebuilds twenty such houses for local families.

Since 1905, Maine Seacoast Mission has played a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, accessing even basic health care, when possible, is expensive and time consuming. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam, in their homes, and keeps in touch by phone and internet.

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We thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about the Mission’s Giving Tuesday Campaign. Please contact Ellen Pope, Maine Seacoast Mission’s Director of Development with questions and comments at 207-288-5097 or by email.

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Island Health & Telemedicine: Help Island Residents Access Health Care

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Since 1905, we have played a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. Our Island Health Program carries on the tradition, and there is never a charge for any Mission staff member’s services.

For island residents, accessing even the most basic health care is a significant challenge. Not every island has daily ferry service, and a trip to the mainland, when possible, is expensive and time consuming.

In response, Maine Seacoast Mission offers personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V, in their homes, via phone and internet. The Sunbeam state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities offer islanders virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Telemedicine is increasingly important in connecting islanders with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

The Island Health program also arranges for medical specialists to visit the islands. Sharon sets up on-island screening clinics for conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and arranges educational talks. Each year, Island Health sponsors a free two-day conference focusing on how to help elders from island communities age in place.

The short film below shows a day in the life of Sharon Daley as Director of Island Health.

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Housing Rehab: Help a Family Live in a Safe, Warm Home

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Everyone deserves to live in a warm, safe home. But housing in Washington County, Maine is often old, hard to heat. Especially on a limited budget.

Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program, with 350 amazing nationwide volunteers, each year fixes or rebuilds twenty such houses for local families. We also collaborate with other housing agencies. The families contribute sweat equity and often have children in our Ed Greaves Education (EdGE) program.

Each April through October, volunteers of all ages from church and community groups nationwide, spend one or two weeks here, making a huge difference in family lives. Tara’s story, as shown in the before and after photos here, is one example.

Your help with our Housing Rehab Program this Giving Tuesday enables us to create openings for more volunteer groups to help more rural Washington County families live in safe, warm houses.

Thank you.

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