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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Health Equity Alliance Presents: 2016 Maine Minority Health Conference

Lewiston, ME– On December 2nd, the Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) will host the 6th Annual Maine Minority Health Conference (MMHC). The conference will take place from 8am-4pm at the Green Ladle, 156 East Ave. in Lewiston, ME. The MMHC targets all providers working with people of color, immigrants and refugee populations. This year’s theme is "Nothing About Us Without Us: Improving Outcomes Through Cross-Cultural Awareness."

We’re excited to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker, Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director of Community Change, Inc. and author of the award-winning blog, "Black Girl in Maine:"

A Chicago native born on the crossroads of working-class, Black and female, Shay Stewart-Bouley’s career since 1997 has focused on weaving these intersections into her daily life and professional work. Since the mid-1990s, Shay has worked in the non-profit sector, during the earlier years working primarily with marginalized groups and in the later years focusing on non-profit administration working both as an Executive Director at a small faith-based non-profit in Southern Maine and non-profit consultant/grant-writer to other organizations. 

Shay is a prolific blogger at her award-winning blog Black Girl in Maine, where race is a major theme but also daily life as a Black, middle-aged woman in a world where these traits frequently are not valued. Shay also writes for the Portland Phoenix, crafting a monthly column titled “Diverse City” that celebrated its 10th year in 2013. Shay holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul University, where she self-designed a program to focus on African-American Health and Wellness and health disparities; she also holds masters of education degree in Administration and Supervision from Antioch University New England. 

Other workshops for the day include:

  • Ethnic Community Based Organizations, Abdul Said, MPH
  • HIV in African Born New Mainer Communities, Tabin Tangila, Dr. Roxanne Kerani, Margaret Korto
  • Two Spirit Communities and Cultural Suicide Intervention, John Sylliboy
  • Assessing Our Needs, Defining Our Future, Clarissa Sabattis, Pat Knox, Kristi Ricker
  • Intergenerational Trauma, Keita A. Whitten, LCSW
  • Health Equity: Cultural Competence & Humility and the Notion of Implicit Bias, Dr. Kolawole Bankole

The MMHC has been a widely recognized medical education opportunity in Maine for the past five years. This is a unique opportunity to talk about underserved racial and ethnic minority populations in the state, with an objective of improving health outcomes in communities that struggle in navigating relationships with the healthcare community. Together, we can work to improve outcomes and foster understanding among healthcare providers about the unique health needs of diverse populations in Maine.

Health Care providers, Nurses, NPs, PAs, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Community Organizers, and service providers are encouraged to attend. CMEs and CEUs will be available. Registration will remain open until November 22nd. To register, please visit:  

More information about the program please contact

HEAL offers special thanks to our advisory committee and sponsors who made this event possible: Maine Health Access Foundation, New Mainers Public Health Initiative, Portland Public Health's Minority Health Program, Maine AIDS Education and Training Center, Wabanaki Public Health, Frannie Peabody Center, Healthy Androscoggin and Youth Move Maine.

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