Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Patient Safety Academy 2014

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, September 5, 2014, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
USM- Portland Campus, Abromson Center
Contact Name: 
Judy Tupper
Contact Phone: 
207-228-8407
Contact Email: 
jtupper@usm.maine.edu

Patient Safety Academy LogoThe Patient Safety Academy, now in it's 5th year, brings together individuals engaged in healthcare quality and patient safety activities.  An interdisciplinary day-long event, the Academy provides thought-provoking sessions, skill building workshops,and the sharing of best practices in patient safety. Nationally recognized leaders will present the opening and closing plenary sessions, with workshops led by local experts on topics including pharmacy and medication management, patient engagement, health information technology, prevention of health associated infections, and much more!  Colleagues will be able to network and share best practices through interactive sessions and best practice displays. Continuing Education credit is available for CPHQ, Nursing, and Pharmacy.The Academy will also honor Maine's leaders in patient safety through the Rising Tide awards.

For more information, a list of workshops, and to register, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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