News briefs focus on safety, health

12 years ago

News briefs focus on safety, health

Become a hotline volunteer

    PRESQUE ISLE — The Hope and Justice Project is inviting people to their fall hotline training.

Becoming a volunteer with the Hope and Justice Project is a rewarding experience. As a volunteer you might be the first step on someone’s path toward happier, healthier relationships and life choices. You would offer support and important information as people affected by domestic violence and dating abuse talk about their situations.
    Becoming a volunteer is easy. All it takes is a heart for others, a listening ear and 30 hours of training.

    That might seem like a lot, but every caller’s situation is different and often quite complicated. There’s a lot to be aware of, learn and understand.

    The training is free. The training is held at the Presque Isle office at 754 Main St. It will be Oct. 9 to Nov. 15, every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6-8:30 p.m. Then you can answer the hotline right from your own home — or you’re welcome to come into any of our offices if you’d like. The best part is you can set your own hours. 

    Officials with the agency are grateful for whatever you can give and like to be able to count on volunteers for three shifts a month (overnight from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m., or any part of the day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and it helps if you can keep your days or nights consistent. 

    Becoming a volunteer will help make a difference in the lives of people affected by abuse and violence —adults, teens and kids. 

    Everyone interested is invited to become a volunteer. For more information, call Jennifer at 764-2977 or e-mail

Maine AllCare presents ‘Our Vision for Universal Health Care in Maine’

    PRESQUE ISLE — Maine AllCare, the Maine chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, is sponsoring a presentation: “Our Vision for Universal Health Care in Maine.” Presenter Phil Caper, MD, is vice president of Maine AllCare, a columnist for the Bangor Daily News and an internationally recognized expert on health care policy. Co-presenter Joe Lendvai is communications director of Maine AllCare. 

    This program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Turner Memorial Library, 39 Second St., Presque Isle, at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

    This program presents commonsense solutions to the continuing problems in providing accessible and affordable health care to all Maine citizens. The Maine Health Care Law, LD 90, has already revealed injustices that seriously affect Aroostook County residents’ health care insurance premiums and accessibility to care. In a recently released report, “Few Winners, Many Losers: Evaluating Impact of the Key Provisions of Maine’s New Health Insurance Law to Date,” Consumers for Affordable Health Care concluded that health insurance costs continue to rise for most Mainers. This is especially true for older policyholders and for small businesses.

    The Federal Affordable Health Care Act neither resolves those problems nor does it resolve many of the other problems in health care nationally. “The U.S. has the highest health spending in the world, equivalent to 17.9 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), or $8,362 per person,” according to In 2008, “This proportion was nearly double the OECD median  of 8.7 percent and over 40 percent more than the country spending the second-largest share of GDP (France at 11.2 percent)… A 2010 cross-national study conducted by The Commonwealth Fund ranked the U.S. sixth of seven countries in terms of quality,” as noted at

    “Maine AllCare is dedicated to the goal of achieving universal, high-quality and affordable health care for the people of Maine … is a non-partisan and non-profit, committed to educating the Maine public and policymakers, including legislators, about how to improve upon the new federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in order to make health care here in Maine universally accessible and affordable for all,” (

    Joe Lendvai said, “We have the money, we simply need the political will to get it done.”

    Maine AllCare exists to promote quality, affordable, equitable and universal health care for the people of Maine through research, education and advocacy.