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Bangor area health news, Thursday, June 30

HIV Testing Day

BANGOR — More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Of those 1 million people, the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people do not know they are infected. The only way to know is to get tested.

The 17th Annual National HIV Testing Day was held on June 27. The Eastern Maine AIDS Network is marking the day by offering free, confidential HIV testing 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Friday, July 1, at the EMAN office, 370 Harlow St. Call 990-3626 to make an appointment or just walk in.

The City of Bangor Health and Community Services offered free, anonymous HIV testing and syphilis screening earlier this week at its facility at 103 Texas Ave. Information on testing is available at 992-4555.

Grant to help fathers

BANGOR — Penquis recently received a grant from the Maine Children’s Trust, the statewide child abuse and neglect prevention organization. This grant will support dads in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, focusing on first-time fathers, fathers of young children and fathers who are incarcerated.

For first-time fathers-to-be, Penquis will offer Boot Camp for New Dads workshops to increase knowledge of the joys and challenges of caring for a new baby and increase confidence in their ability to care for their child’s needs.

The next Boot Camp for New Dads workshop will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Brandow Conference Room on the second floor of Eastern Maine Medical Center. To obtain more information or to register, call Wendy Pace at Penquis Maine Families, 973-3674, or Pam Smedick Houston at EMMC, 973-8742.

For fathers of children ages birth to 5, Penquis will offer The Nurturing Father’s Program, a 13-week training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men. Each class provides effective skills for healthy family relationships and child development. The course will run from September to December.

For fathers who are incarcerated, Penquis will offer parenting education classes based on the Nurturing Father’s Program, Parenting with Dignity and the Touchpoints curricula. The goal is to provide fathers with support, knowledge, skills and confidence to engage their child and promote healthy development and attachment.  For more information on this program, contact Mary Lynn Hersey at Penquis at mhersey@penquis.org, 973-3579 or 1-800-215-4942 ext. 3579.

EMHS board chairman

BREWER — A Waterville accountant has been elected chairman of the Eastern Maine Healthcare System board of directors. P. James Nicholson was elected at the EMHS annual meeting of directors held June 16.  Evelyn Silver of Bangor was elected vice-chairman.

Nicholson, of China Village, succeeds George F. Eaton Jr. of Bangor. Nicholson is active in his community, serves on many local boards and committees, and is a past trustee and chairman of Inland Hospital’s board of trustees. Inland Hospital is a member of EMHS.

Nicholson said he is stepping in the chairman’s role at an excellent time. “The system is energized right now,” he said. “There’s a lot going on, and much of the credit for that has to go to my predecessor, George Eaton – he’s teed the ball up, and now this board needs to see it down the fairway. I thank him for all he has done for the system and all he continues to do.”

In addition to electing a slate of directors, a slate of corporators was also approved. Two hundred people from throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine serve as EMHS corporators. They are expected to participate in educational programs on health care and choose directors and fellow corporators alongside the board.

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