|Developing the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders in Maine
Lunder Dineen’s mission is to improve the overall health of Maine residents by expanding their health knowledge and by advancing the skills and expertise of Maine health professionals. We’re advancing that mission through our three multi-stakeholder initiatives in Maine on oral health, unhealthy alcohol use, and nursing preceptorship. Each of these initiatives was developed to address a gap in health education across the state and is led by a team of Maine-based experts from academia, health systems, hospitals, and frontline clinicians.
A complementary and important goal of these initiatives is to concurrently create opportunities for the advancement of the next generation of health care leaders in Maine. Lunder-Dineen is embracing this approach in several ways.
One way is through direct involvement in our initiatives. Lunder-Dineen includes aspiring young clinicians as members of the team for our Time to Ask initiative on unhealthy alcohol use, and they are helping develop education that will change the culture of conversations between patients and primary care teams about alcohol use.
Another way is through education. Our Nursing Preceptor Education Program, which broadens and expands the reach of Maine Partners in Nursing Education’s 2013 Preceptor Pilot Program, is designed to prepare the next generation of Maine's nursing leaders to guide and support the transition, integration and retention of nurses. Through this guidance and support, preceptors will help to ensure an adequate workforce to support the health of Maine's residents across the continuum of care.
Lastly, by collaborating closely and working hand-in-hand with stakeholders from education, health systems and the community, Lunder-Dineen hopes to develop and encourage interprofessional education that remains in sync from the classroom to the health care setting. Across our three initiatives, our project teams involve leaders from institutions such as University of New England, MaineGeneral, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, Penobscot Community Health Center, Husson University, Maine Medical Association, and many more.
Learn more about why developing future leaders is important and how our approach is working. Watch this short video from one of our stakeholders.