Welcome to the extended online version of our 2018 Annual Report. Thank you for learning about Time to Ask.
Alcohol use is a significant individual and public health problem in Maine. It is the most misused substance and has the highest need for treatment. Yet many aspects of our culture promote the notion that alcohol use is safe. This includes positive messages about alcohol on social media, for example. In 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General released a landmark report, Facing Addiction in America. It affirms that the substance use and alcohol use epidemics are public health crises. The report recommends the use of prevention programs and evidence-based strategies to address the issue. Lunder-Dineen incorporates this model into the Time to Ask initiative. Evidence shows that primary care screening and interventions are effective at decreasing alcohol use.
Time to Ask Advisory Team member Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP and Lunder-Dineen Senior Program Manager Denise O’Connell appeared on ABC-Fox 22 to discuss the impact of alcohol use on Maine.
Lunder-Dineen developed a pocket guide on alcohol use facts and interventions. It was sent to all primary care practices in Maine.
Lunder-Dineen makes an effort to share education from our Time to Ask initiative statewide. We offer a free, on-demand webinar for primary care clinicians. It covers best practices on how to employ motivational interviewing techniques to help patients change health behaviors.