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Meet Your Future in Maine: A Discussion on Healthcare Advocacy

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 | 4:30 – 7:00 P.M., STONE BARN

The complexity of the healthcare system poses many challenges. Communication is a key component in navigating it. If you work in the healthcare field, are a healthcare consumer, or are pursuing a career in healthcare or patient advocacy, join us for this energetic panel & mixer bringing educators, industry, young professionals, and students together for a discussion on healthcare advocacy in Maine and beyond. This event crosses all industries plus connects students and professionals throughout the state of Maine.

The event starts with networking (includes hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar) followed by the panel discussion.


  • Joel Allumbaugh, CEO and co-founder of National Worksite Benefit Group, Inc. (NWBG), a full-service employee benefits insurance agency specializing in patient-centered health plan strategies, serves as the Director of the Center for Health Reform Initiatives at The Maine Heritage Policy Center. He is a licensed life and health insurance consultant and continuing education instructor. Recently Joel partnered with Steve Gerlach, a Chambers-rated ERISA attorney and a member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, to develop the Affordable Care Act Essentials Field Guide. Joel serves on the Advisory Committee on Maine’s Health Insurance Exchange, the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority, and the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Association.
  • Diane Atwood ’77- Her career began as a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center. Later, she went on to become the health reporter at WCSH 6 for more than 20 years. She left in 2002 to manage marketing and public relations for Mercy Hospital. In 2011, Diane decided to combine the experience and skills she acquired over the years and launched a health and wellness blog called Catching Health. Her blog has since won several awards and recently expanded to include a podcast. She has also made several guest appearances on the Channel 6 Morning Report and the station carries many of her blog posts on its website. In addition, you’ll find Diane’s work in the Bangor Daily News and several community newspapers and magazines throughout the state.
  • Denise Dumont-Bernier, a licensed physical therapist, is a healthcare leader with over 25 years of experience in the occupational health and wellness field in Maine. Her early career included many years of treating injured employees at the workplace, providing clinical services, ergonomics and preventative training for employers. She developed the successful corporate wellness program for Maine’s third-largest health system and for many other companies. She has collaborated with others to develop population health strategies and believes that employers have a critical role and the power to influence healthcare consumerism and to influence community health through their employees and their families.
  • Tony McGuire, PhD, Nursing Program Director at Saint Joseph’s, has served as a critical care RN for 31 years and as a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner for 18 years. Before coming to the College, Dr. McGuire was a faculty member at California State University in Long Beach, California. He is a fellow for the American Heart Association, the chair of the Program Committee at the Western Institute of Nursing, an ambassador to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and a nurse researcher at the University of California in Los Angeles, California. His research deals with the effects of depression in cardiovascular patients with a specific focus on acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, the utilization of bedside nurses in the identification of depression, and outcomes mediated by depression in this population of patients.
  • Johanna Wigg, PhD, social gerontologist, is President and founder of The Vicarage by the Sea, Inc., a long-term care home for those living with memory impairment. The Vicarage offers an alternative approach to care for its residents, focusing on person-centered care and normalization of their daily experience. The Vicarage seeks to enrich the quality of life of each individual, by offering empathic, holistic care in a home environment. The Vicarage culture allows residents to age in place, while educating, involving, supporting and guiding their families and loved ones through each transition, to the end of each day and to the end of each life. Johanna lives at The Vicarage and works hands-on with each resident, giving her a thorough understanding of each resident’s needs. She does regular assessments of each resident to ensure that they continue to receive the personalized care they deserve and need. Dr. Wigg has taught at institutions such as Bowdoin College, presented at conferences nationally and internationally, and published in her field. Dr. Wigg is also an independent consultant in her field, working with individuals and families challenged by the complexities of progressive, neurologically degenerative illnesses.


Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: $15
Campus and Online Students: No Charge
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A collaboration between Saint Joseph’s College and  Joint Manufacturing Quality Council (JMQC).