Exploring foster care with A Family for ME

In recognition of November as National Adoption Month, we hosted our friends at A Family for ME at our recent October Coalition meeting to talk about foster care in Maine. If you missed this informative conversation, don’t worry! You can watch a recording of the meeting here:

We’re pleased to share some of the resources that our guests passed along as well:

Climate Change and Human Health with CEBE

Did you miss our the HOH Coalition meeting in June? We’ve got you covered! Just click on this link to watch a recording of our conversation about climate change and human health. Our presenters for the session were Scott Vlaun, Executive Director at the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) and Jessica Cooper, Team Lead for Norway Youth Climate Action.



Foothills Community Food calendar: May

Happy Spring! Here’s the May Foothills Community Food calendar, which lists hours for local food pantries as well as community meals. If you work at a food pantry or a meal site and are interested in supporting local food insecurity efforts by connecting with others leading similar work, please email Holly Stuhr at holly@healthyoxfordhills.org.

COVID-19 Vaccine facts from local medical experts

Looking for reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out this presentation by two medical professionals who have been at the center of Stephens Memorial Hospital’s community vaccination clinic. Stephen Charles, Director of Pharmacy at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and Bonnie Roth, Senior Director of Practice Operations at Western Maine Health, delivered the presentation in mid-March. While there are new developments around the virus and the vaccine all of the time, the information is still valid.

Covid-19 Vaccine Overview

According to recent data, Oxford County lags behind Maine’s counties in terms of people who have received their first vaccination and their final dose. Our adults over 70 (for whom the virus poses a serious threat) are far less vaccinated than those elsewhere in the state. We hope that this information from local medical experts helps to build confidence in vaccination as a safe and effective tool for protecting the health of our community members and helping us to move towards life beyond the pandemic.

This presentation was originally given at a Zoom gathering hosted by SeniorsPlus, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, and the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative. The three agencies partnered to host a series of calls for older adults to connect around important topics.


Polly Burke, age 77 and mother to River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition’s Executive Director Allie Burke, receives her COVID-19 vaccination recently.


January Healthy Oxford Hills Coalition meeting slides

Our January Coalition meeting actually got postponed a week and was pushed into early February, but the topic remained the same: local substance use assessment. HOH staff member Brendan Schauffler shared data about local substance use trends and led a conversation to identify what concerns attendees had about substance use in our communities. This conversation was one of several that HOH conducted as part of regular assessment work, in order to inform the way our prevention work is delivered.

Presentation slides can be found here: Assessment presentation 1-26-21

October HOH Coalition Meeting Minutes

In attendance:

  • Brendan Schauffler, Facilitator, Oxford County Wellness Collaborative
  • Carl Costanzi, Western Maine Health
  • Kate Goldberg, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, Healthy Oxford Hills
  • Cortney Lavorgna, Tobacco Prevention, Healthy Oxford Hills
  • Holly Stuhr, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, Healthy Oxford Hills
  • Steve Johndro, Executive Director, Healthy Oxford Hills
  • Sarah Carter, 5210 Let’s Go! Coordinator, Healthy Oxford Hills
  • Erika Lindstrom, Children’s Case Management Supervisor, The Progress Center
  • Maija Dyke, Community Education Supervisor, Seniors Plus
  • Jenn McCarthy, Integrated Care Manager, Tri County Mental Health
  • Allie Burke, Executive Director, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition
  • Melissa Harding, Program Coordinator, River Valley Rising
  • Ben Tucker, Regional Rep., Senator King’s Office
  • Diane Madden, Executive Director, Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine
  • Lisbeth Wierda, Program Manager, Maine Med Research Center


Maija Dyke – Seniors Plus

  • Seniors Plus is area agency on aging and has many different departments. Maija represents community service department. Not all programs have age requirements. Pre-COVID classes were in person, but are now all online.
  • Partner of 5 AAA Maine agencies & statewide network
  • Classes are not only focused on aging, but also aging in place. Many classes are specific requests from community members that directly impact their quality of life. Most classes are FREE or a greatly reduced price (may cover materials).
    • Zoom 101
    • Crafting
    • Chair Yoga
  • Educational workshops & Evidence Based Programs:
    • Savvy Caregivers
    • Thai Chi for Health and Balance (16 week course- 2/week for 8 weeks)
    • A Matter of Balance
    • Chronic Disease Prevention (Diabetes, Pain Management, etc.) 6 week classes
      • Living Well for Better Health
      • Living Well with Diabetes
      • Living Well with Chronic Pain (includes fitness & movement)
    • Classes are via Zoom. However, Toolkits are available and mailed to participants, if they do not have access to internet. An instructor will call and help walk them through the program for 6 weeks. No age requirement for these classes.
    • November offerings are listed at: https://www.seniorsplus.org/assets/ed_center_november_2020.pdf
  • healthylivingforme.org
    • Can search for upcoming classes!
    • Healthcare Practices can make direct referrals
  • Some of the challenges of COVID have been lack of access or interest from participants to use technology for classes. However, Zoom 101 has been very helpful with this when in-person programs cannot happen safely. Also have an I pad loaner program, which has helped as well.
  • FREE classes offered by community agencies can be shared with participants of Seniors Plus through their newsletter.
  • contact:
  • Seniors Plus also offers assistance with:
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Money Minders (checkbook, financial assistance)
    • Friendly Caller (phone call to help with isolation)
    • Senior Companion (now overseen by UMaine)


Partner Updates


  • River Valley Healthy Community Coalition: USDA food distribution 10/28 at 10am.





Next HOH Coalition Meeting: 11/24/20

COVID-19 Relief Funding Request for Application

Healthy Oxford Hills works toward creating a caring, self-reliant community that comes together in the shared pursuit of a healthy quality of life for all people in Oxford County. The need to support each other is even more evident during a public health crisis. This COVID-19 response funding has been made available to community partners by the generosity of The New Balance Foundation. The funding is intended to support food distribution, emergency shelter, counseling, virtual programming, and other efforts that will assist in the recovery of our community.

Please click here for the COVID-19 Response Community Grant Application

Roasted Chickpeas

Healthy Oxford Hills is committed to helping you eat healthier on a budget. We offer a variety of classes for all ages, so that you can make smart decisions for you and your family’s long term health. Our classes teach you how to shop smarter, cook easier and tastier than ever. Beginners gain confidence with knife skills and use of ingredients, while even the most experienced cooks have learned valuable tips at our classes.

The recipes here and on the Maine Snap Ed recipe page are healthy, SNAP budget friendly and delicious. If you have any questions about a recipe, or would like to learn more one of our class series, please contact:

Holly Stuhr
207-744 6197

Click here for a PDF of the recipe below!

Roasted Chickpeas

High in protein and rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, roasted chickpeas are a healthy crunchy snack!
Course: Snack
Servings: 4 people


  • 12 oz Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch garlic powder

    cayenne pepper

    chili pepper



    cumin Add a pinch of one or more of these spices or herbs to make your favorite!


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with herbs or spices of your choosing.
  • Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.
  • Allow to cool in pan out of the oven. Serve and Enjoy!

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented statewide by the University of New England (UNE) through contracts with local community organizations. Maine SNAP educates low-income families on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles. Contact mainesnap-ed@une.edu or 207-221-4560 for more information.