DEI Report

TimTalk Podcast

Between September 2021 to June 2022, Northern Light Health produced ten episodes of the Tim Talk podcast. Topics included vaccine hesitancy, healthcare and gender equity, domestic and sexual violence, mental health, Juneteenth as well as a podcast introducing the Northern Light Health DEI Council. We feature some highlighted episodes below. To listen to all Tim Talk podcasts, visit


Juneteenth and Defining Justice

Tim speaks with Bobby Keith, PA-C, MPA, who practices medicine at the Lovejoy Health Center in Albion Maine. Mr. Keith is also a vocal advocate for medical justice for underserved populations, and as such has testified in support of legislation such as single payer healthcare, which he knows a thing or two about as he previously practiced medicine in Canada. On June 19 the nation celebrates Juneteenth.Tim and Mr. Keith dive into the historical significance of this new national holiday and the effect it has on racial and social justice. Northern Light’s DEI Council is a dynamic, diverse, and talented group of 21 individuals who are behind all the hard work that is happening around our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, which ultimately supports our culture of caring. Each panelist discusses why they choose to be a member of the Northern Light DEI Council and why this work inspires them. In addition, the panel gives an overview of the work of the council, an explanation of an important provider anti-discrimination policy change implemented by the council just this past year, a bit about the current initiatives of the gender identity task force, and more. Tim invites Keri Kapaldo, RN, sexual assault nurse examiner at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, and Danielle Coutu, RN, regional coordinator for the University of New England’s Advanced Nursing Education Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Keri and Danielle discuss what it means for them to be in this critical line of work. In addition, Tim, Keri, and Danielle share the importance of advocacy, empowerment, and education in reducing the incidence of sexual assault and what we can do within our communities to better support victims of sexual assault. Inside the Northern Light Health DEI Council Justice for Sexual Violence Victims: Nursing’s Role

Affirming Women’s Voice in the Conversation

Marie Tessier, journalist, writer, and comments moderator for the New York Times opinion pages joins Tim on the March Tim Talk. Ms. Tessier is the author of “Digital Suffragists: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy,” and her work has appeared on the Women’s eNews and Women’s Media Center websites, in Ms. magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Tim and Marie discuss the value of women’s voice in society and the current lack thereof in the digital world.

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