Fund for the Future

MeHAF's Fund for the Future pilot funding initiative focuses on improving the health of Maine people at a community level in ways that extend beyond direct health care delivery. MeHAF views the Fund as a laboratory to seed new ideas, frame new approaches, and foster new relationships.

Research has demonstrated that as little as 10% of an individual's health is influenced by direct health care delivery, while up to 70% is influenced by factors that reside in the environmental, social, and economic conditions of a community.

Since 2009, five projects have been funded:

Alternative Organizational Structure #93 / Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools (FARMS)
Damariscotta School System: FARMS Equals Healthy Kids was awarded $50,000 to establish "food learning centers," within the classroom and school cafeterias, and seeks to change student food choices through educating AOS #93's 1625 students about healthy choices. 
Update:
This project received an additional year of funding in 2012 to support the development of strategies to institutionalize the program and integrate it into community priorities.

Child & Families Opportunities/Healthy Peninsula – Good Food
Sedgwick: With a $50,000 grant, Community-based Support for Healthy Eating will combine education, economic, social, and environmental supports to help make healthy eating easier, fun, and socially normative. 
Update:
This project received an additional year of funding in 2012 to support the development of strategies to institutionalize the program and integrate it into community priorities.

Community Wellness Guide Program
Bucksport: The Town of Bucksport will improve the cardiovascular health of residents by training "wellness guides," community members not typically involved in health care, such as teachers, ministers, daycare providers, business owners and municipal employees.  Structured training will provide necessary skills and ensure a consistent framework for volunteers to promote health messages and programs and share resources with their peers.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT)
Rangeley: With a grant of $49,473, EcoVenture Partnership to Address Childhood Obesity will partner with Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership to implement an expanded version of EcoVenture's award-winning program to address childhood obesity, increasing the physical activity of its campers and providing nutritional education to a greater number of campers. 
Update:
This project received an additional year of funding in 2012 to support the development of strategies to institutionalize the program and integrate it into community priorities.

West End Health Connection
Portland: Portland’s Peoples Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) will take a multi-pronged approach to prevent underage substance abuse in a South Portland neighborhood by providing education and resources, and engaging youth in meaningful, positive activities.  PROP will work with neighborhood partners including retailers, physicians, schools, police, residents, parents and youth on this multi-faceted program.