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New Funding Promotes Healthy Communities Across Maine

New Funding Promotes Healthy Communities Across Maine

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has awarded $618,116 to sixteen nonprofits across the state in the second phase of its Healthy Community grant program.

Launched in November of 2013, MeHAF’s Healthy Community program supports local, grassroots efforts that build or strengthen collaboration and active participation from diverse organizations to support good health. A key feature of these grants is engagement of individuals and groups in the community who typically are not included in defining solutions to local problems, such as people who are uninsured or low-income individuals and families. “The Healthy Community program affirms our commitment to work with communities to improve the health of everyone in Maine in ways that reach beyond the delivery of direct health care services,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, MeHAF President and CEO.

“I’m impressed by the innovative strategies that grantees are using to encourage participation and their ability to maintain the momentum of these collaborative projects. Each community has already made significant efforts to determine a health issue that is a local priority and over the next eighteen months they will create plans to address them,” commented Charles Dwyer, the MeHAF Program Officer who oversees the program.  Common themes that emerged from the community conversations included substance abuse, social isolation, access to health care and the availability of nutritious food.
 
Dwyer emphasized that “the Healthy Community grant program is designed to help align the many groups and organizations that have a role in creating a healthy community. Because the program addresses the needs of all community members, especially the most marginalized, methods of meaningful and ongoing community engagement is a critical element.”

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and move forward key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system so people across every region of our state have access to quality care for better health.

Healthy Community Planning Grants:

Aroostook Band of Micmacs: Netukulimk Community Health Project, $28,500
Aroostook County Action Program, Inc.Healthy Houlton, $37,568
City of Bangor - Health & Community Services Greater Bangor Healthy Communities Initiative, $40,000
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area Healthy Communities: TIME to Improve Health Outcomes by Addressing Substance Abuse, $39,903
Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN): Empower, Assess, Strategize, Empower: Project EASE $40,000
Maine Sea Coast MissionBuilding Sustainable Community Health Programs for the Outer Islands of Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, and Hancock Counties, $40,000
MaineGeneral Medical Center - Healthy Northern KennebecHealthy Waterville, $40,000
Medical Care DevelopmentLincoln County Health Connections-Phase 2, $40,000
Penobscot Bay YMCA - Knox County Community Health CoalitionAs We See It....Voices of Knox County, $40,000
Piscataquis Regional YMCA: Feel Good Piscataquis! Healthy Communities Project, $39,616
Redington-Fairview General Hospital - Greater Somerset Public Health CollaborativeAchieving Better Health in Jackman, Maine: The Aging Project, $34,000
The Opportunity Alliance - Communities Promoting Health Coalition/Healthy Lakes HMP: Healthy Youth, Healthy Lakes Region, $40,000
The Opportunity Alliance (PROP) - Parkside Neighborhood CenterParkside Neighborhood: Community Engagement for Better Health, $40,000
Washington Hancock Community Agency: Washington County Network for Health and Wellness (WCN) Healthy Communities, $40,000
Western Maine Health Care Corporation - Healthy Oxford HillsAchieving Better Health in Oxford County-Phase 2, $38,546
York Hospital - Choose to be Healthy PartnershipAchieving Better Health for Those with Low Literacy, $39,983

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