The Maine Health Access Foundation's (MeHAF) Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $50,000 to the Maine Community Foundation's (MaineCF) People of Color Fund (POCF) to be used for health-related grants made to organizations that serve Maine's communities of color. These communities include but are not limited to people who define themselves as Native American, African American, Asian, or Hispanic.
"There is a large body of research that shows that the legacy of racial discrimination and factors such as poverty, lack of education and cultural differences contribute to poorer health and reduced access to health care for these groups," noted MeHAF board member and Grants Committee Co-chair Dr. Shirley Weaver. "The Maine Community Foundation's POCF is the first grantmaking fund in Maine dedicated to addressing the needs of people of color. Its staff and advisors have built relationships of trust within these communities to develop solutions and services at the local level. By partnering with MaineCF, MeHAF will be able to leverage and build upon these trusted relationships to begin to address the health needs of Maine's communities of color."
MeHAF Program Officer Morgan Floyd, who is overseeing the grant, added, "The POCF awards grants annually in the spring, so MeHAF's funds will be used to provide grants in the 2014 grant cycle. In the next several months, we will be working with MaineCF to spread the word about this additional new health focus for the POCF. We are excited to partner with the community foundation and to develop new relationships within Maine's communities of color."
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