Health Foundation Promotes ‘Thriving in Place’ with New Grants

Health Foundation Promotes ‘Thriving in Place’ with New Grants

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announced the award of $80,000 to support new Thriving in Place (TiP) planning grants in two communities located in the Katahdin region and Washington County. Grant funding will help these communities develop programs that will assist people with chronic health conditions stay healthy and in their homes rather than needing hospital or nursing home care.  The grants are part of MeHAF’s work to promote patient-centered care to improve the way health care is delivered, coordinated and experienced by patients.

“As the state with the oldest population in the nation with high rates of disability, we need to plan now for strategies that can help people, particularly those who are older, stay healthy and receive needed care and support at home,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO of the foundation. “It’s no surprise that older and disabled Mainers overwhelmingly want to remain in their homes and communities. Thriving in Place communities coordinate efforts of various groups including health care and social service providers with local residents to determine how we can keep people out of the hospital or nursing home, so they can stay independent in their community.”
The partnering organizations receiving this grant support include health care providers, social service agencies, volunteer networks, in-home support and community support organizations.  Working together, these partnerships will identify areas where better coordination of community resources could help people who are at a higher risk for hospitalization or nursing home care.

“TiP communities are developing very creative and cost-effective strategies to keep people supported in their homes. Daily check-in telephone programs with local public safety officials, high school community service projects that help with home repairs, coordinating health and social services electronic records, having Meals on Wheels volunteers trained to screen people for depression, and social opportunities are just a few of the many ways TiP communities are offering alternatives to the expensive over-reliance on hospitals and assisted living facilities to care for older and disabled people with chronic health conditions,” said Dr. Becky Hayes Boober, MeHAF Senior Program Officer overseeing the TiP program.    

These two new grantees join eight other communities that have previously received Thriving in Place grants. All TiP grantees participate in regular “Learning Communities” meetings to share insights and identify challenges to implementing effective programs.  Recipients of $40,000 in this round of the TiP planning grants include Katahdin Shared Services Inc. in Millinocket (Millinocket Regional Hospital and Penobscot Valley Hospital) and Washington Hancock Community Agency, which will focus on Washington County.

Local grant contacts:

Katahdin Shared Services Inc. (Millinocket Regional Hospital and Penobscot Valley Hospital)

Robert Peterson, President; 207-723-3319; or
Jane McGillicuddy, Grants Project Director; 207-723-5288;

Washington Hancock Community Agency

Mark Green, Executive Director; 207-610-5904; or
Charley Martin-Berry and Marjorie Withers, Co-Directors of Community Caring Collaborative; 207-255-8000; and


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