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Dec 27, 2016

MeHAF Funds TOA’s Public Health Program

Funds Support Public Health Programming in Lakes Region and Other Communities

PORTLAND (December 2016) The Opportunity Alliance’s Public Health Program is among 11 grant recipients of The Maine Health Access Foundation’s (MeHAF) “Healthy Community” grant initiative. TOA’s share of the funds, $187,500 over three years, will help it to continue its work in several communities throughout southern Maine.

The Opportunity Alliance’s Public Health Program is among 11 grant recipients of The Maine Health Access Foundation’s (MeHAF) “Healthy Community” grant initiative. TOA’s share of the funds, $187,500 over three years, will help it to continue its work in several communities throughout southern Maine.

 

Serving the Lakes Region communities of Baldwin, Bridgton, Casco, Harrison, Naples, Raymond, Sebago, Standish & Windham & the outer Portland communities of Cape Elizabeth, Gorham, Scarborough, South Portland & Westbrook, TOA’s Public Health Program is the backbone organization of a coalition of communities in western Cumberland County with representatives from health care organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, law enforcement, and youth. The coalition works to address health issues that include substance use disorder and behavioral health, obesity and nutrition, safe neighborhoods and aging. The coalition accomplishes this work through education, support of prevention programs, resource sharing, and advocacy.

 

The Public Health Program's strategies are carefully selected based on what are known to be the most effective prevention and intervention practices and programs. The Public Health Program focuses on policy and environmental change to ensure population-based outcomes. Its goal is to raise awareness of various chronic disease issues through educational activities and advocacy, as opposed to delivering one on one services.

 

Initiatives have included the Healthy Rivers Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, Let’s Go 5210, Snap-Ed Nutrition Education, Healthy Youth – Healthy Lake Region, and the Lake Region Oral Health Program. 

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