In Maine, as across the nation, within the context of an ever-changing, headline grabbing, and poorly understood pandemic, we are simultaneously facing the continuation of a growing and increasingly well understood epidemic of substance use disorder (SUD). What makes this moment unusual and complicated is the interaction between the two. For those living in recovery,…

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Six months ago, as Maine began to deal directly with the coronavirus pandemic, MeHAF quickly rallied to respond to the challenges of COVID-19. Since then, we have distributed 146 individual grants equaling nearly $2.1 million to 111 organizations across Maine. Every one of these grants has been a touchpoint to help us better understand the…

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During the course of the past three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has led us to make substantial and sometimes difficult changes to our 2020 funding plans. Many of these have been made specifically to allow our COVID-19 response to be rapid and meaningful. We’re summarizing the changes here so you know the full scope of…

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On April 14, 2000, the Maine Health Access Foundation was incorporated as a private foundation. Today, twenty years later, our work is put into clearer context as we examine it through the lens of the largest pandemic in a century.  As Maine’s only  health focused philanthropy, we were incorporated  “to foster improved access to health…

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With the emergence of active cases of Covid-19 in several counties in Maine, as well as Emergency Declarations by President Trump and Governor Mills, MeHAF is responding in several ways. MeHAF Office Closure: MeHAF staff will be working from their homes until at least April 3 and no in-person meetings will be held in the…

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Cathy Luce joined MeHAF in April 2002 as an administrative assistant and over 17 years later, left her role as MeHAF’s Director of Grants Management in August 2019 to pursue a PhD in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  Before she left, Communications Associate Jeb Murphy sat down with Cathy to…

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For those not familiar with the day-to-day demands of direct care jobs, I recommend a recent article in Vox.  The piece provides a first-person perspective on the realities of the profession.  The work is physically and emotionally difficult, does not provide a living wage, typically comes with no benefits, offers few opportunities for advancement and…

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The packed main floor of the Augusta Civic Center was filled with hopes, applause, and tears on July 15.  Obviously, this was the wrong time of year for the state basketball finals, but the same degree of statewide interest and energy was evident among the 1,100 people who attended last month’s Opioid Summit. The energy…

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