MeHAF Response to COVID-19

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 MeHAF office through April 30. We will re-evaluate these timeframes in response to emerging public health recommendations. If you need to reach a member of the staff, please visit our staff page for their email.

For grantees: Because many organizations are in the midst of immediate response to Covid-19, we will be easing work plan timelines and deadlines for reporting requirements for all types of grants. Program officers will be sharing additional specifics with the grantees they work with, and grantees are encouraged to reach out with questions via email.

Annual Meeting April 9: MeHAF’s Annual Meeting and joint Board and CAC meeting will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on April 9, but it will occur via remote meeting technology. The Annual Meeting is open to the public, so individuals who are interested in attending should email Executive Assistant Dani Kalian for log-in details.

Philanthropic Response: We are having internal discussions as well as conversations within the philanthropic community about how the philanthropic sector can best support emerging needs. We will share further details via this newsletter when available.

Covid-19 Resources: While MeHAF is not a primary source of up-to-date information about Covid-19 and recommended response, we suggest the following websites to help you stay informed: Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC): Current status of disease spread in Maine; links to information for health care providers; links to practical information for the public. Maine 211: Maine CDC and 211 Maine have launched a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Information about the national scope of the Coronavirus pandemic; practical guides and public awareness posters; information and resources related to coping and mental health. Governor Janet Mills: Up-to-date information about state emergency orders and declarations; links to relevant resources. The bottom line is that we’re still at work, and plan to stay informed about how this public health emergency is impacting the organizations that support people in Maine who experience the greatest barriers to health care and related health services, so that we can be as supportive as possible.

Please stay healthy and safe as you do your important work.  We are keeping all of you in our thoughts.