Maine Health Access Foundation Awards $255,000 to Assist in Rural Health Transformation

MeHAF announces $255,000 in funding for four Rural Health Transformation Grants. The funding will support projects in Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, and Somerset counties. Grantees include Healthy Community Coalition in Farmington, Healthy Peninsula in Blue Hill, Oxford County Mental Health Services in Rumford, and Penobscot Community Health Care in Jackman. The funds will support several programs that promote access to a broad variety of non-traditional health services including social service supports.

As Maine sees the closure of a number of health facilities in rural Maine, supporting not only existing work, but providing funds to support innovative work in these communities remains an important focus for MeHAF.

“As focus on promoting equitable care for every person in Maine we must consider where gaps are present,” says Barbara Leonard, MeHAF’s President  & CEO. “With 61 percent of our state’s population residing in areas designated rural, it is imperative we provide funding to organizations working on new approaches to care and solutions to address the need for critical local services.”

The new 2019 Rural Health Transformation Grants support the continued work of last year’s Rural Health Transformation Catalyst Grantees.

The Maine Health Access Foundation’s mission is to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine.

MeHAF works with nonprofit partners and key leaders in the public and private sectors to advance initiatives and policies that particularly help those who face barriers accessing health care services and achieving optimal health. Each year we provide approximately $4 million in grant and program funding to support activities aligned with our mission.

For questions, please contact Jeb Murphy, Communications Associate, at the Maine Health Access Foundation by phone at 207.620.8266×117 or by email at


Grantee contact information:
Healthy Peninsula: Anne Schroth,, 207.374.3257
Penobscot Community Health Care: Heather Blackwell,, 207.992.9200
Healthy Community Coalition: Janis Walker,, 207.779.2750
Oxford County Mental Health Services: Stephanie LeBlanc,, 207.364.3549 x312