Press Releases + Blogs

MeHAF Announces New SIIRG Grantees

By Jeb Murphy | August 11, 2021

The Maine Health Access Foundation today announces $714,231 in funding through the first grants awarded under its new Systems Improvement and Innovation Responsive Grants (SIIRG) program. Fourteen organizations’ projects will be funded over the next two years: Community Concepts, Kennebec Valley Dental Coalition, American Academy of Pediatrics (Maine Chapter), Maine Medical Center Gender Clinic, Maine…

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Statement from the Maine Health Access Foundation

By Barbara Leonard | January 19, 2021

The Maine Health Access Foundation promotes access to health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and seeks to improve the health of everyone in Maine. We achieve our mission grounded in a core set of values, including equity, integrity, collaboration, and community engagement. In theory, our country shares a similar guiding set…

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COVID-19 and Maine’s Substance Use Disorder Epidemic

By Frank Martinez Nocito | November 10, 2020

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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A Second Dispatch from MeHAF: Funding News and Connecting from a Distance

By Jeb Murphy | October 1, 2020

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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A Dispatch from MeHAF: Funding News and Connecting from a Distance

By Jeb Murphy | May 19, 2020

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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MeHAF Turns Twenty Today

By Barbara Leonard | April 14, 2020

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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MeHAF Response to COVID-19

By Jeb Murphy | March 17, 2020

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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Kenney Miller: Reflecting on His Role as a Leader & the Impact of the Health Equity Alliance

By Kenney Miller | January 27, 2020

On October 10, 2019, Kenney Miller, Executive Director of the Health Equity Alliance (HEAL), received the 3rd Annual Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award from the Maine Health Access Foundation. While accepting the award, Mr. Miller gave remarks reflecting on his role as a leader and the impact the critical work the Health Equity…

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“As we know better, we do better” – reflections from Cathy Luce, former MeHAF Director of Grants Management

By Jeb Murphy and Cathy Luce | January 21, 2020

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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You Think You Know, and You Probably Have Some Idea: Holly Irish, Grants Associate

By Holly Irish | December 18, 2019

Most of you know me as the face of grantee meetings, learning communities, and all things grantee gathering related. But with the August departure of our Director of Grants Management, Cathy Luce, I picked up jobs you typically would have reached out to her for AND a new title, Grants Associate. But rest assured I’ve…

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