At Healthy Acadia, we are dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
We create lasting improvements to the health of our communities by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Learn more about Healthy Acadia’s many health initiatives here, and find out ways to get involved in a wide variety of collaborative efforts to build vibrant communities.
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with more than 100 partners. We address critical locally defined health priorities across the Downeast Acadia region, relying on both private and public funding sources to bring about lasting change. We serve as the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock and Washington counties.
Healthy Maine Partnership Changes
On September 30, 2016, the state's Healthy Maine Partnership structure, which had been a primary mechanism to support the delivery of local public health services in the state for the past 15 years, came to an end. This was the result of a shift in the state's structure for how they utilize Fund for Healthy Maine (Tobacco Settlement) funding and other public health funds. Although the Healthy Maine Partnership structure ended, the state is committed to continuing to support local community and public health through a new system, utilizing state-wide partners and local sub-contractors in each public health district.
As a result of this shift, Healthy Acadia (and our sister organizations throughout the state) are no longer Healthy Maine Partnerships. However, we at Healthy Acadia continue to serve as a local community and public health organization, dedicated to supporting people's health across Washington and Hancock counties. We have a strong diversity of program areas, including some new exciting offerings, as you can see in this newsletter. We have had significant success in leveraging community and public health funds, with wonderful support from community members, businesses and partners, and we will work diligently to continue this success. We have also applied to be the local provider of the state prevention services (the new structure utilizing the former Healthy Maine Partnership funds), and we are hopeful that we will be able to serve in this new role.
Healthy Acadia is going strong, providing many community and public health services, guided by local needs and interests. We will continue to be a strong presence in Hancock and Washington counties, responding to emerging needs, challenges and opportunities, and building vibrant communities throughout our region.