Denise is responsible for coordinating Healthy Acadia's Drug Free Communities Grant, a federally funded initiative that empowers community participation to support and engage youth and prevent substance abuse across Hancock County. Denise provides project planning, implementation and program evaluation. She builds and sustains community partnerships with various entities, including healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, civic, youth and religious organizations, businesses, schools, parents and individuals. She works with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster youth leadership and resiliency, while working to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Contact Denise by email at email@example.com.
Tracey communicates information about Healthy Acadia's initiatives, programming and events to the media, health providers and the general public. Tracey's work includes contributing to the development of publications and community outreach materials, facilitating promotion of health awareness campaigns and initiatives, and producing engaging content for print and web through various media channels, including social media networks, newspaper, radio, television and the Healthy Acadia website. Tracey also delivers the chronic disease self-management program, "Taking Action for Health", and serves as the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Washington County, supporting youth-led and youth-serving programming that builds young people's resilience and strengthens youth leadership on issues of public health, restorative practices, and social justice. Contact Tracey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmeriCorps FoodCorps Service Member
As Washington County’s FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member for the 2016/17 school year, Samantha Cottone is part of a nation-wide team of AmeriCorps leaders serving in K-12 schools to deliver hands-on lessons in growing, cooking, tasting, and learning about nutritious foods. Samantha grew up in rural Wilton, New York, and attended college at University of New England in Maine where she received her BA in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies and minored in Nutrition. Samantha is serving in the Eastport community with K-12 schools to help create a healthier school environment and ultimately a schoolwide culture of health in which students lead healthier and happier lives. Contact Samantha by email at email@example.com.
Community Health Coordinator
Julie provides obesity and tobacco prevention services in Hancock County. Partnering with childcare centers, schools, and communities, she works to incorporate evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity, with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Julie's efforts are supported through Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Downeast, a partnership among Healthy Acadia and four regional hospitals - Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Down East Community Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and Mount Desert Island Hospital - aimed at improving the health of Maine youth and families in Hancock and Washington counties.
Julie also works with towns throughout the county to develop polices to promote tobacco-free communities. She provides resources to homeowners, property managers and lodging facilities to develop smoke-free policies and increase awareness about the importance of healthy homes. Julie promotes the use of the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as an excellent resource to support people in the quitting process. Contact Julie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandie provides leadership to several community health projects in Hancock and Washington counties. She serves as the Project Director for a 3-year federal HRSA grant supporting diabetes prevention and chronic disease and pain management programs, implementing evidence-based health improvement programs to help people prevent the onset of diabetes, manage chronic diseases and chronic pain, and lead healthier lives. Sandie is also implementing Maine Healthy General Stores, a project supported by a Newman’s Foundation grant. This is an innovative, whole-system approach to improving eating by increasing the availability of healthy food in rural communities. Additionally, Sandie is working on a Healthy Hospital Initiative to improve access to heatlhy foods in hospital cafeterias and vending machines as well as Clinicial and Community Linkages to identify, provide referrals and support patients in healthcare facilitates who are screened as food insecure. She also facilitates the coordination of meetings and activities of the Downeast Oral Health Team. Contact Sandie by email at email@example.com.
Elsie is responsible for building and sustaining a highly effective non-profit comprehensive community health coalition by empowering community participation, good governance, staff leadership, resource development and sound fiscal management. Elsie ensures the organization is responsive to local community health needs and priorities, while assuring effective communication and coordination with federal, state and local community and public health partners. Elsie's resposibilities include overall leadership of Healthy Acadia, community mobilization, program management, financial management, ambassadorship, and resource development. Contact Elsie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela provides program management for collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs across Washington County. Angela’s work includes promotion of healthful resources in schools, workplaces, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. Her focus areas include worksite wellness, healthy environments, lead poisoning prevention, chronic disease prevention, positive child & youth development, and mental health integration. Angela sustains high-impact collaborative relationships with partner organizations, volunteers and consultants, and she supports program development, implementation and evaluation. Angela coordinates and leads "Taking Action for Health" and Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Programs and also serves as one of our two Cancer Patient Navigators for Washington County. Contact Angela by email at email@example.com.
Katie provides leadership in areas related to community food security, public health nutrition, local foods procurement, community gardening, and supporting farms and farmers’ markets. Katie coordinates the Downeast Farm to School Program, providing leadership together with Washington County-based program staff to connect schools with farms across Hancock and Washington Counties, and Healthy Acadia’s Food for All initiatives, working to provide lower-income citizens of all ages with access to fresh and affordable food. Contact Katie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regina Grabrovac is Washington County Food Programs Manager. Regina oversees the county's farm to school program, the Washington County Gleaning Initiative and the Community Food Council as well as various food security and food system efforts. She also coordinates the efforts of Healthy Acadia's FoodCorps and Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA AmeriCorps Service Members. Regina connects schools with local, farm fresh produce, offers Maine Harvest Lunch lessons and apple cider pressing workshops, and supports school gardens. Regina has extensive agricultural experience, including operation of two CSA farms and inspection of hundreds of farms for organic certification for state and international agencies. Contact Regina by email at email@example.com.
Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach (ECCO) Consultant
Ursula serves as an Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach (ECCO) Consultant for Hancock County. She offers services of an early childhood expert to educators, child care staff and parents in order to develop effective strengths-based strategies and plans that support children’s success across environments. Ursula works with child care providers, Head Start centers, pre-schools, early elementary classrooms, and in homes with parents and foster parents and can provide support for an individual child or for groups of children. Through ECCO, Ursula responds to the unmet needs of at-risk children and changes outcomes for children in Hancock County. Contact Ursula by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington County Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 Coordinator
Georgie provides obesity and tobacco prevention services in Hancock County. Partnering with childcare centers, schools, and communities, she works to incorporate evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity, with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood. Georgie's efforts are supported through Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Downeast, a partnership among Healthy Acadia and four regional hospitals - Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Down East Community Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and Mount Desert Island Hospital - aimed at improving the health of Maine youth and families in Hancock and Washington counties. Contact Georgie by email at email@example.com.
Cancer Patient Navigator
Though a partnership between Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Marianne works with individuals, families and healthcare providers to address the myriad, often complex barriers to short/long term care faced by cancer patients in Washington County. Marianne is available to help address barriers including but not limited to: financial/economic assistance; health/healthcare literacy; health insurance navigation; access to transportation; connection to social/support networks and systems; and access to resources that support healthy diets and lifestyle habits to complement individual treatment and recovery protocols. She works with partners to create a robust, dynamic system that will help ensure cancer patients receive culturally competent care that is confidential, respectful, compassionate, and mindful of the patient's safety. Contact Marianne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Health Coordinator
Gabriel provides tobacco prevention services in Washington County. He works with towns throughout the region to develop polices to promote tobacco-free communities, including governing tobacco sales and distribution to minors, smoking in public places and at public events. Gabe provides resources to homeowners, working with housing sites to develop smoke-free policies, and increasing awareness about the importance of health homes. He provides resources and technical assistance to lodging owners to develop workable policies and rules regarding tobacco use on their properties and promotes the use of the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as an excellent resource to support people in the quitting process. Contact Gabe by email at email@example.com.
AmeriCorps FoodCorps Service Member
As Hancock County's FoodCorps Service Member ,for the 2016/17 school year Anna aims to promote a schoolwide culture of health through hands-on learning opportunities surrounding gardening and nutrition as well as creating a cafeteria that guides students to healthier options. Anna works in close partnership with the Ellsworth school district as well as the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Contact Anna by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gleaning & FarmDrop ManagerHannah provides leadership for the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative, an initiative coordinated by Healthy Acadia in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Hannah organizes gleaning events where volunteers go to farms, orchards, and farmers’ markets to collect food that would otherwise go to waste. She also connects home gardeners and farmers directly to local pantries and community meal sites, helping to establish lasting relationships and improve the flow of fresh, locally grown foods to more community members. Hannah brings extensive experience to the role of Gleaning Coordinator, including a Master's of Science in International Food Business and Consumer Studies. Contact Hannah by e-mail at email@example.com.
Tara fosters collaborative partnerships and delivers health promotion programs that prevent substance misuse and addiction throughout Hancock County. She provides community outreach and supports promotion of substance prevention resources and opportunities with workplaces, schools, social service agencies, health care providers and other venues. She works with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster community resiliency and prevent substance misuse and addiction, including tobacco and illegal drug use, as well as alcohol and prescription drug misuse.
Tara also serves as the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Hancock County, supporting youth-led and youth-serving programming that builds young people's resilience and strengthens youth leadership on issues of public health, restorative practices, and social justice. Tara by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina provides support for multiple aspects of Healthy Acadia's work, including the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention programs, community outreach, and development. Nina coordinates and facilitates trainings for community members and service providers across Hancock County on a variety of health topics, such as Tai Chi for Health, "Taking Action for Health," Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program. National Library of Medicine Resources, Confident Conversations, and Mental Health Integration. Nina is a certified Master Trainer for "Taking Action for Health," and also supports communications and outreach efforts across the region. Contact Nina by email at email@example.com.