Two Strategies to Improve the Health of Our Community
Healthy Community Coalition is an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network working to improve the health and well-being of our families, neighbors, and the communities where we live and work. We have two main strategies:
- Community building. We bring the community together, expanding opportunities for recreation, voluntarism, work, and just getting together to enjoy the company of our neighbors.
- Promotion of healthy behaviors. We work with our partners to promote healthful lifestyles and educate the public about ways to prevent disease and improve the quality of their lives.
Common sense tells us this work matters, but scientists are helping confirm it. A good body of evidence suggests that our first goal -- strong, bonded communities -- can improve longevity and other health factors. HCC works to build our community by bringing people together and assisting them in making changes in our community. We start by asking what our community needs or wants to improve the lives of people who live or work here. Then we strive with the community to help make that vision real. One tool we use to understand the community's vision is the Community Health Visioning, a process administered every 2-3 years involving people from every corner of Greater Franklin County.
Screenings and Information
Many people know Healthy Community Coalition from our 34-foot Mobile Health Unit. Others know us from the Wellness Fairs we offer throughout the community and by the festivals we take part in throughout the year. All of these outreach efforts offer health screenings and information including:
- Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Screenings
- Bone Density Screenings
- Skin Cancer Analyzation
- InBody720 Body Composition Analyzer
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection
- Cancer Prevention Education
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Tobacco Prevention
- Nutrition Information
- Physical Activity
- And much more
A Long History in Our Community
Our roots extend to the late 1960's, when a group of local physicians formed Rural Health Associates. This group had the then-radical notion that prevention should be as important to health care as traditional services like check-ups and hospitalization. Over the years those physicians and nurses formed partnerships with people in the community and worked to prevent disease and tobacco use, and they began to show real success. Healthy Community Coalition was one of the offspring of the work of these local providers, formed in 1989 and formally incorporated at FCHN in 1992 with seed funding from the Bingham Program.
The success of our work in preventing disease and improving the quality of life has attracted attention throughout the State and even the nation. Healthy Community Coalition and it's partners have been featured in media in Maine, such as MPBN's MaineWatch and Down East Magazine, and nationally, in publications like Prevention and Self. Healthy Community Coalition has won statewide and national awards and recognitions. The work we do is featured regularly in the local news and on WKTJ radio in Farmington.
Get Involved and Make a Difference
The dedicated people in our coalition are the reason we make the news and win awards: you and your neighbors are the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County. Volunteers, nonprofit organizations and agencies, and businesses regularly come together to look at the issues in our community. Volunteers work on our mobile health unit or our health displays at community events, helping HCC to educate passers-by on the latest information on being as healthy as you can. Getting involved is a great way to make friends and see real results from your efforts. Contact us to explore opportunities.
Contact one of our staff members below for your community care connections.
Market Place Enrollment Assistance
Nutrition: Reading labels, grocery shopping tours, cooking classes
Car Seat Safety Education and Distribution: Car seat inspections, education and distribution, by appointment
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Nurse navigation, scheduling, home assistance w/FIT kits
Breast Cancer Screening: Scheduling and payment assistance, patient education
Tobacco Prevention: Tobacco free housing, non-clinical outreach
Tobacco Recovery: Support for individuals wishing to quit, 1:1, phone. Text, face to face
Substance Abuse: Provide community resources and education, youth and adults
Youth Engagement: Provide community support and advocacy for youth
Obesity: Connections to community resources and Let’s Go! Franklin, youth and adult
Opportunity Community- Community wide poverty education, mentoring opportunities to help address individuals/families living in poverty
Prescription Assistance: Helps patients get free and/or reduced cost medications
Mobile Health Unit: To schedule an event or provide a service, or MHU schedule
Community Para-Medicine Visits: Medication management, dressing changes, wound check, adjusting to a new diagnosis, safety checks, weight checks, COPD/CHF follow-up, hospital d/c follow-up, FIT kit support and pick-up, flu shots, BP and O2, Sat checks, EKG, post injury or stroke assessment
Healthy Community Coalition hosts a weekly radio show on two local radio stations, WKTJ and WRGY, with guests who cover a variety of health-related topics. If you have a message to share contact Janis Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 779-2750.
One-on-one assistance is offered for individuals looking to enroll in an insurance plan offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act. During Open Enrollment assistance is provided to individuals who qualify. For more information contact Janis Walker at email@example.com or 779-2750.
HCC is a State of Maine car seat distribution site. Families who qualify can make an appointment for application and installment process. Free car seat checks are also available for families who already have a seat but have questions about installation or sizing. For more information contact Andrea Richards, BS, CHES at firstname.lastname@example.org or 779-2435.