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United Way of Greater Portland funding will support projects aimed at improving the health status of children and adults in Cumberland County.
PORTLAND, Maine – The United Way of Greater Portland has awarded $424,168 to MaineHealth organizations to support their work on projects that align with the Thrive2027 campaign, a set of three 10-year goals created by and for the Greater Portland community in the areas of education, financial stability and health. The awards were given for project work happening across MaineHealth and in collaboration with many community partners.
“The Thrive2027 campaign directly aligns with the MaineHealth vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America,” said Deborah Deatrick, senior vice president of community health improvement at MaineHealth. “Funding from United Way of Greater Portland will allow us to expand important work with our community partners to improve the health of children and adults across Cumberland County.”
MaineHealth was awarded $69,344 for Project BRACEs: Building Resilience for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The project will build upon existing infrastructure within the MaineHealth system to prevent, identify and treat adverse childhood experiences across Greater Portland. MaineHealth will partner with Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Maine Medical Partners and Maine Quality Counts to deliver the program components. Adverse childhood experiences include household dysfunction, abuse (physical, sexual and mental) and neglect.
“One in four children in Maine has been exposed to two or more adverse childhood experiences in their lifetime,” said Cassandra Grantham, director of child health at MaineHealth. “Project BRACES will enhance the existing collaboration between health care, behavioral health and community organizations to work with and support children and families affected by adverse childhood experiences and connect them to treatment and local resources.”
Maine Behavioral Healthcare was awarded $199,904 to benefit Outpatient Services at 165 Lancaster Street in Portland. Funds will be used to partner with primary care practices in the area to provide behavioral health care services to patients with depression and those at risk of suicide. This award will also be used to connect uninsured patients with psychiatric care.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare was also awarded $96,476 for The Children’s Initiative, a trauma-focused prevention and intervention program for children and families. The program is partnering with three early childhood centers in Portland to provide education about infant and early childhood mental health, early childhood exposure to trauma, trauma-informed leadership, family engagement and professional resilience. The project will also provide family-based outreach and support to help promote family resilience.
MaineHealth Care at Home was awarded $58,444 to address and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences by extending specially trained social workers for its home pediatric and maternal and child health programs. A second initiative will expand nurse-led, and telehealth supported, connected care clinics for residents of low-income housing.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With close to 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.