Let's Talk About Health

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1:00pm EDT
Maple Hill Farm
11 Inn Road, Hallowell, ME
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Grantmakers and nonprofit organizations interested in the health of Maine people and communities gathered on May 12th, 2015 for an afternoon conversation about the trends and challenges that are top of mind in today's health arena. This learning and networking opportunity allowed participants to compare notes about interests, solutions being explored, and learnings on the ground. It is MPC's belief that fostering this type of dialogue among funders and nonprofit organizations helps strengthen the impact of philanthropy in Maine and can lead to better outcomes. This program was a new twist on MPC's traditional Meet the Funders programming.

The program kicked off with a group of health funders, from Maine and away, sharing what is most on their minds these days and their current priorities. Next, attendees broke into world cafe format table discussion on a number of topics such as healthcare access, oral health, mental health, healthy aging and a culture of health.

Featured presenters:

Patti Doykos, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

Wendy Wolf, Maine Health Access Foundation

Lisa Miller and Karen Heck, Bingham Program

Carolyn Wollen, Betterment Fund

Lauress Lawrence, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Table Discussions

Discussion tables were organized around topics where there was funder interest and/or grantmaking taking place. Attendees were asked to sign up for two topics to discuss in detail. Based on interest, one topic only had one round of discussion (health & public policy). One topic had three tables of discussion (culture of health). The notes here have been combined across table topics. 
The table discussion questions were:
  • What trends are we seeing?
  • What solutions are we exploring?
  • What learnings are we having?


Themes and highlights from each table discussion can be found in the summary of table discussions document (also linked below).

Some topics or themes came up at many tables:

  • Transportation is a huge and almost universal challenge.
  • People need help knowing what services are available and navigating systems that can be confusing and dysfunctional.
  • Needs are increasing and services are decreasing.
  • Cultural awareness is important and a big need.
  • Addressing language barriers is important.
  • Working with and in schools to reach kids is promising in many areas.
  • Meet people where they are.
  • Collaborating across organizations and integrating services.
  • Incorporating community needs and affected people in solutions.
  • Reaching rural populations is challenging.


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