Keep Maine Healthy

COVID-19 Health Equity Improvement Initiative

As part of Keep Maine Healthy, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is partnering with community-based organizations on the COVID-19 Health Equity Improvement Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to support culturally-tailored COVID-19 prevention, education and social support activities.

Community-based organizations (CBOs) led or run by members of their community may be best positioned to reduce the disproportionate spread and impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic groups in Maine. Such organizations can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education on how to protect individuals and families from the disease and prevent the spread of the disease, such as using face coverings

They can promote an understanding of the value of early detection, testing, quarantine or isolation as warranted, and treatment. They can provide or facilitate connection with the types of services and supports needed to maintain quarantine, isolation, or treatment. And, they can help people in their communities affected by COVID-19 to recover.

In addition to providing emergency support to disproportionately impacted communities, this initiative will help the Department identify interventions that can have a lasting impact on reducing systemic disparities.

Eligible organizations that submit plans approved by DHHS will be reimbursed for costs associated with approved public health education, prevention, and social support activities during the funding period from August 1 through November 15, 2020. 

Maine DHHS’s Office for Family Independence (OFI) will oversee this initiative. Applications must be submitted to OFI by Monday, August 24, 2020.