REACH Partnership

Helping New Mainers in L/A Get Healthy and Stay Healthy!

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The goal of Healthy Androscoggin’s REACH grant is to help local healthcare and wellness providers improve their cultural competency and increase access to care for adult African New Mainers in L/A.

We work with our eight mainstream partners, which are listed on the right, to address chronic disease prevention such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, and prescription drug confusion. Reaching African New Mainer populations requires resources beyond clinical expertise, including an awareness of cultural and linguistic differences and strategies to increase cultural competence. LEARN MORE ABOUT REACH

Resources for Providers

We’re here to help all local healthcare and wellness providers ensure that their practices are serving the needs of Lewiston/Auburn African New Mainers. If you’d like to be a part of this effort, we suggest taking these three steps:

1. Watch the training video below, created by the REACH grant to help educate your staff on the importance of culturally competent care.

2. Click here to find resources to better understand and bridge the cultural and linguistic barriers to serving New Mainers, including cultural competency needs assessment and trainings.

3. Visit to learn about Maine Intercultural Communications Consultants, a local resource for affordable cultural competency training, assessment and coaching.

4. Call REACH at (207) 795-5990 to learn how we have worked with major local healthcare partners to provide the following services:

  • Cultural Competency Trainings
  • Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Assessments for organizations to meet National Standards for delivery of culturally competent services
  • Improving collection and analysis of data on healthcare access for immigrants and refugees, in order to assess and optimize programs
  • Production and Distribution of culturally and linguistically appropriate health information

Contact one of these organizations for interpretation and translating services:

Catholic Charities - (207) 784-0157

House of Languages (207) 423-9962

We also work with a number of local Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) on the list linked below:

ECBO Contact List

For New Mainers

Below is a video designed to help New Mainer patients understand the process of accessing health care. It is available in English, French, Somali and Arabic.


Click the links below to view stories of success from some of our REACH Partners: