Helping New Mainers in L/A Get Healthy and Stay Healthy!
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 http://www.maineintercultural.com 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:
ccmaine.org - (207) 784-0157
House of Languages
firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 423-9962
We also work with a number of local Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) on the list linked below:
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.