Years MCD has been active in Maine


Active projects and programs in Maine


Maine stakeholders that received telehealth technical assistance and training from MCD's NETRC

Our Work Around Maine

The COVID-19 pandemic was a hard reminder about the importance of having a strong and adaptive health workforce. Continuous learning and training are necessities for health workers and other professionals in order to adapt to the changing needs of our communities.

That's why building capacity and better equipping Maine’s health workforce is vital in order to successfully meet current and future challenges. Our efforts include:

  • Offering self-paced and interactive virtual classes and workshops for health workers and other professionals to refine their skills through our e-Learning Program.
  • Assisting community health workers (CHWs) to continuously learn and strengthen their skills to address both the ongoing and emerging issues that challenge their communities. MCD offers CHWs virtual and in-person training, apprenticeships, mentoring, and more.
  • Training participate receives a backpack filled with helpful supplies for a recovery careerImproving rural health care through numerous initiatives, such as our own Project ECHO® hub. Originally developed at the University of New Mexico, the ECHO model connects different types of health professionals and other stakeholders and allows them to share knowledge and give support. Some examples of our current ECHO prograins include:
  • Providing embedded staffing support to various programs within the Maine CDC as well as holding numerous contracts with different Maine health organizations. MCD’s staffing efforts with the Maine CDC were vital during the COVID-19 pandemic where, since early 2021, we recruited and trained more than 50 professionals to fulfill different roles throughout Maine.

    In addition to pandemic-response staffing, we also assist the Maine CDC’s School Oral Health Program in staffing and managing public-school students’ dental health efforts, providing screenings and sealants to children throughout Maine.

Predicting Future Needs through Technology

NETRC logoTelehealth and technology are vital in allowing communities to access quality health services throughout the U.S. MCD has been a forerunner in this area since the 1970s in Maine and home to the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) since 2011, one of only 14 Telehealth Resource Centers funded by HRSA’s Office for Advancement of Telehealth.

The NETRC aims to increase access to quality health care services for rural and underserved populations through expanded utilization of telehealth. The NETRC team provides technical assistance and training for telehealth program planning, implementation, and evaluation to thousands of stakeholders throughout the six New England states, New York, and beyond and is a proud member of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers.

Connecting Maine Communities to Health

In addition to all these statewide projects, we also know that your home zip code is a huge influence on your health and well-being. This is why we also focus our efforts at the community-level through different programs:

    Children in Maine benefiting from the HKHF program
  • Since 2018, MCD's Healthy Kids Healthy Future program has supported partners and early care and education providers to create healthier environments for children by focusing on policy, systems, and environmental changes that support increased access to healthier foods and opportunities to be physically active.
  • Healthy Lincoln County, a community health program of MCD, supports thriving, healthy communities in Lincoln County, Maine, by working with partners to improve the health and well-being of residents of all ages through efforts including food security, preventing substance use and harm reduction, and providing community education.
  • Our Telephonic Diabetes Education and Support© Program provides diabetes education to statewide members of the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust who have a diagnosis of type 1, type 2, or prediabetes.
  • In 2015, we partnered with a large Maine employer in developing wellness programming with a focus on preventative health. From this partnership, WellStarME was born, a personalized, web-based wellness program created to improve the health and wellness of more than 20,000 employees and dependents.

Looking Ahead

MCD has grown from a federally funded, Maine-based organization with the goal of improving rural health into a multi-country, global health nonprofit known for its expertise in developing the public health workforce, community engagement, increasing access to health services, and supporting efforts to address malaria, cervical cancer, and health systems strengthening in low- and middle-resource countries.

Regardless of our vast expansion over the 55 years we’ve been around, our roots remain strong in our home state, and we have plans to continue improving the health and well-being of the people and communities of Maine.

Thanks for Supporting Our Work in Maine:

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS): Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Rural Health and Primary Care Program, Office of MaineCare Services Nemours Children's Health
Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) Oranges From Morgan
Maine Office of Employee Health Boston Medical Center
Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Maine Health Access Foundation
Point32 Health - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Bingham Program
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation Pull Up Fund!
Quimby Foundation Onion Foundation
Elizabeth Ann Leach Trust Maine Community Foundation
John T. Gorman Foundation Good Shepherd Food Bank
Maine Children’s Oral Health Network OUTMaine
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Department of Agriculture/Department of Education (USDA) U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Maine Connectivity Authority Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network
Maine Broadband Coalition National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency National Digital Equity Center
Maine State Library Maine Primary Care Association
Maine Medical Association Maine Hospital Association
Maine Chapter - American Academy of Pediatrics Maine Pediatric Behavioral Health Partnership
Maine Oral Health Coalition Maine Public Health Association
MaineHealth Northern Light Health
MaineGeneral Health LincolnHealth
Aroostook Mental Health Center Maine Resilience Building Network
Maine Access Immigrant Network Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
Portland Public Health New England Rural Health Association
University of New Hampshire University of New England
University of Maine University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM Health Network
University of Southern Maine University of New Mexico ECHO Institute
Co-Occurring Collaborative of Southern ME 5-2-1-0-Let's Go!
WinterKids Midcoast Hunger Prevention Partnership
Kieve-Wavus Education Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Central Lincoln County YMCA Baileyville Community Partners

News & Updates

New Course to Improve Access to Dental Care in Maine
Delivering Telehealth Technology to Increase Access to Care in Maine
University of Maine at Augusta Offers College Credit for Community Health Worker Training