Since 1966, MCD has called Maine its home and headquarters. Our roots are deeply ingrained in Maine, and over the past five decades, those roots have grown and spread.
Our work in Maine is vast, specifically in rural and underserved communities, with a diverse set of partners and funders. Our expertise touches a broad scope of areas, including: capacity building, systems strengthening, chronic health issues, communicable diseases, disease and injury prevention, evaluation, community health workers (CHWs), virtual and in-person learning and training, oral health, pandemic response and preparedness, staffing the public health workforce, telehealth and technology, wellness programming, health care and public health workforce development, and more.
How We Grew
Originally founded as Medical Care Development, Inc., MCD Global Health was initially led by a group of health care leaders who received federal funds to implement a Regional Medical Program for heart, cancer, and stroke under the National Institute of Health.
Designed to bring the latest in health care technology from hospital and university settings to more rural areas of Maine, MCD developed, implemented, and evaluated systems that made sure all people received the highest quality care available regardless of their income or location, which still holds true today.
This program in Maine was one of the first among 56 total Regional Medical Programs founded with federal funding increasing from $129,000 in 1967 to $3.3 million in 1976, the final year of the program.
Because of the great success of this program through MCD, Maine’s then-governor in 1977 designated MCD as the state’s primary agency for coordinating, creating, and evaluating education in medical facilities in every community. At the same time, MCD’s International Programs were born with the belief that MCD’s successful approach to developing health systems in rural areas of the U.S. could be adapted to meet the needs of low-resource countries around the world.
Since then, MCD’s recognition and areas of expertise grew from its roots in rural Maine to throughout the U.S. and in more than 55 countries around the world. Recognition of this expertise was shown in 2014 when MCD became a Public Health Institute, and member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes. Additionally, MCD has a long history of collaborating with a broad variety of organizations and assisting them with achieving collective goals around improved health access and outcomes for all Maine people, including providing staffing support many public health programs within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC).