NH-ME LEND Partners with New Mainers Public Health Initiative on Mini-Grant

Courtesy of NH-ME LEND Spotlight​ (January 2019)

NH-Maine LEND has developed a partnership with the New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI), a public health and social service agency, headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, that serves New Mainers, recent immigrants to the secondary resettlement area, and their families. The mission of NMPHI is: to work collaboratively within the community to educate New Mainers about preventative health measures by promoting healthy habits, protecting against disease, and linking community members with available and appropriate resources. Believing that Knowledge is Power, NMPHI is committed to empowering, informing, and educating New Mainers about health, especially in the area of diagnostic and therapeutic services support in order to increase the number of beneficiaries who get screened, assessed, diagnosed, monitored and treated. NMPHI is a provider of Medicaid-funded rehabilitative and community support services for children with cognitive impairments and functional limitations.

NMPHI is partnering with NH-ME LEND on a mini-grant focused on providing culturally competent training experiences to LEND trainees. One activity of this mini-grant is for two LEND Trainees to complete leadership field placements with NMPHI focused on the development of parent advocacy trainings for Somali parents of children with autism. The trainees are working under the direction of Hibo Omer, Program Manager at NMPHI, and Marnie Morneault, a 2012-2013 LEND trainee and Research Associate from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.

We warmly welcome the New Mainers Public Health Initiative to the LEND network!