Grant Funds Initiatives for a Healthier Community

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BANGOR - More Mainers may soon have access to better healthcare, as a statewide network of services seeks to transform patient care. Our Erin Thomas explains.

Nearly a third of a million dollars from the Maine Health Access Foundation is going toward eight organizations across the state, striving to improve current health care standards.

The grants fund three initiatives. One of which focuses on improving the coordination of support to help seniors and those with disabilities stay healthy at home.

The initiative will roll out next year, but the committee's work starts now. As they begin meeting with focus groups to prioritize their concerns.

The other initiatives aim to provide a sustainable model of healthcare services for those who will remain uninsured even after reforms of the affordable care act are implemented. As well as work on community and consumer-identified priorities for a healthier society.

Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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