News and Updates

Organizational Update October 2022

Support for Our Friend Fowziya Muse

Organizational Updates September 2022

AK Collaborative Seeking Advisory comittee

Organizational Updates August 2022.

Community leaders encouraging COVID-19 vaccines before return to school

Lewiston city and health officials urge residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Nonprofits to host back to school event at Lewiston park

“We have a responsibility to protect one another,” AK Health Executive Director Abdikhadar Shire said. “Getting vaccinated means we care for our friends, our families, our neighbors, and most importantly, the most vulnerable among us, those who are sick, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.”

Shire said about 70 people have already preregistered for vaccines, some of which are for the first dose of the primary vaccination series but the majority of which are for booster shots.

2022 Harward Center Award Reciepients

Haward Center Director Darby Ray Presents Award to AKHSS

Bates Students Partners With Immigrant-Led Organization in Lewiston

Aneeza Ahmad, Assistant News Editor
March 9, 2022

Bates students are developing a strong partnership with AK Health and Social Services (AKHSS), an immigrant-led organization in Lewiston. According to the founder of AKHSS, these students have become a key part of the nonprofit’s growing success. AKHSS is a two-year-old Lewiston-based nonprofit that connects recent immigrants and refugees with social services such as COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, counseling services, emotional support, need assessments and workforce development. 

Featured in the Field-Healthy Acadia

Founded by a former refugee and immigrant, Abdikhadar Shire, the non-profit focuses on aiding people in the specific challenges new Mainers face.

Heritier Nosso: Abdikhadar Shire is creating jobs and providing crucial services in Lewiston


Abdikhadar Shire Submitted photo

AK Health New Location Ribbon Cutting

AK Health Holds Press Conference with the City Of Lewiston Urging Residents to get vaccinated

AK Health and Social Services Partners with Other ECBOs in Opening a testing site at the YMCA- SunJournal

AK Health and Social Services and Partners gather Donations for Afghan Refugees. Sun Journal

Welcome to the neighborhood. Sun Journal

Lewiston-Auburn’s immigrant community hustles, thrives with the help of local groups

Lewiston nonprofit working to boost vaccination rates in Androscoggin County-Sun Journal

Mark chats with AK Health and Social Services executive director Abdikhadar Shire at the L-A Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Anticipating surge in doses, Maine set to open more vaccination sites- Sun journal

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