Public Health Education and Outreach
We provide Education and Outreach about public health issues affecting immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and BIPOC communities in Maine in a culturally and linguistically apporpriate manner. We also focus on specific education and Outreach about health issues that predominantly affects our communities including but not limited to Cancers, Diabetics, tobacco prevention, Women Health and Mental Health Education.
We work with members of the immigrant, refugees, asylum seekers and BIPOC communities in Maine who face multiple barriers and challenges in accessing The labor Market. Services we provide include resume building, Job searches, Job applications and providing trainings and seminars designed to help them prepare for their next employment.
We work with school age children from the immigrant, refugees, asylum seekers and BIPOC communities thorough our after school programs. We work to help students strengthen their academic, physical and social skills through tutoring and extracurricular activities. We also provide enrichment programming, giving students an outlet to express themselves through poetry, art, drama, music, dance. we also work with the adult members of our immigrant population who have limited English communication and language skills by providing supplemental English language classes through our adult literacy program.
Food Security & Nutrition
We work with our immigrant and BIPOC communities to get them access to healthy foods. we partner with Good Shepherd Food Bank through their community redistribution program to provide food support to families in Need. We hold trainings and seminars and provide outreach and education about healthy eating habits and nutrition.
We closely work with higher educational institutions in Maine and collaborate with their faculties and students in our efforts to collect and analyze data that is not available about the Immigrants and BIPOC communities in Maine. our most recent Needs assessments include Tobacco Use among immigrants and BIPOC communities, Vaccination hesitancy among immigrants and BIPOC communities and are actively working on Cancer Screening Rates among our immigrant and BIPOC communities in Maine. we also use this assessments to inform programing in close collaborations with other service providers and funders.
We engage our communities to be more involved in the civic process. we strive to improve the quality of life for our immigrant population through political and non-Political process including political activism, environmentalism and through community services. We provide Education to our immigrant population about their Rights including Human rights and constitutional rights. we host voter registration and voter information sessions to engage our immigrant and BIPOC communities during election seasoson. Applying pressure and trying to hold elected officials to address the specific needs of our immigrant and BIPOC communities and bringing elected officials into the communities is a key part of our civic engagement program.
Vaccine Equity Program
In partnership with Maine Department of Health and Human Services we strive to make vaccines including Covid-19 and Flu vaccines accessible to the immigrants and BIPOC communities in Maine. we also provide Education and Outreach in culturally and liguistically appropriate manner to increase vaccination rates among our target population and to fight vaccine hesitancy.