Who We Are

The Maine Alliance for Health & Prosperity is a broad coalition of community, economic development, business, education, social service, public health and healthcare leaders. Alliance members bring critical expertise in integrating the many factors that influence health commonly known as social determinants of health (SDOH) with the economic status of people and communities. The crises that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic only served to sharpen the link between health, social determinants, and prosperity as disruptions in employment, housing, food security, education, child care and behavioral health made clear. Additionally, the pandemic revealed severe outcomes among some Maine residents, such as people of color, rural poor, and seniors. 

See our list of members below.

What We Believe

The Alliance is grounded in the understanding that individual and collective health is inextricably linked with economic prosperity, and the conditions into which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age largely determine the presence or absence of both health and prosperity. We believe we will know we are successful when inequities in health and economic outcomes for BIPOC, poor, disabled, and LBGTQIA+ people are eliminated, ensuring that all people and communities in Maine and Indigenous sovereign nations have the opportunity to thrive.

The Alliance is further guided by these core beliefs:

  • We believe all Maine people and communities have the right to the opportunity for good health and economic prosperity
  • We believe in the urgency of now
  • We believe that abundance and opportunity surround us
  • We believe investments in collective health are vital to Maine’s economic future 
  • We believe diverse perspectives matter and are critical to problem-solving and equity.

What We Are Doing

The Alliance aims to join forces with other stakeholders and coalitions to address shared priorities and solutions – through engagement, education, data, and collaborative action. We aim to break through traditional silos that hinder cross-sector collaboration to implement upstream strategies that contribute to health and prosperity for ALL Maine people.

Members:

Abdulkerim Said, Executive Director, New Mainers Public Health Initiative
Andrew Coburn, Professor Emeritus, USM Muskie School and Rural Health Research Center
Barbara Crowley, M.D.
Becca Boulos, Executive Director, Maine Public Health Association
C. Shawn Yardley, CEO, Community Concepts
Dana Totman, President, Avesta Housing
Deborah Deatrick, Consultant, Public Health and Healthcare
Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, Maine Association of Nonprofits
Keith Bisson, Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Kristen Miale, President, Good Shepherd Food Bank
Kristina Egan, Greater Portland Council of Governments
Lisa Miller, Consultant
Lois Skillings, President and CEO, Midcoast Health
Lori Dwyer, President and CEO, Penobscot Community Health Care
Luisa S. Deprez, Professor Emerita of Sociology, USM
Martha Bentley
Robyn Merrill, Executive Director, Maine Equal Justice
Susan Corbett, Director, National Digital Equity Center
Tara Williams, Executive Director, Maine Association for the Education of Young Children
Yellow Light Breen, President and CEO, MDF

Staff:
Adam Burk, Program Director, MDF
aburk@mdf.org

Joanna Crispe, Program Coordinator, MDF
jcrispe@mdf.org