Furthering Local Prevention Efforts
The Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine awards mini-grants to Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMPs) to advance programs and outreach efforts that specifically address populations disproportionately affected by tobacco.
As part of these awards, PTM provides ongoing technical assistance during the extent of the grant, and funded HMPs participate in ongoing process and outcome evaluations, and attend meetings to share strategies, challenges, successes and short and long-term results.
The latest awards include six nine-month mini grants and were awarded to the following communities.
- The Partnership for a Healthy Community in Presque Isle will address smoking in 18–24 year olds at Northern Maine Community College.
- The Peoples Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) of Greater Portland and Choose To Be Healthy of York will collaborate with the three additional southern HMPs to reduce smoking rates among blue-collar workers, specifically those in the construction trade.
- Project NOW: Northern Oxford Wellness in Rumford will address cessation for pregnant women, new mothers, and mothers who relapse one year after giving birth.
- Somerset Heart Health in Skowhegan will collaborate with the Healthy Living HMP in Pittsfield to help smokers of low socio-economic status quit tobacco by implementing the Quit and Win program.
- Southern Aroostook Tobacco-Free Outreach Project (STOP) in Houlton will establish a mentoring program for the Southern Aroostook region for youth 7–18 years of age.
PTM also awards Enhancement Grants to HMPs to further enhance the capacity to address tobacco-related health disparities in Maine. The most recent awardees:
- Partnership For A Healthy Community, in collaboration with STOP, Power of Prevention, and Saint John Valley Partnership will work across Aroostook County to expand their successful APE (Aroostook Partnership Extravaganza) Summit for youth in grades 5-8.
- Healthy Androscoggin will address the young adult population, focusing on the 18-24 year olds, who are not enrolled in college full time.
- Healthy Maine Partnership of Greater Waterville collaborating with Healthy Maine Partnership of the Capitol Area will continue their work with the Behavioral Health Cessation Initiative to reduce tobacco use among consumers.
- Union River Healthy Communities collaborating with Healthy Peninsula Project will continue their work with low SES women of childbearing age and their families.
- Healthy Portland and Communities Promotion Health are partnering with the Family Birth Center and Maine Medical Center and its Center for Tobacco Independence to enhance the infrastructure that is in place now to promote relapse prevention among postpartum women who quit tobacco use during their pregnancy.
- Healthy Peninsula Project is working with Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities to address the high rate of tobacco use common among low-income young families in Washington and Hancock counties.
Communities can request information about requirements and applications for mini-grants for their community.
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