I began working at Healthy Peninsula as the coordinator for the Thriving in Place Downeast (TiPD) collaboration, a project made possible by a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation to Healthy Peninsula and 10 community partners. In its three years of funding, TiPD successfully developed strategies and partnerships to help seniors and those with chronic health conditions remain healthy and thriving in their own homes and communities for as long as safely possible.
As the end of the MeHAF grant neared, the partners in the TiP Downeast effort were eager to continue to working together. With partial funding from AARP Maine and the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, as well as generous private donations, Healthy Peninsula has been able to take a leadership role in several new collaborative projects, for which I am now responsible. Though both fall under our Healthy Aging initiative, Choices That Matter Community Conversations and Age-Friendly Coastal Communities will be engaging all residents of our nine communities in the decision-making and implementation of the established goals.
I grew up in Sedgwick and attended school in Brooklin and Blue Hill. I left Maine for many years to practice poverty law in Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan, most recently as a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. While at Michigan, I founded the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative, a collaboration between legal and health professionals designed to remove legal barriers to the health and wellbeing of low-income patients and their families.
I’m excited to be back in my hometown – taking a break from law practice and working with an organization that embodies the values and community-based spirit that I most appreciated in my previous work.