HP Receives Cabot Grant

Our Early Childhood Initiative has received a one year planning grant from the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation to fund community engagement activities that will help create a Family Resource Network in our area. Meeting with parents and educators and learning about challenges and resources will lay the groundwork for collaborations with existing early childhood programs and activities that can help to …

It’s Summer! Magic Food Bus Time

The Magic Food Bus begins its fourth season of offering free, fresh, local produce, health information, and library books for children and adults. This popular project began in 2011 when Sedgwick School Librarian Margaret Bixby’s great idea was a perfect match for Healthy Peninsula’s Good Food Project. In the past two years, the Magic Food …

Every Week Is Women’s Health Week

This year, National Women’s Health Week was celebrated from May 10th (Mother’s Day) to May 16th. The goal of this week was to empower women to make their health a priority, and served as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. But health doesn’t happen just one …

Magic Food Bus 2014

July 2 – August 20 Watch for information about this summer’s stops This summer in Blue Hill, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Stonington, children won’t be waiting to hear the ringing bell of the ice cream truck. They’ll be watching out for the Magic Food Bus to make its weekly visit to their neighborhood! Every week …

Healthy Peninsula Awarded Grant to Promote Healthy Aging

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has announced the award of eight ‘Thriving in Place’ (TiP) grants across the state, with Healthy Peninsula one of two grantees in Hancock County. The grants aim to promote better patient-centered care that will help people with chronic conditions to be healthier and safer in their homes. “The successful …

Regional Poverty Collaborative to Launch ‘Pathways to Success’

How can community groups best collaborate to sustain energy and action in assisting members of our community who are struggling to find pathways to success? How do citizens learn leadership skills to benefit their communities? Marjorie Withers, Director of the Washington County Community Caring Collaborative, will help to answer these questions as she facilitates the …

Why Poverty…Why Now?

This year’s Early Childhood Conference in Blue Hill will focus on the effects of poverty in our local communities: The Poverty Hurdle – In Pursuit of Goals and Dreams for Every Family, Every Child. So why poverty and why now?   Why Poverty? Is poverty the new ‘hot topic’ of the year or are the …

Working to Address Poverty at Home

‘More honest communication.’ ‘Embrace individual differences and don’t put people into categories.’ ‘Counteract common stereotypes and biases’. ‘Poverty isn’t just about lack of money. It’s also about attitude and ideas. There are plenty of rich people who live in their own kind of poverty.’ These ideas and comments were the opening salvos of a workshop …

Poverty by the Numbers

Based on the 2012 Report on Poverty – Maine State Planning OfficeOverview: For some Mainers, meeting the needs of daily life is a struggle. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in ten Maine residents live below the poverty line. Nearly one third of Mainers have a household income that classifies them as …

Poverty Speaks

Poverty Speaks On October 19, Healthy Peninsula held it 3rd annual Early Childhood conference on the topic of poverty at the Blue Hill Consolidated School. Although we were astounded with the level of participation from educators, health and service providers, and concerned citizens, we knew that our most difficult challenge would be to capture the …