Community Health Options is pleased to announce that our fall 2021 Community Giving grant cycle will open on June 21, 2021, and applications are due July 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
The CBE supports Maine nonprofit, community organizations working to promote wellness and community health. Our fall grant priorities are focused on helping people who are living with or at risk of substance use disorders, supporting people with substance use recovery and continuity of care, and reducing negative substance-related health impacts in the state.
According to The Maine Drug Data Hub, a collaboration among several state departments, the Governor’s Office and the University of Maine, the state recorded 502 overdose deaths in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic created instability in the drug supply, use patterns, and the well-being of Mainers, leading to this new state record. The previous high was 417 in 2017. The rate is expected to trend upward with 81 confirmed and 19 suspected cases in the first two months of 2021.
“These data patterns show that many at-risk Maine people are still struggling with the stress and disruptions caused by the pandemic,” said Maggie Kelley, Sr. VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Health Options. “As a Maine-based, nonprofit health insurance organization with a vision to transform and improve individual and community health, we are committed to supporting Maine people experiencing or at risk of substance use issues.”
If you are involved with a nonprofit or know of local organizations that could benefit from grant funding that positively impacts the lives of Maine people living with substance use disorders, please help spread the word. Learn more at the Community Giving section of our website and apply here by July 23, 2021. Recipients will be notified in September 2021.
All voting should be this easy! If you are a Health Options Member 18 years of age or older you can cast your ballot online for the Board Director candidates of your choice. Voters will elect – or in some cases, re-elect – five of the eight candidates running for open seats. The successful candidates will serve a three-year term beginning January 2021.
Election Services Corporation (“ESC”), an independent third party, is conducting the election and has communicated with all eligible voters. ESC established a website for online voting but will also accept hard copy ballots sent by postal mail. Those ballots must be postmarked by November 5; online votes must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on that date.
If you need additional information about your voting options, contact ESC at (866) 720-4357 or via email at CHOHelp@electionservicescorp.com.
Election results will be announced at Community Health Options’ Annual Member Meeting that will be held via online Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who will discuss Maine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To join the meeting, go to healthoptions.zoom.us/s/94455576847 using passcode 583469 and webinar ID 944 5557 6847. You can also join by phone at (646) 876-9923.