MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, Maine, has announced commitments totaling $48 million from the Peter Alfond Foundation in support of initiatives to enhance the health and well-being of Kennebec Valley residents.
A $40 million endowment gift will enable MaineGeneral to expand prevention programs designed to sustain improvements to community health, including the renamed Peter Alfond Prevention & Healthy Living Center, which offers classes on healthy cooking and eating, physical activity, and mind-body health. The funds also will be used to enhance access to teaching kitchens, expand community health outreach efforts by community health workers who connect residents to the care and resources needed to improve their health and quality of life, and support program evaluations and the sharing of best practices.
The foundation also awarded $8 million to the Alfond Youth & Community Center to endow wellness director and trainer positions and support the sports medicine and teaching kitchen programs offered by MaineGeneral at the AYCC.
Alfond, one of Dexter Shoe Company founder and philanthropist Harold Alfond's three sons, served on the MaineGeneral Health board for nearly a decade before his death in 2017.
"This funding comes at a critical time for our healthcare system. COVID-19 has dealt a severe negative financial blow to all healthcare organizations, requiring hard decisions," said MaineGeneral president and CEO Chuck Hays. "Maintaining funding for community health is always a challenge. This gift allows us not only to continue but to expand our prevention and healthy living programming as we focus operational dollars on COVID-19 recovery and disease-specific healthcare needs."
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