Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW) organization will receive a total of $2,754,199 to expand public health and wellness services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, will specifically benefit tribally-enrolled Native Americans in Penobscot, Washington, and Aroostook counties.
“The coronavirus is taking an unprecedented toll on individuals, families, and communities across the country,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this investment, which will help to ensure that Maine’s tribal communities continue to have access to important health and wellness services during this difficult time.”
Wabanaki Health and Wellness is a not-for-profit organization for tribally-enrolled Native Americans. These funds will assist the Bangor-based agency, established in 1996, with providing clinical case management, administering free health and preventive testing, and hosting wellness meetings, among other services.