SPOTLIGHT ON GRANTEE: Mable Wadsworth Health Center
In mid-September, the Fund visited the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor.
The 2015 Maine Women's Fund grant supports the Health Center's Gaining Access Project (GAP), which helps meet the basic healthcare necessities of the uninsured and people with low incomes. By providing services at reduced fees, the Heath Center ensures that there is no gap in routine, preventative health care services for women while they move from economic instability to economic security.
Mabel Wadsworth, Health Center namesake and one of five founders
Founded in 1984, the Mabel Wadsworth Center is the only private, not-for-profit, free-standing independent feminist women's health care center in the state and one of only fourteen left in the country. They provide educational and clinical services in sexual and reproductive health care to women regardless of age, ability, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.
The Center has nine staff providing clinical and administrative services, along with education and outreach. They offer innovative, state of the art services including infertility treatment and hormone therapies for patients in the transgender community, in addition to prenatal care, annual exams, abortion services, cancer and other testing, treatment, and screenings. The Health Center sees an average of 1,300 patients at more than 3,000 visits a year from all over the state, as well as Canada.
MWF staff and board members enjoyed touring the facility, hearing about the challenges faced, opportunities they're taking advantage of, and the importance of grant funding at an organization that does not accept federal or state funding but still provides comprehensive care to women in some of Maine's most economically deprived areas, no matter what their circumstances.
Posted 10.15.2015 under News and Resources