We are working to increase community connectedness and access to healthy food.
We are Waterville.
We are a community of solutions.
We are all in this together.
Since I joined in June 2016, I have been proud to be part of a group that is supporting the great work of the food banks and soup kitchen in Waterville. We are all in this together.
- George McAdoo, Healthy Waterville Action Team Member
In 2014, Healthy Waterville facilitated 11 focus groups. We listened to over 80 people living in poverty, with low or no income. These were our neighbors living in homeless shelters, on general assistance, in senior housing, in teen parent and Head Start programs, and on Medicaid. Participants identified a wide variety of health concerns.
Topping the list:
Affordable Healthy Food
Caring Community Connections
- Focus Group Participant
2015 Census data indicate that Waterville's median household income is $33,251, compared with Maine's $49,331. The percent of elementary school students eligible for free and reduced price lunch has increased to 79% at the George J. Mitchell School and 75% at the Albert S. Hall School.
Healthy Waterville engages citizens whose voices are not usually heard.
—Linda Fossa, Waterville Health and Welfare Department
Linda Fossa discusses how her Waterville upbringing prepared her for her job as director of the Health and Welfare Department.
Our aim: Improve the health of 16,000
Waterville residents by 2020.
Healthy Waterville is building bridges, creating new relationships, and bringing voices together to create a healthier community. Individuals with lived experience are working side by side with support organizations to co-create food equity solutions.
Do nothing about us, without us.
We are experts who know our community's strengths as well as its needs.
Everyone Learns, Everyone Leads
Jen Olsen, an entrepreneur and Healthy Waterville Steering Committee member, discusses the power of personal commitment to equity in creating a healthy community.
Healthy Waterville engages people living in poverty as leaders through the development of an Action Team with a membership goal of 50% Waterville residents with lived experience and 50% Healthy Northern Kennebec coalition professionals.
With a total membership of 71 individuals, the Healthy Waterville Action Team has exceeded its original goal of 50. Thirty-eight local residents are actively involved in team meetings, including 16 people (42%) with lived experience. We are all improving our community's health together.
Healthy Waterville Action Team Sub-Group Leaders
Scott McAdoo, food waste and diversion subgroup leader, discusses the purpose and goals of his group.