As part of Frannie Peabody Center’s commitment to our mission of advocating for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine, the agency provides testimony and statements at the state and national level. The organization is also an active member of the following community coalitions and advocacy bodies.
Maine’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee (HIVAC) is commissioned under Maine statute Title 5 §19202. HIVAC’s membership consists of a diverse range of experience within the landscape of HIV/AIDS in Maine and strives to be representative of the community for which it serves. Currently, the Committee includes HIV-positive individuals, medical providers, social service community-based organizations, as well as members of the Maine Legislature, Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Corrections, The Office of MaineCare Services, and Department of Education.
Maine HIV/AIDS Advisory Board
The Maine HIV/AIDS Advisory Board (MeHAAB) is Maine’s HIV planning body. It contributes to HIV prevention, care, and treatment service delivery through strategic collaboration among stakeholders as described in the planning guidance from U.S. CDC and HRSA.
MeHAAB is a broad group of partners and stakeholders including federal, State, and local HIV/AIDS government entities, programs and organizations, and other stakeholders that are engaged in planning, improving the scientific basis of program decisions, targeting resources to those communities at highest risk for HIV transmission and acquisition, and addressing disparities in health outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum.
Member since 2014
The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition is the convener of a unique, statewide network of 68 organizations, a majority of which are led by people of color – representing diverse ethnic communities across our state.
Asylum Seeker Working Group
Member since 2019
The Asylum Seeker Working Group consists of representatives from organizations that serve New Mainers. The work group supports a collaborative approach to challenges faced by asylum seekers and is coordinated by Portland Adult Education’s New Mainers Resource Center.
Rural York County Opioid Consortium
Member since 2017
The Rural York County Opioid Consortium oversees the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning grants totaling $200,000 that was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grants are used to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder.
FPC Testimony & Statements
Frannie Peabody Center provides and/or contributes to testimony for legislative action that has an impact on our clients and the community we serve. Below are some recent examples of statements made by FPC staff on behalf of the agency.
LD 415 || FPC Testimony || Directing DHHS to Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates to Targeted Case Management Services To Reflect Inflation (4/15/2021)
LD 718 || FPC Testimony || An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Closing Coverage Gaps in the MaineCare Program and the Children's Health Insurance Program (4/15/2021)
LD 1115 || Community Position Statement || An Act To Improve Access to HIV Medications (4/8/2021)