Advocacy

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.

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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.

2019 HIVAC Report to Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services

Maine HIV/AIDS Advisory Board

Provider Co-Chair

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. 

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.

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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 994 || FPC Testimony  || An Act to Promote Public Health Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses (4/21/2021)

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 || FPC Testimony - R.Morrill  (video || An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications (4/8/2021)

LD 1115 || FPC Testimony - K.Rutherford (video || An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications (4/8/2021)

LD 1115 || Community Position Statement || An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications (4/8/2021)

LD 888 || FPC Testimony || An Act To Ensure Ongoing Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (3/22/2021)

FPC Letter to Sen. Collins regarding proposed cuts to HOPWA for FY 2021

LD 1613 || FPC Testimony || An Act Regarding Women’s Health and Economic Security (2/13/2020)

LD 1940 || FPC Testimony || Directing DHHS To Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services To Reflect Inflation (1/30/2020)

LD 1974 ||  FPC Testimony || An Act to Promote Telehealth (1/22/2020)

LD 214  || FPC Testimony  || An Act to Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services (2/18/19)

 

Interested in providing testimony for legislation that is important to you?

 

Check out these how-to guides from our friends at

The Southern Maine Workers' Center: