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Convening: Partnerships for Health & Human Services

by Brenda Peluso

Stakeholders in Maine’s system of health and human services delivery are invited to attend this exploratory convening to be held on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 8:45 am until 3:20 pm, at Maple Hill Farms in Hallowell.

The goal of this convening is to provide current and future policy leaders with insight into Maine’s system of human service delivery, including potentially innovative approaches.

We believe that by identifying promising models and practices, as well as the highest priorities for change, the next administration and legislature will be poised to support policies that promote stronger partnerships among state government, nonprofits, and foundations. 

These stronger partnerships will ultimately result in better services for Maine’s most vulnerable populations.

The focus of this facilitated convening will be the presentation of a 4-year, $1.2 million social services change initiative, Fair and Accountable: Principles for a Sustainable Human Service System, currently underway in Illinois. This effort is being funded by the Wallace Foundation and facilitated by the Donors Forum, a joint association of nonprofits and grantmakers, in partnership with the Illinois Partners for Human Service and the United Ways.

After the Illinois initiative has been fully described and discussed, participants will explore the challenges and opportunities in replicating key elements of this effort; identify recommendations for our next governor; and discuss whether or not to move an initiative forward in Maine.

To RSVP, please e-mail Anne DiStefano before close of business on Friday, September 10th.  Please put “Convening RSVP” in the subject line.

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