About the Organization
MPCA's 33 member community health providers include all of Maine's grant-funded federally qualified health centers, tribal health centers, an island-based community health center, and the Maine Migrant Health Program. Federally qualified health centers are not only rooted in Maine communities, but they are governed by these same communities to ensure responsiveness and local accountability. The most current data shows that approximately one of every fifteen people in Maine obtain their primary health care at a Maine FQHC. In contrast, FQHCs together spend less than 1% of all health care expenditures in Maine while saving the system millions of dollars through preventive care. As a primary care association we are working towards universal access to healthcare and the elimination of health disparities in a manner of different ways. A mostly rural state, our challenge in Maine is to build a healthcare safety net that is equipped to serve even the most remote areas. Taken as a whole, these categories of activity - programs that promote access to comprehensive primary care with its emphasis on prevention, technical assistance and support to MPCA members, and advocacy - all support our overarching vision of attaining universal access to healthcare and eliminating healthcare disparities. How MPCA reaches that vision is one program at a time, sustaining and spreading progress to additional areas of focus, and through each and every access point in Maine. We invite you to contact us and discuss how we can work together for the benefit of Maine.
Maine's Community Health Centers have thrived through a long relationship with the National Health Service Corps. In fact, the first two NHSC placements were in Maine (it is believed). MPCA also works very closely with Bi-State Primary Care Association to cover the needs of health centers throughout Northern New England.