Healthy People Healthy Places 

The long-term goal of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is to improve the well-being and prosperity of all Maine people and the environment in which they live.  Among the most pressing issues currently facing Maine and negatively impacting the well-being of both people and the environment are: limited economic opportunity, environmental degradation, and the existence of barriers that create inequities and separation among people.

We believe that the well-being of people and the environment are inextricably linked.  Neither can thrive while the other suffers.  As the connections between people and their environment are strengthened, both become healthier, more resilient and more vibrant.  Further, we believe that more positive relationships between people across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries can bridge differences, reduce inequities, and contribute to community health.


Our Healthy People Healthy Places program will focus on five broad, interrelated Strategies, noted below, that are intended to enhance individual, community and environmental health, resiliency and vibrancy.

  1. Support the Well-being of People – supporting all people to lead healthy and whole lives
  2. Support Healthy Land and Water – protects or enhances land and water quality and productivity
  3. Develop Thriving Local Economies – promotes long-term development while building local opportunity
  4. Invest in Community Engagement and Social Equity – builds community, strengthens relationships, and enhances civic participation
  5. Build Resilient Communities – builds the capacity of all communities to adapt and thrive

The Foundation will invest in the Healthy People Healthy Places program through grant making, mission-related investing, shared learning and other capacity building strategies.  Beginning in 2015 the Foundation began accepting proposals for two types of grants supporting the Healthy People Healthy Places program: Integration of Environment and Human Well-being Grants, and Improving Systems for Meeting Basic Human Needs Grants.  Corresponding capacity building efforts will be developed over time and are expected to vary in nature based on need and other factors.

Continued learning, for ourselves, our grantees and other partners, is an important part of our strategy.  We will support shared learning and the growth of cross-sector competencies and understanding through a range of capacity building strategies.  These efforts will be offered through the collaboration of the Foundation and partners in support of this integrated vision for healthy people and healthy places.