who we are

About NMPHI

New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) is a nonprofit community-based organization that strives to engage, empower, inform, advocate and educate New Mainer residents on public health subject matters. NMPHI has programs that provide emotional support, community care (COVID testing, transportation, and social services), health literacy and vaccine equity. NMPHI team is a diverse group of individuals working as one, to advocate on behalf of their communities for better access to health care resources.
New Mainers Public Health Initiative

Our mission

NMPHI focuses on identifying and addressing health inequities. Working with its’ community to bridge the gap between the people and the healthcare providers to minimize health disparities and inequality. In order to improve the health of the population we serve, another aspect of NMPHI’s goal is to encourage healthy behaviors and alter the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of those we serve. NMPHI advocates for the marginalized community to build stronger and healthier members of the community.

Our vision

The vision of NMPHI is to create awareness of health, through health literacy, and health promotion. By creating community health workers programs through activity and advocacy to access a healthy environment, healthy eating habits, and access to health care without barriers of language, race, or ethnicity.

Our story

NMPHI serves as the leading health related, ethnic-based organization directly serving the needs of the immigrant and refugee youth and their families.

New Mainers Public Health Initiative began at the initiation of a few students in the local college and university who decided to “give back” to their community by promoting healthy habits and changing attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. These ambitious students created NMPHI to promote an effective response to health issues that the community is suffering from silently. By teaching new ways to buy, store, prepare, and consume food and building up an appreciation of disease management and control, NMPHI works closely within the community to em-power people to take control of their healthcare by seeking out better health habits, becoming educated about understanding medical diagnoses and treatment plans, and by becoming informed about primary or secondary prevention.

As a member of the community we have strong relationship with our community and can be a buffering agent to providers as well. Our organization actively works with other agencies who work with New Mainers in the L/A area. NMPHI members participate in the New Mainers Community Collaborative meetings.

Our Awesome Staff

Hibo Omer

Hibo Omer

Executive Director

Selam Runyon-Baruch

Selam Runyon-Baruch

Director of Development and Community Engagement

Gracia Bintu

Gracia Bintu

Community Health Worker

 Zakiya Sheikh

Zakiya Sheikh

Community Health Worker

Souad Ali

Souad Ali

Office Manager, Community Health Worker

Nooralain Almasoodi

Nooralain Almasoodi

Social Media Coordinator Community Health Worker

Farhiya Ali

Farhiya Ali

Community Health Worker

Hayat Allaleh

Hayat Allaleh

Community Health Worker

Mohamed Ahmed

Mohamed Ahmed

Community Health Worker

Hussein Abdillahi

Hussein Abdillahi

Finance Specialist

Our primary causes

Create awareness of health, through health literacy, and health
promotion. By creating community health workers programs through activity and advocacy to access a healthy environment, healthy eating habits, and access to health care without barriers of language, race, or ethnicity.

EARLY INTERVENTION

Quickly spotting and diagnosing problems in early child development is one of the most important aspects of early childhood health. We offer various services to help at every stage of childhood.

(207) 241-0546

Address

124 – 276 Lisbon St,
Lewiston, ME 04240

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