HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians plans to use a $250,000 federal grant to build a new health center.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the tribe to add space — including more exam rooms — and expand its programs, said Rosa McNally, who worked on the grant request for the tribe.
“We will be able to provide more services, including dental services,” she said. “We also will be able to get all of our staff under one roof. We are really excited about what this grant will do for us.”
Through its current center and its health department, the tribe provides a wide array of health services to its members. A doctor and a nurse practitioner conduct medical appointments two days a week, and the Maliseet Wellness Center and nature trails are resources for members to use to exercise and stay in shape. The health department also provides a diabetes program, a substance abuse counselor and operates a domestic violence response program.
“Our current health center is just growing too small to house all of our needs, so we will be doing a new construction,” McNally said.