For the last three years, Cross Cultural Community Services (CCCS), in partnership with many community based organizations, has planned the Black History Month Community Wellness Fair. The fair was first established in 2020 to educate black indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) about COVID and how we, as a community can support each other during the pandemic. This year’s theme is Trauma, Grief, Hope and Joy: Exploring the social determinants of mental healthcare.
We will have four panel sessions per day, and a resource fair component where health-related materials and supports will be available. As in years past, we’ll show a welcome video in languages spoken in Maine and play it at the beginning of each session, as well as ASL interpreters.
February 29th, 9-3:15 at Gateway Community Services in Portland: Panel discussions from field experts on topics including Mental Health & Race, Hope & Joy, Trauma and Grief, and Substance Use.
March 1st, 9-3:15 at The Royal Oak Room in Lewiston: Panel discussions from field experts on topics including Mental Health & Race, Hope & Joy, Disability Justice, and Reproductive Justice.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
This event is co-sponsored by Northern Light Health, The Nature Conservancy, Sister’s Deli, Forage Market, The Permanent Commission: On The Status Of Racial, Indigenous, And Tribal Populations, Gateway Community Services, Maine Family Planning, MaineHealth, Frannie Peabody Center, Children’s Oral Health Network, Maine Health Access Foundation, and the State’s Office of Behavioral Health StrengthenME Program.