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Bridging Neighbors

Bridging Neighbors is an innovative community health outreach project designed to provide trained volunteers who will work one-on-one with individuals, providing resource orientation, navigation, and advocacy, as well as a friendly visitor. This project will respond to needs identified by our communities, by improving their understanding of, and access to, resources that support their health and well-being, and by providing a volunteer visitor to reduce social isolation and loneliness. The trained volunteers will help referred individuals access community-based resources such as healthy food, safe housing, digital equity, transportation, and follow-up care – all of which are social determinants that impact health. For the initial pilot project, clients will be referred by Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital and its primary care clinics, particularly focusing on older adults who are not eligible for reimbursable, community-based support. As the project develops, we will accept referrals from all sources (community partner agencies, town officials, relatives, neighbors, selfreferrals, etc.). This project is in a direct partnership of Healthy Peninsula, Island Health & Wellness Foundation, Healthy Island Project, and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital, with collaborative support from the health, social service, municipal, and community-based organizations that make up Age-Friendly Coastal Communities.

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