BELFAST — Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, which has provided health care and other critical support services to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community for more than 100 years, has received a grant of $8,000 from United Midcoast Charities.

The funds will be used for operating support, according to a press release announcing the grant.

Belfast Public Health Nursing Association is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization supported by Waldo County General Hospital, the city of Belfast, and through donations from local agencies and community members.

Among other responsibilities, Belfast Public Health Nursing Association:

  • Works with local emergency management agencies and Waldo County General Hospital to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural or man-made disasters, bioterrorism, or disease outbreaks.
  • Prevents infectious disease from spreading through education, providing treatment, holding community immunization clinics and monitoring outbreaks.
  • Organizes blood drives, health screenings, blood pressure clinics and health fairs.
  • Educates the community about environmental issues such as unsafe lead levels, safe drinking water and pests.
  • Shares information with the community about a variety of health topics like obesity risks, nutrition, importance of stress reduction and exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Works with schools on issues surrounding food insecurity and oral health care.
  • Links people to needed health services and assures the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable. All services are provided at no cost.

UMC’s open, competitive annual grants process supports nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties working in the areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. In addition, UMC offers educational programs and other learning resources for all local nonprofits, including those who do not receive funding.