Why did you change your name to Health Equity Alliance?

The Health Equity Alliance was born after the merge of two AIDS Service Organizations: Downeast AIDS Network (DEAN) and Eastern Maine AIDS Network (EMAN). HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and care remain central to our mission. We adopted our new name and brand in order to reflect the expansion of our harm reduction and LGBTQ+ services!

Where does HEAL get its funding?

HEAL is funded through a combination of state and federal funding, grants, and private donations. For more information on how a specific program is funded, please contact us at info@mainehealthequity.org!

Are HIV and HCV testing free?

HEAL provides free HIV and HCV testing for those who fall into high risk categories. All others are offered testing with a sliding scale payment. To find out more about which tests are right for you and how much they will cost, visit our HIV/HCV testing page.

What do HIV+ folks, people who use drugs (PWUD), and the LGBTQ+ community have in common?

These communities are all stigmatized, marginalized in health care and at increased risk for health risks like HIV, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, sexual and domestic violence, cancer, heart disease, depression, use of drugs/tobacco/alcohol among many others.

Are Naloxone training and distribution free?

Yes! We provide free Naloxone training through both appointments and walk-in visits. After a 15 minute training, you receive a free Naloxone kit with two doses!

Is it true that HEAL has a food pantry?

HEAL has a free, emergency food pantry at our Bangor location. Those who use our syringe exchange and case management services can come in once a week for fresh produce and canned goods. Community members who do not use our services, can come in once every three months (90 days). This is to make sure that we have enough to help our clients as much as possible. Donations are always accepted! Visit our "Community Food Pantry" tab for more information!