WATERVILLE – Connie Coggins, President & CEO of HealthReach Community Health Centers, is pleased to join the HealthReach Governing Board of Directors in welcoming its newest volunteer member, Shirley Lataille.

Lataille is a longtime patient of HealthReach. The Maine Primary Care Association recently collaborated with HealthReach to feature Lataille’s healthcare journey with her integrated team of clinicians in a powerful new documentary, A Secret No More. The short 12-minute film highlights the “best kept secret in Maine” – community health centers that have provided everyone access to affordable and high-quality healthcare close to home for 50 years. Lataille is well-versed in HealthReach’s many services. She now passionately advocates for both mental health awareness and access to integrated healthcare.


Photo of Shirley Lataille - glasses and smiling in a tan sweater with a beige scarf.

Shirley Lataille


Lataille shares, “I’m really looking forward to working with everyone on the Board. I’m also looking forward to the future of HealthReach, Madison Area Health Center, and all of the improvements that we can continue to make!” You can watch and listen to Shirley’s story here – https://bit.ly/madisonstory



The HealthReach Governing Board of Directors is comprised of an incredible group of volunteer leaders – the majority of whom, like Shirley, are themselves patients of HealthReach. This model of patient representation ensures that the most important perspectives – those of rural Maine communities and, especially, of patients – form the basis for all major organizational decisions.

Working alongside Lataille on the HealthReach Board are: Jack Ducharme, Chair; Bruce Harrington, Vice Chair; John Opperman, Secretary & Treasurer; Terry Brann, Candy Henderly, Jim Higgins, Michelle Kelley, Lisa Landry, Juliana Richard, Brenda Stevens, and Allen Wicken, Members.

HealthReach Community Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center organization consisting of twelve community health centers located across Central and Western Maine. Dedicated clinicians deliver high-quality healthcare – inclusive of behavioral health and dental services – to residents from 9 of Maine’s 16 counties. To ensure access for everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare, and major insurance providers.

In addition, an Affordable Care Program is available to both uninsured and underinsured residents. Assistance is available for applications to programs that help with the cost of your healthcare and medications, including Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

A private non-profit with a 48-year history, HealthReach is funded by patient fees, grants, and by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $4,815,606 with 82.2% financed by non-governmental sources. The contents above are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the official views of or an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.