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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Elizabeth Neptune Waponahki people

  • 2012

Elizabeth Neptune has more than 25 years of experience in delivering innovative health and human services to Native Communities. Ms. Neptune operates her own consulting business that primarily provides technical assistance to Native American Tribes programs across the country.

She has become nationally known for her skills in directing programs and facilitating change in health care and child welfare systems. In her capacity as director of health and human services for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Ms. Neptune created a model of holistic care which won both state and national recognition. She served as the state Child Wellness Coordinator and helped implement Project LAUNCH for the State of Maine. Ms. Neptune’s gift for innovation has changed health outcomes for many and has influenced system changes at the Tribal, State and National level.

Ms. Neptune has served on the Passamaquoddy Tribal Council for the past seven years. Ms. Neptune currently serves as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health Research Advisory Council and the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee. She also serves as on the boards of the Maine Community Foundation, Down East Community Hospital and the Children’s Growth Council.