Mission: Vital Pathways was formed in 1994 when Houlton was selected as one of five sites in the state of Maine to be designated as a “Healthy Community”. We have a broad definition of health which goes beyond the “medical model” to include education, environment, technological and economic development, and recreation. Vital Pathways is based in Houlton and serves eleven towns in Aroostook County, located in northern Maine. Our board of seventeen meets twice a month and is assisted by a part-time coordinator and an AmeriCorps*VISTA. We are recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization.