Health Index Initiative

Using Data to Guide Our Actions

The Health Index initiative was launched in 2009 with the aim of engaging MaineHealth and its partners in using sets of health indicators to:

  • Identify the most important health issues and needs of people and communities in the 12-county MaineHealth service area.
  • Help identify opportunities for strategic and collaborative actions to address Maine’s most pressing health issues.
  • Monitor and routinely assess the progress made on improving the health of people and communities in the MaineHealth service area.

Health Index Priorities

Through the Health Index initiative, MaineHealth is taking actions to address seven high-priority population health issues:

2017 Health Index Report

View data on our seven priorities and progress on MaineHealth targets.

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Community Health Needs Assessment Priorities

Each MaineHealth member and affiliate hospital prioritizes population health issues to address within their local service area through the Community Health Needs Assessment process.

Local Community Health Needs Assessment Priorities

In 2016, each MaineHealth member and affiliate hospital prioritized population health issues within their local service area. The Community Health Priorities selected by each MaineHealth member hospital are presented in a grid below. Most of these issues are also the system-level priorities.

CHNA Priorities Grid

Community Health Needs Assessments will be conducted every three years. Through this process MaineHealth clinicians and health administrators work with public health experts and community members and leaders to review county-level data, prioritize issues and guide the development of plans to address the selected issues.

To take advantage of economies of scale in data collection and implement a consistent approach to community engagement, planning and reporting deliverables for the Community Health Needs Assessment, MaineHealth participates in the Maine Shared Health Needs Assessment and Planning Process.

The next Community Health Needs Assessment process will begin in the fall of 2018.


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Health Index Priority Report: Cardiovascular Health

Explore the latest data on cardiovascular health, including summaries of the actions we're taking to decrease cardiovascular deaths throughout our service area. Learn more

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