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 12-county MaineHealth service area

What health issues are we focused on?

MaineHealth focuses on two sets of health priorities. One set of priorities addresses the issues common across all communities, and the second is specific to the needs of each MaineHealth Member and Affiliate Hospital community.

System Level Health Priorities and Targets

As a system, MaineHealth is taking actions to address seven high-priority population health issues:

Each year the Health Index provides an annual report updating the status of each priority heath issue.

Download the 2016 Health Index Report

Community Level Health Priorities

In 2016, each MaineHealth member and affiliate hospital prioritized population health issues within their local service area. Most of these issues are also the system-level priorities. This process, called the Community Health Needs Assessment, engaged community members and leaders, public health experts in addition to clinicians and health administrators to review county-level data, prioritize issues and guide the development of implement plans to address the selected issues. The Community Health Priorities selected by each MaineHealth member hospital are presented in a grid below. 

 CHNA Priorities Grid

Community Health Needs Assessments will be conducted every three years. 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 Community Health Needs Assessment. To learn more about this process, or to get involved, see the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Where can I find more information?

For detailed health status data about each system-level priority, and strategies being implemented to address these issues, visit the Health Index website.

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