Community Health Needs Assessment

A Message from the Chief Health Improvement Officer

Dora Anne MillsDear Community Partners,

At MaineHealth we strive to improve the health of our patients and our communities every day. We understand that health care goes beyond the walls of our hospitals, reaching the places where people live, work, and play. We are very excited to announce the release of the 2019 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to further our work in identifying and addressing the health needs in our communities. Many thanks to our collaborating partners at Northern Light Health, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and over 2,000 people across the state of Maine, for working together to identify the most pressing health needs.

The findings of the 2019 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment Reports show mental health and substance use, social determinants of health, and access to care are among the top health priorities identified in almost every county in the MaineHealth system, as well as across the state. Other priorities include healthy aging, healthy weight and physical activity, tobacco use, cardiovascular disease, and chronic disease.

Social determinants of health, which are community and societal factors that negatively influence health, were newly identified this time. Examples of these include hunger, poverty, transportation, housing, social isolation and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Our goal is to turn this data into action by using CHNA Reports to develop three year health improvement plans unique to the communities we serve. All of the CHNA Reports and County Health Profiles for the MaineHealth network of care can be found below. Additional information is also available for counties across the state on the Maine Shared CHNA website.

We appreciate the effort, goodwill, and community support that has contributed to these important reports and we look forward to “working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”

Best regards,

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH
Chief Health Improvement Officer

Community Health Needs Assessment Reports

Per federal IRS regulations, not-for-profit hospitals are required to conduct community health needs assessments in three-year cycles. MaineHealth hospitals' first cycle was for fiscal years 2013-2015 (more specifically, for October 2012-September 2015).

Below, Community Health Needs Assessment reports are provided for MaineHealth network hospitals. Each report:

  • Provides county-level data on close to 200 health measures – such as rates for smoking, substance abuse, obesity, high blood pressure and childhood immunizations.
  • Summarizes conversations by diverse community stakeholders, who reviewed the data for their county and shared ideas to address pressing health needs.
  • Offers a detailed, three-year action plan developed by each MaineHealth hospital for improving public health in the communities we serve.

Annual progress reports about health improvement actions implemented are also provided below.

Franklin Memorial Hospital and Franklin County

LincolnHealth and Lincoln County

    MaineGeneral Health and Kennebec County

    Maine Medical Center and Cumberland County

    Memorial Hospital and Carroll County (New Hampshire)

    Mid Coast Hospital and Sagadahoc County

    Pen Bay Medical Center and Knox County

    Southern Maine Health Care and York County

    Spring Harbor Hospital/Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Cumberland County

    Stephens Memorial Hospital and Oxford County

    St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Androscoggin County

    Waldo County General Hospital and Waldo County

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