Community Health Needs Assessment

A Message from the President of MaineHealth

Group of people standing in circle holding handsDear Community Partner, 

At MaineHealth we strive to improve the health of our patients and our communities. We understand that health care goes beyond the walls of our hospitals, reaching the places where people live work and play. Every day, your decisions and challenges impact your health, and at MaineHealth we recognize that no one can do this alone. We are proud of our dedicated providers and strong community partnerships who work on behalf of our patients and our communities. We are committed to investing in the health of all people in our communities to fulfil our vision of “working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”

The Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment is developed every three years in collaboration with EMHS, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to inform many of our health care decisions at MaineHealth and the other partner organizations. Our goal is to turn this data into action by developing health improvement plans unique to the communities we serve. To that end, we ask that you join us in this effort by attending a community forum in your community. By sharing your views on what health issues are important to you, we can better reflect your priorities as we develop plans to improve the health of our communities.

Community forums are scheduled throughout the fall and a schedule of forums can be found below. At each forum, a County Health Profile will be shared and discussed and each person attending can speak to the health concerns presented and identify priority issues.

Together we are making a difference in the lives of our patients and communities. Thank you for your interest in this vital community outreach.


William L. Caron, Jr.
President, MaineHealth

Community Health Forums

These events are intended to gather input from community members on which health issues need to be a priority in the years to come.

Facilitators at these events will review data that describe health outcomes, health behaviors, healthcare access and quality, and the social, community, and physical environment that affect our health. Breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to share what you think is important in addressing the health of your community.

MaineHealth Forum Schedule

Forums in the MaineHealth Service Area

County        Date         Location         Town        Time        
 Androscoggin     Oct. 3      Gendron Franco Center     Lewiston     10:00 AM-12:00 PM    Register
 Androscoggin    Oct. 11    St. Mary's Lepage Conference Center    Lewiston    6:00-8:00 PM    Register 
 Carroll County, NH    Nov. 14    Red Jacket Inn    North Conway    3:00-5:00 PM    Register 
 Cumberland    Oct. 4    Maine Medical Center Dana Center    Portland    4:00-6:00 PM    Register 
 Cumberland    Oct. 11    Lake Region High School    Naples    4:00-6:00 PM    Register 
 Franklin    Oct. 25    Mt. Blue High School    Farmington    4:30-7:30 PM   Register
 Knox    Oct. 24    Rockland City Hall    Rockland    5:00-7:00 PM    Register 
 Lincoln    Nov. 13    Lincoln Academy    Newcastle    3:30-5:30 PM   Register
 Oxford    Oct. 10    Telstar High School Library    Bethel    5:30-7:30 PM    Register  
 Oxford    Oct.16    Mountain Valley High School    Rumford    6:00-8:00 PM    Register 
 Oxford    Oct. 22    Paris Fire Station    South Paris    5:30-7:30 PM    Register 
 Sagadahoc    Nov. 2    Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness    Brunswick    9:30 AM-12:00 PM   Register 
 Waldo    Oct. 9    Stockton Springs Town Office    Stockton Springs    6:00-7:30 PM    Register 
 Waldo    Nov. 1    University of Maine Hutchinson Center    Belfast    5:00-7:00 PM    Register 
 York    Sept. 27    Saco City Hall    Saco    3:00-5:00 PM    Register 
 York    Sept. 27    York County Community College    Wells    9:00-11:00 AM    Register 


For the complete forum schedule, visit the Maine Shared CHNA website.

2018 County Health Profiles

County Health Profiles for each of Maine’s 16 counties are now available. These profiles will serve as conversation starters at each of the community forms. 

View the 2018 Maine County Health Profiles

View the 2018 Carroll County, New Hampshire Health Profile 



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 member and affiliate hospitals. Each report:

  • Provides county-level data on more than 150 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 member 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

    Maine Medical Center and Cumberland County

    Memorial Hospital and Carroll County (New Hampshire)

    Mid Coast Hospital

    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

    Waldo County General Hospital and Waldo County

    How can I make comments?

    Provide feedback on the 2016-2018 Community Health Needs Assessment.
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