Stakeholders from across the county will be given an opportunity September 27, 2018 to shape priorities for community health at a special forum aimed at providing input to the region’s healthcare organizations.
The forum will discuss the York County Health Profile and is scheduled for September 27, 2018 at two locations, the first being York County Community College from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and then at Saco City Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The York County Health Profile contains almost 200 data points that describe health outcomes, health behaviors, healthcare access and quality, and the social, community, and physical environment that affect our health. Previous forums were held in 2011 and 2015.
Betsy Kelly of Southern Maine Health Care said, “We want to share this data and get our neighbors’ input about what they see as our biggest health issues. New this year, the presentation will also include a list of past priorities and what our partners have been doing to address them. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss how we can improve the health of our community.”
The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please register here: surveymonkey.com/r/YorkForum
In addition to collecting input on local health priorities, the forum will also collect information about local resources that could help to address those priorities. Forums and other community feedback will be used as guidance to create new, county-specific health improvement plans in the spring of 2019. As in the past, this forum is an important step in the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Maine Shared CHNA).
The Maine Shared CHNA process will roll out in three stages:
- County Health Profiles are scheduled to be released in the first week of September 2018.
- Forums and other outreach are scheduled to be held between September 2018 and January 2019. This includes additional community presentations, conversations and other input.
- Final CHNA reports are scheduled to be released in March 2019. These reports will include the County Health Profiles with a summary of the findings and other outreach.
For more information, go to the Maine Shared CHNA website (mainechna.org). The site contains forum schedules, local contacts, County Health Profiles, and a portal for users to create their own data reports to suit their needs. The website will also host the final CHNA reports due out in March, 2019. Check back often for updates. This forum is a collaborative effort among Southern Maine Health Care, York Hospital and York District Public Health.
About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.