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Forum to discuss health trends and what to do about them
Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Spring Harbor Hospital and Bridgton Hospital are all part of a statewide collaborative to gather data and find ways to make people healthier.

PORTLAND, Maine — Growing concern over alcohol and drug abuse as well as obesity rates, diabetes, smoking and a range other health indicators will be the topic of a community forum on Monday, January 11, 2016, from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. at MaineHealth, 110 Free St., Portland.

The goal of the forum, which is open to the public, is to get input so that area hospitals can draw up plans for making their communities healthier. Participating hospitals for this forum include Maine Medical Center, which is a member of MaineHealth; Mercy Hospital, which is a member of EMHS; Spring Harbor Hospital, which is part of MaineHealth’s Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Bridgton Hospital, which is part of Central Maine Healthcare.

A consortium of Maine’s largest health care providers and the state has released its report card on how Maine is progressing on a host of factors that contribute to overall public health. Now it is up to community health care providers to come up with plans for making improvements in public health based on the data and public input.

An important part of that planning process is a series of forums scheduled throughout the state, including the one on Jan. 11 in Portland. These gatherings are meant to give community members a chance to respond to the report card, known as the 2015 Shared Community Health Needs Assessment.

This detailed report is produced every three years and contains data for each Maine county as well as the state as a whole. Maine is unusual in that health care organizations here have banded together along with the state to track health trends and facilitate a dialogue on how to make improvements, something that is required under federal law.

The Health Needs Assessment report was produced by the Maine Shared Health Needs Assessment and Planning Process Project, which is a collaborative of Central Maine Health Care, EMHS, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people in our community to help set priorities when it comes to making lives better here,” said Deborah Deatrick, senior vice president, community health with MaineHealth. “This process is an important way for us to provide not only great care, but to help make our communities among the healthiest in the nation.”

Community Health Assessment Forum (Open to Public)

Contact: Celine Kuhn
Phone: 207-662-0764

To attend, please RSVP by clicking here.

110 Free Street | Portland, Maine 04101 | (207) 661-7001