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 MaineHealth service area.
Health Index Priorities
Through the Health Index initiative, MaineHealth is taking actions to address seven high-priority population health issues:
- Increase On-Time Childhood Immunization Rates
- Decrease Tobacco Use
- Decrease Obesity
- Decrease Preventable Hospitalizations
- Decrease Cardiovascular Deaths
- Decrease Cancer Deaths
- Prescription Drug Misuse and Dependence
Community Health Needs Assessment Priorities
The MaineHealth system prioritizes population health issues within our local service areas through the Community Health Needs Assessment process.
In 2016, each MaineHealth hospital prioritized population health issues within their local service area. These local Community Health Priorities are presented below. Most of these issues are also system-wide priorities.
Community Health Needs Assessments will be conducted every three years. Through this process MaineHealth clinicians and health administrators work with public health experts and community members and leaders to review county-level data, prioritize issues and guide the development of plans to address the selected issues.
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 Health Needs Assessment and Planning Process.
The next Community Health Needs Assessment process will begin in the fall of 2018.