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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:

Health Index Report

View data on our seven priorities and progress on MaineHealth targets.

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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.

CHNA Priorities Grid

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.


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America's Health Rankings®

An annual report that measures health determinants and health outcomes for every state in the U.S.

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County Health Rankings

 A national resource that uses data to compare and rank counties across each state.

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Community Health Needs Assessment

Review health data and priorities at the community level.

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