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Partnering to Improve Community Health

Improving the health of patients and communities goes beyond the walls of hospitals and medical practices to reach the places where people live, work and play. Earlier this year MaineHealth released the results of the 2019 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a collaboration with Northern Light Health, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and over 2,000 people across Maine and Carroll County, New Hampshire, to identify and address the most pressing health needs in our communities.

The findings identified mental health and substance use, social determinants of health, and access to care as the top health priorities in almost every county in the MaineHealth system, as well as across the state. This was the first time social determinants of health were identified as a priority. Other priorities include healthy aging, healthy weight and physical activity, tobacco use, cardiovascular disease, and chronic disease.

MaineHealth uses data from the CHNA reports to develop three-year health improvement plans unique to the communities we serve. Full community health data profiles for every county in Maine, as well as Carroll County, New Hampshire, are available on our website at mainehealth.org/chna.

Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are community, economic and societal factors that influence health.

Examples include hunger, poverty, transportation, housing, social isolation and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Read the entire 2019 MaineHealth Annual Report

You are invited to download and read the 2019 MaineHealth Annual Report.

Read the entire 2018 MaineHealth Annual Report

You are invited to download and read the 2018 MaineHealth Annual Report.

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