Franklin Community Health Network

Healthy Communities

The Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) of Greater Franklin County supports health and wellness programs in our community. Our team of talented nurses, health educators, volunteer providers and support staff offers health screenings, health information, programs and events to support healthy lifestyles that prevent disease and improve quality of life. Services include:

  • Health screenings, medical exams and vaccinations
  • Assistance for individuals enrolling in health insurance and obtaining free or low-cost medications
  • Screening for food insecurity through primary care offices
  • Technical assistance and educational resources to area schools
  • Increased access to medication assistance therapy for individuals struggling with addiction

Contact Us

105 Mt. Blue Circle, Suite #1
Farmington, Maine 04938

Phone: 207-779-3136

Two Strategies to Improve the Health of Our Community

Healthy Community Coalition works to improve the health and well-being of our families, neighbors, and the communities where we live and work. We have two main strategies:

  1. Community building. We bring the community together, expanding opportunities for recreation, voluntarism, work, and just getting together to enjoy the company of our neighbors.
  2. Promotion of healthy behaviors. We work with our partners to promote healthful lifestyles and educate the public about ways to prevent disease and improve the quality of their lives.

Common sense tells us this work matters, but scientists are helping confirm it. A good body of evidence suggests that our first goal -- strong, bonded communities -- can improve longevity and other health factors. HCC works to build our community by bringing people together and assisting them in making changes in our community. We start by asking what our community needs or wants to improve the lives of people who live or work here. Then we strive with the community to help make that vision real. One tool we use to understand the community's vision is the Community Health Needs Assessment, a process administered every 2-3 years involving people from every corner of Greater Franklin County.

Screenings and Information

Many people know Healthy Community Coalition from our 34-foot Mobile Health Unit. Others know us from the Wellness Fairs we offer throughout the community and by the festivals we take part in throughout the year. All of these outreach efforts offer health screenings and information including:

  • Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Bone Density Screenings
  • Skin Cancer Analyzation
  • InBody720 Body Composition Analyzer
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection
  • Cancer Prevention Education
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Nutrition Information
  • Physical Activity
  • And much more

A Long History in Our Community

Our roots extend to the late 1960s, when a group of local physicians formed Rural Health Associates. This group had the then-radical notion that prevention should be as important to health care as traditional services like check-ups and hospitalization. Over the years those physicians and nurses formed partnerships with people in the community and worked to prevent disease and tobacco use, and they began to show real success. Healthy Community Coalition was one of the offspring of the work of these local providers, formed in 1989 and formally incorporated in 1992 with seed funding from the Bingham Program.

Get Involved and Make a Difference

Volunteers, nonprofit organizations and agencies, and businesses regularly come together to look at the issues in our community. Volunteers work on our mobile health unit or our health displays at community events, helping HCC to educate passers-by on the latest information on being as healthy as you can. Getting involved is a great way to make friends and see real results from your efforts. Contact us to explore opportunities.

Contact one of our staff members below for your community care connections.

Community Health Needs Assessment/Clinical Integration: Information and resources to identify community health and social service needs to better integrate prevention and education services with primary care and address access and availability.

Community Health Workers: Help individuals navigate the health care system, access insurance coverage and connect to appropriate resources.

MaineHealth Food Pantry/Food as Medicine: Access to food and personal supplies through provider referrals and community assistance. Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm; Friday 11 am - 3 pm.

Matter of Balance: Program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

Mobile Health Unit: Health screenings, education, resources and special programs.

Nutrition Education/SNAP-ED: Classes for children, adults and families on healthy eating, cooking on a limited budget, meal planning, reading nutrition labels, gardening education and interactive grocery tours.

Obesity/Let’s Go!: Connections for local schools and childcare sites to Let’s Go! And healthy nutrition. Physical activity opportunities and resources for youth and adults.

Resource Connections: Basic needs assistance with food, shelter, utilities, transportation, personal care products, clothing, and other emergent needs. Connection to other available services and resources.

Senior Buddies Calling Program: Meaningful connections, resource needs assessment and weekly check-in calls for elderly residents living in Franklin County.

Substance Use Prevention: Community resources and education for youth and adults on alcohol, marijuana, opioids and other drugs.

Substance Use Recovery Resources: Community stigma trainings, Peer Recovery Coach program, community resources and education and Narcan education and distribution.

Tobacco Prevention and Recovery: Assistance with tobacco-free policy development and modification. Provides youth education and prevention. Support for individuals weighing to quit nicotine.

Vaccine Access and Information: Information and access to COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots.

Youth Engagement: Community support and advocacy for youth and adult mentors.

•    Lillian Hunt or 207-779-2467


One-on-one assistance for individuals looking to enroll in an insurance plan offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act. Screens for eligibility into MaineCare, Medicare Savings Program and special enrollment period for the Market Place. Open enrollment assistance provided to individuals who qualify.

For more information Email or call 207-779-3136.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Every three years, non-profit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and develop strategies to address these needs through a community health implementation plan (CHIP). Learn more about community health needs in Franklin County.

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