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In 2016, Maine’s four largest healthcare systems – EMHS, Central Maine Health Care, MaineGeneral Health, and MaineHealth – as well as the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) partnered to research and publish a shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Shared CHNA). The Shared CHNA provides a comprehensive review of health data and community stakeholder input on a broad set of health issues in Maine. The Shared CHNA data were made widely available to the public, as community engagement forums were held across the state, gathering additional feedback on priority issues and opportunities for community health improvement. These reports and the community input received are fundamental to achieving our goal of partnering with community, public health entities and accountable care networks to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

Community Health Strategies were developed with input from community stakeholders including those who serve priority populations, local Public Health District Liaisons, local business leaders, and community advocates.

Priorities were selected after weighing the severity of each priority area, availability of known and effective interventions, determination that the priority area was un-addressed or under-addressed, and community collaborations underway with each of our member organizations.

Community Engagement events were held in the following locations:

Aroostook County:  November 4, 2015 at Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, ME ; November 17, 2015 The Center for Community Education, Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton, ME; January 7, 2016 at University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, ME

Cumberland County: January 11, 2016 at MaineHealth (MMC A&B), Portland, ME

Hancock County: November 10, 2015 at Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, ME

Penobscot County: November 18, 2015 at Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, ME

Piscataquis County: November 12, 2015 at The Mill, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

Kennebec and Somerset County: December 10, 2015 at Waterville Elks Banquet and Conference Center, Waterville, ME; December 11, 2015 at Alfond Center for Health, Augusta, ME;

Somerset County: January 20, 2016 at Sebasticook Valley Health, Pittsfield, ME

Washington County: November 20, 2015 at Maine Veteran’s Homes, Machias, ME ; December 1, 2015 at Washington County Community College, Calais, ME

If you have any questions regarding the Shared CHNA community engagement process, please contact communitybenefits@emhs.org

Preparations for the 2019 Shared CHNA are underway.