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Community Health Needs Assessment

We identify the health needs of our community in a number of ways. First and foremost, we listen to our patients.  We also consider data, such as that collected in our Community Health Needs Assessment, which is conducted every three years. EMHS is currently working with our partners to conduct the next Community Health Needs Assessment, which is expected to be released in the Fall of 2018.

We welcome input and seek feedback from various groups, such as the Community Advisory Council, made up of over 50 local residents representing all communities in our service area.  To the fullest extent possible, we respond to specific requests from our community partners. We welcome your comments on the 2016 Shared Community Health Needs Assessment. To provide us with written online feedback, please send us your thoughts.
EMHS and Inland Hospital have enjoyed a long history of working in partnership with healthcare, public health, and community partners to identify health issues and opportunities for collaborative community health improvement. In 2015, research to identify and prioritize community health needs was sponsored by a statewide public-private partnership including EMHS, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth, and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2016 Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Shared CHNA) Reports are available by county and statewide on the EMHS website. These reports provide an in-depth look at population health status, risk factors, barriers to care, demographics, and social factors affecting Maine communities. They also include qualitative responses from a broad sample of stakeholders. Together, this data provides unique perspectives on the collective health of Maine people.
2014 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
The 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment was made possible with the support of many partners, including EMHS Member Organizations, partnering hospitals, district public health coordinating councils, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Healthy Maine Partnerships.

2011 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
In 2010, One Maine Health, a collaborative of EMHS, MaineHealth, and Maine General, commissioned the University of New England’s Center for Health Planning and Policy Research and the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine to conduct a state-wide Community Health Needs Assessment.