Community Engagement

Northern Light Health’s promise is to make healthcare work for you—all the people of Maine. This starts by identifying and assessing priority needs across the state and eliminating barriers to living a healthy life. We are proud to collaborate with Central Maine Healthcare, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, MaineGeneral Health, and MaineHealth on the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Maine Shared CHNA). Every three years, this collaborative develops shared community health needs assessment reports and engages communities statewide in supporting data-driven health improvement plans for Maine people. Northern Light Health uses this assessment to turn data into action because we believe we can help Maine become the healthiest state in the nation.
 
Between September and November 2021, local Maine Shared CHNA planning committees will host forums and conduct community outreach to ensure feedback from those who represent the broad interests of the community, including but not limited to the medically underserved, low-income, those who experience health disparities, or minority populations.
 
The purpose of these activities is to collect the following data:
  • Community identified health priorities
  • Gaps and barriers which must be overcome to address each priority
  • Resources potentially available to address each priority
The following is a list of upcoming forums offered to the community in 2021. These county-level forums will review County Health Profiles containing critical health indicators and measures that will start the discussion. Attendees are asked to lend their voices to community health issues that are important to them while providing suggestions to address these priority issues. 

Androscoggin County
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Jamie L. Paul, Western District Public Health Liaison, Jamie.l.paul@maine.gov 207-795-4302
Register Here


Aroostook County
Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contacts: 
  • Dawn Roberts, Community Health & Volunteer Coordinator, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital, droberts@northernlight.org 207-768-4248
  • Stacy Boucher, Aroostook District Public Health Liaison, stacy.boucher@maine.gov 207-493-4087
Register Here

 
Cumberland County - Portland
Date: October 5, 2021
Time: 4 – 6 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contacts:  Register Here

 
Cumberland County – Lakes Region
Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contacts:  Register Here
 

Franklin County
Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Jamie L. Paul, Western District Public Health Liaison, Jamie.l.paul@maine.gov 207-795-4302
Register Here

 
Hancock County
Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 10 am – 12 pm (noon)
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts:  Register Here

 
Kennebec County
Date: November 2, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts:  Register Here

 
Knox County
Date: December 2, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Drexell White, Midcoast District Public Health Liaison, drexell.r.white@maine.gov 207-596-4278
Register Here
 

Lincoln County
Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Drexell White, Midcoast District Public Health Liaison, drexell.r.white@maine.gov 207-596-4278
Register Here
 

Oxford County
Date: November 9, 2021
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Jamie L. Paul, Western District Public Health Liaison, Jamie.l.paul@maine.gov 207-795-4302
Register Here


Penobscot County
Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 10 am – 12 pm (noon)
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts:  Register Here
 

Piscataquis County 
Date: September 7, 2021
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts:  Register Here
 

Sagadahoc County
Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Drexell White, Midcoast District Public Health Liaison, drexell.r.white@maine.gov 207-596-4278
Register Here
 

Somerset County
Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts: 
  • Sherry Tardy, Director, Business Development, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, stardy@northernlight.org 207-487-4085
  • Paula Thomson, Central District Public Health Liaison, paula.thomson@maine.gov 207-287-2613
Register Here
 

Waldo County
Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:30pm
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Drexell White, Midcoast District Public Health Liaison, drexell.r.white@maine.gov 207-596-4278
Register Here
 

Washington County
Date: September 17, 2021
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Format: Zoom meeting
Contacts:  Register Here
 

York County
Date: September 27, 2021
Time: 10 am – 12 pm (noon)
Format: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Adam Hartwig, York District Public Health Liaison, adam.hartwig@maine.gov 207-490-4626
Register Here