Northern Light Health invests $221M to make healthier Maine communities

Date: 04/01/2019

Fewer Maine families worried about feeding their children, more Mainers received treatment for drug and alcohol misuse, and people with mental and behavioral health issues had better access to services. Northern Light Health and its members provided $221,179,200 in community benefit throughout the state from October 2017 – September 2018, according to a fiscal year-end report to the community.   
 
Much of the system’s work in Maine communities centered around providing the tools for a healthy life to help the future generations of our state. “Maine’s young people deserve every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. We rolled up our sleeves and focused much of our community work in 2018 on planting the seeds of a healthy life (literally, in some cases) to give the upcoming generations the tools needed to live their best life—that means teaching them about healthy eating and active lifestyles, along with supporting their mental and behavioral health,” explains M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of Northern Light Health.
 
Northern Light Health members provide a wide range of free or reduced-cost programs and services to those who are sick, injured, or disabled. These community benefits are designed to improve the health of our communities and increase access to healthcare in response to identified community health needs.
 
The brief, bulleted Community Benefit Report is categorized by the names of our nonprofit members to easily see how Northern Light Health is working to target each region’s unique needs. The report is available on the Northern Light Health web site at https://northernlighthealth.org/Community-Health-Needs-Assessment/Community-Benefit-Reports. To receive a copy of Northern Light Health Community Benefit Report, please e-mail communitybenefits@northernlight.org.