Welcome to the Cumberland District Public Health Council

The Cumberland District Public Health Council (CDPHC) was founded in 2006 and is a representative, district-wide body formed in partnership with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) to engage in collaborative planning and decision-making for the delivery of the ten Essential Public Health Services in the Cumberland Public Health District, which covers all of Cumberland County, Maine.


The Council’s mission is to promote the health of all our communities by providing information, coordination, collaboration and advocacy.


The Council’s vision is that communities in the Cumberland District are among the healthiest in the state.

The Cumberland District Public Health Council mobilizes working partnerships to combine efforts and resources within the District to produce results that no one community, organization, or sector could achieve effectively or efficiently alone. Over the years, CDPHC has held Individual meetings and special events with nearly every town in the district; reviewed local and state public health statutes; distributed health education materials to each town; piloted contracted public health services with select towns; developed District Public Health Improvement Plans (DPHIP); participated in the Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment and the State Coordinating Council; and supported local public health initiatives through in-kind and monetary contributions.

CDPHC is a vibrant, broad-based, public health network. Regular, bi-monthly meetings of the full Council, bring together a wide range of public health stakeholders, and are open to the public and interested parties.

An Executive Committee guides the work of the Council. Technical assistance and administrative support is provided by the Maine Center for Disease Control. The City of Portland serves as fiscal agent for the Council.

Executive Committee:

  • Chair - Cathy Bean, Northern Light Home Care and Hospice
  • Vice Chair - Bridget Rauscher, City of Portland
  • Naomi Schucker, MaineHealth
  • Courtney Kennedy, Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • Kate Herrick, Maine Medical Center
  • Kristine Jenkins, Maine CDC

In collaboration with District partners and the Maine Center for Disease Control, the Council creates and updates a District Public Health Improvement Plan (DPHIP). The plan identifies the Cumberland District’s public health priorities in order to create a multi-year plan of objectives, strategies, and outcomes for district action. The DPHIP also informs partners of the district work and is used to inform the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).

Our Council Priorities are:

  • Sexual Health
  • ACEs/Poverty
  • Youth Mental Health

Upcoming Events

For a complete listing of upcoming meetings and events, please go to our Meetings and Events Calendar