Public Health Districts
In 2008, the Maine Legislature in conjunction with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) approved the establishment of eight public health districts, using population size, geographic areas (county borders), and hospital service areas. In 2011, in collaboration with the five Maine Tribal jurisdictions, a Tribal Health District was established with boundaries determined by Tribal Health Center service areas and tribal jurisdictional boundaries.
|Aroostook - District 8||Aroostook County|
|Central - District 5||Somerset and Kennebec Counties|
|Cumberland - District 2||Cumberland County|
|Downeast - District 7||Washington and Hancock Counties|
|Midcoast - District 4||Waldo, Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc Counties|
|Penquis - District 6||Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties|
|Western - District 3||Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties|
|York - District 1||York County|
|Tribal Health District||5 Tribal Communities|
The establishment of the public health districts was designed to enhance effective and efficient delivery of public health services by
- Creating the geographic and local framework for greater consistency and equity in statewide delivery of all 10 Essential Public Health Services.
- Providing a consistent basis for regional planning and coordination across the governmental, private (including business), public, and nonprofit sectors.
- Building sustainable infrastructure through regional co-location of Maine CDC and DHHS staff, and through an interactive, fully participatory District Coordinating Councils.
Each public health district is led by a District Liaison, who coordinates with Maine CDC staff in the district (Public Health Unit) and who provides leadership with an elected executive committee for the district coordinating council. A Tribal Liaison coordinates tribal district health initiatives with the health leadership of the five tribal jurisdictions.
The District Liaisons are also responsible for coordinating technical assistance and trainings to Local Health Officers in their districts. Each town, city, and plantations is required under state law to appoint a Local Health Officer for up to a three year term. See Local Health Officers for more information.
District Public Health Improvement Plans (DPHIPs)
- Aroostook District DPHIP
- Central District DPHIP
- Cumberland District DPHIP
- Downeast District DPHIP
- Midcoast District DPHIP
- Penquis District DPHIP
- Western District DPHIP
- York District DPHIP
- Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP)