Downeast Public Health Council

Serving Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine


Vision: Downeast Maine communities are among the healthiest in the state.

Mission: Promote the health of all our communities by providing public health information, coordination, collaboration, and advocacy.

The Downeast Public Health Council (DEPHC) is a representative, district-wide body authorized in Maine Statutes to engage in collaborative planning and decision-making regarding the delivery of the Ten Essential Public Health Services in Hancock and Washington Counties. DEPHC aims to build collaborative partnerships to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public health services at the local level.

In order to achieve better population health outcomes:

We are

  • Representative – addressing health equity.
  • Collaborative – sharing assets, skills, and resources.


  • Mobilization – identifying health priorities and coordinating response.
  • Partnerships – convening traditional and non-traditional partners.


Downeast Public Health Council’s Membership Application Form

The 10 Essential Public Health Services describe the public health activities that all communities should undertake and serve as the framework for the NPHPS instruments.

Public health systems should;

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problem                                              Graphic to describe the 10 essential public health services as spokes in a wheel. Essential services are then linked to the 3 core functions of public health: assessment, policy development and assurance.

Downeast Public Health Council’s Membership Application Form

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