Health Priorities

District Public Health Improvement Plan Priorities

The 2016-2019 Downeast District Public Health Plan identifies four priorities:

Subcommittees for these priorities will coordinate Council member and stakeholder organization to advance the ten essential services for public health.*

Emerging Health Opportunities and Threats


* “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.s.