Healthy Maine Partnerships

The Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMPs) are funded by tobacco settlement dollars and implement initiatives, policies, and sustainable environmental changes at both the state and local level that reduce chronic disease risk, reduce or eliminate involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke, prevent tobacco use, increase access to healthier foods, and increase opportunities to be physically active.  For more information about Healthy Maine Partnerships please visit Healthy Maine Partnerships.

Healthy Casco Bay is one of 27 local HMPs throughout the State of Maine, and is a program of the City of Portland, Health and Human Service Department, Public Health Division. 

Healthy Casco Bay is the local Healthy Maine Partnership for the ten communities of Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, Long Island, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, and Yarmouth.

Mission
Healthy Casco Bay’s mission is to reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity, encourage healthy nutrition, and prevent substance abuse among Maine residents in the region.

For more information, or to sign up for electronic newsletters from Healthy Casco Bay, visit our website at Healthy Casco Bay or call 207-756-8021.

Healthy Portland is the local Healthy Maine Partnership for the city of Portland.  For more information, or to sign up for electronic newsletters from Healthy Portland, visit our website at Healthy Portland or call 207-756-8021.

Assistance
Healthy Maine Partnerships can help communities:
  • Assist in developing policies to designate spaces such as playgrounds, parks, and beaches as smoke-free spaces.
  • Make changes in policy and the built environment (sidewalks, bike lanes, skate parks, etc), which support healthy lifestyles.
  • Increase access to healthier foods at schools, community organizations, and worksites.
  • Support worksites in developing policies and implementing initiatives to support employee health and wellness.
  • Plan and execute events that promote greater access to physical activity such as bike safety training and trail building events.
  • Assess community resources and develop action plans to use or improve them.
  • Access and distribute resources to promote physical activity and better nutrition, and to discourage tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse.
  • Support health and wellness at schools, community organizations, and worksites through a variety of mini-grant opportunities.
  • Assist in developing community gardens to increase access to fresh produce.