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Communities: Holding the Key to Tobacco Prevention

Without the contribution of Maine communities, our goals for prevention cannot be realized. The Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine is working hard to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related chronic disease and ensure accessibility of services to disparate populations. This work can only be accomplished through strong connections with principle community members across the state and through implementation of tobacco-prevention programs at the local level.

Healthy Maine Partnerships: Creating Strong Connections

Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMPs) reach out to individuals, groups, agencies, and organizations to expand the number of people involved in promoting healthier living. Because tobacco use is inseparable from the many aspects of physical and mental health, HMPs thrive through the interdependence of their programs. Twenty-eight HMPs in Maine have successfully formed coalitions dedicated to reducing tobacco use and exposure, promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and school systems and community coalitions are working together as equal partners to achieve results. Find Your Local HMP.

Take the Next Step

In these pages, Communities will find the resources they need to carry out the work of PTM, including links, articles, and research associated with tobacco prevention and control, as well as available materials for community-related training and outreach.


 

Building a Healthier Maine

Remarkable changes have taken place in cities and towns across Maine. HMPs have been building a healthier Maine by collaborating with local school administrative units, community organizations, hospitals, healthcare providers, business, municipalities, and many volunteers. They have created strong, seamless connections among local, regional, and state levels. Individual HMPs have spearheaded collaborative efforts to pioneer new approaches to improve nutrition, promote physical activity, and reduce tobacco use and exposure. In addition:

On a local level, the accomplishments of HMPs are mounting:

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Health Reforms Improve the Work of HMPs

In September 2007, Governor Baldacci announced that HMP members and the Public Health Work Group will undergo reforms that will deliver more effective health care statewide. Improvements to the state’s health services include eight new Public Health Units within the Department of Health and Human Services established by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to improve resources for the public, and consolidation of funds that will lead to coverage to help serve all of Maine.

Read the press release about Maine’s Public Health Infrastructure.


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