AUGUSTA – Innovative Maine public-private partnership takes critical next step in meeting state and federal health requirements
The Maine Shared Health Needs Assessment and Planning Process (SHNAPP) project, the first public-private partnership of its kind in the nation, has contracted with Market Decisions Research of Portland to assist in fulfilling regulatory obligations impacting public health efforts statewide.
The SHNAPP project is a collaborative of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) an office of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the four largest hospital systems in Maine: Central Maine Healthcare; Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems; MaineGeneral Health; and MaineHealth.
The Maine CDC and non-profit hospitals in the State are required to conduct regular health needs assessments and health improvement plans to satisfy public health accreditation guidelines and IRS reporting laws. The SHNAPP was established by partner organizations to create consistent health data reports and use limited resources effectively.
Among contracted responsibilities, Market Decisions will work closely with the Maine CDC to analyze health data from a variety of sources such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Maine Health Data Organization, Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey and Cancer Registry. Later this year, reports highlighting state and county-level health data will be available to the public.
Market Decisions Research is a Portland-based survey research and health care consulting company founded in 1977. They have clients from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private businesses in more than 20 states.
“Market Decisions has demonstrated ability to collaborate with many organizations,” said Jayne Harper, project director for SHNAPP. “This expertise will be invaluable as the SHNAPP project is on a tight timeline to create reports meeting needs of the state, hospitals and other non-profit agencies that are working to improve public health in Maine.”
The State and hospitals are currently planning the process and strategy needed in order to complete the 2016 Shared Health Needs Assessment. After data is collected and reported, planning for addressing community health needs will be undertaken within counties. The public will have access to reports and data collected and will be asked to provide comment and input regarding planned activities to meet health needs