Healthy Oxford Hills was started in 2000, and we are in our 15th year of working on community health issues. The new cycle of state funding has mandated Healthy Maine Partnerships to become more comprehensive in our scope and to begin to provide community education and prevention services not only for nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and other substances that are abused, but to support self-management of additional chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, lung diseases, asthma and dementia.
This new cycle has expanded the number of towns in our service area. We’ve added to the Oxford Hills towns of Waterford, West Paris, South Paris, Hebron, Norway, Oxford and Otisfield, some new towns including Buckfield, Sumner and Hartford and four towns in southwestern Oxford County in the Sacopee Valley area including Porter, Hiram, Denmark and Brownfield. These last four came from the former Bridgton Healthy Maine Partnership which is no longer in operation. Since these towns are quite a distance, we are partnering with our neighboring Healthy Maine Partnerships in York and Cumberland Counties to serve them.