MaineHealth released April 17 its eighth annual Health Index Report, a barometer of progress on seven health priorities in the state: childhood immunizations, tobacco use, obesity, preventable hospitalizations, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths, and prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Key findings from the 2017 Health Index Report include:

On-time childhood vaccination rates are the highest to date across MaineHealth pediatric and family medicine practices. After remaining at 55 percent for the months between January 2016 and April 2017, the MaineHealth system’s up-to-date rate for the 10-vaccine bundle recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention steadily increased to 58 percent as of December 2017.

MaineHealth providers significantly increased referrals to the Maine Tobacco HelpLine. The total number of tobacco users referred in 2017 was 30 percent higher than in 2015, and 45 percent higher than in 2016.

More patients are getting screened for colorectal cancer. The percentage of patients at primary care practices within the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer rose from 65 percent in December 2016 to 74 percent as of December 2017.

MaineHealth increased the number of adult primary care practice teams trained on the new adult obesity standard of care. Based on 10 years of successfully implementing strategies to reduce childhood obesity, Let’s Go! developed the Small Steps program to address adult obesity.

MaineHealth has responded to the state of Maine having had the fifth-largest increase in drug overdose deaths in the nation (comparing rates from 2011-2013 to 2014-2016). The MaineHealth system has decreased the number of patients prescribed high-risk levels of opioids and increased the number of patients receiving treatment for opioid use disorder.

To read the 2017 Health Index Report and explore the latest data, visit