About Us

The Maine Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in Maine. MPHA is the state’s largest association for public health professionals in Maine. Our membership works in a range of fields, including medical care, food insecurity, lead poisoning prevention, health education, and substance use prevention. MPHA was founded in 1984, and since that time, we have been dedicated to improving and sustaining the health and well-being of all Maine residents through health promotion, disease prevention, and the advancement of health equity. MPHA builds a collective voice for public health, working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities. We are non-profit advocacy and membership organization, governed by a 16 member Board of Directors and guided by our mission and bylaws.

As a statewide association, we advocate, act and advise on critical public health challenges, assuring that all Maine residents lead healthful lives, regardless of their income or where they live. We are not tied to a national agenda, which means we are responsive to the needs of Maine’s communities and we take that responsibility seriously. We believe we are only as healthy as the world around us. To that end, we work hard to assure the health of Maine’s people and Maine’s places.


The mission of MPHA is to improve and sustain the health and well-being of people in Maine through health promotion, disease prevention, and the advancement of health equity. MPHA is a statewide, non-profit membership organization that promotes a healthy Maine through advocacy, education, community connection, and coalition-building. MPHA implements the following strategies to achieve its mission:

  • Provide leadership in public health;
  • Advance local, state and federal public health policy;
  • Promote and provide public health training and education; and
  • Recognize model programs and public health leaders in Maine.

MPHA has longstanding partnerships with several public health organizations across the state, and is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org. American Public Health Association — For science. For action. For ...




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