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Fund for a Healthy Maine Program Successes, Updated 2/11
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  • 1. A Few Successes of the Fund for a Healthy MaineTobacco: • High school smoking declined by 64% between 1997 and 2007. In that same period, middle school smoking has declined by 73%. Our youth smoking rate is currently 18.1% • Maine’s Tobacco HelpLine has served over 75,000 Maine residents since its inception in 2001. • The Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMPs) are engaged in over 800 health initiatives across the state to change local attitudes about tobacco use, and increase physical activity and healthy eating. The HMPs have enlisted 2,300 volunteer coalition members throughout Maine.Substance Abuse: The overall lifetime alcohol use rate among Maine’s 6th to 12th grade students had dropped consistently over the past decade-from 70.7% in 1995 to 44.3% in 2008. Maine’s Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Partnership (HEAPP) is a partnership between Maine’s colleges and universities and the Maine Office of Substance Abuse to bring about long-term, systemic change in how high risk drinking and other substance abuse issues are addressed at the state and local levels. From 2000 to 2010 the number of colleges and universities participating has increased from 4 to 18.School Based Health Centers: • In the 2009/2010 school year 7,121 students were enrolled in SBHCs. There were 13,108 encounters including acute care, behavioral health, oral health and preventive health visits. More than one third (35%) of students who smoke and were seen at a SBHC reported that they reduced their smoking or quit smoking as a result of their visit. • More than half (56%) the SBHC users who have asthma have an up-to-date asthma plan on file, up from 31% the previous school year.Oral Health: • The Dental Subsidy Program supported 11 community based agencies in providing over 33,700 dental services to nearly 18,400 patients in 15 locations during the 2010 fiscal year. • 25% of Maine dentists participate in the Donated Dental Services Program providing free services to qualified disabled and elderly individuals through a FHM paid coordinator • The Dental Education Loan & Repayment Program has awarded 25 loans to dental students who have or will return to Maine and 15 loan repayment awards to dentists practicing in underserved areas and who see all patients.Teen Pregnancy Prevention: • Maines teen pregnancy rate decreased by 48% between 1988 and 2005, one of the most dramatic decreases in the nation. Maines rates of teen pregnancy and teen birth are among the lowest in the nation. • The percentage of high school students who have ever had sexual intercourse has declined from 52% in 1997 to 45% in 2007. • Among high school students who are sexually active, the percentage who used a condom during their last sexual intercourse has increased significantly from 51% in 1997 to 59% in 2007. The percentage who used birth control pills has increased from 30% in 1997 to 41% in 2007.Child Care: About 3,000 children, ages birth – 12, currently receive child care, Head Start, or after-school programs. Nearly 2,500 children, ages 12 - 15, participate in a range of recreational, cultural, academic, and arts programs after school and in the summer.Home Visitation: • 72% of Maine families participants whose children were exposed to secondhand smoke reduced or eliminated their childs exposure. • Children in the program are routinely screened for developmental delays. 7% of those screened were referred for further evaluation, and as a result 72 percent of those children referred through home visiting received needed services to address developmental issues. • Due to the focus on improving health outcomes for children, 99.5% of children had a primary care provider, 98% were up-to-date on well- child exams, 95% had health insurance and 93% were up-to-date on childhood immunizations. Developed by the Friends for the Fund for a Healthy Maine/Maine Public Health Association [ako] Updated February 2011