Public Health Program

Engaging Communities to Improve Health and Wellness for All


The Public Health Program (PHP) engages communities across Cumberland County to improve health and wellness for all. Initiatives include Substance Use Prevention, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education, Children's Oral Health Program and Cumberland County's District Youth Coordination. PHP also convenes partners to develop coordinated responses to health issues, including the Lake Region Collective Action Network (LRCAN).

The Lake Region Collective Action Network brings together the expertise of community members and service providers to support a greater vision.  We know there are many issues families in our communities are facing that are best addressed together. Many of us already belong to coalitions around a specific topic area. The LRCAN will seek to serve as a central meeting place where we can learn from each other and improve our efficiency at tackling complex community problems.

We meet the third Tuesday of each month from 9:00-10:30am at the Bridgton Town Offices (lower level conference room). These meetings are open to all who provide services in the Greater Bridgton area or are interested community members. Anyone is welcome to attend each month, there is no need to have attended a meeting in the past.

Contact information: Jana Richards, Healthy Lakes Program Manager,, 207-590-6183.

PHP’s District Youth Coordinator (DYC), supported by funding from the Maine Youth Action Network, strategically collaborates, convenes and partners to build young people’s leadership on issues of social justice, restorative practices, and public health.  The DYC also supports adults, organizations and systems across Cumberland County to use positive youth development and social-emotional learning principles in their work with youth.  

Contact information: Chelsea Mancini, Cumberland County District Youth Coordinator, 207-553-5920


For more information, contact:

Bridget O'Connor, Public Health Program Director



Children's Oral Health Program

This program works to improve children’s oral health through better access to services and increased awareness. Focused on the lake region of Cumberland County and York County.


SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Program

The SNAP-Ed program offers fun and free classes for people eligible for SNAP (food stamps). We partner with schools and community organizations to provide classes and resources for all ages.


Substance Use Prevention Program

Staff partner with schools, law enforcement, and community organizations to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. We focus on creating a supportive community environment that prevents drug and alcohol use by young people.


Substance Use Prevention Resources

Marijuana Resource for Parents

The Developing Brain

Prescription Drug Disposal Tips and Dropbox Locations in Cumberland County

“Lock it Up”—Safe Storage of Marijuana

Underage Drinking and Social Hosting

Supporting the Transition to a New School Year

Vaping & E-Cigarettes: What you Need to Know about These Devices and How the Affect Youth

Preventing Young People From Using Alcohol & Drugs 

General substance use information and people to talk to in Cumberland County

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