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Posted on: August 6, 2021

Deadline Extended for Community Health Improvement Survey

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division encourages all those who live, learn, work and play in Portland to complete the 2021 Community Health Improvement Survey. To help ensure as many members of the public as possible share their input, th...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 27, 2021

Barron Center Achieves Five-Star Medicare Rating

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The City of Portland is thrilled to announce that the Barron Center, the City’s 219-bed long-term skilled rehabilitation facility, has earned a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Ratin...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 19, 2021

New Youth-Led Mural in Woodfords Corner

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For the second consecutive summer, Portland Public Health's Tobacco Prevention team was proud to serve as a host site for Gateway to Opportunity (G2O), a summer program coordinated through Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN). The objective of G2O is to deve...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 5, 2021

Substantial Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Cumberland County

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The City of Portland is alerting the public to the fact that Cumberland County is now listed as having substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Given this, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings are recommending that everyone wear...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Portland Public Health to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine at India Street Health Center

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Portland Public Health will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at its 103 India Street location starting next week, with the single dose Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson available.  

The vaccine will be made available to the general public...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City Receives Three Proposals in Response to Homeless Services Center RFQ/P

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The City of Portland received three development proposals in response to the Request for Qualifications/Proposals the City issued to support construction of a new Homeless Services Center (HSC). City staff is currently reviewing the proposals and hope to ...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 15, 2021

City Hires Deputy Director for HHS Department

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Tina Pettingill to serve as the City’s first Deputy Director of the Health and Human Services Department. This is a new position in the Department and Ms. Pettingill will work with the Director of H...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Issues Public Health Alert on Pain Pills Possibly Laced with Fentanyl

NEWS ALERT

The Portland Police Department is investigating a fatal overdose that may be connected to counterfeit prescription pain pills that have been found to contain fentanyl. On February 28, 2021, officers responded to a call at Maine Medical Center where medica...

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Public Health
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Portland Police Department Makes Three New Hires

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The Portland Police Department is pleased to announce that it has recently made three new hires for the following positions:  Alternative Response Liaison, Substance Use Disorder Liaison, and Media and Community Relations Liaison. The Alternative...

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Public Health
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Portland Seeks Resettlement Coordinator to Assist Families at Family Shelter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services Department is seeking a Resettlement Coordinator to assist families who are experiencing homelessness at the City’s Family Shelter, many of whom have recently arrived in Maine and are seeking asylum. This...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Updates Public Regarding COVID-19 Efforts

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The City of Portland is updating the public today on its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, manage outbreaks, and provide vaccination opportunities. The City’s public health campaign, StaytheCourse.me, continues to offer educational information and m...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Portland Public Health Launches Community Health Improvement Survey

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division is pleased to announce that it is seeking input for its Community Health Improvement Plan. Portland Public Health invites and encourages all those who live, work, learn, and play in Portland to complete the 20...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

NEWS ALERT

There have been seven fatal and 79 non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020, with one fatal and nine non-fatal overdoses just in the past week alone. 

“There have historically been upticks in overdoses here in the city at this time of the y...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Fowler as the city’s new Public Health Director after an extensive search and interview process. For the last six years, Fowler served as the Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2020

City Alerts Businesses that COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines Must Be Followed

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is reminding businesses that they must follow the State’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines for operation. Following multiple reports of violations from the public, the City will have two code enforcement officers plus the polic...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is actively engaged and monitoring guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations and precautions. The City’s emergency management team is...

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Public Health
Posted on: September 19, 2019

City Public Health Officials Warn of Vaping Dangers

As reports of vaping-related illnesses increase, Maine has enacted a law banning vaping on school grounds. On September 19, LD 152 took effect. The statute, “An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grou...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of Portland Committed to Providing Essential Public Health Services

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The City of Portland’s commitment to providing essential public health services through its Needle Exchange Program remains strong as evidenced by the number of clients it serves and the services it offers seven days a week, in two locations with more tha...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 21, 2021

City Updates COVID Safety Requirements for Visiting City Hall & City Buildings

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Following announcements last week by federal and state officials, the City of Portland has updated its COVID safety requirements for employees and the public who visit City buildings. Effective Monday, May 24, the City will no longer require temperatures ...

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City News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit is coming to Portland

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FEMA’s mobile vaccination clinic is coming to Portland! This is a drop-in clinic – no appointment necessary! 

Date: Thursday, June 10th – Sunday, June 13th, 2021 

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursd...

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City News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

City Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming

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The City of Portland will celebrate Welcoming Week by featuring its second We Are Portland Recipes for Welcoming initiative.

The City is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of...

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