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What is KeepMEWell?
KeepMEWell is designed to help Maine residents assess their risk for chronic disease, improve their health through education, and link them to local resources and supports that can help them decrease their risk of chronic disease and improve their health. It is part of the Governor's Universal Wellness Initiative aimed at helping Maine reach its goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.
KeepMEWell has two main features. The first is an assessment that Maine residents, 18 years or older, can complete. Based on your answers to a series of health questions, you will get three personalized reports. The reports assess your risk for chronic disease, highlight where you can take action to improve your health, and provide a list of local resources in your area that can help with disease prevention and management.
The second feature helps Mainers, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured, learn about low cost healthcare services in their local area.
What does the KeepMEWell assessment do?
The purpose of the assessment is to help Maine residents take action to improve their health. After answering a series of health questions, you will get three reports:
What is the KeepMEWell low cost healthcare services tool?
The purpose of the tool is to help Mainers, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured, learn how and where to get low cost healthcare services in their area. By selecting a health service such as medical care or prescription drugs and your zip code, you will get a list of low cost healthcare services near you. The tool also provides information on how to access affordable healthcare services.
Who can use KeepMEWell?
The KeepMEWell assessment is for Mainers age 18 years and older who want to learn more about how to improve their health. Health risk guidelines for children and teens are different than those for adults. For this reason, the KeepMEWell assessment is not for anyone under 18 years old.
The KeepMEWell low cost healthcare services tool can be used by anyone, no matter the age, who is looking for low cost healthcare services in Maine.
How will I get help to address my health risks and become healthier?
The personalized report will include Local Community Supports and Programs, based on the zip code you entered into the health assessment. You can use the supports and programs to help make changes to improve your health. For example, exercise options, healthy eating workshops, and programs such as Living Well are listed along with contact information and operating hours, if available. Local Community Supports and Programs are from the 2-1-1 Maine database. 2-1-1 Maine is a statewide information clearinghouse that offers free, 24-hour service to the public. 2-1-1 Maine provides access to information and health resources online or by telephone with the help of a trained representative, based in Maine.
Does KeepMEWell cost anything?
KeepMEWell is a FREE public service offered by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS).
Who will see my KeepMEWell assessment results?
No personal information about you, such as your name or phone number, will be collected. Only you will decide what to do with your results. Maine CDC staff will combine anonymous answers from all who use the KeepMEWell online tool and review the combined answers to identify Maine public health needs and to plan and evaluate public health efforts aimed at meeting those needs.
Can I start the KeepMEWell assessment now and finish it later?
No. Because your answers are combined with those of others once you leave the website, no individual copy of your answers is kept. This makes your results anonymous (no one will know who you are) and confidential (private), but also means that no one, including you, will be able to get a copy of your results once you leave the website. If you leave the KeepMEWell assessment before you finish all the questions and save your reports, you will have to answer the questions again in order to get your results. You can save your results by printing out your reports or emailing them to yourself.
How were the KeepMEWell assessment questions chosen?
Questions in the KeepMEWell health assessment were adapted from the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health's Protective Health Assessment.
How are the Local Community Supports and Programs chosen for the report?
KeepMEWell has partnered with 2-1-1 Maine. Supports and programs are from the 2-1-1 database or the low cost healthcare services database. In areas with limited resources, resources will be listed with the closest distances first, and include up to three statewide resources per category.
What do I get from using the KeepMEWell assessment?
Once you complete the KeepMEWell assessment, you will get three reports. The first report is a Scorecard. It will provide you with an overview of your results, and shows you where to focus your efforts to best improve your health. The second is My Report. It will provide detailed feedback based on your answers to the questions. The third report is Local Community Supports and Programs. It will provide you with a list of local resources that will help you take action with any health risks that have been identified. You cannot save your reports on the website. However, you can print them out or email them to yourself.
What do I get from using the KeepMEWell low cost health care services tool?
The low cost healthcare services tool is designed to help Mainers access affordable healthcare services. There is a searchable database where you can look for a specific type of healthcare service in your area. There is also information on how to get affordable health insurance and help paying for healthcare.