Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,385,340
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Power Outages, Flooding, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $5,510,000
    FY 2021: $5,210,000
    FY 2020: $5,542,500
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $240,300
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $8,861,778
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $4,567,500
PHEP-Funded Staff (rounded):
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 7
  • Nurses: 0
  • Planners: 1
  • Other: 8*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

CDC Preparedness Field Staff

1 Career Epidemiology Field Officer

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  4. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  5. Volunteer Management
Stories from the Field
Maine Influenza
Ensuring Access to Medication during an Influenza Outbreak

In March 2017, an influenza outbreak on Vinylhaven, a remote island off the coast of Maine with a population of about 1,165, sickened half of the islands residents. The outbreak depleted the medical center’s Tamiflu supply. Tamiflu can greatly lessen the severity of flu but it must be taken early in treatment. Health Department staff—because of a partnership agreement established under PHEP with the Northern New England Poison Center, local pharmacies, and others—were able to quickly deliver 100 treatment courses of Tamiflu. As a result, the state successfully reduced the impact of the influenza outbreak on the island.