2023 Legislative Breakfast

Thank you for joining us!

When: Friday, April 28th from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Where: R. W. Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding High School, 140 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH

Leg. Breakfast

Below are documents that were shared at our Breakfast that provide more background and context about current legislature, policies and practices impacting our community's access to care, services and needed resources. We invite you to share these with your colleagues, networks and legislators.

Meet Our Speakers

Carrie ‘Star’ Bunnell; Bonfire Recovery

Star Bunnell has been a case manager for Bonfire Behavioral Health for a little over a year. Bonfire Behavioral Health is a dual-diagnosis, Partial Hospitalization Program owned by Tru Healing Centers. Star began her employment with Tru Healing Centers 2 and half years ago at Blueprint Recovery Center in Concord, NH where she completed her trainings to become a CRSW. She is currently under supervision for her certification.  Star has lived experienced in the addiction/recovery field and sponsors women, speaks at meetings and volunteers in the Alcoholics Anonymous community whenever she can. She enjoys art, the outdoors and has a passion for helping others. She plans to attend NHTI in the fall for her LADC.

Eli Cohn; Federally Certified Healthcare Navigator at Health Market Connect NH

Eli has been the Seacoast Navigator representing Rockingham and Strafford Counties in NH for 2 years since the organization's inception in 2021. With a background working in social work in Portsmouth and experience supporting children and families with backgrounds of abuse and neglect at a local residential placement home, Eli's young career in public service is focused on consumer advocacy, Medicaid management, federal insurance (ACA) marketplace support and community health in general. He has helped Health Market Connect NH (HMCNH) grow and build its community partner network throughout the seacoast region and as a recent transplant to the Portsmouth area, he enjoys Stand-up Paddleboarding around the many wonderful waterways the area has to offer.

Lara Drolet; Chief strategy Officer, Greater Seacoast Community Health; Director, SCPHN

Lara has served in various roles with Greater Seacoast community Health for the past 14 years. Guiding strategic direction in both her organization and the community towards reducing health disparities and more equitable access to health and wellness is her professional motivation. She most enjoys serving on several boards and committees in our region that serve people and families with substance use challenges.

Tory Jennison, PhD, RN; Population Health Systems Chief, Strafford County

Dr. Jennison has over 25 years of clinical, leadership, teaching, research and policy experience in emergency and conflict medicine; primary care; community and home health care; public health; emergency preparedness; and health data, technology and informatics. She has spent the last 15 years working to build stronger, more integrated and resilient networks of clinical care and social determinant supports for vulnerable populations in NH and around the country.

Janet Laatsch, RN, MBA; CEO, Greater Seacoast Community Health

Janet has been with GSCH for 22 years.  She started as a grant writer and per diem nurse, then became the CFO and has been the CEO since 2008.  Janet is passionate about health equity and care for all so that people have an opportunity to live a quality life.

Jennifer Stout, LICSW, MLADC; Clinical Supervisor, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Doorway

Jen is a dually licensed Clinical Social Worker and Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor practicing in New Hampshire since 2011. She has an MSW from Boston University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Social Work. She has been the Clinical Supervisor at The Doorway since it opened in January 2019.  She works directly with a team of care coordinators to assist clients in accessing treatment.  We also provide patients with ongoing case management and support, bridge counseling services to manage gaps in care, self-care kits and harm reduction materials. She is also an Adjunct Professor at University of New Hampshire in the MSW program.

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