About Us

In July 2013, the State of New Hampshire established 13 Regional Public Health Networks (RPHN) to align multiple public health priorities into one integrated system. The purpose of the RPHNs is to integrate multiple public health initiatives and services into a common network of community stakeholders, and coordinate the development and implementation of a range of community and public health improvement activities.

The Strafford County Public Health Network is based out of Goodwin  Community Health and is representative of the following municipalities: Dover, Rochester, Durham, Somersworth, Barrington, Farmington, Milton, Lee, Strafford, New Durham, Rollinsford, Middleton, Madbury, and the University of New Hampshire.

Our Mission

To improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for all individuals in Strafford County.

Our Vision

Vibrant, healthy, and productive communities which value health and wellness with thriving and prosperous citizens.

What We Do

The Regional Public Health Networks were established to ensure coordinated and comprehensive delivery of essential public health services. Thirteen agencies are funded by NH Department of Health and Human Services to convene, coordinate, and facilitate an ongoing network of partners to address regional public health needs.

Visit the New Hampshire Regional Public Health Network site for more information

How To Get Involved

Whether you are a business owner, a parent, youth or anyone interested in improving the communities of Strafford County, we are ready to work with you.

Click here to learn how to get more involved in public health.

Organizational Structure



Ashley Wright, MS, CPS
Public Health Network Manager

Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Brittany Potvin, MPH
Community Health Worker
603-749-2346 x2353

Barry Sandberg, MPA
Program Coordinator
603-749-2346 x2533

Public Health Advisory Council

Established by the Regional Public Health Network, the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) represents the communities of Strafford County and advises the Regional Public Health Network. The PHAC is comprised of individuals, organizations, governments, businesses and non-profits that are involved in promoting the health and safety of Strafford County residents. Members of PHAC are residents of or are employed in the Strafford County area and reflect the geographical and organizational diversity of the Network.

PHAC members meet quarterly to provide leadership and guidance to SCPHN staff who are working to implement our 3-year Community Health Improvement Plan or CHIP, which the PHAC helps to create.

The role of the PHAC is to:

  • Identify regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health
  • Help guide and assure the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-based to meet improved health outcomes
  • Advance the coordination of services among partners

Public Health Advisory Council Executive Committee (PHAC)

PHAC Members:

Chair: Steve Pappajohn, Dover Teen Center
Vice Chair: Chris Kozak, Community Partners
Anne Grassie, Rochester Child Care
Carrie Conway, Strafford County Department of Corrections
Lara Drolet, Greater Seacoast Community Health
John Burns, SOS Recovery Community Organization
Pete Hanson, Turbocam International
William Harbron, Dover School District
Kerry Norton, Hope on Haven Hill
Christine Wyrsch, Patient & Family Learning Center, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Jen Czysz, Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Megan Gray, Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Katie Soule, Granite YMCA

Community Health Improvement Plan

We are pleased to announce that a new edition of our County Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) has been finalized for the public!

View our 2023 - 2026 CHIP here


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