About

Who we are

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.

Our mission to our community is to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for all individuals in Strafford County.

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 vision for our community is of a a vibrant, healthy and productive community that values health and wellness and as a result our citizens thrive and prosper.


What we do

Public Health touches many aspects of day-to-day life in our community. Some examples of projects and topics that Strafford County’s Public Health Network addresses:

  • Supporting school systems
  • Heart disease and stroke prevention
  • Healthy living and physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Coordinating vaccine clinics
  • Substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery
  • Emergency preparedness

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

Take a look at how our Public Health Network operates

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. Network group will convene twice a year.

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

The PHAC Executive Committee acts on behalf of the full council on items of immediate nature or items referred by the full council. Members of PHAC Executive Council are residents of or are employed in the Strafford County area and reflect the geographical and organizational diversity of the full council PHAC. PHAC executive committee members meet every other month, and are elected annually.

Current PHAC Executive Board Members:

Chris Kozak (Chair) – Community Partners

Nick Toumpas (Vice Chair) – IDN Region 6

Anne Grassie – Rochester Child Care
Carrie Conway – Strafford County Drug Court
Lara Willard – Goodwin Community Health
John Burns – SOS Recovery Community
Scott Schuler – American Ambulance
Marc Hiller – UNH Professor
Michelle Hanson– Wentworth Douglass Hospital
Sharon Drake – Southeastern New Hampshire: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
John Levitow– Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Steve Pappajohn – Dover Teen Center
Nancy O’Connor Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Kathy Bates – NH Disabilities Project at UNH

Staff

Lara Willard

Chief Communications
LWillard@GoodwinCH.org
(603) 516 2558

Ashley Wright, MS

Continuum of Care Manager
AWright@GoodwinCH.org
(603) 994 6357

Ashley Desrochers

Young Adult Prevention Coordinator
aciampa@goodwinch.org
(603) 749 2346 x2533

Cora Long

Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator
CLong@GoodwinCH.org
(603) 994 6340 x2316

Mary Kerr

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
mkerr@transformativehc.com
(603) 321 8145

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

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

To access our new CHIP please click here.

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