Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network


Contact Information

Eileen Fernandes
Public Health Advisory Council Lead
Phone: 603-354-5454 x2130
Email: efernandes@cheshire-med.com

Greater Monadnock Community Health Improvement Plan

About Our Region

The Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network is hosted by the County of Cheshire and housed in the Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock.  The mission of the Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network is to:

  1. Coordinate regional health and safety services among local government, health and social service agencies, businesses, hospitals, emergency care centers, schools, first responders, faith groups, and special emergency preparedness and response initiatives;
  2. Continually assess resources to inventory strengths and gaps;
  3. Identify needs and promote wise use of existing resources;
  4. Advance and improve resources via technical assistance, continuing education programs, training, and drills; and
  5. Create and test models for public health emergencies.

Public Health Region

The Greater Monadnock Public Health Region includes the City of Keene and all of the towns within Cheshire County: Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester. The GMPHN also serves the 10 western-most towns in Hillsborough County: Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Sharon, and Temple. Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network serves the approximately 104,000 people living in these communities.

Regional Public Health Advisory Council

The Council for a Healthier Community (CHC) was established in 1994 to provide community oversight and guidance to address population health needs in the community. In 2008, it adopted the vision to make the Monadnock region the healthiest community in the nation and launched the Healthy Monadnock (then Vision 2020) community health improvement initiative. In 2012, the CHC became one of 13 State of New Hampshire Public Health Advisory Councils for the 33 towns of the Monadnock region. The CHC consists of community members representing multiple sectors and towns/cities throughout this Public Health region.

The purpose of the CHC is to lead the Healthy Monadnock community driven process for providing strategic directions, setting priorities, facilitating implementation, aligning activities, and ensuring evaluation that will improve health outcomes in the Greater Monadnock region.  Our vision is to become the healthiest community in the nation. The governance composition for the CHC will include a diverse and complementary set of structures with different levels of authority and differentiated, but complementary, tasks and accountabilities. The core components include, but are not limited to:

  1. General Membership
  2. Executive committee
  3. Standing and other committees (i.e. Nominating, Finance, Communications, Evaluation, Ad Hoc)
  4. Workgroups (i.e. Substance Misuse, Behavioral Health, Obesity, Tobacco, and Emergency Preparedness)
  5. Backbone support

Priorities for Action

  • Continuum of Care – The Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network provides leadership and coordination in developing a comprehensive, effective, and well-coordinated substance misuse services Continuum of Care (CoC). This work includes convening subject matter experts and stakeholders to identify assets and gaps and to develop regional plans that initiate cooperative actions that increase awareness of current services, remove barriers to accessing services, increase capacity of existing services, and develop new services to fill gaps. The region has worked to raise community awareness and reduce stigma through community forums, trainings, summits and events. The continuum of care initiatives aim to enhance screening and intervention practices, increase access to the lifesaving medication, Naloxone, reduce barriers to accessing treatment, and increase recovery capacity.  For more information about the Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding the continuum of care, contact Natalie Neilson at nneilson@cheshire-med.com (603) 354-5454 x2378 and visit http://www.monadnockvoices.org/.
  • Substance Misuse Prevention – Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network provides infrastructure, leadership, and coordination to increase the number and reach of evidence-based substance misuse prevention programs, policies, and practices implemented in the region. Utilizing an asset-based public health approach, the network coordinator, Monadnock Voices for Prevention Leadership Team, and partners engage and support the business, education, health, safety, government, and community and family supports sectors in the implementation of the region’s strategic plan. For more information about Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding substance misuse prevention please contact us at 603-354-5454 x2118 or visit Monadnock Voices for Prevention.
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness – Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network provides leadership and coordination to improve the readiness of partners to mount an effective response to public health emergencies and threats. This work includes the maintenance of a Regional Public Health Emergency Annex, which includes plans for response to and recovery from public health emergencies that impact communities in the region. In addition, Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network works closely with hospitals, municipal emergency management directors, and other governmental, public health, and health care entities to plan for public health emergencies and ensure the provision of public health, medical, and behavioral health services before, during, and after an incident. For more information about Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, contact Christopher Goshea at cgoshea@chehsire-med.com 603-354-5454 x2113.
  • Emergency Volunteers – Greater Monadnock Regional Public Health Network coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) during public health emergencies. The MRC supports local emergency responders to provide emergency public health services throughout the region. MRC volunteers include medical, public health, and general professionals. For more information about the Greater Monadnock MRC, contact email us or visit www.gmmrc.org.