Public Health Advisory Council Coordinator
About Our Region
The Seacoast Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative, working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The Seacoast Regional Public Health Network is hosted by Lamprey Health Care, Inc. The mission of the Seacoast Regional Public Health Network is to build and sustain a public health partnership to better serve our communities.
Public Health Region
The public health region of the Seacoast Regional Public Health Network includes the following 23 towns in east Rockingham County: Brentwood, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newmarket, Newton, Newington, North Hampton, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, and Stratham. The Seacoast Regional Public Health Network serves the approximately 140,000 people living in these communities.
Regional Public Health Advisory Council
The Seacoast Public Health Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders and representatives from a diverse group of community sectors. The primary work of the Council is to set regional health priorities, provide guidance to regional public health activities, and ensure coordination of health improvement efforts.
Priorities for Action
- Substance misuse prevention – Seacoast 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, the Seacoast Public Health Advisory Committee, 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 the Seacoast Public Health Network’s work regarding substance misuse prevention, contact Maria Reyes.
- Continuum of care – The Seacoast Public Health Network (SPHN) 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 SPHN seeks opportunities to build strong partnerships to build capacity for a more resilient and healthier communities. For more information about SPHN’s work regarding the CoC, visit our website.
- Public health emergency preparedness – The Seacoast 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, the Seacoast 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. The region coordinates the Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps for medical and non-medical volunteers to assist during sheltering or times of disaster. For more information about the Seacoast Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, visit www.seacoastphn.org or contact Mary Cook.
- Emergency volunteers – The Seacoast 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 Seacoast MRC, go to www.seacoastphn.org and visit the Volunteer page or contact Nancy Parker.