Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network


Contact Information

Alice Ely
Public Health Advisory Council Lead
Phone: 603-523-7100
Email: alice.ely@mvhi.org

Upper Valley Community Health Improvement Plan

About Our Region

The Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network is hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The mission of the Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network is to advance collaboration among Upper Valley organizations as a means to deliver core public health services, establish public health priorities, and mobilize resources to achieve measurable outcomes.

Public Health Region

The public health region of Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network includes Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange, Orford, Piermont, and Plainfield. The Regional Public Health Network serves the approximately 44,600 people living in these communities.

Regional Public Health Network

The Upper Valley 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. In the Upper Valley, the Advisory Council will focus efforts on improving regional health and reducing the burden of illness on residents, employers, and communities by leveraging and coordinating existing and new resources to address priorities, especially through encouraging multi-disciplinary partnerships, sharing innovative approaches across the region, and improving consistency of public health approaches across towns.

Priorities for Action

  • Substance misuse prevention – Upper Valley 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, regional Substance Misuse Prevention Work 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 Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding substance misuse prevention, contact Aita Romain at 603-650-4184.
  • Continuum of care – The Upper Valley 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 Regional CoC Facilitator built relationships with Twin Pines Housing Trust, Second Growth, HOPE for NH Recovery, and the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley to achieve a “No Wrong Door” system in the Upper Valley. Funding provided by Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation and Dartmouth-Hitchcock was essential for turning planning into action. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Upper Valley Substance Misuse Continuum of Care Network is focusing energy and effort to build and measure the impact of three pilot projects:
    • Community-based recovery coaching
    • Recovery coaches in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Emergency Department
    • Supporting housing for pregnant and/or parenting mothers with substance use disorder
    • For more information about the Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding the continuum of care, visit our website.
  • Public health emergency preparedness – Upper Valley 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, Upper Valley 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 Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, contact Wesley Miller at 603-653-6859.
  • Emergency volunteers – Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) during public health emergencies. The MRC is housed under the City of Lebanon Fire Department and 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 Upper Valley MRC, contact contact Wesley Miller at 603-653-6859. 
  • Flu clinics in schools – Upper Valley Regional Public Health Network partners with local schools to vaccinate students against seasonal influenza. This program prioritizes schools where children are less likely to be insured or have other barriers to being vaccinated. For more information about this initiative, contact Wesley Miller at 603-653-6859.
  • Other initiatives – Upper Valley Public Health Advisory Council member organizations host and participate in many initiatives and coalitions that impact public health in the Upper Valley, including the Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living Partnership, the Upper Valley Oral Health Coalition, the Mascoma Valley Prevention Network, and numerous school and town wellness workgroups.  For more information, contact Greg Norman at 603-650-4068.