About Our Region
The Carroll County Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The Carroll County Regional Public Health Network is hosted by the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, an initiative of Granite United Way.
Public Health Region
The Carroll County Regional Public Health Network includes the towns of Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Hart’s Location, Hale’s Location, Jackson, Madison, Brookfield, Effingham, Freedom, Moultonborough*, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health serves the approximately 47,000 people living in these communities.
*For Substance Misuse Prevention activities only
Regional Public Health Advisory Council
The Carroll County Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) 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. The Carroll County Public Health Advisory Council is working to improve health and wellness through effective community education and leadership. For more information about the Carroll County PHAC, contact Emily Benson at 603-301-1252 x307 or visit the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health website and click under Initiatives “Public Health Advisory Council”.
Priorities for Action
- Substance misuse prevention – The Carroll County 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 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 Carroll County Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding substance misuse prevention, contact Jennifer Selfridge, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator, at 603-301-1252 x305, visit our website and click under Initiatives, “Substance Misuse Prevention”, or visit the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services website.
- Continuum of care – Carroll County Coalition of Public Health (C3PH) provides leadership and coordinator 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 regional assets and gaps in services for substance misuse disorder prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support. This group is working 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’s vision statement for continuum of care development is that the people of Carroll County understand addiction as an illness of the mind, body, and spirit; are free from the stigma associated with addiction; and actively support prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. The CoC closely aligns with the work of the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver Program in Integrated Delivery Network Region 7, as well as 2 of the 6 community health priorities as identified in Carroll County Promises 2020: C3PH’s Community Health Improvement Plan (Access to Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services and Substance Misuse and Addiction). For more information about C3PH’s work regarding the Continuum of Care, contact Catalina Kirsch at 603-301-1252 x303 or visit our website and click under Initiatives, “Continuum of Care”.
- Public health emergency preparedness – The Carroll County Regional Public Health Network provides facilitation 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 addendums to local emergency plans for response to and recovery from public health emergencies that impact communities in the region. In addition, the Carroll County Regional Advisory Council 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 the Carroll County Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, contact Jeff Jones at 603-301-1252 x304 or visit our website and click under Initiatives “Public Health Emergency Preparedness”.
- Emergency volunteers – The Carroll County Regional Public Health Network coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) during public health emergencies, as well as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The MRC supports local emergency responders to provide emergency public health services throughout the region. MRC volunteers include medical, public health, and general professionals. The CERT offers more general purpose volunteer opportunities for emergencies, gatherings and other needs. For more information about the Carroll County Citizen Corps, contact Terri Hooper at 301-1252 x302 or visit our website and click under Initiatives “Citizen Corps”.
- Flu clinics in schools – The Carroll County 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. Contact us for more information about this initiative or visit our website and click under Initiatives “School–based Influenza Vaccination Clinics ”.