The Regional Public Health Networks (RPHNs) were established to ensure coordinated and comprehensive delivery of essential public health services regionally. Thirteen agencies are funded by NH DHHS to convene, coordinate, and facilitate an ongoing network of partners to address regional public health needs.
Currently, the RPHNs are building regional capacity in five broad areas:
- Convening a Regional Public Health Advisory Council comprised of leaders from key community sectors to serve in an advisory role to the RPHN host agency. This regional leadership body will serve in an advisory capacity while also building additional capacity among regional partners to protect and promote the overall health of their communities. Guidance information and materials for Public Health Advisory Council development is available in the “Developing a Regional Public Health Advisory Council” Toolkit.
- Delivering appropriate and effective substance misuse prevention and related health promotion services through the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework and the three-year regional strategic plan developed in each region in 2012. These regional plans complement the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment statewide five-year strategic plan, Collective Action – Collective Impact: New Hampshire’s Strategy for Reducing the Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Promoting Recovery.
- Planning, training for, and responding to public health emergencies based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 15 Preparedness Capabilities. This is accomplished by improving the overall preparedness and resiliency of communities, while also developing specific emergency response capabilities across the public health, health care, and behavioral health systems.
- Expanding the delivery of other public health services and programs in order to improve population health and community resilience. This will be accomplished by developing a coordinated approach among regional public health partners under the aegis of the Public Health Advisory Council, with much of the focus addressing the 10 Health Priorities described in the 2013 State Health Improvement Plan.
- Developing a comprehensive, effective, and well-coordinated substance misuse services (health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, recovery support services) Continuum of Care (CoC) in each RPHN. This will be accomplished by 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. CoC development will coordinate efforts with emerging initiatives (e.g., Integrated Delivery Networks), as well as works with primary health care and mental health service providers on collaboration and integration to ensure that people in need of services can find help no matter where they seek it.
For more information about the variety of public health programs available in your RPHN, please select your town or RPHN from the drop down menu above.