Public Health Advisory Council Co-Lead
Public Health Advisory Council Co-Lead
About Our Region
The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network is hosted by the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, in a cooperative agreement with the Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers (CCNTR). The missions of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health and CCNTR are to improve the health and well-being of the region through inter-organizational collaboration and community and public health improvement activities.
Public Health Region
The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network includes Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Danbury, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hill, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough*, New Hampton, Northfield, Sanbornton, and Tilton.
The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network serves approximately 80,000 people living in these communities.
*For Public Health Emergency Preparedness activities only
Regional Public Health Advisory Council
The Winnipesaukee Public Health Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders and representatives from a diverse group of community sectors, health care, public health, business, faith, government, education, social services, mental health, and citizen representatives. 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 – Partners in Prevention is the regional entity that 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 Partners in Prevention Coordinator provides support and technical assistance to the regional Leadership Team and engages community partners, supports 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 work of Partners in Prevention regarding substance misuse prevention, please contact Traci Fowler at 603-528-2145 x1800 or visit www.pipnh.org.
- Public health emergency preparedness – The Winnipesaukee 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 Winnipesaukee 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 the Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, visit www.lrpph.org or contact Susan Laverack, Associate Director, Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, at 603-528-2145.
- Emergency volunteers – The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network (through LRPPH) coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy volunteers including, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers, during public health emergencies. These volunteers support local emergency responders to provide emergency public health services throughout the region. Volunteers include medical, public health, and general professionals. For more information about CERT and MRC, please visit www.lrpph.org or call 603-528-2145.
- Flu clinics in schools – The Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network (through LRPPH) 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, visit www.lrpph.org or contact Susan Laverack at 603-528-2145.
- Other Programs and Initiatives of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health and CCNTR include:
- School-Based Oral Health Program
- Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL)
- ServiceLink Resource Center of Belknap and Carroll Counties
- Immigrant Integration
- Health Assessments
- Healthy Homes
- Sun Safety
- Suicide Prevention
- Community health and wellness promotion
- Ilness prevention education