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Fourth Annual Somersworth Farmer’s Market Launches June 4

The Strafford County Public Health Network will be holding the fourth annual Somersworth Farmers Market throughout the summer season.  The event, which was created in partnership with Goodwin Community Health and funding through Stonewall Kitchen and the HNH Foundation, will run every Monday from 3-6 p.m. starting June 4th through September 24th on the Goodwin Community Health lawn, 311 Route 108 Somersworth.

The Somersworth Farmers Market is a community event for people of all ages to enjoy.  It offers plenty of free parking at a convenient location steps from a COAST bus stop.

“We are incorporating live music and activities for kids to give you a nice tune to listen to while you explore our vendors. We are also including local non- profits to talk about their work in our community and to give people the opportunity to get involved. There will be local restaurants with samples and prepared food for you to taste and buy while you wander our variety of vendors from fruits, vegetables, and even breads and pastries.”

The Strafford County Public Health Network has a goal of improving access to healthy foods to all residents. So the Somersworth Farmers Market is working alongside Seacoast Eat Local, a member of the National Nutrition Incentive Network, to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards so anyone in the community can access the healthy foods available at market. A matching program is open to all SNAP recipients through Granite State Market Match. The matching program doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar, for up to an unlimited event, allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power. SNAP/EBT members had access to over $10,000 to spend at the farmers market, most of which was distributed as free incentives through market match and close the gap programs. As a result, the Somersworth Farmers Market has been the most widely-visited market for SNAP/EBT users for several years.

“Having the market on route of 108 makes it the market to attend this summer” says Corinna Moskal of the Strafford County Public Health Network.  “With new additions to the market this season and return vendors, we have more to offer than ever before! In addition to the additions, we also are adding a cooking demo that all participants that attend will receive a $10 voucher to spend at market that day. Please see dates and times on our website at

New farmers and vendors are always welcome.  Farmers interested in becoming a vendor at The Somersworth Farmers Market can download and submit applications at

For more information or to get involved please contact Corinna Moskal 603-994-6357 or The Somersworth Farmers Market also has a Facebook page at

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National Nurses Week 2018

We are happy to have such dedicated and intelligent nurses working with us at Goodwin.

National Nurses Week is May 6th to the 12th and we would like to celebrate not only own own, but all of the nurses making a difference across the world.

Click the links below to read two articles featuring nurses of the New England Seacoast (including some from Goodwin!)




Public Health Network to host Annual Addiction Summit on May 11th

On Friday, May 11th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Strafford County Public Health Network will be hosting its annual Addiction Summit at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Garrison Wing.

The summit, hosted in partnership with the Opioid Taskforce, will focus on connecting solutions and driving change. The organizations hope to connect attendees with initiatives and programs throughout the State to promote involvement in prevention, treatment and recovery for substance misuse.

There will be a variety of guest speakers including:
Chief Brandon Cox – LEAD Program
Annette Escalante – Director of NH BDAS
Jim Wuelfing – Keynote Address

You are encouraged to RSVP online here.

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The 9th Annual Fathers Day 5k is Racing into Dover

Margaritas will set the stage for this one of a kind family friendly 5K featuring Margarita’s style food, fun and party!  Don’t forget to wear a necktie in honor of someone special or for fathers everywhere! After the race is a Margaritas-style party with prizes, music and breakfast burritos!

The 9th Annual Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 17, 2018 invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to lace-up their sneakers and head to Margaritas in Dover for a morning of fitness, fun and fiesta! This June event celebrates Men’s Health Month and invites the public to run and walk for the dads, brothers and sons who touch their lives. Proceeds will help local families struggling without insurance to gain access to quality healthcare through Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center.

Race and Registration Information:
Location and Time:
23 Members Way
Dover, NH

The race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration will be open the day of the race at 8 a.m.

$20 advance registration / $25 day-of registration
$5 for children twelve and under
Click here to register



Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Father’s Day 5k? Contact Paula Place for more information.


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Eastern Bank


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Baker Newman Noyes
Chick Photography
Clark Insurance
Dead River Company
Dover Women’s Health
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Northeast Credit Union
Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.
United Way of the Greater Seacoast
Well Sense Health Plan

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Author Joyce Robitaille Donates Parenting Books to Goodwin

Local author Joyce Robitaille stopped by Goodwin Community Health for a tour on Wednesday, March 28th. She and her husband brought 80 of her amazing book Raising Well-Behaved Kids… A Simple Guide.

The couple, who spend their time volunteering with hospices and mental health facilities in Manchester, had very supportive and kind works to say about our facility and the work we do.

We would like to thank Joyce for her donation and all of the work she has done supporting New Hampshire families. Her book, Raising Well-Behaved Kids… A Simple Guide can be found on Amazon and other book retailers.

L to R: Corinna Moskal, SCPHN, Matt Michaud EverProven Crossfit, Patty Fousek Nerdy Girl Fitness, Laurie Smith Yoga Smith, Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health

Strafford County Public Health Network is hosting a week of events celebrating National Public Health Week

Strafford County Public Health Network(SCPHN) will join communities around the nation in participating in National Public Health Awareness Week from April 2 – April 8.  The organization and its partners have announced a weeklong calendar of health related events and activities designed to improve the overall health of our communities and bring awareness to the resources available through the Regional Public Health Network.

Public Health Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the overall health of residents,” says Corinna Moskal, Continuum of Care Manager “We are excited to leverage this national campaign to highlight all that we do locally.”

The week includes many events that connect people with opportunities to get involved in local public health programs or personally connect with an opportunity to improve personal wellness.  For example, April 2 is ‘Open Fitness Day’. Six fitness gyms have partnered with the Strafford County Public Health Network to open there doors to let residence experience free workouts.  “It is our belief that all citizens in Strafford County have a right to physical Activity that is affordable and accessible,” says Moskal. For a complete listing and further details on all events happening as part of SCPHN’s weeklong celebration, visit

Moskal added, “It is our hope to promote and facilitate activities related to heart and body wellness, mental health, obesity and nutrition, substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery, violence prevention, general health promotion, among many others.”

Nationally, Public Health Week has a common theme — Healthiest Nation by 2030 which is part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation.  Details on the national movement can be found at

The Strafford County Public Health Network is a program of Greater Seacoast Community Health and located at the Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth, NH.  Goodwin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community health center that provides exceptional health care, like dental, mental health, prenatal and primary care, that is accessible to all people in the community.   For more information about the Strafford County Public Health Network and Goodwin Community Health visit


Left to Right: Corinna Moskal, SCPHN, Matt Michaud EverProven Crossfit, Patty Fousek Nerdy Girl Fitness, Laurie Smith Yoga Smith, Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health

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Goodwin welcomes visitors from Boston University

In preparation for medical students from Boston University arriving at Goodwin Community Health, Doctors Buonomano and Samuel, as well as Cathy Smith, met with Caroline Mulligan and Dr. Elizabeth S. Yellen from the University to tour our facility.

Caroline Mulligan is the Director of Sites at Boston University and Dr. Elizabeth Yellen is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Clinical Affiliations.

We are happy to have them and excited to work with the intelligent and talented students that are coming!


From Left to Right
Caroline Mulligan – Cathy Smith – Dr. Buonomano – Dr. Elizabeth Yellen – Dr. Samuel
Photo Courtesy of Simone Talbot


BANFF Mountain Film Festival rolls into Portsmouth March 14th & 15th

PORTSMOUTH, March 7, 2018 — The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop in the seacoast as a fundraiser for Goodwin Community Health and Families First. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, will run for back-to-back nights on March 14th and 15th. Each night will feature its own unique line up of the world’s best mountain culture films. Attendees can come for one night or both.

The 2018 World Tour features a collection of adrenaline-charged and thought-provoking films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus. This world renowned Film Festival invites attendees to get off the beaten path and explore the edge of the believable. The event takes place at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Doors open at 6 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m.

Event proceeds assist local families in accessing quality, affordable primary and preventive health care services, free from cultural and economic barriers through Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth or Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth and Seabrook.

“These films are collections of wild, inspiring, and exhilarating places and people,” said Lara Willard Community Relations Director for Goodwin Community Health. “The stories are as diverse and dynamic as the corners of the globe they come from. They are short movies about outdoor adventurers, explorers and daredevils who paddle, peddle, climb, ski, swim and even fly about in some of the most breath-taking scenic sites on Earth.”

The festival will screen eight films per evening — including short, four-to-five minute films interspersed with longer, 35-plus minute features — with a unique set of films showing each night.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Tickets usually sell out so get them early. Tickets are $24.50 at The Music Hall Box Office and are also available by phone or online for an additional $5 charge. For tickets and details contact The Music Hall Box Office at 603-436-2400 or visit

The Portsmouth stop of the 2018 World Tour will feature the following films:


Wednesday, March 14


Where the Wild Things Play

2017, USA, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Krystle Wright

There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!



2016, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc

Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.



2016, USA, 9 minutes

Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media

At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life well lived.


DugOut (Tour Edit)

2017, UK, 41 minutes

Filmmaker: Benjamin Sadd

PG – Coarse Language and Nudity

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?


Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: PVS Company

Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.


Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project (Tour Edit)

2017, Australia, 17 minutes

Filmmaker: Chris Eyre-Walker, Chris Eyre-Walker Photography

Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.


The Last Honey Hunter

2017, Canada, 35 minutes

Filmmaker: Ben Knight, Felt Soul Media

PG – Coarse Language

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who’s been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.


Intersection: Micayla Gatto

2017, USA, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios


Best Film: Mountain Sports

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.



Thursday, March 15


Imagination: Tom Wallisch

2017, Canada, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema


Best Film: Snow Sports

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?



2017, USA, 8 minutes

Filmmaker: Scott Hardesty, Ultralite Films

Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.


Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic

2016, Germany, 52 minutes

Filmmaker: Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House

PG – Coarse Language

Special Jury Mention

3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis, they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.


Surf The Line

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: Hello Emotion

For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.


My Irnik

2017, Canada, 16 minutes

Filmmaker: Matthew Hood

Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.



2016, UK, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark

Best Short Film

For freediver Johanna Nordblad, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.


Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

2017, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema

Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.



2017, USA, 25 minutes

Filmmaker: Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating


Classification: 14A – Coarse Language & Violence

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.


About the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival:
Immediately following the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, held annually in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada, a selection of the top films submitted to the Festival go on a tour around the world. Host organizations in each tour location help to choose a program that reflects the interests of their community, creating a unique celebration of adventure and adventurers at each stop. The World Tour spans the globe, reaching over 400,000 audience members.

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

For details about the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the World Tour and Banff Centre, please contact:
Megan Smith
Ph: 403.762.6401

Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by The North Face; sponsored by Deuter, Clif Bar & Company, Mountain House, Oboz Footwear, Yeti Coolers, Buff® and Rab; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Mammut and Banff and Lake Louise.


Media contact
Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health, 603-516-2558,,


Goodwin Recognized with 2017 Quality Improvement Award

The Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Goodwin Community Health as a leading provider in Health Center care. Goodwin achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers, placing in the top 30 percent of the rankings for Clinical Quality Measures.

We are very proud to receive this recognition and we plan on pushing even further to provide the best care we can to our community. As one of nearly 1,400 health centers operating across the United States, we strive each day to improve the lives of as many people as possible.

We would like to thank all of our determined and selfless staff who have worked hard to help achieve this award, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services for the recognition. Thank you to the members of this community who help us reach our goals and the citizens and patients who visit us each day.