Health Care Legislative Breakfast at Goodwin

On Monday March 20th, 2017 more than 20 Strafford County elected official gathered at Goodwin for a breakfast forum to here first hand accounts of the state of Community Health from Goodwin doctors and patients.  Janet Laatsch, Goodwin CEO also presented on the growth of the organization, positive outcomes, and current and anticipated opportunities and challenges.

Read Foster’s Daily Democrat coverage of the event here

NEW: Anxiety Reduction Group to Start February 16th

Goodwin is launching a new group for patients that will focus on education, anxiety reduction, and coping skills to help manage and reduce daily stress and symptoms. If interested, please fill the Anxiety Group Application and bring it to the Goodwin front desk, email it to rsutton@GoodwinCH.org or fax it to 603-749-2748.

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The Group will meet on Thursdays from 5:00pm– 6:30pm.  It begins on February 16th and will run  for 8-12 weeks.

This group is for Goodwin patients who are 18 years of age or older; any gender is welcome. Insurance will be billed accordingly.  Insurance and self pay accepted. For more information please contact Rima Sutton at 603-749-2346 ext 542

 

Tri-City Subaru Share the Love Campaign Returns to Benefit Goodwin Community Health

Tri-City Subaru in Somersworth has again selected Goodwin Community Health as its local charity of choice for its annual, “Share the Love” campaign.  From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Tri-City Subaru customers buying or leasing a new Subaru will have the option of directing a $250 donation to Goodwin Community Health from Subaru of America.  Goodwin Community Health is a non-profit Community Health Center in Somersworth that helps the people of Strafford County access health and wellness services like primary, dental, behavioral and prenatal care, regardless of age, ethnicity or social-economic status.

 

During last year’s Share the Love Campaign, Tri-City Subaru raised $21,698 to help Strafford County families’ access quality health care services at Goodwin Community Health. “When Tri-City Subaru customers select Goodwin Community Health for their donation, it directly benefits local families and allows them to get much needed healthcare visits with dentists and doctors” said Jordan Plante, General Manager, Tri-City Subaru. “We are proud to participate in Subaru’s Share the Love Campaign, it has a big impact nationally and gives Tri-City an opportunity to do good in our local community by helping our friends and neighbors access healthcare services through Goodwin that may otherwise be unavailable.”

 

By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love. Nationally, the program is entering its ninth year. Customers have the choice of the 5 national charities or a hometown charity selected by the local Subaru retailer. In the case of our local Subaru retailer, Tri-City Subaru, the hometown charity of choice is Goodwin Community Health.  This year, 660 hometown charities like Goodwin will be represented in the event.
About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth or online at GoodwinCH.org or on Facebook at  facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

Benefit Concert for Community Health November 18

Goodwin Community Health announces the return of ROCK with the DOCS on Friday, November 18th.  This concert and dance party fundraiser brings the seacoast’s dental and medical community together for a rockin’ good time. Proceeds will help local families in the Greater Strafford County area gain access to quality health care through Goodwin Community Health.

The event takes place at the Rivermill at Dover Landing from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and features band members from local, doctor-led rock bands, “No Heavy Lifting” and “Revolving Door”.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres, great silent auction items, a cash bar and complimentary valet parking, are all part of the event.

In previous years, ROCK with the DOCS has sold out all 300 seats and raised an average of $15,000 for Goodwin Community Health programs and services. Tickets are now on online at GoodwinCH.org. Tickets are $35 each in advance, $40 at the door, or can be purchased at a discounted rate of $300 for a table of ten.

“Local dental offices, private practice health care offices and area hospitals all come out for this event. Even the band members are local dentists and doctors,” says Goodwin Community Health Board Chair and event underwriter, David Staples, DDS from Garrison Family Dental. “It’s really a dance party.  We have a lot of fun and together we make a really big impact on the movement toward preventative health care in our community.”

This event is underwritten by Garrison Family Dental and sponsored by D.F. Richard, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Seacoast Pediatric Dentistry, Jeff Richard/Benco Dental, D.F. Richard Energy, Dr. Neil S. Hiltunen, Henry Schein Dental, New Hampshire Healthy Families, Optima Bank & Trust, Well Sense Health Plan, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Northeast Delta Dental, D.M. Burns Security Inc., DPL Retirement Advisors LLC, Dr. H. J. Ludington and Team, Formax, Granite State Glass, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Lenk Orthodontics, Dr. Jason Lenk, RW Insurance, Scarponi Electric, LLC, Somersworth Storage, LLC, and Watterworth Orthodontics.

More information about Goodwin Community Health is available at www.GoodwinCH.org or www.facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

Goodwin Community Health Expanding Dental Services

Goodwin Community Health announced it’s expanding the Goodwin Dental Center by adding and equipping a new dental operatory, adding additional dental staff and expanding evening hours.  The expansion is a result of a $700,000 grant award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Goodwin is committed to creating access to preventive and routine dental care for the underserved populations of Strafford County.  “When we increase our capacity, we help patients prevent dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment,”  “says Goodwin Dental Center Director Whitney Goode, DMD.  “More preventive access to oral care helps us to achieve the goals of driving down costs to our health care system and reducing health disparities in the communities we serve.”

The funds allow the Goodwin Dental Center to expand its operating hours to include staying open for evening appointments every Thursday until 7 p.m.  It also allows the center to offer transportation to qualifying patients. The new operatory is under construction and will open later this fall. Recruitment is underway for additional dental staff.

The expansion is made possible by a June announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from HRSA, health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth, at GoodwinCH.org, or at facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

Seven Strafford County Police Departments taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 22

SOMERSWORTH – ONE Voice for Strafford County is proud to announce that on Saturday, October 22 seven Strafford County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to any of the agency locations listed between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in over 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that hang around in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Visit one of the following police departments on Saturday, October 22 to dispose of your unused medications:

  • Dover Police Department: 46 Chestnut Street, Dover
  • Farmington Police Department: 531 Main Street, Farmington
  • Lee Police Department: 20 George Bennett Road, Lee
  • Milton Police Department: 7 Townhouse Road, Milton
  • Rochester Police Department: 23 Wakefield Street, Rochester
  • Rollinsford Police Department: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford
  • UNH Police Department: UNH Police Department, 18 Waterworks Road, Durham & UNH Health Services Pharmacy, 4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham (12p – 4p)

 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, contact your local police department or ONE Voice for Strafford County Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator Alissa Cannon at 603-994-6340.

ONE Voice is a Regional Network of community members and organizations working together to promote substance misuse prevention, treatment opportunities and recovery supports. Visit us online at www.ONEVoiceNH.org or on Facebook.

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Monica Lord, FNP

Monica is a Family Nurse Practitioner that came to Goodwin in 2016.  She earned her Nurse Practitioner degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  She has several years of experience working as a Registered Nurse on a busy, medical unit in a Connecticut hospital where she cared for many types of patients including those with arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and COPD.  She also has some experience working with pediatric patients in the public school system.

Monica strives to develop a positive, lasting relationship with her patients and values their individual insight when developing a health care plan.  She enjoys working with entire families, ranging from infancy up through older adulthood.

In her free time, she loves to read, travel and explore the Seacoast with her husband and two children.

Free Flu Clinics Happening Throughout Strafford County

SOMERSWORTH, September15, 2016 — This fall, many area schools are hosting free school-based flu clinics.  The clinics give families and educators the option of a convenient, no-cost, flu shot for students resulting in a healthier flu season with fewer absences.

“Eleven clinics covering 13 Strafford County Schools are signed-up.  This means hundreds of local kids will be better equipped to fight cold and flu this winter, with less school absences, less parent absences from work and fewer trips to the doctor,” says Elizabeth Clark, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at Goodwin Community Health.  “An important change for schools and parents to be aware of is the nasal mist is no longer available. The flu vaccine in the form of a shot is proving to be much more effective in preventing the flu.”

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has stopped use of the nasal vaccine during the 2016/2017 flu season because new statistics show it was not as effective as the shot last year.  As a result, the vaccine offered at the school-based flu clinics this year will only be in shot form.  The flu shot vaccine reduces the chance of getting the flu –and preventing its complications – by over 60%.

This service is a result of a partnership between the Strafford County Public Health Network, Goodwin Community Health, and local schools.  All vaccinations are optional, require written parental consent and takes place during the school day. Licensed and trained medical professionals from Goodwin Community Health and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Nursing Program will give all vaccines.

According to the New Hampshire Immunization Program, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available to stay protected against the most current and common flu strains.  Anyone can catch influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children and it is important children get vaccinated.

Participating schools will send home a required consent form that must be signed and returned to the school.  Details, dates and parent consent forms for scheduled flu clinics can be found at www.goodwinch.org/no-cost-school-flu-clinics/ or on school websites. Influenza information can also be obtained through the NH Immunization Program at (800) 852-3345, ext. 4482 or through schools nurses. Administrators can contact Elizabeth Clark at Goodwin Community Health, eclark@GoodwinCH.org, 603-994-2597, for information on school based clinics.

 

About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only 501(c)(3) Community Health Center serving the Greater Strafford County area of New Hampshire and Maine. We make it affordable for local people to access the wellness services and quality primary care that lead to good Physical, Dental, Prenatal and Behavioral Health. Goodwin Community Health operates on the same principles Mrs. Avis Goodwin started the organization on 47 years ago – everyone deserves access to quality health care, at an affordable price. For more information connect with us on Facebook, at www.GoodwinCH.org or visit Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

 

New Parenting Group Offers Learning, Support and Fun for New Moms and Babies

SOMERSWORTH, August, 2016 – Goodwin Community Health invites all new mothers and their babies to a new weekly group meeting called, “Baby Time”.  The weekly meet-ups offer new mothers a place to come and talk about life with a new baby, meet other local families with infants, and gain confidential and nurturing support for the joys and challenges of the early stages of motherhood.

“Baby Time is a great way for new mothers to connect, adjust and help their babies thrive,” says Jessica Garlough, Prenatal and Social Work Manager at Goodwin Community Health.  “It can be especially beneficial for moms with postpartum depression, anxiety, or any woman adjusting to motherhood…physically, emotionally or socially.”

The group provides comfortable, confidential, information, discussion and activities with a caring, trained facilitator, certified doula Susan Remillard.  Baby Time is every Wednesday from 10:00am to 11:30am at Goodwin Community Health, 311 Route 108 in Somersworth.  There is no cost to attend.  The program is made possible by a grant from the United Way.

For more information about Baby Time, Prenatal Care, Women’s Health, Family Planning and Pediatrics, visit GoodwinCH.org.