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.

Dover Father’s Day race brings families together

The 7th Annual Father’s Day 5K at Margaritas is Sunday, June 19.

Event Sponsors gather at Margaritas wearing neckties in support of the Fatherís Day 5K: Michael Schidlovsky, ConvenientMD; Andrea Johnson, Margaritas; Samantha Pellerin, Goodwin Community Health; Dan Lombardi, Somersworth Physical Therapy; Eric Kilchenstein, Esq., Shaheen & Gordon; Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health.
Event Sponsors gather at Margaritas wearing neckties in support of the Fatherís Day 5K: Michael Schidlovsky, ConvenientMD; Andrea Johnson, Margaritas; Samantha Pellerin, Goodwin Community Health; Dan Lombardi, Somersworth Physical Therapy; Eric Kilchenstein, Esq., Shaheen & Gordon; Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health.

Registration for the event is open. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate fatherhood at this family-friendly race presented by Pelmac Industries of New Hampshire. Proceeds from the event help all living in the Greater Strafford County area gain access to quality health care through Goodwin Community Health.

The Father’s Day 5K is a proud member of the Dover Race Series and takes place on a certified course, complete with margaritas-style food and fiesta after the race.

“What better way to kick off Father’s than a great run or walk followed by some fun at Margaritas,” says Samantha Pellerin, race director and marketing coordinator for Goodwin Community Health. “The necktie theme has really caught on over the years. Families show up wearing neckties in honor of a special father in their lives. Some run right along with Dad and some run in honor of a special Father figure that may have passed on.”

Runners/walkers can visit http://www.active.com/dover-nh/running/distance-running-races/father-s-day-5k-at-margaritas-2016 for details and registration. Registration forms can be completed online, mailed in or dropped-off at Goodwin Community Health at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth. The first 200 adults to register get a free race T-shirt. Same day registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. Day of registration is $25, but advanced registration is only $20 for adults and just $5 for children under 12. All participants are encouraged to wear a necktie to honor dads and those special father-figures everywhere.

The top male and female runner will win a $50 gift certificate to Runners Alley. Gift certificates to Philbrick’s Sports will go to the top males and females in each of the 12 age divisions: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-55; 55-59; 60-69; and 70 plus.

Pelmac Industries, a home security company serving all of New England, has returned as this year’s top sponsor. Additional sponsors include: New Hampshire Healthy Families; Philbrick’s Sports; Liberty Mutual; Convenient MD; Shaheen & Gordon; Somersworth Physical Therapy; Well Sense Health Plan; Service Credit Union; Garrison Women’s Health; Northeast Credit Union; Seacoast Orthopedics;, Clark Insurance; and Seacoast General Surgery.

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Somersworth Psychologist To Receive Outstanding Clinician Award

roseNEW HAMPSHIRE – May 25, 2016 – On May 24, Sandra Rose, PhD, Goodwin Community Health’s former director of Behavioral Health and practicing clinical psychologist, received The Outstanding Clinician Award from Bi-State Primary Care Association. This annual award “honors primary care clinicians from Vermont and New Hampshire whose exemplary skills and service have made a significant impact on the health of underserved patients and the community in which they serve.” Dr. Rose received the award during the Awards Ceremony Luncheon at the 2016 Primary Care Conference on May 24 in Fairlee, Vermont.

While Dr. Rose was at Goodwin Community Health, she was the driving force behind piloting SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) which is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs, most notably including non-judgmental conversations about their use by the patient.

She leveraged $20,000 from the NH Charitable Foundation to obtain a $330,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Hilton Foundation for SBIRT and a plan for implementing it statewide.

She continued her visionary work by starting an adolescent SBIRT program for Goodwin Health Center, among other innovative administrative and clinical practices.

Dr. Rose was also ahead of her time in New Hampshire in the implementation of chronic disease treatment, including substance abuse peer support and wellness groups.  Treating substance abuse as a chronic disease, she received grant support from Harvard Pilgrim Insurance and HRSA to implement this very successful program. It was through her vision and leadership that Goodwin Community Health was such an early and successful adopter of integrating behavioral health care into their primary care setting.

She is the past president of the New Hampshire Psychological Association and a former member of the governing body of the American Psychological Association and the Psychology Advisory Board of the New Hampshire, Board of Mental Health Practice.

Established in 1986, Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Bi-State’s annual Primary Care Conference features experts in health care policy and practice at the federal, state, and local level and attracts a large audience of primary care administrators, clinicians, and policymakers. For more information, please visit www.bistatepca.org.

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Kelley McLaughlin, DMD

Dr. Kelley McLaughlin is originally from Northern Vermont. She fell in love with the NH Seacoast while attending the University of New Hampshire where she received her B.S. in Biology in 2009. She later earned her D.M.D. from Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2014. She has worked in a NH private practice for two years before joining Goodwin Community Health. She is a member of the American Dental Association and New Hampshire Dental Society. During her free time, Dr. McLaughlin enjoys exploring new vegetarian recipes in the kitchen, hiking, a good Broadway show, and spending lots of time with friends and family.

Optima Bank & Trust Invests $4,500 in Goodwin Community Health

Optima Bank & Trust, a locally-owned, commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has invested $4,500 in the health of Strafford County residents. Optima Chairman, President & CEO, Daniel Morrison and Executive Vice President, Pamela Morrison made the check presentation to Goodwin Community Health CEO, Janet Laatsch.

Pictured Left to Right: Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health; Optima Chairman, President & CEO, Daniel Morrison and Executive Vice President, Pamela Morrison
Pictured Left to Right: Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health; Optima Chairman, President & CEO, Daniel Morrison and Executive Vice President, Pamela Morrison

The donation was made by Optima purchasing the last available tax-credits awarded to Goodwin Community Health by the Community Development Finance Authority, taking Goodwin all the way to its $150,000 tax credit goal.  The investment will support Goodwin’s ability to meet the community need for increased access to quality, integrated health care for some of the most the vulnerable residents of Strafford County.  Some specific projects include improving communication systems between staff and patients, improving workplace efficiencies and expanding health care access to additional patients.

Goodwin Community Health currently provides health care to over 9,000 individuals, 76% are 150% of the Federal Poverty Level or lower. Their target population is low income and uninsured residents of Strafford County. The Center receives on average 65 new patient intakes per month.

“Everyone deserves to have access to quality healthcare and through this tax credit donation, we will make our investment go even further.  We are proud to support Goodwin in becoming even more efficient so that they can continue to do what they do best,” said Daniel Morrison, Chairman, President & CEO of Optima Bank & Trust.

With the help of the CDFA contributions, Goodwin would like to purchase a health information exchange license that would be used to link other health care providers (two hospitals, mental health care provider) together and begin to develop a ‘community record’ that will enhance care coordination, reduce patient frustration and increase efficiencies and safety around the prescribing of controlled substances.

“On behalf of our staff and patients, we are grateful for the support of community minded businesses like Optima Bank & Trust in helping us to reach our ambitious tax credit goals,” said Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health. “Thousands of area family’s depend on us for access to everything form prenatal care to dental and behavioral health care.  We couldn’t meet the demand without the generous support from our community.”


Optima Investment

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.  Find them on Facebook or at GoodwinCH.org.

About Optima Bank & Trust: Founded in 2008, Optima Bank & Trust is an award-winning, locally-owned commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With five full-service branches and a loan office, the Bank’s focus is on providing exceptional service to commercial and personal customers for deposit products and commercial and residential lending. For more information, visit optimabank.com or call (603) 433-9600. Optima Bank & Trust can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tri City Subaru campaign raises $21,000 for Goodwin Community Health

SOMERSWORTH – Tri-City Subaru and Goodwin Community Health announced the results of the 2015 Subaru Share the Love Campaign. The local effort of this national fundraising campaign raised $21,698 that will help Strafford County families in need access quality health care services through Goodwin Community Health.

Each year, Tri-City Subaru selects one local charity for the Share the Love Campaign that runs from November to January. Every customer that purchased or leased a new Subaru from Tri City during this time period had the option to direct $250 to one of 6 charities, 5 national and 1 local. The campaign will resume again in November 2016.

Gary DeColfmacker, Goodwin Community Health; John Hayes, Subaru of New England; Robert Arthur, Tri-City Subaru; Janet Laatsch, CEO at Goodwin Community Health; Jordan Plante, Tri-City Subaru and Ken Plante, Tri-City Subaru. Courtesy photo
Gary DeColfmacker, Goodwin Community Health; John Hayes, Subaru of New England; Robert Arthur, Tri-City Subaru; Janet Laatsch, CEO at Goodwin Community Health; Jordan Plante, Tri-City Subaru and Ken Plante, Tri-City Subaru. Courtesy photo

“Community support of this magnitude goes a long way in helping many local uninsured people get access to life changing services like dental care, mental health care or services to help them better treat chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes,” said Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health. “We are very grateful to the Tri-City Subaru staff for partnering with us and their efforts to keep donations local.”

In addition to helping raise over $21,000 for Goodwin, Tri-City Subaru also set up a Christmas tree in their showroom that displayed tags of items patients are in need of all year long. Throughout the duration of the Share the Love campaign, items such as diapers, books, toys, gas cards, grocery gift cards, socks and more were donated and collected under the tree.

Goodwin Community Health provides access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services in Strafford County. Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth or online at GoodwinCH.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

Somersworth Farmers Market Returns on June 2nd

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The Strafford County Public Health Network is launching the second year of the Somersworth Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2nd at Goodwin Community Health.

The Strafford County Public Health Network in partnership with Goodwin Community Health and funding through Stonewall Kitchen will be holding the second annual Somersworth Farmers Market throughout the summer season.  The event will run every Thursday from June 2 through September 29 from 3-6 p.m. on the Goodwin Community Health lawn, 311 Route 108 Somersworth.

The Somersworth Farmers Market is an initiative of Strafford County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to improve access to healthy foods to County residents. The Somersworth Farmers Market will be partnering with Seacoast Eat Local for a second season to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards. Through this partnership, a matching program is available to all SNAP recipients. The matching program doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar, for up to $10, allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power. Additionally, SNAP customers are able to access $20 worth of SNAP tokens at the last market of each month to spend on food at the farmers market. Last year, SNAP was very popular at the market with $5,799 distributed, of which $4,531 were distributed as free incentives.

The Somersworth Farmers Market offers plenty of free parking.

“By having a farmers market in front of a community health center and providing SNAP with matching incentives we hope to improve access to healthy, local foods for everyone in the community,” says Mollie Behan of The Strafford County Public Health Network.  “The convenient location at Goodwin Community Health which has a bus stop out front and is along the busy Route 108 corridor makes it easy for commuters to stop by and brings great visibility for farmers and other vendors.”

The Somersworth Farmers Market is accessible via the COAST bus and offers plenty of free parking.

Farmers interested in becoming a vendor at The Somersworth Farmers Market can download and submit applications at www.scphn.org/somersworth-farmers-market

For more information or to get involved please contact Mollie Behan 603-516-2579 or farmersmarket@GoodwinCH.org. The Somersworth Farmers Market also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/SomersworthFarmersMarket

About The Strafford County Public Health Network

The Strafford County Public Health Network exists to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for all individuals in Strafford County.  It is one of 13 networks across the State of New Hampshire that work together to align multiple public health priorities into one integrated system. The Strafford County Public Health Network is representative of Dover, Rochester, Durham, Somersworth, Barrington, Farmington, Milton, Lee, Strafford, New Durham, Rollinsford, Middleton, Madbury, and the University of New Hampshire. The Strafford County Public Health Network is located at Goodwin Community Health and online at scph.org. To join the PHAC, and for more information about the Strafford County Public Health Network, including a list of contacts, please visit scphn.org