Dover, NH, July15, 2010 – Today, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center(AGCHC) received a twenty thousand dollar grant from the Piscataqua Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The grant was awarded to support operations of primary care services to Strafford County families through AGCHC.
As outlined in the AGCHC Grant application, Strafford County residents need greater access to quality, cost effective care. This is evident by recent County Health Rankings that place Strafford County the third lowest in the state of New Hampshire for health outcomes. Health outcomes represent how healthy a county is based on how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive. Contributing factors include a low ratio of primary care providers to the population and the fact that Strafford County’s primary care provider rate is half of what the target goal is.
The generosity of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Piscataqua region, will in part, make it possible for AGCHC to reach its goal next year of hiring two new primary care providers and serve an additional 3,000 medical patients per year.
In 2009, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center received a similar grant targeted at supporting the agencies efforts to integrate health, dental, and mental health for its patients.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine, and eastern Vermont. The Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families, and corporations, and awarded more than $34 million in grants and scholarships in 2008. The Charitable Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the Charitable Foundation roots itself in the communities through seven regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org, or by calling 603-225-6641.
Avis Goodwin Community Health Center is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, regardless of the ability to pay. For more information visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org.