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SOMERSWORTH and PORTSMOUTH, August 28, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced that it will award a combined $267,000 to two community health centers serving the Greater Seacoast area. Goodwin Community Health of Somersworth was awarded $123,000, and $144,000 will go to Families First Health and Support Center of Portsmouth. The health centers, who intend to merge this fall, will use these funds to continue enhancing access to low-cost, quality health and wellness services. Specific areas of focus will include improving quality of care, increasing access to care to vulnerable populations, enhancing delivery of high-value health care, addressing health disparities and maintaining their highest-level (Level 3) Patient-Centered Medical Home status.


Janet Laatsch, who will lead the merged organization as CEO, commented on the funding, “Being recognized for achievements in driving down costs for both patients and the healthcare system as a whole, helps expand access to services to the people that need them.  With continued support, we can keep increasing efficiencies to develop quality improvement systems and work to create more access in the communities we serve in the greater Strafford and Rockingham County areas.”


In total, nearly $105 million has been awarded by DHHS to 1,333 health centers across the country. The funding directed to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire builds on the investment in quality improvement made by DHHS through annual awards since 2014, including a total of $250,000 awarded to Goodwin and Families First last year. According to new data released by the Health Resources and Services Administration, nearly 26 million people relied on a health center for primary health care in 2016. This included one in three people living in poverty, one in 10 children under age 18 and one in six rural residents in the United States.


To learn more about Goodwin Community Health visit


To learn more about Families First Visit


The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit

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