PORTSMOUTH AND SOMERSWORTH— Hampton resident Barbara Henry will serve as 2019 board chair for Greater Seacoast Community Health, leading the organization as it enters its second year after the merger of Families First in Portsmouth, Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester, NH.

Henry has served as a Families First board member since 2012 and most recently as the vice-chair of Greater Seacoast Community Health in 2018 after the mergers took effect.  Henry is also a current board member and past chair of the Music Hall in Portsmouth.  She spent 35 years in the newspaper business including an editor position with USA Today and position of president at Gannett Company’s Midwest and South Newspaper group.  She holds a journalism degree from the University of Nevada-Reno.

According to Henry, “It’s a privilege to chair the board of Greater Seacoast Community Health, which provides family services and excellent medical, dental and behavioral care to 16,000 patients.  We are seeing significant change in health care and the board and staff of our three community health centers are up to the challenge of ensuring that everyone continues to have access to quality health care.”

Henry exchanges roles with Valerie Goodwin as the Chair of Greater Seacoast Community Health.  Goodwin will remain on the board as Vice-Chair. Dennis Veilleux is the newly elected board treasurer and Jennifer Glidden will continue to serve the organization as the 2109 secretary.

Families First and Goodwin, along with Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester, are part of a single organization whose legal name is Greater Seacoast Community Health. The health centers provide primary care for people of all ages, dental care, prenatal care, counseling, substance misuse treatment and recovery services, parenting classes, family programs, home visiting, and mobile health services for people experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit GetCommunityHealth.org.

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