SOS to Receive Community Impact Award

SOS Recovery Community Organization (SOS RCO) has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Community Impact Award. The Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Community Impact Award recognizes a nonprofit working to increase access to care and improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities to build a stronger, more vibrant state.

The award will be presented at the New Hampshire Center for Non-Profit’s Nonprofit Impact Night event on Thursday April 4th at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.

“We are honored and humbled to receive notification that we will be honored with this distinction. Our sincere thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, as well as our staff, advisory board, volunteers, SOS members and the community,” said John Burns, director of SOS RCO. “This award truly belongs to our entire community as it’s a reflection of how much commitment our stakeholders have in our success.  This is really about a collective of individuals and family members in the recovery community that have poured their heart and souls into our organization.  We have so much gratitude to all our allies and partners who have dedicated their time and effort into building recovery supports that save lives and help people find and maintain recovery.”

The mission of SOS RCO is to reduce the stigma and harm associated with substance misuse by providing a safe space and peer-based supports for people in all stages of recovery. SOS envisions a world where recovery from alcohol and other drugs is possible, and widely embraced, thorough low barrier access to inclusive and respectful support, and where all who seek long-term recovery have access to the care and resources they need to achieve their self-defined goals. For more information about SOS RCO call 603-841-2350 or go to

Call for Artwork for 2020 “Artists of the Seacoast” Calendar

Call for Artwork for 2020 “Artists of the Seacoast” Calendar

PORTSMOUTH – Seacoast-area artists are invited to submit original works to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 “Artists of the Seacoast” calendar. Proceeds from calendar sales, donations, and sponsorships help Families First Health & Support Center and Goodwin Community Health provide quality health and family services to all, regardless of ability to pay. The calendar is produced with the generous support from local businesses who place advertisements in the calendar.

The agency will accept artwork, in digital format, through Friday, April 12. A committee will then select 13 works to appear in the calendar, from about 75 pieces expected to be submitted. For more details about the calendar and how to submit work, visit or call 603-516-2555.

Families First and Goodwin provide affordable primary, prenatal and dental care; behavioral health counseling; substance misuse treatment; family support and parent education; and mobile health care for people experiencing homelessness and others in need. Learn more at

BANFF Centre mountain film festival world tour comes to Portsmouth March 13th & 14th


PORTSMOUTH, March 4, 2019 — Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop in the Seacoast as a fundraiser for Goodwin Community Health and Families First. The annual event, now in its 24th year, will run on back-to-back nights, March 13th and 14th.  Each night will feature a unique lineup of films that seek to inspire through stories of adventure, discovery and exploration in the outdoors. Attendees can come for one night or both.

The 2019 BCMFF World Tour features a collection of adrenaline-charged and thought-provoking films that explore life in the great outdoors. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring action sports into sharp focus. This world-renowned Film Festival invites attendees to get off the beaten path and explore the edge of the believable. The event takes place at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Doors open at 6 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m.

Event proceeds assist local individuals and families in accessing quality, affordable primary and preventive health care services through Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth.

“The films chosen for this year’s Banff Film Festival are awe-inspiring and amazingly diverse,” said Joann Neumann, Development Director for Families First and Goodwin Community Health. “The filming locations of these films span the globe, but this year we’re excited to include a story with some local interest – ‘For the Love of Mary,’ in which a 97-year-old man, George Etzweiler, competes annually in the grueling 7.6-mile race up Mt. Washington.”

The festival will screen eight or nine different films each evening — including short, four-to-five minute films interspersed with longer, 35-plus-minute features.

The Portsmouth stop of the 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is sponsored in part by Digital Prospectors, The Sailmaker’s House, Coastal Canine Resort, CIT, Garrison Family Dental, Granite Bay Wealth Management, and Unitil.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.



Go online: ​​

Call: 603.436.2400

Visit: The B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (open from noon – 6pm, Monday through Saturday.)




Facebook: Banff Mountain Film Festival Seacoast NH



Wednesday, March 13

Rouge Elements:  Corbet’s Couloir

(2017, USA, 4 minutes)

Filmmaker: Teton Gravity Research, Todd Jones

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to send it into the infamous Corbet’s Couloir, even in the best of conditions. Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that’s exactly what we did.


RJ Ripper

(2018, USA, 19 minutes)

Filmmaker: Joey Schusler

The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar and his beat-up clunker.


The Beaver Believers:  Meet Sherri Tippie

(2018, USA, 12 minutes)

Filmmaker: Sarah Koenigsberg

Sherri Tippie, a hairdresser / Certified Live Beaver Trapper is working to restore the North American Beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, furry little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.


This Mountain Life:  Coast Range Traverse Segment

(2018, Canada, 39 minutes)

Filmmaker: Grand Baldwin, Jen Rustemeyer

A mother-daughter team set out on a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.


For the Love of Mary

(2018, USA, 6 minutes)

Filmmaker: Simon Perkins and Kirk Horton

When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he’s not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington. Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years.


How to Run 100 Miles

(2018, USA, 28 minutes)

Filmmaker: Brendan Leonard, http://righttoshine

Parental Guidance – Coarse Language

The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.


Brotherhood of Skiing

(2018, USA, 10 minutes)

Directors: Colin Arisman and Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

Producer: Faith E. Briggs

Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain.



(2018, USA, 11 minutes)

Filmmaker: Ignasi López Fàbregas

Marcel and Andrezj are a legendary pair of mountaineers. They have been the first ones to conquer the highest and hardest peaks. Despite their different temperaments, they make a great team. Now they face the biggest challenge: reaching the virgin summit of the highest mountain.


Skier vs. Drone

(2018, Canada, 4 minutes)

Filmmaker: Mike Douglas

It’s the classic battle of man vs. machine, but Olympic Bronze Medalist ski racer Victor Muffat-Jeandet isn’t worried.


Thursday, March 14


Far Out:  Kai Jones

(2018, USA, 5 minutes)

Filmmaker: Teton Gravity Research

Eleven-year-old Kai Jones isn’t old enough to go to the movies alone or order a sandwich at the pub, but in the mountains age doesn’t matter. He is following in his family’s ski tracks… right into backflips and tricks off of cliffs.


Fast Horse

(2018, Canada, 14 Minutes)

Filmmaker: Director: Alexandra Lazarowich* Producer: Niobe Thompson

Parental Guidance – Coarse Language

Fast Horse follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horseracing tradition in a new form: The Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.


Brothers of Climbing

(2018, USA, 7 minutes)

Filmmaker: Duncan Sullivan

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing, said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.’”



(2018, Scotland, 39 minutes)

Filmmaker: Lee Craigie & Mike Webster

Parental Guidance – Coarse Language

Follow Lee and Rickie in this raw and real portrayal of the places we go emotionally when under extreme duress while riding 190 kilometers a day from Banff to Mexico.



For the Love of Mary

(2018, USA, 6 minutes)

Filmmaker: Simon Perkins and Kirk Horton

When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he’s not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington. Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years.


The Mirnavator

(2017, USA, 11 minutes)

Filmmaker: Sarah Menzies

Ultra-runners overcome obstacles with every stride. Force of Nature Mirna Valerio never thought she would have to overcome the negative voices that believe she doesn’t belong in the sport.


Reel Rock 12:  Break on Through

(2017, USA, 26 minutes)

Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Matty Hong, Nick Rosen, Zachary Barr

Parental Guidance: Coarse language

Margo Hayes, a little-known 19 year old from Boulder, Colorado, has moved to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.


The Frenchy

(2018, USA, 13 minutes)

Filmmaker: Michelle Smith

Parental Guidance – Coarse Language

Jacques is an 82-year-old, badass athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival and his ability to counter aging through laughter.


About the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour:

Immediately following the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, held annually in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada, a selection of the top films submitted to the Festival go on a tour around the world. Host organizations in each tour location help to choose a program that reflects the interests of their community, creating a unique celebration of adventure and adventurers at each stop. The World Tour spans the globe, reaching over 500,000 audience members.


About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.


For details about the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, the World Tour and Banff Centre, please contact:

Lauren Schmidt

Ph: 403.762.6401




Screenings of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by Rab and Banff and Lake Louise Tourism; sponsored by Deuter, Clif Bar & Company, Mountain House, Oboz Footwear, Yeti Coolers, Buff® and Sierra Nevada Brewing; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, The Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mammut.


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COAST to help with Cold Weather Shelter Transportation

January 31, 2019
Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST

Dover, NH – The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) will be helping with a needed transportation connection to and from the Strafford County Emergency Shelter at the County Complex in Dover.

COAST will offer the following during the current emergency due to the extreme cold weather –
• Give free rides to individuals taking Route 33 to go to the Emergency Shelter;
• Provide a shuttle in the evenings, departing at 8pm from the DTC (Dover Train Station) each weeknight, to get folks to the shelter once Route 33 has ended for the day (free). The shuttle will only operate if individuals are wanting to go to the shelter. The shuttle will operate directly between the DTC and the shelter, without serving any stops in-between.
• Provide a morning and evening shuttle this Saturday, departing from the DTC (Dover Train Station) at 8am and 8pm, followed by an inbound from the shelter if anyone wants to return to town. These runs will operate regardless of whether there are riders wanting to go out to the shelter from downtown and can stop at recognized Route 33 stops on Sixth Street on the way out to and in from the shelter.

“After attending a Transportation Subcommittee meeting of the Tri-City Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness last week, we became more aware of this specific issue and are glad to be able to offer aid to individuals needing this important service connection,” stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “This type of service and assistance is central to our mission of providing customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service.”

The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a non-profit, operating a public transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies/businesses.

Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Shelter Activated for 1/19/19-1/22/19

The Strafford County Commissioners announce the activation of the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Shelter. The Shelter is located at 276 County Farm Road in Dover, NH, sharing the building with Southeastern NH Services, which is at 272 County Farm Road.


Hours of operation for this activation are from 2pm on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 to 10am on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 to ensure any unsheltered county residents have access to safe shelter from extreme life-threatening weather and cold. Transportation is available by shuttle from the Amtrak platform at the Dover Transportation Center (train & bus station) on or around every hour from 2pm-8pm on Saturday and on the same schedule, weather permitting, on Sunday. The COAST bus route to the County Complex will be available Monday. Upon closing, transportation coordination will be provided via COAST bus passes and shuttle service to local community service partner agencies. Social service agencies and municipalities are encouraged to provide transportation options or support to their clients or residents seeking access. For other transportation options and general shelter questions, please call the shelter at 857-323-0388. Point of contact for this activation is Tory Jennison @ 857-323-0388 or<>.

Parent and family programs coming to Somersworth

SOMERSWORTH  —  Two new programs for families — a parenting class and a weekly playgroup — are coming to Somersworth this winter.

The class, a 5-week series called Active Parenting, will explore some of the most effective parenting techniques through discussion, activities and videos. “One goal is to help parents reduce power struggles at home by identifying strategies that will work for their particular families,” says Patrice Baker, M.Ed., who will lead the classes. Topics include parenting styles, responsibility and discipline, building courage and self-esteem, understanding and redirecting misbehavior, and winning cooperation while balancing the parenting load. The class is for parents of school-age children.

Active Parenting meets Thursday evenings, Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m at Goodwin Community Health (311 Route 108 in Somersworth). The program is free and includes free child care with a light supper for children. Advance signup is required.

The second program, Somersworth Family Morning Out, is for children ages birth to six with their parents or other caregivers. It includes age-appropriate crafts and other activities, positive play with peers and adults, songs, snacks and story time.  Family Morning Out meets Friday mornings, Jan. 4 through March 29, from 9:30 to 11 at the Flanagan Center, 25 Bartlett Ave. in Somersworth. There is no cost to attend.

Both programs are free. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 603-422-8208 (press 2) or

Active Parenting and Family Morning Out are offered Greater Seacoast Community Health, which includes Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center. Families First has offered similar programs in Portsmouth for over 25 years and is now bringing them to Somersworth. Funding for the programs in Somersworth comes from the NH Division for Children, Youth and Families; United Way of the Greater Seacoast; and the Fuller Foundation.

Contact: Patrice Baker
Families First
603-422-8208, ext. 315


Barbara Henry to Chair Greater Seacoast Board

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

Newburyport Bank Donates more than $12K to Nonprofits


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NEWBURYPORT – Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank has donated more than $12,000 to local community groups and nonprofits, according to the bank.

The bank donated $5,000 to the Goodwin Community Health & Families First 10th annual Father’s Day 5K Race to be held June 16.

Both Goodwin Community Health and Families First provide a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the community, helping them navigate the health care system at a time when they may not be at their physical, emotional or financial best.

Timothy Felter, executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of the bank, said in a press release, “The annual 5K is a fun run and walk that supports the important role that Goodwin and Families First play within the community. Our donation furthers their mission, which is to make services available, regardless of ability to pay, with many of their parenting classes, home visiting and family programs. We’re proud to do our part on behalf of their vital efforts.”

The bank also recently made a $2,250 donation to the Newburyport Farmers’ Market, which supports local farmers, fishermen, chefs and the creative community through hosting the weekly market and related events at The Tannery on Water Street.

Lloyd L. Hamm Jr., the bank’s president and CEO, said supporting the farmers market makes sense because it’s “a program that nourishes the entire community. It provides an incentive for families to eat healthier and at the same time, supports our local food providers. It’s a cycle that can only mean good things for the community.”

Other recent donations by Newburyport Bank include: $1,000 to the Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury and $1,000 to Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area in support of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.  Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area is an affiliate of the national organization, Girls Inc., whose mission is to inspire young girls to be strong, smart and bold.

The bank also donated $3,500 to Mass Audubon’s Merrimack River Eagle Festival, which takes place Feb. 9. The Eagle Festival is part of the work of the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center.

New Providers join Families First and Goodwin

PORTSMOUTH AND SOMERSWORTH – Families First Health and Support Center and Goodwin Community Health recently welcomed three new health care providers. Family physician M. Eden Beams is based at Families First in Portsmouth, while family nurse practitioner Tara Jean Conway-Kenney and nurse midwife Jessica Bacon are at Goodwin in Somersworth.

Eden Beams, MD, graduated from Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 2014. During medical school, she co-founded two organizations to provide health services to refugees. She did her residency in family and community medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware.  At graduation, she was chosen by her peers and faculty to receive the Dean Walters Award for Excellence in Community Medicine, the residency program’s highest honor. She is board- certified in family practice.

Tara Kenney, FNP-C, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Regis College in Weston, Mass. Before coming to Goodwin, she spent three years at Interventional Spine Medicine in Barrington, NH, where she worked with many patients suffering from chronic pain. She is also a certified Level 2 Reiki therapist and is interested in alternative medicine. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Jessica Bacon, CNM, has nearly 20 years’ experience working with women and infants. As a registered nurse, she spent a total of 12 years working in the labor and delivery units of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, York Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. After earning her Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in 2012, she worked as a nurse midwife at Garrison Women’s Health Center in Dover and St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, as well as serving as clinical educator for Wentworth-Douglass staff. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation awards $15,000 to expand cancer screenings

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Awards $15,000 to Greater Seacoast Community Health to Expand Cancer Screenings

MANCHESTER, N.H. — As part of its commitment to increasing access to preventative care for consumers, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded a grant of $15,000 to Greater Seacoast Community Health to support the organization’s cancer-screening services. The grant will supplement the organization’s ongoing efforts to make sure uninsured or underinsured individuals have access to screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, from its locations at Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Families First Health Center in Portsmouth.

“When people lack financial resources, some of the first things they tend to forgo are preventive screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms and Pap tests,” said Janet Laatsch, CEO of Greater Seacoast Community Health. “This grant from Anthem helps us remove barriers that keep people from having access to these life-saving tests.”

“Creating greater access to care, including preventative care, is an essential component of what we do every day at Anthem. That’s because regular screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer lead to early detection, which saves lives,” said Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. “We’re very proud that our Foundation’s support for Greater Seacoast Community Health allows for expanded access to these critical screenings, helping more people in the community get the care they need.”

Greater Seacoast Community Health was created in January 2018 through the merger of Goodwin Community Health, in Somersworth, and Families First Health and Support Center, in Portsmouth. The organization is one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving about 16,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care.

Since 2006, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded Greater Seacoast Community Health (and previously Families First Health and Support Center) more than $65,000 to support the organization’s prenatal and primary care programs.

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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long-term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Greater Seacoast Community Health

Greater Seacoast Community Health includes Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, and Lilac Pediatrics in Rochester. The organization provides 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. Services are open to all in the Greater Seacoast region (Eastern Rockingham County, Strafford County and southern Maine), regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. For more information, visit and