N.H. DHHS hosts public hearing for State Opioid Response Grant

John Burns, executive director of SOS Recovery Services in Rochester, Dover and Durham spoke about the options moving forward for a proposal concerning the State Opioid Response (S.O.R.) Grant.

Read more Here

The public forum will take place on Monday, July 23rd from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the DHHS Brown Building Auditorium, 129 Pleasant St., Concord.

Nurse Practitioners Take Action In Response to Opioid Crisis

Our own Paige McCarthy, MSN, APRN, MPC was featured in a recent article from the Providers Clinical Support System. The article chronicles how, when and why health care professionals obtain waivers which allow them to prescribe buprenorphine, which is used to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).


Read the full article here.

9th Annual Fathers Day 5k Brings Families Together on June 17th

Dover, NH, June 12, 2018 – Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate fatherhood at the 9th Annual Father’s Day 5K at Margaritas this Sunday, June 17, 2018.  This family-friendly race is presented by Digital Prospectors and Dover Emergency Room, a campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital.  Proceeds from the event help all living in the Greater Strafford and Rockingham County areas gain access to quality health care through Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center.

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

“The Father’s Day 5K has become a fun tradition for so many seacoast families.  People 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 father or special father figure who may have passed on.” says Lara Willard, Community Relations Director for Goodwin Community Health. “Since Goodwin and Families First merged earlier this year, this is the first year that this race will benefit patients of both Goodwin Community Health and Families First.  We are looking forward to welcoming in all the new runners coming out to support this new partnership.”

New this year, the Families First Mobile Bus that serves the seacoast homeless population in multiple seacoast area mobile health clinics will be at the event and open for tours.

Runners and walkers can register online at Active.com through Wednesday, June 13th.  Advance registration is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages twelve and under.  Same-day registration is available beginning at 8:00 a.m. for $25. The race starts at 9:00 a.m.  All participants are encouraged to wear a necktie to honor dads and those special father figures everywhere.

The top male and female runners will win a $50 gift certificate to Runner’s Alley.  And $20 gift certificates to Philbrick’s Sports will go to the top males and females in each of the twelve 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.

Digital Prospectors and Dover Emergency Room, a campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, are this year’s presenting sponsors.

Additional sponsors include:

Platinum:  Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Novocure

Silver:  Anthem BCBS Medicare – East, Chinburg Properties, Kennebunk Savings, Margaritas, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NH Healthy Families, Northeast Delta Dental, Optima Bank & Trust, and PELMAC Industries

Bronze:  Baker Newman Noyes, Chick Photography, Clark Insurance, ConvenientMD, Dead River Company, Dover Women’s Health, Homewood Suites, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Northeast Credit Union, Philbrick’s Sports, Runner’s Alley, Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C., United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and Well Sense Health Plan

Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center  are community health and family resource centers serving the greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. They provide  general medical care for people of all ages, dental care, prenatal care, counseling, substance misuse treatment, parenting classes, family programs, home visiting and family programs, and mobile health care for the homeless.  The two organizations merged in 2018, forming one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving almost 18,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care.  They operate centers in Somersworth, Portsmouth and Seabrook, NH, as well as mobile health clinics in multiple Seacoast locations. For more information, visit GoodwinCH.org and FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.

For more information on the Father’s Day 5K visit www.GoodwinCH.org or www.doverraceseries.com.  For 5K questions, please contact Elizabeth Clemence at eclemence@goodwinch.org.


Photo Cutline: Race sponsors gather at Margaritas wearing neckties in support of the Father’s Day 5K: Michael Schidlovsky, ConvenientMD; Brian Mesley, Margaritas; Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health; Tony Demers, Eastern Bank; Charissa Holt, Novocure; Samantha Reed, PELMAC Industries; Rob Gagnon, Optima Bank & Trust; Grant Turpin, Portsmouth Regional Hospital; Lauren Garza, Families First; Steve Merriman, Digital Prospectors; Joann Neumann, Families First; Sam Rose, Optima Bank & Trust

Strafford County Public Health and UNH Join Together for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and the University of New Hampshire, along with the Strafford County Public Health Network are making sure students are aware of all available resources to maintain and improve their mental health. College students can be particularly vulnerable to a mental health crisis, as they are working through a period of volatile changes and constant shifts in a short amount of time. Classes, busy social lives and jobs can leave little time for students to maintain their mental health. On top of that, the stigma associated with being diagnosed and treating mental health conditions can leave young adults afraid to seek help.  Nelson Thomas, a sophomore football player at UNH wants his fellow students to know that “there is no shame in asking for help.” Thomas, who was initially hesitant to approach his own mental health problems due to the common judgement associated with the process, envisions a culture which treats mental health and physical health as equal. “Having the ability to seek help for your mental and emotional highs and lows is just as important as your ACL. It’s crucial.”

Motivated by his vision, Thomas partnered with Project375, a mental health advocacy group, to create the Bench Out the Stigma event at UNH which raised money and awareness for an issue affecting many university students. The event, which took place at the UNH gym, brought physical and mental fitness onto a level platform where attendants learned how they can fight against the stigma of mental health and get a great workout at the same time. More than fifty people attended the event, which Thomas hopes will become an annual fundraiser for Project375 at the University.

Mental Health Awareness Month may end on June first, but the resources available to students and residents of Strafford County are evergreen. Ashley Ciampa, the Young Adult Prevention Coordinator for the Strafford County Public Health Network, has worked to spread awareness of these programs and resources. Nelson Thomas is one of many community partners with whom Ciampa plans on creating a network which will work cohesively to reach out to young adults and provide the tools which will prevent people suffering from a mental health crisis or condition from missing available assistance. “Stigma, in particular, can prevent those at risk from getting the help they need. Stigma reinforces isolating behaviors which go hand in hand with a mental health crisis.” Ciampa hopes to promote open dialogue about mental health utilizing a variety of avenues. “A lot of what we do throughout the year is online.” Ciampa added, noting the social media presence the Public Health Network has built. “We have an Instagram (Strafford_County_Health) and a Facebook (@StraffordPHN) which we use to promote events, share information and connect with people.” Students and community members like Nelson are often the best connection between an objective organization and the people they are trying to reach out to. “Having open platforms of communication for all people through social media can empower anyone to spread their story and encourage others to seek help.”

To learn more about the mental health resources available to students at UNH, visit https://www.unh.edu/health/services/mental-health.

Fourth Annual Somersworth Farmer’s Market Launches June 4

The Strafford County Public Health Network will be holding the fourth annual Somersworth Farmers Market throughout the summer season.  The event, which was created in partnership with Goodwin Community Health and funding through Stonewall Kitchen and the HNH Foundation, will run every Monday from 3-6 p.m. starting June 4th through September 24th on the Goodwin Community Health lawn, 311 Route 108 Somersworth.

The Somersworth Farmers Market is a community event for people of all ages to enjoy.  It offers plenty of free parking at a convenient location steps from a COAST bus stop.

“We are incorporating live music and activities for kids to give you a nice tune to listen to while you explore our vendors. We are also including local non- profits to talk about their work in our community and to give people the opportunity to get involved. There will be local restaurants with samples and prepared food for you to taste and buy while you wander our variety of vendors from fruits, vegetables, and even breads and pastries.”

The Strafford County Public Health Network has a goal of improving access to healthy foods to all residents. So the Somersworth Farmers Market is working alongside Seacoast Eat Local, a member of the National Nutrition Incentive Network, to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards so anyone in the community can access the healthy foods available at market. A matching program is open to all SNAP recipients through Granite State Market Match. The matching program doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar, for up to an unlimited event, allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power. SNAP/EBT members had access to over $10,000 to spend at the farmers market, most of which was distributed as free incentives through market match and close the gap programs. As a result, the Somersworth Farmers Market has been the most widely-visited market for SNAP/EBT users for several years.

“Having the market on route of 108 makes it the market to attend this summer” says Corinna Moskal of the Strafford County Public Health Network.  “With new additions to the market this season and return vendors, we have more to offer than ever before! In addition to the additions, we also are adding a cooking demo that all participants that attend will receive a $10 voucher to spend at market that day. Please see dates and times on our website at www.scphn.org.

New farmers and vendors are always welcome.  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 Corinna Moskal 603-994-6357 or farmersmarket@GoodwinCH.org. The Somersworth Farmers Market also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/SomersworthFarmersMarket

National Nurses Week 2018

We are happy to have such dedicated and intelligent nurses working with us at Goodwin.

National Nurses Week is May 6th to the 12th and we would like to celebrate not only own own, but all of the nurses making a difference across the world.

Click the links below to read two articles featuring nurses of the New England Seacoast (including some from Goodwin!)





Public Health Network to host Annual Addiction Summit on May 11th

On Friday, May 11th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Strafford County Public Health Network will be hosting its annual Addiction Summit at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Garrison Wing.

The summit, hosted in partnership with the Opioid Taskforce, will focus on connecting solutions and driving change. The organizations hope to connect attendees with initiatives and programs throughout the State to promote involvement in prevention, treatment and recovery for substance misuse.

There will be a variety of guest speakers including:
Chief Brandon Cox – LEAD Program
Annette Escalante – Director of NH BDAS
Jim Wuelfing – Keynote Address

You are encouraged to RSVP online here.

The 9th Annual Fathers Day 5k is Racing into Dover

Margaritas will set the stage for this one of a kind family friendly 5K featuring Margarita’s style food, fun and party!  Don’t forget to wear a necktie in honor of someone special or for fathers everywhere! After the race is a Margaritas-style party with prizes, music and breakfast burritos!

The 9th Annual Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 17, 2018 invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to lace-up their sneakers and head to Margaritas in Dover for a morning of fitness, fun and fiesta! This June event celebrates Men’s Health Month and invites the public to run and walk for the dads, brothers and sons who touch their lives. Proceeds will help local families struggling without insurance to gain access to quality healthcare through Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center.

Race and Registration Information:
Location and Time:
23 Members Way
Dover, NH

The race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration will be open the day of the race at 8 a.m.

$20 advance registration / $25 day-of registration
$5 for children twelve and under
Click here to register



Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Father’s Day 5k? Contact Paula Place for more information.


Digital Prospectors Corporation White


Eastern Bank


5.9.18 silver


Baker Newman Noyes
Chick Photography
Clark Insurance
Dead River Company
Dover Women’s Health
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Northeast Credit Union
Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.
United Way of the Greater Seacoast
Well Sense Health Plan

Author Joyce Robitaille Donates Parenting Books to Goodwin

Local author Joyce Robitaille stopped by Goodwin Community Health for a tour on Wednesday, March 28th. She and her husband brought 80 of her amazing book Raising Well-Behaved Kids… A Simple Guide.

The couple, who spend their time volunteering with hospices and mental health facilities in Manchester, had very supportive and kind works to say about our facility and the work we do.

We would like to thank Joyce for her donation and all of the work she has done supporting New Hampshire families. Her book, Raising Well-Behaved Kids… A Simple Guide can be found on Amazon and other book retailers.