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 GetCommunityHealth.org.

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