Partners in Community Wellness: Trainings and Events

Winnipesaukee Educator’s Substance Misuse Prevention & Intervention Collaborative

The Winnipesaukee Educator’s Substance Misuse Prevention & Intervention Collaborative is intended to provide elementary, middle and high school educators and school day staff that are experiencing substance use, misuse and addiction in their schools, with opportunities for education, information and collaboration.  Sessions are held three times each school year.  For more information please contact Kelley Gaspa at


Naloxone Distribution Event

Picture Right: Laconia Deputy Fire Chief, Shawn Riley provides hands on training for Naloxone Administration.

The Partnership for Public Health, along with sponsors: Horizons Counseling, Genesis Behavioral Health, LRGHealthcare, HealthFirst Family Care Center, the Beane Conference Center and the Laconia Fire Department hosted a community event for training and distribution of Naloxone. In addition,  a variety of local resources were onsite to provide formation on support, treatment and recovery.

Families Sharing Without Shame

Families Sharing Without Shame is a meeting place for parents  who have a child or children who are or have misused drugs and or alcohol.Our goal is to provide parents a safe place to share their fears, tears and triumphs. We commit to advocating throughout the State of New Hampshire to eliminate the stigma associated with addiction.  Meeting held Monday evenings 7-8:30 p.m. at Lakes Region General Hospital, 80 Highland St.,Laconia, N.H.Lower level by Café in Conf. rm. 3/4.  Contact Donna M. at 603-568-0533 for more information.

Peer Support Groups for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Substance Use Issues

F.A.S.T.E.R. will hold support groups every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  6:00 to 7:30 pm, Lakes Region Community Services/Family Resource Center, 719 No Main St, Laconia.  Contact Nancy 603-293-0960 for more information.

NIH issues online course on screening youth for alcohol problems

This news release provides information about a new online training course produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Medscape to help health care professionals conduct fast, evidence-based alcohol screening and brief intervention with youth.  According to the news release, course participants learn how to use a quick and powerful two-question screening tool, and includes an innovative risk estimator, as well as teaches health care professionals how to conduct different levels of intervention for lower, moderate, and highest risk patients. In addition, course participants also receive an overview of brief motivational interviewing, an interactive, youth-friendly intervention considered to have the best potential effectiveness for the adolescent population.  For access to the news release visit:

National Night Out
Officers, State Troopers, First Responders and other local professionals joined the community for National Night Out.  This was an opportunity to learn about local programs, access resources and show support for our law enforcement and 1st Responders in the Winnipesaukee Region.  Pictured are Clare Persson of Stand Up Laconia, Staff Sergeant Rick Frost with the National Guard Counter Drug Taskforce, Kelley Gaspa with the Partnership for Public Health &  Prevention Enforcement Treatment Coordinator Eric Adams of Laconia Police Department.  Working together to reduce substance misuse throughout Laconia and the Winnipesaukee Region.

Suicide Prevention Training
The Partnership for Public Health & NAMI NH hosted a Suicide Prevention Training for professionals in education, mental health services and the recovery field.  Suicide is a public health issue that everyone has a role in preventing.  For more information on the suicide prevention initiatives at the Partnership for Public Health, please contact Kelley Gaspa at or 603-528-2145

For more information, contact Kelley Gaspa, Director for Substance Use Disorder Systems Integration, at (603) 528-2145 or

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