About Partners in Community Wellness

Regional Resource Guide:


The Winnipesaukee Region  Resource Guide is comprised of local and statewide services and resources that are available across the continuum of care.  This guide includes services and resources in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.  It was developed by the Partnership for Public Health with support from the Partners in Community Wellness Team, a workgroup of the Winnipesaukee Public Health Council.  The information provided in this guide is for informational purposes only.  It is not an endorsement of any organization or the services they offer.  While we make every effort to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of any of the organizations or providers listed.

Vision Statement:

Communities understand that substance use disorders and suicide are public health concerns requiring a community based approach of consistent and widespread prevention, early identification and connection to treatment and recovery support services to promote a culture of health and wellness.

Partners in Community Wellness Goals:
  • Decrease marijuana use among high school aged youth.
  • Decrease alcohol use among high school aged youth.

  • Decrease non-medical prescription drug use among high school aged youth and young adults.
  • Decrease lifetime use of heroin from 3.5% to <1%

  • Help to build and sustain capacity and infrastructure around implementing best practices for suicide prevention and postvention for high risk youth and young adults.

Partners in Community Wellness Suicide Goals and 
  • Goal 1-Reduce suicide incidence in the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region.
  • Objective 1-Reduce the percentage of high school age youth who report having attempted suicide in the past year to 4% (baseline=7.6%, 2009-2013 YRBS)
  • Objective 2-Reduce the rate of suicide or self-harm related emergency department visits to 16.0 per 10,000 population (baseline=20.5 per 10,000 population)
  • Objective 3 (developmental)-Increase the number of people trained in Suicide Prevention, Postvention and/or Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) within key community sectors.
  • Objective 4 (developmental)-Increase the proportion of media professionals who have received training in appropriate reporting of suicidal events following the national Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media.
  • Objective 5 (developmental)-Increase utilization of postvention training and protocols (i.e. After a Suicide Toolkit, Media Recommendations) for first responders, law enforcement, emergency departments, schools and others who may be involved or affected by a suicide to reduce risk of contagion and promote healing.
  • Objective 6 (developmental)-Identify key data sources and tools that may better identify high-risk populations and/or other trends which would inform suicide prevention efforts.

For more in-depth information please see Priority Areas 3 and 4 in the Community Health Improvement Plan: Click here to view Community Health Improvement Plan-Full Plan

Partners in Community Wellness Leadership Team Members:

James MillerCommunity Member

Kirk Beattie
Laconia FD
Michelle Lennon
Greater Tilton Northfield Family Resource Center
Shawna Burtwell
New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse
Sara Dupont, Chair
Community Member (Speare Memorial Hospital)
Dave Ferruolo
Health First Family Care
Stacey Gagnon
Interlakes High School
Kelley Gaspa
Partnership for Public Health
Dave Greski
Community Member
Kerri Lowe
Lakes Region Community Developers
Kimbly Wade
Partnership for Public Health
Daisy Pierce
Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region
Tricia Tousignant
LRCS, Family Resource Center
Dawn Shimberg
Youth Assistance Program, Tilton
Evan StuartGroups Recover Together
Jennifer Jacks
Genesis Behavioral Health
Nate Greene
Winnisquam Systems of Care
Lt. Rich Simmons
Laconia Police Department

Staff Contact
Kelley Gaspa       Director of Prevention & Intervention Programs

                                Email:  kgaspa@pphnh.org               
Jennifer Groleau   Administrative and Technical Support Assistant
                                Email:  jgroleau@pphnh.org
By Telephone:        (603) 528-2145
By Fax:                  (603) 527-3790
By Mail:                 Partners in Community Wellness
                                c/o Partnership for Public Health
                                67 Water St, Suite 105
                                Laconia, NH 03246

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