About Partners in Community Wellness


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 
Objectives:
  • 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 Miller, ChairCentral NH VNA & Hospice
Chief Chris Adams
Laconia PD
Kirk Beattie
Laconia FD
Michelle Betts
HealthFirst BoD
Shawna Burtwell
New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse
Sara Dupont
LRGHealthcare
Dave Ferruolo
Health First Family Care
Stacey Gagnon
Winnisquam Regional HS
Kelley Gaspa
Partnership for Public Health
Dave Greski
Retired-Community Member-United Way
Kerri Lowe
Partnership for Public Health
Daisy Pierce
Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region
Alan Robichaud
Retired-Granite United Way
Dawn Shimberg
Youth Assistance Program, Tilton

Staff Contact
Kelley Gaspa         
Substance Use Disorder Systems Integration Director
                                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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