Winnipesaukee Public Health Council (WPHC)


Purpose and Responsibilities:

To facilitate improvements in the delivery of Public Health Services. This is accomplished by establishing regional public health priorities, advocating for the implementation of programs; practices and policies to improve health outcomes; and advance the coordination of services among partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assess the health status of the region
  • Educate public and advocate for public heath
  • Develop public health improvement plan and monitor progress of plan goals
  • Identify and reduce barriers towards goals and provides support
  • Respond to emerging public health issues
  • Engage support with public health priority work groups

WPHC 2 Page Flyer

Winnipesaukee Public Health Region Priority Areas

Health Insurance and Consumer Navigation of the Health Care System

Behavioral Health Services

Substance Misuse and Addiction

Prevent Suicide

Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Childhood Obesity

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Increased Financial Stability of Individuals and Families


Belknap County: Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Tilton Merrimack County: Danbury, Franklin, Hill, Northfield Carroll County: Moultonborough (Emergency Preparedness only)

Council Membership:

Includes sectors: health care, public health, social services, government, faith, first responders, education, behavioral health, developmental disability, business, community members.

WPHC Structure Chart

WPHC Meeting Minutes

November 5th, 2015
February 4th, 2016
May 5th, 2016    
October 6th, 2016
January 6th, 2017
December 3rd, 2015
March 3rd, 2016
June 2nd, 2016
November 3rd, 2016
February 2nd, 2017
January 7th, 2016
April 7th, 2016
September 1st, 2016
December 1st, 2016

Council Members

Jacqui Abikoff
Horizons Counseling
Kirk Beattie
Laconia Fire Department
Paul Branscombe
Town of Gilmanton
Rich Crocker
State Committee on Aging
David Emberley
Central NH VNA & Hospice
Linda Ferruolo
Lakes Region Community College
Karen Grzelak
Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers
Mckenzie Harrington-Bacote
Laconia School District
Jeff Hayes
Lakes Region Planning Commission
Marge Kerns
Margaret LaBrecque
NH Veteran's Home
Melissa Lee
Franklin Regional High School
Robert Lucas
Citizen Representative
Alida Millham
Sally Minkow
Barbara Normandin
Franklin VNA & Hospice
Erin Pettengill
Lakes Region Community Services
Kathy Randazzo
Genesis Behavioral Health
Rachel Saliba
Tilton School
Shanna Saunders
City of Laconia
Rick Silverberg
Health First Family Care Center and CCNTR
Justin Slattery
Belknap Economic Development Council
Susan Smith
NH Voices for Health/ Gilford Resident
Jenn Sumner
Project AWARE
Scoop Welch
Granite United Way
Jim Wells
City of Franklin
Susan Wnuk
CAP for Merrimack-Belknap Counties

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):

The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is pleased to present the first Winnipesaukee Community Health Improvement Plan. This Plan builds upon the work of individuals working collectively with support provided by the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health and Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers. Our collective vision is to build a healthy, resilient, and vibrant community for every person, and every family.

Public health is the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health within groups of people-- from small communities to entire countries. Public Health is YOUR health. It embodies everything from clean air to safe food and water, access to healthcare and safer communities.

Through public health planning and prevention initiatives, the public gets sick less frequently, children grow to become healthy adults through adequate resources including health care, and our community reduces the impact of disasters by preparing people for the effects of catastrophes such as hurricanes, floods and terrorist attacks.

In preparing this Plan, the Council and its work-groups have reviewed needs assessments, utilizing data from many different sources such as community focus groups, key stakeholder interviews, and surveys. Building on this information, needs have been prioritized and work plans have been developed. This Community Health Improvement Plan identifies needs, goals, measurable objectives, and strategies to help us as we work together on solutions to important issues facing our community.

We are all responsible for the health of our citizens. The importance of healthy living and safety in our homes and communities are values that we all share. We look forward to working with the entire community to better understand the health problems confronting our citizens and to implement strategies to respond to the public health needs of our community.

We invite you to read through the report, study the objectives and strategies, and consider how you can become involved. The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council thanks the individuals, agencies, state and local governments who participated in this endeavor without whom it would not be possible.

Community Health Improvement Plan Entire Plan Download

Community Health Improvement Plan Flyer Download

Public Health Priorities:

*Aligns with NH State Health Improvement Plan Priorities 1/13/16

Staff Contact

Susan Laverack        Interim Executive Director
                                  Partnership for Public Health
Jennifer Groleau     Administrative and Technical
                                  Support Assistant
By Telephone:         (603) 528-2145
By Fax:                    (603) 527-3790
By Mail:                   Winnipesaukee Public Health Council
                                  c/o Partnership for Public Health
                                 67 Water St, Suite 105
                                 Laconia, NH 03246

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