Your Partner for a Safer & Healthier Community


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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:

Brian Keys, Fire Fighter/Paramedic/Recovery Coordinator, Laconia Fire Department
Daisy Pierce, Ph.D., Executive Director, Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region
David Ferruolo, MSW, LICSW, MLADC, Ed.D, Health First Family Care Center
Dawn Shimberg, Director, Tilton Youth Assistance Program
Eric Adams, PET Officer, Laconia Police Department
Jennifer Jackes, Director of Short Term and Acute Services, Lakes Region Mental Health
Kelley Gaspa, MS, CPS, Partnership for Public Health
Kerri Lowe, CPS, Resident Services Coordinator, Lakes Region Community Developers
Kimbly Wade, Community Health Educator, Partnership for Public Health
Michelle Lennon, MA, CRSW, Pastor, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church & GTAFRC
Sara Dupont, MSW, Medical Social Worker, Speare Memorial Hospital (Chair)
Shauna Foster, Program Manager, New Beginnings without Violence

Stacy Keith, Community Liaison, Groups Recover Together
Lisa Ransom, M.Ed., School Counselor, Inter-Lakes High School
Tricia Tousignant, Parent Education Manager, Family Resource Center of Central NH
Carissa Elphick, MA,CRS-A/D, Director, ServiceLink

To learn more about the Partners in Community Wellness Team

Contact: Kelley Gaspa at