Your Partner for a Safer & Healthier Community


67 Water Street, Suite 105, Laconia NH 03246

The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is a collaborative of organizations working to enhance and improve community health and public health-related services throughout the region. The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is hosted by the Partnership for Public Health, located in Laconia.

The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is one of 13 regional public health councils in New Hampshire. Each Regional Public Health Council includes a host agency that convenes, coordinates, and facilitates a broad partnership of organizations and individuals who contribute to or have a stake in the health of their region.  Each host agency provides leadership through a regional Public Health Advisory Council and provides a variety of services including Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Substance Misuse Prevention. 

The Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is comprised of community leaders and representatives from a diverse group of community sectors, health care, public health, business, faith, government, education, social services, mental health, and citizen representatives. The primary work of the Council is to set regional health priorities, provide guidance to regional public health activities, and ensure coordination of health improvement efforts. More information about each of New Hampshire’s Public Health Councils and Networks please visit

Community Health Improvement Plan

Community Health Needs Assessment

Winnipesaukee Public Health Region

The Winnipesaukee Public Health Region consists of the following cities and towns.   Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Danbury, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hill, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Northfield, Sanbornton and Tilton.  The town of Moultonborough accesses the Winnipesaukee region for emergency preparedness support.

Council Members

The Council includes the following sectors:  health care, public health, social services, government, faith, first responders, education, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, business as well as community members. 

WPHC Structure Chart

Community Health Improvement Plan

First Name Last Name Organization
Kirk Beattie Laconia Fire Department
ElaineCartierFranklin VNA and Hospice
* Rich Crocker Elder Rights Coalition
Lisa Dupuis Central NH VNA & Hospice
David Emberley Central NH VNA & Hospice
Linda Ferruolo Lakes Region Community College
Mckenzie Harrington-Bacote Laconia School District
*Margaret LaBrecque NH Veteran’s Home
Michelle Lennon Tilton Resource Center
* Alida Millham Retired, Citizen Representative
Lori Nash Central NH VNA & Hospice
Erin Pettengill Lakes Region Community Services
Daisy Pierce Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region
Kathy Randazzo Genesis Behavioral Health
Rachel Saliba Tilton School, Northfield/Tilton Rotary
* Rick Silverberg Health First Family Care Center and CCNTR
* Susan Smith Community Member (Franklin)
* Scoop Welch Granite United Way
Jim Wells Community Member (Franklin)
TiffanyPenaGranite United Way
* Susan Wnuk Community Action Program for Merrimack-Belknap Counties

The Community Health Improvement Plan, commonly referred to as the CHIP, builds upon the work of many passionate individuals working collectively to improve the health of our region.   Our collective vision is to build a healthy, resilient, and vibrant community for every person, and every family. 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

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.

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

Workgroup Contacts:

Access to Healthcare Workgroup: Marge Kerns

Access to Behavioral Health Services Workgroup: Audrey Goudie

Partners in Community Wellness (Working to reduce the impact of substance misuse, suicide and other behavioral health concerns on individuals and families in the Winnipesaukee Region of New Hampshire.)Kelley

Aging and Disability Workgroup: Carissa

Healthy Eating & Active Living Workgroup: Kate

Emergency Preparedness Council: John

Financial Stability Partnership: Scoop and Cary

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