Health

North Country Health Consortium receives grant to boost health care delivery system

The North Country Health Consortium announced that it has received a Rural Health Network Development grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy totaling $900,000 to support expansion of existing programming to strengthen the health-care delivery system in Northern New Hampshire.
The three-year grant will support the development of the Ways2Wellness Connect program, emphasizing the integration of community health workers with care coordination teams in the area. Further, North Country Health Consortium will hire and train community health workers to partner with area health care teams to assist older adult patients in accessing care and services in the community.
“The North Country has a proportionately larger aging population than the rest of the state and country as well as higher rates of chronic conditions— such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases,” said Nancy Frank, chief executive officer at NCHC.” Although relatively new to the state, community health workers have been an indispensable part of health care teams throughout the country for decades, and will allow North Country Health Consortium to address factors that affect health, disease progression, and care, including isolation, access to transportation, and healthy food.”
The Ways2Wellness Connect model was designed to keep patients with chronic diseases from “falling through the cracks,” with community health workers functioning as both care coordinators and health educators to bridge connections between providers, patients, family members, communities, and resources. In conjunction with the Ways2Wellness Connect program, health professions students completing rural community rotations through North Country Health Consortium's Live, Learn, Play in Northern New Hampshire program will participate in care coordination activities with community health workers.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to grow the community health workers workforce in the region, and we continue to share their value with providers and community residents to sustainability integrate community health workers into the greater infrastructure,” said Frank.
The North Country Health Consortium is a non-profit public health organization based in Littleton that collaborates with health and human services providers serving northern New Hampshire. For more information about North Country Health Consortium and Community Health Workers, go to nchcnh.org or call (603) 259-3700.
 

Bereavement support group starts Tuesday, Sept. 26

BERLIN — Do you know someone who is struggling with grief due to the death of a spouse, child, parent, relative or friend? Sponsored by Catholic Charities N.H., there will be a Bereavement Support Group starting on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
According to organizers of the event, after the death of a loved one, survivors need understanding, hope and comfort. They need to be able to talk with others who have been through similar experiences and can listen and understand in a special way.
A support group offers such an opportunity. Event coordinators invite anyone who has lost a loved one through death to come and share in this experience.
The sessions are informal and topics will include:
• Understanding grief.
• Emotions: loneliness and anger.
• Remembering.
• Faith/holidays.
• Coping strategies.
• Hope and new beginnings.
This group is free, but pre-registration is requested. This six-week series will begin Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Nicole Plourde (603) 752-1325.
The group is sponsored by Catholic Charities N.H. and will be held at its office on 151 Emery St. in Berlin.
 
“In a society which is more inclined to help you hide your pain than to grow through it, it is necessary to make a conscious effort to mourn,” — Henry Nouwen

Cutline: Promoting literacy in Coos County

Reach out and Read PictureThe Community Impact Committee of Granite United Way — Northern Region is partnering with the Coos Coalition to promote literacy in Coos County. The Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families recently received $4,125 from Granite United Way — Northern Region to support the Coos County Reach out and Read Program. This money will be used to provide free books for children aged 1-5 at their well child visits at Coos County Family Health Services, Weeks Medical Center and Indian Stream Health Center. Pictured from Coos County Family Health Services are Brian Beals, MD; Andrea Alger, RN; Beth Host; Jen O’Neil, MA; Laura Boucher of Granite United Way and Coen Rano. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Cutline: Elected officials and representatives take tour of Summit by Morrison

Sumit TourSummit by Morrison officials gave elected officials and representatives a tour of the under-construction senior living facility on Friday, Aug.18. Standing in front of Summit by Morrison, from left are: Summit by Morrison Director of Development Mell Brooks, Morrison Board of Trustees Member Bob Fink, Sartwell Place Assisted Living Administrator Jean Niece, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster’s North Country Representative Brian Bresnahan, Morrison Board of Trustees Member Elaine Dana, NH State Rep. Troy Merner, Congresswoman McLane Kuster’s intern, Jared Cape, NH State Senator Jeff Woodburn, and Morrison Home Executive Director Chad Dingman. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

08.18.17 Mell reads Shaheen letter with groupDuring a tour of Summit by Morrison on Aug. 18, Summit by Morrison Director of Development Mell Brooks reads a letter of congratulations from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Flanking Brooks from right to left are state Rep. Troy Merner, U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster’s North Country Representative Brian Bresnahan, state Sen. Jeff Woodburn and Kuster intern Jared Cape. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Kristy Letendre joins North Country Health Consortium as continuum of care facilitator for North Country Public Health Network

The North Country Health Consortium recently announced that Kristy Letendre is the continuum of care facilitator of the North Country Public Health Network, headed by the consortium.
“I am so thrilled to have Kristy join our team, especially at such a critical juncture with the epidemic of substance misuse, locally as well as nationally, and the need to address gaps and barriers to services, and issues around capacity in our region," said Nancy Frank, chief executive officer of North Country Health Consortium.
Letendre joins North Country Health Consortium as a seasoned substance use disorder professional, with a 14-year career at Tri-County Community Action Program. Since starting at Tri-County CAP in 2004, Letendre worked in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services, becoming the division’s director in 2014.
As the director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services until 2016, Letendre headed high- and low-residential programs, and the outpatient department for the Friendship House in Bethlehem, including its satellite locations throughout the North Country. From 2016 to 2017 at Tri-County CAP, Letendre was the director of clinical services, maintaining senior leadership of alcohol and other drugs programs, before assuming the continuum of care role at the North Country Health Consortium.
As the Continuum of Care facilitator, Letendre is tasked with bridging the vital components of care and services for substance use disorders with Regional Public Health Network partners throughout Coos and northern Grafton counties. In the role, and with her vast field experience, Letendre is primed to facilitate opportunities for collaboration amongst regional substance-use disorder experts and service providers across the continuum, including: health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.
“Kristy’s talents will undoubtedly complement the mission of North Country Health Consortium, and the work we do to further integration of primary health care and behavioral health in order to enhance the current substance use disorder infrastructure supporting our communities,” said Frank.
The North Country Health Consortium is a non-profit public health organization based in Littleton that collaborates with health and human services providers serving northern New Hampshire. For more information about North Country Health Consortium and the North Country’s Continuum of Care Development plan, go to NCHCNH.org or contact Kristy Letendre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and (603) 259-3700 Ext. 258.
Kristy Letendre picThe North Country Health Consortium recently announced Kristy Letendre as continuum of care facilitator of the North Country Public Health Network. (COURTESY PHOTO)