Issue: Summer 2021
Public Health Network COVID vaccine clinics pop up across region
North Country Public Health Network (PHN) vaccine clinics are popping up across Northern NH! With all three available COVID vaccine doses in tow—Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J— NCHC’s PHN team is at the ready to head to your next community event, gathering, or work facility within the region.

Through the Summer and into Fall, the PHN team has been actively reaching out to and taking requests from community partners throughout Coos and Northern Grafton Counties to set up pop-up COVID vaccine clinics with the objective to provide community members who have not yet received COVID vaccination with as many convenient options as possible to do so, when they’re ready, as well as get their vaccine questions answered.
Locations for PHN pop-up clinics so far have included:

In Lancaster, the Farmers Market, Family Block Party, and Mobile Food Clinic, Whitefield Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, in Littleton, First Friday Art Night and the Food Cooperative, Dalton Town Day, the Riverside Speedway in Groveton, North Country Moose Festival in Colebrook, as well as the following employer sites: Trividia, American Performance Polymer, Mountainview Grand, and PAK Solutions.
Come and get your COVID shot at the next PHN pop-up clinic! Pictured (L-R) are: Janice Reynolds, RN, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteer, Kris van Bergen-Buteau, Director of North Country Public Health Network, Zina Schmidt, PHEP Coordinator, Lynn Sheridan, MRC Volunteer.
Headed into September, the PHN is set to bring clinics to the Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market, White Mountains Community College’s Berlin and Littleton campuses, and the Lancaster Fair.

Interested in hosting a pop-up COVID vaccine clinic at your event, group gathering or worksite?

Get in touch with the North Country Public Health Network by emailing phn@NCHCNH.org or calling NCHC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator, Zina Schmidt at (603)259-4369.
Drug Treatment Court boasts full participant roster, thriving program graduates
Drug Treatment Court of Grafton County has stayed busy through the Summer, currently supporting a roster of 22 participants who are each working hard through the program phases and towards their recovery from substance use disorders. Looking forward to celebrating the next program graduates at the upcoming Drug Treatment Court of Grafton County graduation in September, the DTC team always enjoys keeping up with alumni and hearing of their continued growth and successes beyond the program.

Recently, a past participant reached out and proudly reported to DTC Program Manager, Annie Crowley:
“Hey wanted to say hi and thank you for never giving up on me! I don’t know if I ever would of got clean if it wasn’t for drug court and today I am very glad I did. We also just closed on our new house, I have an amazing life! One I never thought was possible… Thank you!❤ "
AskPETRA Library Project delivers SUD recovery resources
into communities

The AskPETRA Library Project is underway! During the Summer months, the AskPETRA team curated a collection of books—including memoirs, journals, non-fiction, and self-help titles—that shine light on stories, inspiration, and guidance pertaining to substance use disorders (SUD) and pathways to recovery. Complete with a book display and additional handouts on SUD supports available to community members, library kits were delivered to participating partner organizations in August, where the resources can be shared by members of these organizations, the clients they serve, and the community. 

Thanks to the public libraries, Recovery Friendly Workplaces, police departments, and recovery support organizations who are participating in the AskPETRA Library Project: 
  • Genfoot America
  • PAK Solutions
  • Family Resource Center
  • Littleton Police Department
  • White Mountain Recovery Homes
  • (5 locations in the region)
  • North Country Serenity Center
  • Northumberland Police Department
  • Grafton County Drug Treatment Court
  • Littleton Public Library
  • Bethlehem Public Library
  • Bath Public Library
  • Haverhill Area Library Association
  • Coos County House of Corrections
  • Stratford Library

To learn where you can check out materials from an organization participating in the AskPETRA Library Project, or how you can receive a library kit for your own organization, contact:: askPETRA@NCHCNH.org

Staff Community Health Worker/Recovery Coach (CHW/RC) at the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC), Savanah Miller, delivered kits containing a display of SUD Recovery books and resources to organizations participating in the AskPETRA Library Project, including (left) Littleton Police Department and (right) Littleton Public Library.
Choosing Change initiative creates recovery option for women
NCHC, including the AskPETRA and WARM4Women programs, is partnered with Blue Heron Neurofeedback and Counseling to offer Choosing Change: Support for Women with Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Dedicated to women in recovery, who have an active SUD, and/or who have previous or current interaction with law enforcement, this group counseling program utilizes the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) model. MRT has been shown to decrease recidivism among criminal offenders by addressing decision-making skills, examining attitudes and behaviors, and teaching constructive problem-solving skills.
Join Choosing Change

To join the Choosing Change (MRT) online group for women, participants must have a reliable internet connection and computer access, although there are limited tablets available for use.

For more information, to sign up, or to make a referral to the Choosing Change Program, contact Recovery Support Manager, Jenn Goulet: jgoulet@NCHCNH.org or (603)259-1730.
NCHC Recovery Support Manager receives FRC
Community Partner Award!
In July, Jennifer Goulet, Recovery Support Manager for NCHC's including WARM and the extension of services, WARM4Women, and AskPETRA was awarded one of two 2021 Community Partner awards by the Family Resource Center (FRC)!
Way to go, Jenn!

Jennifer was recognized by FRC for her commitment to collaborating for change and supporting families, individuals, and partner organizations within the North Country.

HASMPC honors American Superheroes on July 4th

The Haverhill Area Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition (HASMPC), led by Drug-Free Community (DFC) Program Coordinator, Mariah Coulstring, once again participated in the Woodsville & Wells River Fourth of July Parade! One of the biggest events held in the Haverhill-Woodsville area community, this annual tradition stretches into the bordering Vermont community, Wells River, and draws in close to 10,000 people.
This year, the theme of the event was “American Superheroes.” To match the occasion, HASMPC members got decked in patriotic superhero-themed attire and decorated a float to drive in the parade.
NCHC's DFC Coordinator for the HASMPC, Mariah Coulstring leads the way, marching ahead of the Coalition's parade float at the Woodsville & Wells River 4th of July Parade.

Did you know? In the time since HASMPC started prevention work in the community, alcohol use by Woodsville High School students has decreased by 20%

This statistic was printed on the truckload of beach balls given out to parade-goers from the HASMPC float along the parade route. About 1,800 beach balls were passed out during the event, along with around 200 DeTerra bags, to provide community members with a safe at-home prescription drug disposal option.

Need DeTerra bags?

Get in touch with NCHC's Substance Misuse Prevention team: smp@NCHCNH.org
NCHC Community Health Worker Program Supervisor inducted into Board of National Association of CHWs

NCHC Community Health Worker (CHW) and Program Coordinator/Supervisor for the Ways2Wellness CONNECT CHW program, Amber Culver, is a National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) board member!

Inducted into the NACHW Board of Directors in August during a live virtual ceremony, Amber has the official sash to prove it (and wears it every chance she gets!).
The National Association of Community Health Workers unifies the voices of CHWs at the national level, strengthening the profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities.

Representing the State of New Hampshire as a board member, Amber shares responsibility with the membership to establish policies for the organization, ensuring they operate consistently with its bylaws, support the mission and values of NACHW, as well as collaborate on strategic planning and goal-setting on behalf of the organization… Congratulations, Amber!
Public Health Network convenes Training on CALM Suicide Prevention, future training for SAP Counselors
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This is the premise behind the Training on CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means).

On August 4th, the North Country Public Health Network (PHN) came together with Capital Area PHN, and Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, to convene CALM as a live virtual workshop offered to community members-- anyone who works with populations at risk for suicide-- across the three regions.

In New Hampshire, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 44, and the eighth leading cause for those of all ages.
Student Assistance Program (SAP) Coordinator at NCHC, Laura Hosley, was in attendance. Laura works with the Student Assistance Professionals (SAPs) across the North Country region covering eight schools, to provide on-the-job guidance, including monthly Learning Collaboratives to bring together the regions' SAP Counselors for training and mutual support. She said:
"The CALM training can be tailored to present to the SAP counselors at a Learning Collaborative session. I think that the access to lethal means concept needs to be incorporated into conversations with students and families. Especially considering NH having so many guns makes it an issue."

Looking ahead, Laura plans to bring CALM Training to her SAP Counselors at a Learning Collaborative during the upcoming school year.

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Register for Community Health Worker Training, Sept 22 - Nov 17.
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