The mission of the Capital Area Public Health Network (CAPHN) is to promote, protect, and improve the health and well-being of communities within the Capital Area of New Hampshire through the proactive, coordinated, and comprehensive delivery of essential public health services. The Capital Area Public Health Network region is comprised of the following municipalities: Allenstown, Andover, Boscawen, Bow, Bradford, Canterbury, Chichester, Concord, Deering, Dunbarton, Epsom, Henniker, Hillsboro, Hopkinton, Loudon, Northwood, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Salisbury, Warner, Washington, Webster, Weare, Windsor.
CAPHN focuses on specific areas related to the health and safety of your community and welcomes volunteers to participate in one of its initiatives:
Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC): The role of the PHAC is to advise the CAPHN by identifying and prioritizing regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; encouraging the development of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies; advancing the coordination of services among partners; and promoting community engagement on public health issues.
Substance Misuse Prevention: CAPHN works to reduce substance misuse among youth and young adults in the Capital Area by mobilizing key sectors of the community to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. Current strategies include: Youth Leadership Councils, Life of an Athlete, Project Success, Prescription Drug Take Back Initiatives, and the Social Marketing Campaigns.
Suicide Prevention: Our suicide prevention efforts are supported through a partnership with NAMI NH. We are working to train key stakeholders and build community capacity in addressing the prevention of suicides among youth and young adults.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: CAPHN provides leadership and coordination to improve the readiness of partners to mount an effective response to public health emergencies and threats. This work includes the maintenance of a regional annex, which includes plans for response to and recovery from public health emergencies that impact communities in the region. CAPHN works with local Emergency Management Directors to strengthen and develop regional sheltering plans to respond to the needs of the communities during events.
Citizen Corps: The mission of the Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are integral parts of the Citizen Corps. We maintain active CERT and MRC teams in the Capital Area and work on an ongoing basis to recruit, train, and maintain volunteers to support our efforts.
School-Based Influenza Vaccination Services: CAPHN partners with local schools every Fall to offer no-cost influenza vaccinations to students. This program prioritizes schools where children are less likely to be insured or have other barriers to being vaccinated.
To view our Capital Area Public Health Network one-pager click here.
We also welcome you to visit www.capitalareaphn.org.
Have you heard of the Capital Area Wellness Coalition?
Granite United Way and the Capital Area Public Health Network are active members of the Capital Area Wellness Coalition. The Coalition coordinates community resources and builds partnerships to create a culture of healthy living for everyone. To learn more about the Coalition’s work and to access great, local resources, click here!