Greater Seacoast Community Health

Impact Report 2022

Leadership Letter

Janet Laatsch, CEO of Greater Seacoast Community HealthAt the heart of Greater Seacoast Community Health is a team of dedicated health and family service professionals, volunteers, partners and donors committed to one mission: making health services and support accessible to ALL. This report highlights how, together, we are emerging from the COVID pandemic and turning our attention to the many other health and wellness challenges facing our community — from workforce challenges, to Hepatitis C, to access to care for people experiencing homelessness.

With every conversation, every donation, every hour spent volunteering for our programs or events, and every time you share your expertise, you provide a gift to this organization and mission. Your contributions allow us to continue reducing health disparities in the Seacoast area as well as to shape a larger, more equitable health care system for everyone.

I am proud and humbled to be one of many leaders of Greater Seacoast Community Health. Here are just a few of the things we accomplished together last year:

  • Relocated Families First to a larger, more visible building in Portsmouth, following a successful capital campaign
  • Expanded our medical residency program to 12 residents and renovated space in our Somersworth building to accommodate the growth
  • Received statewide designation as a Family Resource Center of Quality 
  • Renewed our top-level Primary Care Medical Home designation for both Somersworth and Portsmouth locations
  • Added two new Community Health Worker positions to help patients and their families navigate and access community services
  • Embarked on a new public health dental residency program with Tufts University.

Together, with our Board of Directors and Leadership team, I extend my deepest gratitude to all who supported our mission, our patients and each other in 2022. You are greatly appreciated.

Janet Laatsch
Chief Executive Officer

2022 at a Glance

I was extremely nervous about my procedure. My provider took the time to make sure all my questions were answered. She really put me at ease and made sure I was comfortable.

200

Employees

$ 1 M

operating
Budget

16999

PEOPLE SERVED
IN ALL PROGRAMS

55000
medical, dental and behavioral health visits provided to 14,061 patients
12200
Primary care patients
3600
Dental patients
1000
Mental health patients
320
Prenatal Patients
5400
Patients under 21
2500
Mobile clinic visits

Patient Insurance

  • Medicaid 45%
  • Private 38%
  • Uninsured 9%
  • Medicare 8%

Types of Health Visits

  • Medical 70%
  • Dental 9%
  • Mental Health 15%
  • Substance Use Disorder 2%
  • Other 4%

Where Patients Live

  • Rochester 26%
  • Dover 14%
  • Somersworth 10%
  • Portsmouth 8%
  • Other NH towns 33%
  • Maine 9%
6500
visits to three SOS recovery centers, made by 687 people. Almost 2,000 overdose-prevention kits distributed.
3500
visits to parenting classes, family programs and home visits​, by 700 parents and children (about 360 families)
$ 1100000
worth of healthy food provided to 2,017 WIC participants

Revenue Sources

  • Program Service Revenue 50%
  • State & Federal Grants 38%
  • Community Support 11%
  • Misc. Including Investments 1%
$ 1100000

The value of discounted services provided to our patients who qualify for our sliding fee scale

$ 4500000

The positive economic impact we had on the community through direct and indirect spending

If there were a rating of 11 for care, I'd choose that. I'm blessed to have such a fantastic provider!

Highlights

Family Resource Center Receives Quality Designation

After an intensive, year-long application and review process, our Family Center achieved designation as a Family Resource Center of Quality (FRCQ) by the Wellness and Primary Prevention Council of the NH legislature. This designation highlights the Family Center’s vital role in providing support for families and connecting them to other services and resources available at our health centers. 

With designated office and program space at Families First in Portsmouth, the Family Center is the only FRCQ located in a community health center. This provides a convenient space for families to access care – bringing more visitors, patients, and partners to our services.

The Family Center provides parent education, support groups, home visiting, kinship navigation, and playgroups, in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping, Exeter and online. Read more …

A woman reads a book to two young girls.
Photo: Anthony Riso
A provider talks to a patient in an exam room.
Photo: Matt Parker Photos

Caring for Those Who Care for Others

Like much of the health care industry, we’ve been impacted by the “Great Resignation.” Our response was to work to make our agency an employer of choice and increase retention through a stronger focus on staff appreciation, employee engagement and job satisfaction. A key driver was a year-long contract with Resilience and Hope to help us address occupational stress and burnout, promote workplace resiliency and strengthen staff physical and emotional well-being. The program included acupuncture and Chinese medicine practices, coupled with resiliency skill-building sessions and access to free counseling.

Another offering for employees last year were four Intro to Mindfulness Meditation sessions, offered on paid work time. We will soon launch Greater Seacoast University, a comprehensive year-round training program to build employee skills at all levels, as well as having supervisors conduct annual “stay interviews” to promote retention.

Residency Program Expands

With the number of medical residents working at Goodwin Community Health through the Portsmouth Regional Hospital/Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program now at full strength – 12 residents – space was tight. We renovated a section of the health center to create eight patient rooms, a lab and more office and conference space. 

“The additional space supports the interdisciplinary nature of our services,” says Dr. Joann Buonomano, Chief Medical Officer and a member of the program’s core faculty. “Patients can stay in the rooms after their exams to meet with behavioral health counselors, specialized addiction nurses and a child development specialist. Social workers and enrollment specialists often leverage the visit as well. Resident physicians learn to provide holistic and customized services, thereby supporting integrated services and health equity.”  Read more…

Third-year resident Dr. Matthew Nagelschmidt, right, confers with Kacie Johnston, a medical assistant on the residency program team.

I have the most caring, thorough provider I could ask for, especially as a complex patient with many disabilities. My provider is my savior as she keeps me on track of taking care of myself!

Our Sincere Thanks

Our programs and services are made possible with the help of our generous supporters. They share our passion for community health, and for that we are deeply grateful.

Healthy Futures Leadership Donors

These donors contributed $1,000 or more in 2022.

  • Anonymous friends (12)
  • Anonymous – in honor of Nick Cross
  • Anonymous – in honor of Barbara Henry
  • Anonymous – in honor of Neil Segil
  • Abenaqui Women’s League
  • Airtho – in honor of Brandon Bogart
  • Carol Allen
  • Anne & Mike Ambrogi
  • AmeriHealth Caritas NH
  • Robert Andelman & Kathryn Lynch
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bank of New Hampshire
  • Karin & Stephen Barndollar
  • Elizabeth Bauman & Luke Gullick
  • Gail & Tom Beamer / The Gleason Family Fund
  • Cynthia & Robert Bear
  • Judith Bergeron & Steve Marcotte
  • Jack & Pam Blalock
  • MJ Blanchette & Brian Cox
  • Bournival Jeep
  • The Brook
  • Gail & Robert Brown
  • Arthur & Barbara Bruinooge
  • Ann & David Brussard
  • John & Madolyn Buckless – in memory of Robert E. Goodwin and in memory of Martin Champagne
  • Bully Boy Distillers
  • Joann Buonomano & Thomas Reichheld
  • Karen Burgon
  • Bill & Cindy Burke
  • Eugene Buzderewicz
  • Donald & Jessica Catino
  • James & Lois Champy
  • City of Portsmouth/U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Heather & Jonathan Clark
  • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Community Church of Durham
  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts
  • The Congregational Church in Exeter (UCC)
  • Paul & Martha Cox and Family
  • D.F. Richard Energy
  • Blair & Jeffrey Demers
  • Digital Prospectors
  • Dobles Foundation
  • Mary & Richard Dumler
  • Barbara & David Dunfee
  • Eastern Bank
  • Phyllis Eldridge
  • Kenneth Ernstoff & Katharine Moody
  • Exeter (town)
  • The Fabulous Find
  • FedPoint
  • First Seacoast Bank
  • Bette & David Fitts
  • Foundation for Seacoast Health
  • Jameson & Priscilla French and Family
  • Garrison Family Dental
  • Helen & Neil Garvey
  • GE Foundation
  • Jay & Mary-Pat Gibson
  • Robert Gilmore
  • Ross Gittell & Jody Hoffer Gittell
  • Valerie Goodwin & Alan Guy
  • Granite Bay Wealth Management
  • Granite United Way
  • Joan Granlund
  • Mary Griffin
  • Judy Hajjar
  • Hampton (town)
  • Barbara Henry & Nancy Winkley
  • Herbert A. Grant & Iva B. Grant Charitable Trust
  • Patricia Burke Hickey & Robert Hickey
  • Gail & Neil Hiltunen
  • Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • Judith Jellinek
  • Bruce & Patricia Johnson
  • Kaczmarek Family
  • Kennebunk Savings
  • Janet Laatsch
  • Labcorp
  • Lago’s Ice Cream
  • Albert & Ashley Lamb
  • Sean Leahy
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • LizFit
  • Ludes Family Foundation
  • MacDonald Family Foundation – in memory of Paula Davis
  • Kathleen & Robert MacLeod
  • Ed & Fran Mallon
  • Lynn & Michael Marsh
  • Meredith Village Savings Bank
  • Jessica Moran
  • Jeff & Karen Mountjoy
  • National Life Group Charitable Foundation
  • David & Dianne Ness
  • Joan & Peter Neumann
  • Joann Neumann
  • New Castle Congregational Church
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    • Dan Brown Charitable Foundation
    • Community Crisis Action Fund 2021
    • Impax Asset Management Charitable Fund
    • John and Lelia Lamson Fund
    • George W. Merck Fund
    • Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund
    • Evans Morone Family Fund
    • New Hampshire Tomorrow Family and Youth Supports Fund
    • Ouellett and Furbush Family Fund
    • Oliver J. and Dorothy Penniman Hubbard New Futures Fund
    • Prince/Bergh Family Fund
    • Rutman Family Fund
    • John and Mabel Healy Tillinghast Memorial Fund
    • Jake and Cindy Winebaum Charitable Fund
  • Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Denise & Thomas Nies
  • Northeast Credit Union
  • Northeast Delta Dental Foundation
  • Novocure – on behalf of James Sepanski
  • Novocure
  • O’Sullivan Family – in memory of, and in honor of, Edna White-O’Sullivan
  • Dan & Paula Packard
  • Partners Bank
  • Paul McInnis Inc.
  • Piscataqua Savings Bank
  • Portsmouth (city)
  • Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97
  • Portsmouth Professional Management Association
  • Alan & Anna Quinn
  • The Red Door Pottery Studio
  • The Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Rochester Runners
  • Rolling Green Nursery
  • Rotary Club of Portsmouth
  • Rye (town)
  • Jodi & Stuart Scharff
  • Kathy & Peter Scheu, Lebor Family Foundation
  • Janet Schofield
  • Dan & Lisa Schwarz
  • Seacoast Area Lodge No. 2303 OSIA
  • Seascape Capital Management
  • Brenda & Rick Sharton – in memory of Dr. William Ruel & Kay Ruel
  • Lisa & Thomas Sherman
  • Carter & Joshua Siegel
  • David & Maureen Staples
  • Stephen C. Brown Law Offices, PLLC
  • Stratham (town)
  • Barbara Sweet
  • Jennifer Stebbins Thomas & Dylan Thomas
  • Bob & Sue Thoresen
  • Kerri Turgeon
  • Nancy & Rodman Van Sciver
  • Lee & Peter Vandermark
  • Dennis & Amanda Veilleux
  • Alan & Sharon Weston – in memory of Kay Ruel
  • Bruce & Vicky Whitney
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Cheri & Peter Wilkins
  • Christina & Keith Wilkinson
  • Nancy Winthrop
  • WJP Development, LLC
  • Jeannine & Scott Zeller
  • Susan Zuckert

Annual Fund Contributors

These donors contributed up to $999 in 2022.

  • Lynn Aaby & Alan Cronheim
  • Abraham Burtman Charity Trust
  • Lea & Nick Aeschliman
  • Donnajean Ahigian & Jeffrey Gordon
  • Derek Ahl & Susan White Ahl – in honor of Ryan E. LeMire
  • Sue Allen
  • Allergy Associates of New Hampshire
  • AmazonSmile Foundation
  • Barbara & Thomas Archibald
  • Matthew Argall
  • Susan Argue
  • Diane Arnold
  • Samantha Arnold
  • James & Mary Avrett
  • Cheri Bach
  • Adria Bagshaw
  • Elizabeth & Jerry Baker
  • Emily Baker
  • Anthony Balakier
  • Karen Bargin
  • Yvonne Barlock – in memory of Joseph and John Barlock
  • Martin & Susan Baroff
  • Mary & Timothy Barretto
  • Elyse Barry & Leonard Korn
  • Levi Barry
  • Wade Bartlett
  • Brooke & Joe Bassett
  • Margaret & Robert Batal
  • Daniel Battle
  • Russell & Sherry Bean
  • Nicholas Belisle
  • Laura Belsky
  • James & Leah Berry
  • Suzanne Bessemer – in honor of The Harrington Family
  • Cynthia Bishop-Alex
  • Bojana Bjelicic-Miletkov & Mihail Miletkov
  • Jiva Bludeau
  • Bob’s Automotive & Wrecker Service
  • Patricia & Robert Bogardus
  • Paul Bolduc
  • Elisa Bolton & Michael Michaels
  • Lesa Borninski & Jeffrey Olsen
  • Gail & Mark Boulanger
  • Peter Braddock & Cynthia Fenneman
  • Nancy Braese & Michael Travers
  • Ryan Brander
  • Shelley Brass
  • The Breen Cousins – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Brian & Kathy Breslin
  • Brian & Kathy Breslin – in memory of Ruth Byrne
  • Faye Brewster
  • Carl Brigada, Jr.
  • Cheryl Brigham – in memory of Tyler Lunday
  • Jackie & Robert Brisebois
  • Don & Mary Jo Briselden
  • Michael Brousseau & Jacqueline Cotter-Brousseau – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Ben Brown
  • David & Tracy Brown
  • Sherry Browne
  • Colleen Buckless
  • Peter & Susan Bunker
  • Robert Burnham
  • Sanders Burstein
  • Harold & Sheila Cail
  • John & Laura Cannon
  • Dan & Joyce Cappiello
  • Adam Carey
  • Matthew Carey
  • Carey & Giampa, Realtors
  • Janet & William Carlson
  • Ann & Ellsworth Carlton
  • The Carroll Family – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Andrew Carson
  • Ben & Sarah Carter
  • Edward Casey – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Catherine Casey-Flavin & David Flavin – in honor of Eleanor Flavin
  • Amy Casper & Peter Golov – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Catalano Law Offices
  • CGI Business Solutions
  • Shawna Chag
  • Eric Chalek & Victoria Kasabian
  • Chameleon Group, LLC
  • The Charitable Giving Card Program of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • Children’s Orchard
  • Anthony & Karen Chouinard
  • Debbie & Ken Clark
  • Ted Clark
  • Sage & William Clarke
  • Mary Claire & Stephen Clarkson
  • Mary Claire & Stephen Clarkson – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Donna Claveau
  • Nancy Clayburgh
  • Jeff Clifford
  • Dave & Jennifer Coffin
  • Fern Cohen
  • Ryan Cohen
  • Morgan Cole
  • Chris & Roddy Cole
  • Danette Colella
  • Mark Collin & Patricia Worth-Collin
  • Rick Colman
  • Elizabeth Combs
  • Community Congregational Church of Greenland
  • Colby Compton
  • Barbara & Wallace Cooper – in memory of Jeremiah Fitzgibbon
  • Cary & Nancy Corkin – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Steven Corkin – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Jennifer & John Cosco
  • Anne & Ray Coveney – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Amanda Cox
  • Sandra Coyle
  • Steven Crocker
  • Ellen & Patrick Cunniff – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Claudia & Scott Cunningham
  • Linda Cunningham
  • Elizabeth Cushing – in memory of Robert Cushing and in memory of Michael Cushing
  • Harlan Cutshall – in memory of Pat Cutshall
  • Nathan Dacy & Raven Reinzo
  • Catherine & Martin Daly
  • Jim & Mary Ann Daly
  • Margo Daphnis & John Kerrigan – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Darcy Davidson & Bob Snover
  • Sharyn Davis & Kathleen Farley – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Mark Dean
  • Matthew & Sandra Demers
  • Anthony DeMinico
  • Dennis R. Stone, CPA
  • Lisa Deschenes & Michael Welsher
  • Stacie Desfosses
  • Joseph & Lisa DiBrigida
  • Jennie & Peter Dinnerman
  • Luke Dinwoodie
  • Dodge’s Farm & Garden
  • Pon Donesasorith
  • Shannon Donovan
  • Chris & Marie Drake
  • Cynthia Drake
  • Brendan & Chelsea Driscoll
  • Grant & Karina Drumheller
  • Peg Duffin
  • Elizabeth Duffy
  • Karen Dunnett & John Murphy
  • Barbara Dunnington
  • Durham (town)
  • Clem & Martha Dwyer
  • Chris Dwyer & Michael Huxtable
  • Elizabeth & Kevin Ebaugh
  • Kathleen & Robert Eberle
  • Rosemary Egan – in memory of Joyce Grossi
  • Michele Emery
  • Samantha Engel
  • Steven & Sue Engel – in honor of Susan Engel and Terry Martin
  • Gwendolyn English & Henry Ferrell
  • David & Elena Ewing
  • Exeter Hospital – on behalf of Rob Eberle
  • Minerva Feinberg
  • Michael & Sarah Fenton
  • Elizabeth Field
  • George & Sylvia Findell
  • Wendy Finnerty
  • Betty Fisk
  • Drew & Lynn Fitch
  • Jacqueline Fitzpatrick
  • Flatbread Company – Portsmouth
  • Kathleen & John Fontana
  • Eva Ford
  • Lani Fortier & Justin Pendarvis
  • Roger Fortier
  • Amy & Norm Fracassa
  • Barbara Franzoso & Robert LeGros
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Claude & Jennifer Fried
  • FUJIFILM Dimatix
  • Kenneth Fuld & Amanda Merrill
  • Marshall Gaffney – in memory of Anne Gaffney
  • C. Wesley Gardner
  • Bette Garrett
  • Gayle Gary
  • Alan & Sally Gayer
  • Frank & Ingrid Getman
  • Beverly Giblin
  • Michael & Nancy Gilmore
  • Glass Innovations LLC – in honor of Brittney & Aiden Pelletier
  • Jennifer Glidden
  • Cynthia Godin
  • Alan Golick
  • Amy & James Golov
  • Thomas Golter
  • Robert Gordon
  • Gorman Family
  • Shirley Anne & Wayne Gould
  • Karen & Robert Graham
  • Deborah Grasso
  • Heath Gray & Kellie Rocha
  • Judd & Kathy Gregg
  • Judd & Kathy Gregg – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Elise & Ryan Griffin
  • Marna Grusheck
  • Anthony & Marilyn Guidarelli – in memory of Joyce Grossi
  • Nancy & Timothy Guilbert
  • Dianne Guilmet
  • Adam & Lauren Gulla
  • Martha Gurry
  • Bob & Lisa Hall
  • Scott Hall
  • Hannaford Supermarket
  • Ian Hardouin
  • Jasmine Harnden
  • Beryl Harper
  • Deborah Harrigan & Matthew Lahr
  • John & Leslie Haslam
  • Anne Hayward
  • The HCA Foundation
  • Alfred Heavey
  • Donnie & Jaime Hebert
  • Rebecca & Timothy Hedlund
  • George Heilshorn
  • Colleen & David Heller
  • Rachel Heller
  • Kerri & Stephen Helms
  • Pamela Henry Kodal & Ali Kodal
  • Ellen & Mark Hepp
  • Marla & William Hickey
  • Christine Hicks
  • Martin Higgins & Mary Moran Higgins
  • David Hill
  • Lucius Hill, Jr.
  • Anne Hodsdon
  • Melissa Hogan
  • Lawrence Holman
  • Barbara Holstein
  • Mark & Michele Holt-Shannon
  • Ron Holtz
  • Hope 2 Freedom Recovery Homes
  • Bob Horton & Rose Mallon – in honor of Scott & Barbara Simundza
  • Ken Houle
  • Keith Howard
  • Clifford & Jane Howe
  • Christine Howlett
  • Derek Hubley
  • Gina Huff
  • Catherine & Sean Hunt
  • Adrianna & Shane Hurd
  • David & Nancy Itkin – in memory of Bobbie Jean Seekins
  • Jane Jensen
  • Robert Jesurum & Christine Petrucci
  • Jeffrey Johnson
  • Reiko Johnson
  • Joseph Jorgens
  • Steve Joselow & Margaret Lamb
  • Mark Josephs – in honor of Lindsay Josephs
  • Journeay Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Meredith Joyce
  • Allison Jumper
  • Anne & Mitchell Kalter
  • George & Marjorie Kaplan – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Islam Karkour
  • Abigail & Periklis Karoutas
  • Christine & Paul Kayne
  • Mary Jane & Thomas Keane – in memory of our friend, Don Blouin
  • Sandra Balomenos Keans
  • Joseph Keefe – in memory of Peter McCue
  • David & Lindy Keller
  • Dennis & Joanne Kelley
  • Christopher & Susan Kelly
  • Sheri Kenawell – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Donald & Dorothy Kennedy
  • Jacqueline & John Kennedy
  • Joseph & Nancy Kennedy
  • The Kennedy Family – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Rachel Kennon & Jeannie Wood
  • Kenneth & Merle Kew
  • Kathleen Kilgore
  • Linda & Mark Klausner – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Dara Klein – in memory of Harry Klein
  • Kimberly Kleiner
  • Andrea Knight
  • Charles & Joanne Knox
  • Scott Kobbe
  • Elizabeth & Kurt Korn
  • Robert Kraunz
  • David & Mary Krempels
  • Keryn Kriegl-Roberts
  • Brock Labadie
  • Ellen Labrie
  • George & Peri Lagassa
  • Minami Lagrange
  • Andrew & Rosemary Lamers
  • Kristin Lamy & Andrew Tiebout
  • William Lancaster
  • Benjamin & Jane Lannon
  • Brian LaPierre
  • Sarah Large
  • Shanna Large-Reusch
  • Patricia Laska & Kenneth St. Hilaire
  • Lisa Leach
  • Adelia Leather
  • David & Judith Lecker
  • Marie Lee & Alan Shapiro – in memory of Peter McCue and in memory of Margaret McCue
  • Brenda & Robert Lee
  • Laurie Legard & Harvey Woodward
  • Judi Lemaire
  • Robert Lemaire
  • Michelle Lennon
  • Lauren Lessard
  • Grace Lessner
  • Edward Levasseur
  • Barbara Levenson
  • E. Donald & Rosemary Lewis
  • Paul Leyden
  • Andrew & Donna Lietz
  • Tyson Liskow
  • Littleton Food Co-op
  • Ruth & Thomas LiVolsi – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Terry Locke
  • Katherine Lopane
  • Sherry Loudon & Christopher Palmer
  • Jim Lovett
  • Jody Low
  • Thomas Lydon
  • Kim Lynch – in memory of Kevin Loncto
  • The MacAlpine Family
  • Kayleigh Mallett
  • Donald & Tina Mallett
  • Charles & Derral Mancuso
  • Sally & Tony Manfredi
  • Sophia Mann – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Suzanne Manzi
  • Christopher Marcotte – in honor of Judy Bergeron
  • Erin & Robert Marshall
  • Grover & Linda Marshall – in memory of our brother, Richard Marshall, and in honor of our sister-in-law, Gail Marshall
  • Jenevieve Marston
  • Denise & Frank Martel
  • Amanda Martindale – in memory of Bailey Merrill
  • Kathleen & Peter Martino – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Materials Application Development
  • Debora & John Mayer
  • Donna McAdam
  • David & Nancy McArdle
  • Brenda & Patrick McCartney
  • Mark McCue & Mary Pasciucco
  • A. M. & Garvin McCurdy
  • Faith McDaniel
  • Charles & Nancy McDevitt
  • Colin McDonnell
  • Shawn McKay
  • Robin McLane
  • Kevin McMahon
  • James & Kathleen Melitus
  • Suzanne Mello
  • Anthony Merlo – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Chelsea & Jake Meserve
  • Piper Meserve
  • Sarah Meserve
  • Brian Messina
  • Gabby Messuri
  • Alisa’s True Colors Milewski
  • Brian & Cynthia Mitchell
  • Kate Mitchell
  • Elizabeth & Everett Moitoza
  • Paul & Sharon Morrill
  • Morse Pond Sunshine – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Ashley Motta
  • Julie & Roger Mulloy
  • Brian & Lisa Murphy
  • F. Sugden Murphy & Sarah Murphy – in memory of Donald R. Blouin
  • Marc Murphy
  • Cynthia Muse
  • Renee Napolitano – in honor of Christina Napolitano
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Susan & Walter Neff
  • Amy & Eric Nelson
  • Kate Nesman – in memory of Bailey Merrill
  • Anne & J. Christopher Nettleton
  • Nettleton Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • New Castle (town)
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s HBA Fund – in memory of Peter McCue
  • New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • Newington (town)
  • NH CIBOR Cares
  • N.N.E.R.S. of NA
  • All the Newton Nolans (of Robert & Adelaide) – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Roberta Noland
  • Elizabeth & Eric Nordgren
  • North Church of Portsmouth
  • Northeast Delta Dental Foundation – on behalf of Dr. H. J. Ludington, DDS, in recognition of his 35th anniversary of participation with Northeast Delta Dental
  • Kerry & Russ Norton
  • James & Mary Noucas
  • Kevin & Sandy O’Brien
  • Rachel Omahony
  • Karen & Paul Orsillo
  • Sandra Osborne
  • Bradford & Jennifer Paige
  • Jennifer Paige-Hill
  • Mike & Sheila Palczynski
  • Jeffrey & Mary Ellen Palmer
  • Crystal Paradis – in honor of Shane Fifield
  • Judith Parks
  • Beth & Edward Parolisi
  • Barbara & Leonard Pasciucco – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Kevin Pay
  • Janice & Paul Pazzanese
  • Erin Peirson
  • Sara Pelkey
  • Christine & Keith Perkins
  • Tricia Perra
  • Amy & Jeffrey Peters
  • William Peters
  • Kathleen & Salvatore Petralia
  • Cortney Petrin
  • Evelyn Pettis
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Nancy & Walter Pierce
  • Julie Piliero
  • Chris Pinierio
  • Donna & Thomas Pistole
  • Lawrence & Wendy Pleau
  • Gene Poire
  • Robert & Sharlene Poitras
  • Corrine Potter
  • Deborah & Jeffrey Purtell
  • James Queenan
  • Jennifer & Paul Quirk
  • Annie & Michael Rainboth
  • Brett & Leslie Rankin
  • Stephen Ratte & Laurinda Snow
  • Joanne Ravgiala & Alfred Tomaselli
  • Laina Reavis
  • Fred & Jane Reynolds
  • Penny Reynolds
  • Anita Rice
  • Douglas Roberts
  • John Robertson
  • Kelly Robidas
  • Elisabeth Robinson
  • Shannon Rogers
  • Megan Rohan
  • Rolling Green Nursery – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Anne Romney
  • Duncan & Erin Ross
  • Jon & Kathy Ross
  • Yulia Rothenberg
  • Kristen Roy
  • Nancy Roy – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Mary Beth Rudolph
  • Christina & Jonathan Russell
  • Rye Place Realty LLC
  • Safran Aerospace Composites
  • Stephanie & Thomas Saltonstall
  • Richard Salvati
  • Charles Samdperil Humanitarian Memorial Foundation
  • A. Vaughan & Elizabeth Sanborn
  • Carl & Dorothy Sandquist – in memory of Donald Blouin
  • Judith & Kenneth Santarelli – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Brenda Sargent
  • Marybeth Savage
  • SBP Builders
  • Karen Schalitz
  • Elizabeth Schartner
  • John & Joyce Schleyer
  • Craig & Deborah Schreck
  • Lisa Schulman
  • Kevin & Lori Scott
  • Hector Serrano
  • Dann & Georgette Shapiro
  • Jason & Stephanie Sharp
  • John Shatinsky
  • Shaw’s
  • Leo Shayo
  • Elizabeth & John Shea
  • Donna Sheldon
  • Stephen Sherman
  • Monique Shevlin – in honor of Mariah Smith
  • Anna & Christopher Shultz – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Piera Siegert
  • Dick & Sheila Siener
  • Arnie & Barbara Silverstone
  • Barbara & Scott Simundza – on behalf of Susan Beck and Bob Horton & Rose Mallon
  • Earl Sires
  • Loretta & Robert Sivret
  • Paula & Wayne Slattery
  • Michele & Roy Small
  • Carol Smith
  • Barbara & Paul Smith – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Bob & Janet Smith
  • Brian & Stacey Smith
  • Smoke Works
  • Barbara Shea-Smucker & Bill Smucker
  • Randy Spencer
  • Geoffrey & Terri Spitzer
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Sally Stebbins
  • Emily Stein – in memory of Peter C. McCue
  • Morey Stettner & Margie Wachtel
  • Cora & E. Dean Stevens
  • Donald & Susan Stevens
  • Gary Stevens
  • Patrick Stevens
  • Jordan Stinson
  • Dennis & Jackie Stone
  • Eric & Martha Stone
  • John & Maureen Sullivan
  • Jessie Surette
  • Eileen & William Sutherland
  • Jim & Michele Swisher
  • Lisa Teague
  • Lisa Tetrault-Zhe & Mike Zhe
  • James & Jami Thibodeau
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Gavin Thomas
  • Michael & Ker Thompson
  • Lawrence & Mary Tierney
  • TLC Family Resource Center
  • Tobey & Merrill Insurance
  • Elizabeth Torrance – in honor of Sandi
  • Alison Torrey
  • Marianne & Thomas Torrisi
  • Mallory Triest – in honor of Dr. David Staples
  • Judith & Samuel Trotzky
  • Michael Tsopas
  • Brian & Emily Tucci
  • Susan Turner
  • Adam & Katie Underwood
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Denise Velasco – in honor of Ryan Watson LeMire
  • Ned Viands
  • Jean Vitas
  • Volkswagen of Rochester
  • Dave Wachtel
  • Cheryl & Donald Wadas
  • Joan Wade
  • Annie Wagoner
  • Richard & Sandra Walent
  • Carol Walker
  • Cristina Wallace
  • Robert Walters
  • Olivia Wattles
  • Pat & Peter Weeks
  • Joan & John Wheeler – in memory of Peter McCue
  • Anne Whitney – Architect
  • Ellen & Michael Whitney
  • David & Libby Wilcox
  • Michael Willett
  • Gerald & Mary Williams
  • Melissa Wilson
  • Ed Winkler
  • Erin Wintle
  • Mara Witzling
  • Elaine & Roger Wood
  • James Wuelfing
  • Susan Yakutis
  • Cathy Young
  • Ann Zimo
  • Cleofas Zucco
  • Anonymous friends (110)
  • In Memory Of:
  • Ryan Bold
  • Peter Butkevitch
  • Lindsay Josephs
  • Shawn Kelley
  • Peter C. McCue (3)
  • James Shockley
  • Bailey Spencer Merrill
  • In Honor Of:
  • Avis Goodwin
  • Bailey Merrill
  • Patricia Vorkink

 

Healthy Tomorrows Legacy Circle

These individuals have made planned gifts to sustain the health of our community.

  • Anonymous friends (3)
  • Clarke & Laurie Chandler
  • Martha Fuller Clark & Jeff Clark
  • Harlan & Pat Cutshall
  • Gerald Duffy & Effie Malley
  • Phyllis Eldridge
  • Barbara Franzoso & Robert LeGros
  • Eugene & Susan Glick
  • Barbara Henry
  • Jo Lamprey
  • Andy Livingston & Donna Ryan
  • Monica McCarthy
  • Ruth Mott
  • Cynthia Muse
  • Peter & Sylvia Pettingill
  • Dan & Lisa Schwarz
  • Naomi & William Scott
  • Sue & Bob Thoresen

The staff are courteous and helpful. I feel like I'm their only patient when I'm being examined.

Team Recognition

Social Worker Lisa LeBlanc talks to a patient outside the mobile health van.

Coming Back to Work with 'Like-Minded People'

In 2022, social worker Lisa LeBlanc rejoined the Greater Seacoast Community Health team for her dream job as the Mobile Health Care Coordinator. She originally started with Families First in 2015 and after a brief departure, Lisa found that her heart was truly in community health care and chose to return.

“It’s wonderful to be back amongst like-minded people who have that flame of passion for the work that we do,” she said. “I love my job.”

LeBlanc travels with the mobile health team to locations throughout the Seacoast to provide care for those who might otherwise not be able to access it. She helps patients with the paperwork required to obtain outside services and benefits and gives out essential items such as food and clothing, which have been generously donated. LeBlanc says she greatly appreciates that she and the mobile health care team focus on the best interest of the patients in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Read more…

Nurse Chosen for Statewide Panel

In recognition of the quality of our Hepatitis C program, Deneige Hudanish, RN, was chosen for a 10-person statewide panel working to improve the state’s strategies to eliminate viral hepatitis and to ensure that people who inject drugs are included in the plan. Deneige, who also works in our Medication Assisted Recovery program, is passionate about removing the stigma around Hepatitis C, which often causes people to delay seeking treatment for it. 

“With Hepatitis C, there is a clear outcome if someone takes the medication as prescribed,” she says. “Being able to provide this treatment for people actively using substances or with a lot of barriers is rewarding. They often don’t expect to get treatment.” While many other medical providers will not treat patients for HepC until they’ve achieved six months of recovery, Deneige says, “we are unique as we will treat someone who’s actively using drugs or unhoused. We make our program as low-barrier as possible.” Read more…

Nurse Deneige takes a patient's blood pressure.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Family Center volunteer Barbara Silverstone
The following volunteers supported our organization in 2022 by donating their time in our clinical and administrative offices.
  • Dr. Bob Andelman, 3 years
  • Tara Baglio, 1 year
  • Chelsea Brown, 12 years
  • Dick Chamberlain, 7 years
  • Gianna Cilley, 4 years
  • Phyllis Eldridge, 22 years
  • Dr. Amy Feitelson, 7 years
  • Dr. David Gagnon, 4 years
  • Dr. Charlie Iselborn, 1 year
  • Barry Linscott, 3 years
  • Tracey Lyras, 9 years
  • Dr. Chris Martino, 9 years
  • Olivia McDermottroe, 1 year
  • Denise Nies, 1 year
  • Sue O’Neil, 2 years
  • Barbara Silverstone, 12 years
  • Arnold Silverstone, 5 years
  • Priscilla Torella, 3 years
  • Tyler Zhe, 4 years

Staff Anniversaries

We celebrate our dedicated staff members who help us achieve our mission in 2022.
  • Donna Bernier
  • Lucinda Connell
  • Kimberly Garca
  • Janet Laatsch
  • Denise Lozier
  • Ann Morrisette
  • Sharlene Poitras
  • Luann Rodney
  • Erin Ross
  • Beth Searle-Spratt
  • Michael Thompson
  • Margie Wachtel
  • Megan  Atkins
  • Sherryl Bennett
  • Parkie  Boley
  • Maria   Dagan
  • Sharon Daudelin
  • Jessica  Garlough
  • Whitney Goode
  • Cheryl  Hamilton
  • Ivy Hichens
  • Jennifer Jestude-Malone
  • Misha Lugo
  • Hilary O’Neil
  • Pierrette Blier
  • Tiffaney Burdick
  • Jo Ann Clement
  • Riona Corr
  • Gary DeColfmacker
  • Dayna DeHart
  • Shannon DeLee
  • Lara Drolet
  • Cheryl Fogarty
  • Jessica  Howcroft
  • Patricia Keck
  • Sherry Royal
  • Debra Sbrizza
  • Coreen Toussaint
  • Susan Turner
  • Amanda White
  • Lucy White
  • Kevin Zent
  • Holly Zerbinopoulos
  • Kayleigh Almon
  • Lindsey Auger
  • Robin  Barber
  • Faye Brewster
  • Mika Buckley
  • Joann Buonomano
  • John Burns
  • Robin Cafazzo
  • Casey Carr
  • Jacquelyn Collins
  • Amy Cornish
  • Angela Cornish
  • Brenda Creteau
  • Robert Davitt
  • Debra Fields
  • Alison Frei
  • Dawn Gerrato
  • Benjamin Goldrich
  • Susan Gordon
  • Elizabeth Harrison
  • John Hunt
  • Donna Jones
  • Cora Long
  • Helen Long
  • Monica Lord
  • David Lunianski
  • Maria Alejandra Martin
  • Virginia Mayo
  • Trisha  Mayotte
  • Kelley McLaughlin
  • Mary Moynihan
  • Joann Neumann
  • Melissa Niles
  • Kevin O’Connell
  • Janice Pazzanese
  • Jenna Perkins
  • Paula Place
  • Christopher Pond
  • Angela Quartararo
  • Erica Rourke
  • Robert Scannelli
  • Rima Sutton
  • Randy Tallent
  • Lisa Tetrault-Zhe
  • Gertrude Trumpy
  • Janice Vaughn
  • Michael Vinci
  • Timothy White
  • Janice Wilkinson

I love the new Families First office space and the convenience of getting blood work done in the same building on the same day.

In Memoriam

Martha and Jeff Clark stand at the Families First groundbreaking ceremony
Photo: Don Chick Photography

Geoffrey Clark, MD

Physician and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Dr. Geoffrey “Jeff” Clark was a volunteer board member for Families First, a member of the Greater Seacoast Community Health Advisory Council, and, with his wife Martha (pictured at left), served as Honorary Co-Chair of the recent capital campaign to fund our new Portsmouth location.

Dr. Clark’s dedication to community health, and the entire community, is inspiring. Simply said, he made things happen. He did this for people he never met — our patients and for the beneficiaries of countless Seacoast non-profit organizations.

Dr. Clark accepted uninsured Families First patients at his gastroenterology practice, charging them the same income-based discounted rates offered at Families First. He believed strongly that every person deserves quality medical and dental care, regardless of their financial means.

Dr. Skip Homicz putting a young patient at ease in 2009.
Photo: Geoff Forester

Alphonse Homicz, Jr., DDS

Twenty years ago, Families First was preparing to become one of the first community health centers in the state to integrate dental care – a big challenge for a team with no experience running a dental practice. Fortunately, Dr. Alphonse “Skip” Homicz was transitioning out of private practice and looking to build on a commitment to serving vulnerable populations that had begun with 10 trips to Haiti to set up street dental clinics. 

Over the next 15 years, he gave many hours, both as volunteer dental director — designing protocols, recruiting and mentoring dentists, making choices about facility design, soliciting financial support and volunteer time from fellow dentists — and with “gloves on hands” in the Dental Center and the mobile clinics he initiated for people experiencing homelessness. Dr. Homicz used to say, “I no longer need to go to Haiti because there is great need here.”
As an advocate at the regional, state and national levels for systemic change, he also helped improve the landscape of access to oral health care in New Hampshire.

Jo Lamprey
Photo: Don Chick Photography

Josephine Lamprey

Josephine “Jo” Lamprey, a retired nurse and healthcare consultant initially served as a board member for Families First. She worked for three years to help merge Families First and Goodwin Community Health into Greater Seacoast Community Health, then served as a board member for the new organization.

“Jo was one of the smartest women I’ve had the privilege to work with,” said CEO Janet Laatsch. “She was 100 percent committed to the success of the new organization, our staff, and our mission.”

“She was a great mentor to many of us throughout the Seacoast and across the state,” Laatsch added. “Our community health centers benefited from her generous spirit over many years, and we are a better organization because of her involvement.”

About Us

Mission

To deliver innovative, compassionate, integrated health services and support that are accessible to all in our community, regardless of ability to pay.

Vision

To provide everyone in our community an opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Values

Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence

Staff Leadership

  • Janet Laatsch, MBA, RN Chief Executive Officer
  • Joann Buonomano, MD, FAAFP, CPE Chief Medical Officer
  • Jim Avrett, MBA Chief Operating Officer
  • John Burns, MBA, CRSW Chief Recovery Officer
  • Lara Drolet Chief Strategy Officer
  • Whitney Goode, DMD Chief Dental Officer
  • Susan Gordon, LCSW, LADC Chief, Clinical Behavioral Health Services
  • Joann Neumann Chief Development Officer
  • Sharlene Poitras Chief Information Officer
  • Erin Ross Chief Financial Officer

2023 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Jennifer Glidden Chair
  • Dennis Veilleux Vice Chair
  • Jim SepanskiTreasurer
  • David Staples, DDS,Secretary

Board Members

  • Laura Belsky
  • Andrea Borowiecki
  • Jody Hoffer Gittel
  • Valerie Goodwin
  • Abigail Sykas Karoutas, Esq.

    Allison Mulligan
  • Allison Neal
  • Christine Perkins
  • Kathy Scheu
  • Jeffrey Segil, MD

Our Network

8 Greenleaf Woods Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.422.8208

311 Route 108
Somersworth, NH 03878
603.749.2346

311 Route 108
Somersworth, NH 03878
603.749.2346

Our Program Partners

Header photographs by Anthony Riso (first and last photos); Matt Parker (father and son, doctor and child); and Greater Seacoast Community Health staff.

I am usually nervous about doctor appointments, but this was the most validating and comfortable primary care appointment I ever had. I felt heard, cared about, and like the focus was on my health and not my weight.

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Due to weather, Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center will be closed on Tuesday March 14th.

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