Overview of PHC Priorities

PHC members work together
on a number of community
health priorities.

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Substance Misuse

Reducing the harm caused by the misuse of
alcohol and drugs in our communities.

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Promoting Healthy Weights and Lifestyles

Improving access to healthy,
affordable food and physical activity.

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Helping Older Adults Stay Strong and Independent

Supporting strength and
independence for older adults.

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Improving Oral Health

Creating healthy smiles
for all throughout
the Upper Valley.

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PHC Stands Up for Health Equity

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley does not discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political orientation, religion, military or veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley serves 13 communities in New Hampshire and 22 communities in Vermont

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley is one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks, which also serves 22 communities in Vermont.


Collaboration. Education. Advocacy.

To improve the health of Upper Valley residents through shared public health initiatives and services within a network of community stakeholders.

Working together, our Upper Valley community will be healthy, safe, supportive, and vital.

As one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks, which also serves 22 communities in Vermont, the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley has quickly become the largest and broadest coalition of advocates on public and population health issues in the greater Upper Valley region. The PHC is a dynamic organization with the flexibility to forge solutions that respond to the needs of its grassroot members with backing from governmental, philanthropic, and health care institutions. Through monthly meetings and ongoing initiatives, the PHC empowers organizations, professionals, and citizens, who together make our communities healthier and better places. The Public Health Council operates with funding and support from local towns, private donors, foundations, the State of NH DHHS, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Public Health Council Supporters

Supporters of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley include:

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health Services and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Mascoma Valley Health Initiative, The Couch Family Foundation. The New Hampshire towns of: Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grantham, Hanover, Lyme, Orange, Orford, Piermont and Plainfield. Find out more about our Partners

Upper Valley Agenda for Public Health Priorities

Addressing Substance Misuse by building a comprehensive network of prevention, treatment, and recovery services that meet the needs of our region.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness ensures we are ready to respond and recover from emergencies of all kinds.

Helping Older Adults Stay Strong and Independent preserves dignity, health, and a meaningful place in our communities and families for older adults.

Supporting People Living with Mental Illness through effective treatment and community supports reduces stigma and traumatic experiences, allowing people to live more healthy, productive lives.

Climate and Health work builds resilient communities and prepares us all for the health impacts of a changing climate.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. However, nearly 1 million children living in the United States have blood levels high enough to impair their ability to think, learn, and concentrate.

Strengthening Families: All families have supports to be healthy and thrive in our community, to include awareness of child abuse and neglect; trauma informed care & services; and access to healthy food.


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