About The PHC

Public Health Council of the Upper Valley Community Leaders

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley (PHC) is comprised of community leaders and representatives from many community sectors. These partners work together to create a more healthy, safe, supportive, and vital Upper Valley.

PHC members work together to set regional health priorities, provide guidance to regional public health activities, and ensure coordination of health improvement efforts. In the Upper Valley, the PHC  leverages and coordinates existing and new resources to address priorities. We work by encouraging multi-disciplinary partnerships, sharing innovative approaches across the region, and improving consistency of public health approaches across towns.

In January 2016, members of the PHC adopted a Charter to describe how the Council operates, how leadership is selected, and what roles members play.

“In a lot of ways, I view the PHC as miraculous. It gives volunteer-based organizations the strength to make crucial changes for entire communities that we could never attempt alone.” Marjorie Matthews, NAMI NH Volunteer Advocate, Teacher, and Support Group Facilitator

Setting Priorities

Upper Valley Agenda-for-public-health-2014

The Upper Valley Agenda for Public Health was created in 2014 by PHC members to lay out a broad set of priorities and the measures we will use to assess our progress. This Agenda was built on more than a decade of needs assessments and examining regional trends in health and well-being. Records of the meetings at which this work was accomplished can be found at this archive website.

ThUpper-Valley-Community-Health-Plan 2015-2017Upper Valley Community Health Improvement Plan: 2015 to 2017 provides a more detailed set of strategies for addressing five of the region’s priorities:

  • Substance Misuse Prevention
  • Promoting Healthy Weight
  • Preventing Older Adult Falls
  • Improving Oral Health Care
  • Emergency Preparedness

The PHC will continue to develop approaches to addressing other priorities as time, resources, and opportunities permit.

Read the 2015 APDH Community Health Needs Assessment (pdf file)Upper Valley Community Health Needs Assessment, November 2015

The PHC works with area hospitals to conduct routine community health needs assessments. These assessments form the basis for updating priorities and give us insight into what we are accomplishing.

Our Aspirational Priorities

Healthy Community

  • Improve oral health
  • Decrease substance misuse
  • Promote healthy weight
  • Decrease heart disease
  • Increase cancer prevention
  • Increase preventative care and access to care

Safe Community

  • Reduce preventable injuries
  • Improve community conditions for elders
  • Decrease incidents of sexual assault and relationship violence
  • Reduce violent crime
  • Ensure preparedness for public health emergencies

Supportive Community

  • Reduce adverse childhood experiences
  • Increase supports for aging in community
  • Ensure access to behavioral health and substance abuse services
  • Increase caring response to people with behavioral health and substance abuse concerns

Vital Community

  • Increase number of people in living-wage, full time jobs
  • Increase access to affordable and safe housing
  • Increase transportation options connecting people to jobs, shopping, and services
  • Increase social capital

Please support PHC with your tax deductible donation.

Public Health Council

Annual Report 2016

Our History

On October 19, 2016, the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative (MVHI) became part of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley. “This change makes the organization stronger and will help us fulfill our mission of making Upper Valley communities better and healthier places to live,” said Alice Ely, who now becomes the Executive Director of the Public Health Council, served as the Executive Director of MVHI and the Coordinator of the Public Health Council for the past six years. READ MORE…