We are extremely fortunate that the Upper Valley has many people and organizations who work together to make our communities healthier and better places to live, work, and play. With help from many parts of the community, the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, the largest and broadest coalition of people and organizations that address public and population health issues in our region, hosted four community-based, free flu vaccine clinics this Fall. Between September 29 and October 27, these clinics provided flu vaccine to 836 adults from across our region, and exemplify the great things we can accomplish when we work together.
On behalf of the Public Health Council’s Board of Directors, we want to thank all those who made our flu clinics possible, especially Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which donated the vaccine and supplies for the clinics, and the medical students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth who volunteered their time to administer the shots. We also want to thank the volunteers from Plainfield’s Caring Neighbors and the communities of Enfield, Canaan, and Orford where the clinics took place. Many members of our Board of Directors and friends of the Public Health Council also stepped forward to volunteer. Finally, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Bill Boyle, who has championed these flu clinics for the past six years. His hard work to pull all the partners together, including colleagues like Drs. David Beaufait, Peter Mason, and Joe O’Donnell, who provided medical oversight at the clinics, is a testament to the huge benefits of collaboration.
The Public Health Council is a dynamic organization with the flexibility to forge solutions that respond to the needs of its grassroot members. Organizations, professionals, and citizens come together through the Public Health Council to support what our communities need and want. 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.
Julia Griffin, Chair, Public Health Council Board of Directors
Alice Ely, Executive Director