The role of the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) is to advise the Regional Public Health Network partners by identifying regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; guiding the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-based to meet improved health outcomes; and, advancing the coordination of services among partners. Additionally, the PHAC structure is intended to build on existing leadership and coordinating groups in many areas, beginning with substance misuse prevention (SMP), public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and, over time, extend its advisory and coordinating role over a much broader range of public health issues and services based on regional priorities and capacity.
The long-term goal for the PHACs and RPHNs is to collectively develop a performance-based public health delivery system that provides all 10 Essential Public Health Services throughout their region. In support of this goal, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) will continue to seek and direct funding and other resources to the RPHNs and encourage other public and private funders to utilize this regional alignment as appropriate when funding public health services.
The North Country Public Health Advisory Council is made up of representatives from the following organizations who meet regularly to provide guidance to the Regional Public Health Network:
The North Country PHAC produced the 2018 - 2020 North Country Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This document serves as a guide for the improvement of health indicators in the North Country region. Outlined within the CHIP are six priorities specific to the North Country’s health needs:
- Oral Health
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- Substance Misuse
- Heart Disease & Stroke
- Mental Health