In July 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, through the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) and Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) established a strategic partnership to align multiple public health priorities into one integrated system. The partnership aims to increase efficiency through single contracts with 13 agencies to serve as the host entity for a Regional Public Health Network (RPHN). The purpose of the RPHNs is to integrate multiple public health initiatives and services into a common network of community stakeholders. The RPHNs include every community in the state. For more information about your Regional Public Health Network, go to www.nhphn.org.
As of late 2013 each RPHN is in the process of establishing a Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC). The role of the 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.
For more information about Public Health Advisory Councils:
- FAQs about PHACs
- An Overview of PHACs
- 09/10/2014 Presentation: PHAC Leadership Meeting: Contemplating a Long-Term Vision of Public Health Advisory Councils
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 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.
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