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Regional Public Health Networks and Advisory Councils

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 regional and local public health partnerships into one integrated system. The new 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 serve every community in the state. For more information about your Regional Public Health Network, go to

As of early 2016 each RPHN has established 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-informed to improve health outcomes; and, advancing the coordination of services among partners. Additionally, the PHAC structure is intended to build on and, when feasible, blend existing local leadership and coordinating groups working on various public health issues. This work began with substance misuse prevention (SMP), public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and has now extended 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:

In late 2015 and early 2016 each PHAC guided the development of a first-ever regional Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). These plans were developed through a collaborative process among many partners in each region to ensure broad support for the goals and objectives established in the plans. The activities that will be undertaken to achieve those goals and objectives is based on a collective impact approach – where every partners’ strengths and assets are brought to bear on a common concern in coordination with others to maximize the overall effectiveness through coordinated, collaborative efforts.

Use the links below to find your regional plan:

Community Health Improvement Plan URLs
1. Capital Area Community Health Improvement Plan
2. Carroll County Community Health Improvement Plan
3. Central NH Community Health Improvement Plan
4. Greater Monadnock Community Health Improvement Plan
5. Greater Nashua Community Health Improvement Plan
6. North Country Community Health Improvement Plan
7. Seacoast Community Health Improvement Plan
8. Strafford County Community Health Improvement Plan
9. Upper Valley Community Health Improvement Plan
10. Winnipesaukee Community Health Improvement Plan

CHIP Health Priorities” lists specific health topics and which Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) include that health topic. This will allow you to see what is occurring on a statewide basis on any particular heath topic."

Map of Regional Public Health NetworksThe 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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