The Picture of Health. Public Health Improvement Plan
About the Southern Strafford Community Health Coalition

The Coalition

Map Southern Strafford County The SSCHC encompasses the towns of Barrington, Dover, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Rollinsford and Somersworth. Our mission is to improve the health of our communities through our collaborative efforts. In order to accomplish this mission, the SSCHC has partnered with top leadership within the Southern Strafford County area, including state and local government officials, health and human service providers, schools, businesses, and fire, safety, and emergency personnel [list of our partners]. Together, these groups are working to identify and address priority public health concerns for the residents of Southern Strafford County.

Key among these concerns is the need to ensure the health and safety of the community during an emergency or other critical event by facilitating a regional visioning and planning process, and by working to increase collaboration between community organizations, the SSCHC’s goal is to serve as the primary entity responsible for the comprehensive public health needs of Southern Strafford County, including public health-related emergency preparedness.

SSCHC partners have been working hard over the last two years to organize this grassroots public health effort in a way that will bring tangible benefits to the communities it serves. Using the Local Public Health Assessment Tool, a comprehensive tool for evaluating the local public health system, top public health priorities have been identified for Southern Strafford County.  After determining our public health priorities, SSCHC partners formed four Action Teams – one for each priority area chosen. Stakeholders representing a broad array of public health interests and expertise have identified strategies that will address each priority and its related goal.

Action Team members will continue to meet during the coming years to implement recommended improvements. To see how SSCHC partners will work towards these improvements click here.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Local National Public Health Performance Standards: Local Public Health System Performance Assessment Instrument. [Web document]. Georgia: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed November 22nd 2004. Available from: Internet.