Community health center survey shows CCFHS ranks in top 10 percent providing prenatal care

BERLIN -- A recent national survey of community health centers funded by the Henry J. Kaiser foundation cited early entry into prenatal care as one of six measures to evaluate whether a health center is performing its service to the community.  The results of the survey showed that Coos County Family Health Services ranked highly in this area, with 94 percent of pregnant women receiving timely prenatal care. This contrasts to the national average 69 percent of American women who attend community health centers (CHCs) and receive prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy.

“It is hard to overestimate the importance of early prenatal care for the health of both mother and baby,” said Chief Executive Officer Adele Woods during a recent interview about the role of Community Health Centers. “Each pregnancy is unique.”

Early and regular prenatal care is important, but some pregnant women may overlook this if it is not their first pregnancy, or think they can wait if they are feeling well, according to, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.

“All initial visits at CCFHS last around an hour and a half and provide a physical exam, education, labs and care management,” said Patricia Couture, chief operating officer of CCFHS. This visit establishes the mother with a health care team, which includes a nurse practitioner, OB/GYN physicians, a registered nurse, a nutritionist and a family counselor. “Patients are individuals and each comes in with a unique situation,” Couture said. “It’s important for them to build trust and to develop a relationship with their team.”

CCFHS contracts with three doctors from Androscoggin Valley Hospital for delivery who take rotations attending a prenatal clinic two mornings a week, giving each woman a chance to meet them. Expectant mothers will be able to meet with a nutritionist every trimester to go over the nutritional needs for both themselves and the baby. The family counselor can discuss changes that are likely to happen within the family and community resources and programs that are available in the area. These visits are “optional, but usually welcomed,” said Couture. CCFHS also provides a certified lactation counselor for post-natal care.

Early prenatal care is important for checking the well-being of the mom and baby and to diagnose any potential medical issues. All medications, including herbal supplements, will be reviewed by the prenatal team for safety. After that, the mother will come in about once a month through weeks 4 – 28, twice a month for weeks 28 through 36 and weekly for weeks 36 to birth. For expectant mothers over age 35 or for those whose pregnancy is high risk, more frequent visits may be needed. The schedule is also important because each visit is timed to follow the growth of the fetus and provides a window for testing which if missed, cannot be repeated.

“The best time to start planning for pregnancy,” said Woods, “is before conception.” Some preconception care includes increasing nutrients such as iron and folic acid from eating a variety of healthful foods, and avoiding toxins, such as food-borne illnesses, by washing fruits and vegetables and carefully cooking foods. This can also mean stopping smoking and drinking and avoiding chemicals like pesticides, paint thinner and paint fumes.                    


HEAL NH announces grants to Ashland, Berlin, Laconia and Nashua

CONCORD, NH — Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH, one of New Hampshire’s leading organizations supporting healthy community initiatives, announced today that it will provide funding, training and other resources to four New Hampshire cities and towns – Ashland, Berlin, Laconia, and Nashua. Each community will receive approximately $10,000 in grant monies and over $80,000 of training and technical assistance over the two-year grant period. The grants were awarded to help communities identify and implement municipal
strategies – such as adding bike paths, sidewalks, and farmers markets – to provide more choices for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. Special consideration was given to rural towns and urban neighborhoods with health, social, and economic disparities (factors that lead to higher incidences of obesity and chronic diseases).
The HEAL Community Grant Program is unusual because it requires municipal management (mayors, select boards, town managers) to take the lead in mobilizing community members to work together – in contrast with traditional community health improvement models led by public health agencies or nonprofits.
“We are pleased to work with these four municipalities and their community partners that have shown readiness and enthusiasm towards making long-term changes in their community to promote health and quality of life,” said Terry Johnson, director of HEAL NH. “We have adopted the municipal grant model because it is vital to have the commitment of city and town executives from the onset of these projects. They can be strong influencers and champions for the ways our communities are designed, which, in turn, affects the health of our residents.” HEAL currently provides funding and support to seven community coalitions, reaching more than 50 cities and towns in New Hampshire. Their work is helping to further the vision of healthy people in healthy places by providing more convenient, affordable and safe access to healthy foods and physical activity.

SSIL Berlin Group to hold recognition party for retiree

BERLIN -- Members of the SSIL Berlin Group will travel to Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar, located at 1826 Riverside Drive, Berlin, on Wednesday June 6, to celebrate the retirement of a very much admired and beloved employee Judi Berman based out of the main office in Concord. Judi had been employed by SSIL for over 12 years and developed a very personal relationship with each and every member of the Berlin group throughout the years of her service. As the faces changed and budgets were reviewed Judi was instrumental in persuading officials in maintaining the most northerly groups’ existence. A framed photograph of members which had been graciously taken by local reporter of "The Berlin Daily Sun" Barbara Tetreault, along with a gift certificate to one of her favorite restaurants “The Long Horn Steak House” of Concord will be presented as a token of the members’ appreciation for her many years of professionalism and friendship.

SSIL (Sight Services for Independent Living) is a state funded organization through the Dept. of Education. SSIL provides opportunities for adults 55+ or older to talk with others who are experiencing or have experienced similar frustrations and solutions. Also, the program enables participants to get new information, learn about and try low vision aids, and to develop new skills that help them regain confidence and cope more effectively with the effects of vision loss. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at St. Regis with an array of events and guest speakers. Anyone interested in receiving further information regarding the organization may contact : SSIL, 21 South Fruit St., Suite #20, Concord, NH; NH Services for the Blind. Call 1-800-581-6881.



Gold and Silver event coming to Shelburne

SHELBURNE -- The Ohio Valley Antiques, Gold and Silver event is coming to the Town & Country Inn in Shelburne April 24, through April 28. Hours are

Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.

If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around your house, the Ohio Valley Antiques, Gold and Silver Event wants to see them!

The Ohio Valley Antiques, Gold and Silver Event are making a stop in Gorham this week in search of rare and unique collectibles. The refinery has the resources to pay top dollar for your gold, silver, and collectible items. "Gold and silver markets have not been this strong for over 30 years," states company spokesperson, Dennis Kouts.

During the event, anyone in the community can connect with collectors from around the globe. Our specialists make offers based on rarity, collect-ability, condition and market value. If the price is right for you, the company will pay you on the spot with no hidden fees!

A few recent finds for collectors have included a rare gold coin collection purchased for $107,000 and a letter written by George Washington to the doctor of his wife expressing his disdain toward the doctor's actions regarding her treatment. Also at a recent show in Ohio, a local resident brought in a letter from Abraham Lincoln that she thought was a fake for over 15 years and walked out $25,000 richer after finding out it was an authentic letter.

You might be amazed by what you find and ecstatic with what the Ohio Valley Antiques, Gold and Silver Event wants to pay you for it. Specialists will assess your items for free and there are no hidden fees! Nearly all coins and paper currency, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1970 are highly sought after.

The Ohio Valley Antiques, Gold and Silver Event are able to offer good prices as it has its own refinery. Refineries typically do not do business with the public; rather, they deal with precious metal accumulators like jewelry stores, pawn shops, dentist offices or industrial facilities that trade with some form of precious metal. All local area businesses that deal with precious metals are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment with one of our representatives. There are no appointments needed for the general public to sell their items. The event is free and there is no limit to the number of pieces that can be brought in.