The North Country Health Consortium recently announced that Kristy Letendre is the continuum of care facilitator of the North Country Public Health Network, headed by the consortium.
“I am so thrilled to have Kristy join our team, especially at such a critical juncture with the epidemic of substance misuse, locally as well as nationally, and the need to address gaps and barriers to services, and issues around capacity in our region," said Nancy Frank, chief executive officer of North Country Health Consortium.
Letendre joins North Country Health Consortium as a seasoned substance use disorder professional, with a 14-year career at Tri-County Community Action Program. Since starting at Tri-County CAP in 2004, Letendre worked in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services, becoming the division’s director in 2014.
As the director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services until 2016, Letendre headed high- and low-residential programs, and the outpatient department for the Friendship House in Bethlehem, including its satellite locations throughout the North Country. From 2016 to 2017 at Tri-County CAP, Letendre was the director of clinical services, maintaining senior leadership of alcohol and other drugs programs, before assuming the continuum of care role at the North Country Health Consortium.
As the Continuum of Care facilitator, Letendre is tasked with bridging the vital components of care and services for substance use disorders with Regional Public Health Network partners throughout Coos and northern Grafton counties. In the role, and with her vast field experience, Letendre is primed to facilitate opportunities for collaboration amongst regional substance-use disorder experts and service providers across the continuum, including: health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.
“Kristy’s talents will undoubtedly complement the mission of North Country Health Consortium, and the work we do to further integration of primary health care and behavioral health in order to enhance the current substance use disorder infrastructure supporting our communities,” said Frank.