Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital
- New Hampshire
46 Centerra Parkway
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health partners with health care and community partners to improve health of people living in the communities we serve.
Together with public health organizations, town leaders, schools, police, and community organizations, we complete Community Health Needs Assessments every three years, then work together with these partners to change the behaviors and community conditions that have the greatest impact on health, as detailed in our Community Health Improvement Plan.
Along with responding to specific local community needs in communities where we operate Primary Care clinics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Population Health Council reviews community health needs assessments across New Hampshire and Vermont, and has identified three priorities for community health initiatives across our health care system. These priorities for our work include:
- Improving outcomes related to substance use and mental health needs;
- Improving health and wellbeing of older adults; and
- Increasing access to well-coordinated care.
To do this work, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health provides leadership and facilitation to community coalitions; investment of staff resources to support and strengthen existing community health initiatives; links community partners to experts within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system who can provide consultation on evidence-based practices; and provides targeted investment of health system funds to support development of community health infrastructure and projects.