Thursday, April 20, 2017

County-Wide Community Forum, “Pathways from Silence to Solutions: Carroll County Responds to Substance Use Disorders”


Sandwich, New Hampshire – The Town of Sandwich will host a county-wide community forum, “Pathways from Silence to Solutions:  Carroll County Responds to Substance Use Disorders” on May 16, 2017 in the Peaslee Building on the Sandwich Fair Grounds in Sandwich, NH.  The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, Sandwich Police Department, and White Mountain Restorative Justice have partnered to organize the forum. This day-long event is a follow up to the forum held in Sandwich in 2015, “Pathways from Silence to Solutions: Carroll County Tackles Heroin.” The forum will bring together individuals and organizations making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our communities, while addressing the complex issues related to substance misuse.  This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.  Registration information is available on the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health website, www.c3ph.org.
The Carroll County Commissioners, the County delegation, Senator Jeb Bradley and town officials have been invited to attend.  Representatives from Senators Shaheen and Hassan, and Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter have also received invitations.  Governor Sununu’s Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, James Vara, will also address the forum attendees.
The 2017 program will include presentations by panelists from several community sectors, including law enforcement, healthcare, government, education, and community supports. Presenters will highlight the progress made in addressing gaps in available services and the barriers that have challenged our neighbors trying to get the help they need.  Following the panel presentations, participants in the forum will have an opportunity to share their ideas for moving forward to provide additional prevention initiatives, treatment resources, and recovery supports in the County. This is an opportunity for others to become involved and to work to mitigate the substance misuse challenges facing our communities. 
Major sponsors for this event include Huggins Hospital and Memorial Hospital, with additional support from the following generous and committed community partners:  Big Dave’s Bagels and Deli, The Corner House Inn, Sandwich Fair Association, Town of Sandwich, United Site Services, and Village Green Café and Market.  The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, an initiative of Granite United Way, receives funding and support to address substance misuse from the NH Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. 

Carroll County Coalition for Public Health
The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health (C3PH) is dedicated to improving public health in Carroll County. C3PH, an initiative of Granite United Way, receives additional guidance and support from the NH Department of Health and Human Services, NH Charitable Foundation, and the regional Public Health Advisory Council. The mission of C3PH is to promote, protect, and improve the health and well-being of communities within Carroll County, NH through the proactive, coordinated, and comprehensive delivery of essential public health services. Key initiatives of C3PH include the Public Health Advisory Council, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Substance Misuse Prevention, Continuum of Care for Substance Use Disorders, Citizen Corps, and School-Based Influenza Clinics. For more information, visit www.c3ph.org.


Granite United Way
Granite United Way is an experienced and trusted organization dedicated to leveraging the resources of investors and volunteers to create lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our community’s most pressing needs. 
 United Way’s purpose is to convene public, private, and governmental leaders and resources to tackle the largest, most pressing issues facing our community. These issues include, but at not limited to: Providing children with the tools they need to read at grade level, putting them on the path to becoming successful, contributing members of our community. Offering free assistance from trained tax professionals to ensure that low income individuals and families file their taxes properly and timely, and utilize qualified tax credits to begin to build their own capital, Administering a statewide, comprehensive 24 hour a day/ 365 days a year help hot-line called 2-1-1 that quickly delivers help to any resident in New Hampshire

Granite United Way works with over 1,000 companies, 25,000 investors and thousands of volunteers every year to make our communities a better place. Granite United Way is highly rated by both GuideStar and Charity Navigator, two of the nation’s largest nonprofit rating sources.

Granite United Way serves the Central Region, Merrimack County, North Country, Northern Region, Southern Region (Manchester / Derry / Salem) and Upper Valley Regions of New Hampshire as well as Windsor County, Vermont.  For more information, visit 
www.graniteuw.org.

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