White Mountain Valley Community Health Council

Name: Cherie Jewell
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Phone: (603) 447-3112

Geographic Community Served

Carroll County: Carroll County: Albany, Ferncroft, Bartlett, Glen, Intervale, Lower Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Center Conway, Kearsarge, North Conway, Redstone, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hale's Location, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Silver Lake, Moultonborough, Suissevale, Ossipee, Center Ossipee, West Ossipee, Sandwich, Center Sandwich, North Sandwich, Tamworth, Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, Tuftonboro, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake, Wakefield, East Wakefield, Sanbornville, Union, Wolfeboro, Wolfeboro Falls

Community Overview

The White Mountain Valley Community Health Council (WMVCHC) for the 35,000 residents of central and northern Carroll County and several border towns in western Maine. This locale is generally known as the Mt. Washington Valley, a 900-square-mile predominantly rural area that includes significant portions of the White Mountain National Forest. The town of Conway is considered the primary economic center for working, shopping and healthcare services, while each town and village has its own unique history and attributes.

Vision

Foster our Sense of Community to Promote Education and Communication Toward Optimal Health and Wellness.

HEAL Sectors Targeted

  • Schools
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Communities & Municipalities
  • Business & Worksites
  • Food & Recreation Industries
  1.  Promoting and encouraging optimal health and well-being in our community

  2. A collaborative effort focusing on our collective knowledge and strengths to look at how can we better communicate with each other and see what the overall needs are for the community and how we can address those needs, with what the community has to offer now, and what we need and what can we improve on.
  1. Created a community needs assessment: http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/docs/chna/Memorial-Hospital-CHNA-and-Implementation-Plan.pdf

  2. Identified a number of health issues, including chronic pain management, chronic disease, substance abuse, mental health services, obesity, and care for the aging population, that affect a large part of the local population.

  3. Finalized protocols for responding for pain management.

  4. Community Health & Obesity Prevention – “CHOP” for short. Our strategies are to promote healthy food choices by teaching the creation and preparation of nutritious food,” Jewell said. “We’re also focusing on non-competitive movement activities for children as a means to improve fitness.” The group has already surveyed SAU 9 and 13 officials for their input on existing health and wellness programs in the schools.
    • CHOP also is working in collaboration with Memorial Hospital’s current Childhood Health & Wellness Initiative now underway in SAU 9. Hospital providers are offering monthly education programs to students about nutrition, physical fitness and good health habits as well as sponsoring outdoor events like the recent Fun Run at Storyland.

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