Leadership Seacoast Explores The State of Healthcare

in Seacoast Region

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 22, 2013- Local non-profit Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, recently completed its fifth interactive workshop of 2013: Health and Human Services Day. The program was held at the Community Campus in Portsmouth–a collaborative, multi-tenant nonprofit health initiative created and constructed by the Foundation for Seacoast Health–and explored the impact of healthcare delivery on the region’s communities as well as the cost and availability of social services throughout the state.

The day kicked off with a talk titled  “The Future of Healthcare Delivery in the Seacoast,” and featured experts from Goodwin Community Health Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and York Hospital.“This eye opening discussion revealed that the future of healthcare lies in the integration of  state of the art technology  with increased collaboration between providers, both of which should help contain costs and improve transparency,” explained Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director of Leadership Seacoast.

Next, participants took part in the Walk a Mile (in their shoes) Poverty Simulation, sponsored by the United Way of the Greater Seacoast. The simulation was designed to help participants understand the challenges facing a low-income family trying to survive from month to month.

The class then participated in a discussion on substance abuse and mental health followed by a tour of local non-profits located within the Community Campus. Mary Ann Cooney, Deputy Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services, delivered closing remarks, providing a macro perspective of the state of healthcare in New Hampshire.

Leadership Seacoast’s Health and Human Services Day was sponsored by local businesses Optima Bank and Riverwoods at Exeter.  Leadership Seacoast will hold four additional interactive workshops between now and June as part of its 2013 program year. Thanks to the continued backing of area businesses like Riverwoods Exeter and Optima Bank, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships to participants, create further opportunities for alumni, and secure the best speakers and venues. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit http://www.leadershipseacoast.org/ or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334—6063 or jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org.

About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Leadership Seacoast program provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric. Leadership Seacoast offers its participants unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good. Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future. For more information about our programs please contact us at jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org or check out our website at www.leadershipseacoast.org

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For More Information:

Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director

Leadership Seacoast

603-334-6063

jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org