Meet the Seacoast Public Health Staff!
Name Paula Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Title Director, Southern NH AHEC and Contract Administrator, Seacoast Public Health Network
What do I do for SPHN? As the Contract Administrator I am responsible for financial and program management of SPHN, providing staff with support, technical assistance and resources to achieve work plan deliverables. I also act as a liaison with the Southern NH AHEC to collaborate on training opportunities. I am interested in promoting education, equity and a culturally competent health and public safety workforce.
What do I do in my spare time? I am an avid swimmer, reader and kayaker and enjoy being outdoors with family and friends.
Name Samantha Areson, email@example.com
Title Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator (SMP)
What do I do for SPHN? As the SMP for the Seacoast Region, my main focus is to educate, promote and partner with local schools, organizations, coalitions and community members. This includes educating the dangers of drug and alcohol use on the adolescent brain, increasing healthy coping skills in responding to stress, as well as preventing suicide and educating on the warning signs and risk factors that contribute to suicide.
What do I do in my spare time? I enjoy adventuring to find new and interesting places to take pictures of as well cuddling on the couch with my family puppy when I visit New Jersey.
Name Maria Reyes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Title Continuum of Care Facilitator
What do I do for SPHN?
The Continuum of Care Facilitator conducts a continuum of care assets and gaps analysis with on-going updates. The COC works across the Continuum of Care from prevention, early intervention on treatment, recovery, overdose prevention and health promotion.
What do I do in my spare time?
I love to be in the outdoors observing wild life. My favorite time of the year is autumn which ignites my passion for fly-fishing in NH mountain streams.
Name Julie Irwin, email@example.com
Title Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
What do I do for SPHN? As the MRC Coordinator I coordinate volunteer recruitment, trainings, activities, and vaccine clinics for the Seacoast Public Health Network. I also will be educating our communities in family and individual preparedness.
What do I do in my spare time? I work full time as a Paramedic for Exeter Hospital ALS but in my free time I love spending time with my husband, friends and puppies! I enjoy going to the beach, gym and trying new restaurants and adventuring!
Name Julia Meuse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Title Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager
What do I do for SPHN? I recently started my role as the PHEP Manager in March 2022 but have been on the SPHN team since 2018. I coordinate the public health
emergency preparedness initiatives and assist in overseeing the Medical Reserve Corps and CHW programs. I also provide support to PHAC meetings and activities.
What do I do in my spare time? I enjoy golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter. I also like walks on the beach and trying new restaurants.
Name Yosita Thanjai, email@example.com
Title Community Health Worker (CHW)
What do I do for SPHN? My goal is to conduct outreach within the community, to educate, and provide different types of supports to increase access to quality health care in the Seacoast area. As I am new to the role, I look forward to getting to know the community members along with creating connections between them and the healthcare providers. I am excited to be organizing community engagement activities to promote social determinants of health and reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccination.
What do I do in my spare time? During the warmer months, I enjoy doing all outdoor activities. My favorites are biking, camping, kayaking, and tennis. During the winter, I love to stay in and bake desserts.
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