SRPC collaborates with local, regional, state, and federal partners to develop and implement goals and strategies to better understand and improve public health in the region.
Communities for Healthy Aging Transitions - OUR PROJECT WEBPAGE IS LIVE AT www.strafford.org/services/CHAT.php!
CHAT, or Communities for Healthy Aging Transition, is a regional project to look at age-friendliness in Strafford County, as well as Brookfield, Wakefield, Newmarket, Nottingham and Northwood in Carroll and Rockingham counties, respectively. It is funded by TUFTS Health Plan and is a partnership with Greater Seacoast Community Health.
Informed by the CHAT steering committee, the mission of the project is to engage these to foster diverse, equitable, inclusive, livable environments where people can grow and thrive, regardless of age.
The steering committee consists of a group of diverse partners that represent community entities like UNH, the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, ServiceLink, Seacoast Outright, and others.
Outreach events related to the project are being scheduled for 2021, which include community input sessions, a region-wide online survey, focus groups, an interactive art activity, and more.
Project outcomes include a community assessment report for each of the 18 communities in the region, four action plans and two subsequent pilot projects for interested municipalities, and a comprehensive research guide.
In spring 2020 SRPC was awarded a second NH Children’s Health Foundation (NHCHF) grant, totaling $40,000, to implement a program complimentary to the Pathway to Play program. Promoting Outdoor Play!: will allow SRPC to make the information gathered during the Pathways to Play program more user-friendly and accessible for residents and visitors, and help publicize the amazing recreational resources in the region.
This will be done through the creation of a dynamic, forward-facing online resource that will connect families with young children to the many recreation resources available in our region. The online platform will include photos, amenities, and other information for each recreational site identified through the Pathways to Play project and will leveraging the data collected during that process.
An outreach and engagement campaign will help SRPC to share and publicize this information with residents and visitors throughout the greater Strafford region. SRPC will work with partners at Greater Seacoast Community Health and the New Hampshire Children’s Museum on this initiative.
In December 2018, SRPC was awarded a $30,000 grant from the NH Children's Health Foundation. The grant program supports projects that prevent childhood obesity, promote oral health, and reduce food insecurity.
SRPC used the grant to analyze access to recreation in the Strafford region. Knowing where there is and is not access will help municipal planners and decision makers prioritize funding for projects that increase families' ability to be active. Through data collection, analysis, communication and advocacy, this project aimed to prevent obesity in children in the Strafford region up to age 5 by increasing awareness of and access to recreation. It also served to build capacity for local policies and practices to promote recreation through improvements to infrastructure and safety.
The SRPC Pathways to Play: A Roadmap for Active Recreation included two phases. The first, mapping publicly funded recreational spaces and facilities with additional demographic and transportation infrastructure data, was done for each of SRPC's 18 communities. These maps are linked below, in addition to an accompanying report. Each community also received a copy of its map.
Phase II included a partnership with the City of Somersworth to use the data and maps to create a customized recreation accessibility plan. The Hilltop City was a good partner for this pilot since 486 families in the city have children younger than 5 and those children make up a significant portion of the population (7.2 percent). SRPC conducted outreach in Somersworth for the Pathways to Play project during summer 2019. The final report is available to download below.
SRPC is a member of the Strafford Country Regional Public Health Network (RPHN), which works to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region, and serves on the Regional Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) Executive Committee.
Using a combination of health and demographic data, stakeholder input, and information from Community Health Needs Assessments and the state's Health Improvement Plan, the PHAC worked to prepare a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Strafford County. The 2015-2017 CHIP identifies five public health areas for action:
• Substance misuse
• Mental health
• Obesity and nutrition
• Heart disease and stroke
• Emergency preparedness.
For more information about the CHIP visit: http://goodwinch.org/uncategorized/strafford-county-rolling-out-3-year-community-health-improvement-plan/.
Led by Goodwin Community Health, the PHAC and Obesity and Nutrition workgroup collaborated with Seacoast Eat Local to start the Somersworth Farmer's Market in 2015, bringing more fresh local food and SNAP benefits to Somersworth and surrounding communities. SRPC assisted with planning, compiled data, and prepared a brochure for market patrons with an inventory and map of recreational opportunities within four miles of the Farmer's Market and information about healthy eating.
Did you know there are over 30 recreation areas within four miles of the Somersworth Farmer's Market and Goodwin Community Health? See some of those locations here!
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504