“As the head of a public safety agency, my time is best invested with those people and organizations that can work collaboratively in our community to prevent problems before they occur. The Public Health Advisory Council is an excellent forum for such discussions and for building strategies that focus a community’s resources on effective solutions to pressing needs.”
Dan Andrus
Fire Chief
City of Concord

Purpose and Functions

The role of the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) is to advise the Public Health Network by identifying regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; guiding the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-based to meet improved health outcomes; and advancing the coordination of services among partners.

The purpose of the PHAC is to perform the following functions:

  1. Identify and prioritize regional community and public health needs.

  2. Encourage the development and coordination of appropriate community and public health services and programs.

  3. Encourage, promote, and support community engagement on public health issues.

  4. Advise the Capital Area Public Health Network members on all major policy matters concerning the nature, scope, and extent of community and public health concerns and responses.


The PHAC includes a broad General Membership body that meets semi annually and an Executive Committee (EC) that meets bi monthly. Current Executive Committee membership includes high-level staff representation from a variety of organizations and sectors in the Capital Area.

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Members of the PHAC’s General Membership body are being recruited on an ongoing basis. The following entities within the region shall be granted full membership rights on the Public Health Advisory Council:

  1. Each municipal and county government

  2. Each community hospital

  3. Each School Administrative Unit (SAU)

  4. Each Division of Public Health Services (DPHS)-designated community health center

  5. Each NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS)-designated community mental health center

  6. The organization contracted by NH DHHS to coordinate the Regional Public Health Network

  7. At least one additional representative from each of the following community sectors: business, cultural and faith-based organizations, social services, housing and sheltering, media, and senior services

  8. Representatives from other sectors or individual entities shall be included as determined by the Public Health Advisory Council

  9. Ex-officio members, as determined by the Public Health Advisory Council


Semi-Annual PHAC Meeting - 11/7/2017


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For more information about the Capital Area PHAC, please contact Samantha Durfee at samantha.durfee@graniteuw.org or (603) 224-2595 x307.