At APD, we believe caring for our community is a special responsibility that we are honored to fulfill. In addition to initiatives to deliver affordable care to our uninsured and underinsured patients through our Financial Assistance programs, our department reaches out to area residents of all ages through a wide variety of programs and services.
Our goal is to improve the health of residents living in the APD service area. To achieve this, we work in partnership with local and state agencies (including but not limited to school districts, the Mascoma Valley Health Initiative, NH Children's Medicaid, NH Oral Health Coalition, the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Vermont Dept of Health) to increase access to medical and oral health services, particularly for the underserved.
Free Community Programs
We offer free programs and services in response to demonstrated community need. These include but are not limited to:
- Increasing access to medical and dental care for the under- and uninsured
- Assisting families/individuals with enrollment in NH Children's Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur, the NH Health Protection Program and other state/federal health programs
- Providing cash support to the Good Neighbor Health Clinic and the Grafton County Senior Citizens Transportation initiative
- Offering flu vaccinations to community residents
- Serving as a liaison with the Lebanon School District Health Services staff and coordinating the annual Upper Valley School Nurse Workshop
- Providing vouchers to uninsured residents for emergency prescription assistance, and assisting low-income patients in accessing free medications through prescription assistance programs
- Offering subsidized health education programs and meeting space for non profit groups
- Providing health professions education to medical, nursing and allied health students.
“Upper Valley Smiles,” A Free Dental Health Program for School Kids
APD is unique in the Upper Valley in offering “Upper Valley Smiles,” a school-based oral health program for children enrolled in the Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Hartford, and Hartland elementary schools and the Richards School in Newport. In addition to providing classroom education, free dental screenings, fluoride varnish and sealant applications, the oral health program includes a limited number of cash vouchers for uninsured and/or underinsured children needing emergency care and follow-up treatment for restorative care. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, interim therapeutic restorations (“temporary fillings”) will be offered in our NH schools.
In addition to the school dental program above, APD’s dental hygienist also provides, with generous financial support from the Office of Community Health Improvement at DHMC, an oral health program offered for young children and their parents participating in WIC clinics held in Lebanon, Enfield and Hartford. The WIC oral health program includes parent education, dental screenings and preventive services for children (including fluoride varnish) and referrals to dentists for restorative treatment.
Community Benefits Reports
Each year, APD is required to submit a report to the State of New Hampshire to give an account of its community health mission and financial activity.