Community Health

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.

Community member involved in the APD FitScripts Proram

Our goal

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 New Hampshire Division of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition, the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, and the Vermont Department of Health) to increase access to medical and oral health services, particularly for the underserved.

Free community programs and support

We offer free programs and services in response to demonstrated community need. These include but are not limited to:

  • Providing no-cost “FitScripts” to adult primary care patients to participate in area recreation and fitness programs for healthy activity
  • Coordinating and offering financial support for Lebanon Lunch Friends summer meals program for low-income children in Lebanon
  • Increasing access to medical and dental care for the underinsured and uninsured
  • Assisting families/individuals with enrollment in New Hampshire Children's Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur, Medicare Low Income Subsidy, V-Pharm, and other state and federal programs
  • Providing an in-kind donation of space on the APD campus to the Good Neighbor Health Clinic
  • Assisting low-income patients in accessing free medications through prescription assistance programs
  • Hosting and providing administrative support for the monthly Elder Forum networking group
  • Offering subsidized health education programs and meeting space for non-profit groups
  • Purchasing coffee for the Upper Valley Turning Point meetings (20 per week)
  • Providing health professionals education to medical, nursing and allied health students

“Upper Valley Smiles,” a free dental health program for school kids

APD's Community Health Department is re-starting "Upper Valley Smiles," a unique dental health program in the region, after pausing the program in March, 2020.

The APD dental team visits elementary schools in the Upper Valley annually, providing classroom education, dental screenings, fluoride varnish, decay-stopping varnish and sealant applications, all at no cost to parents. This school-based oral health program is for children enrolled in Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Hartford, and the Hartland elementary schools. 

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the program will be limited to select schools, as allowed by the school.

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. You can review all of the recent Community Benefits Reports on our reports page.

Trails in our community

Trial use supports health activity. Explore our local trails in the interactive map below, view the APD nature trail map (PDF) here, and be sure to experience the Mascoma River Greenway multi-use paved path located across the street from the APD campus.