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.

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 NH Division of Health and Human Services, NH 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 NH Children's Medicaid,  Dr. Dynasaur, Medicare Low Income Subsidy, V-Pharm and other state/federal programs
  • Providing monthly cash support and an in-kind donation of space on the APD campus to the Good Neighbor Health Clinic
  • Providing monthly cash support for the Grafton County Senior Citizens Transportation initiative
  • 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

During non-COVID-19 times, APD's Community Health Department offers “Upper Valley Smiles,” a unique dental health program in the region. This school-based oral health program is for children enrolled in Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Hartford, and the Hartland elementary schools. The APD dental team visits each school annually, providing classroom education, dental screenings, fluoride varnish, decay-stopping varnish and sealant applications, all at no cost to parents. 

For the past ten years, we’ve enjoyed offering this community health program to schools in the Upper Valley. Unfortunately, we did not think it practical to offer it this year given the uncertainty about school re-openings and the limited access to school buildings for anyone other than students, teachers, and staff.

We are currently working to see if we might be able to offer some version of Upper Valley Smiles elsewhere in the community later this year and we look forward to restarting Upper Valley Smiles in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

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.