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  • Families First and Goodwin Community Health Earn National Recognition

    PORTSMOUTH AND SOMERSWORTH - Families First Health and Support Center and Goodwin Community Health, operating together as Greater Seacoast Community Health, have met the requirements to renew their highest-level recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

    The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a health-care delivery model that focuses on putting each patient at the center of a care team. Providers and other health care services coordinate with one another and include the patient in the design of their individual care plan. The model is meant to connect patients with the people and organizations from which they receive care and drive improvements in patient satisfaction and quality of care.

    PCMH recognition is given by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. To obtain the recognition, practices must demonstrate that they adhere to specific clinical standards, including care coordination, care management, patient-centeredness, access and quality. More information is at tinyurl.com/PCMHconcepts.

    To support the patient-centered mission of reducing costs while improving quality, Families First and Goodwin have focused on improving the tools and systems used by patients and staff and forming closer relationships between patients, their providers, and the other services located at the two health centers.

    Families First and Goodwin had each been recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes since 2011, prior to merging in 2018 under the Greater Seacoast Community Health umbrella.


    Greater Seacoast Community Health is a network of community health centers providing primary care, pediatrics, dental care, prenatal care, behavioral health counseling, substance use disorder treatment, mobile health services, WIC, social work services, a pharmacy, parenting classes, playgroups and home visiting. The network includes Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, as well as the Strafford County Public Health Network. Services are open to everyone and aim to be respectful, recovery-friendly, LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed. For more information, visit GetCommunityHealth.org.