New providers join Families First, prostate cancer support: Seacoast health news

Frisbie Memorial Hospital selects Share Fund to receive HCA Healthcare Foundation’s first $25K community grant

Frisbie Memorial Hospital, part of HCA New England Healthcare, awarded the Share Fund with a $25,000 grant to help them support the community and address food insecurity in Greater Rochester. From left, Chris Finley, associate vice president of community engagement for HCA Healthcare; Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan; Tim Jones, CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital; Donald "Skip" Smith, Share Fund executive director; Jerry Rainville, Share Fund board chairman; and Megan Gray, chief nursing officer at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

ROCHESTER — Frisbie Memorial Hospital announced today that the HCA Healthcare Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Share Fund as part of its new Health Equity Catalyst Grant Program. The funding is through the HCA Healthcare Foundation’s Healthier Tomorrow Fund, a community impact fund with an initial investment of $75 million focused on addressing high priority community needs and health equity.

“At HCA Healthcare, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Tim Jones, Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s chief executive officer. “The Share Fund shares our values, and is committed to helping the people in our communities. Our partnership with Share Fund addresses food insecurity in Greater Rochester, and I can think of no better example of our mission in action than combating health inequality among our neighbors.”

The Share Fund is a nonprofit charitable outreach agency that provides various types of material support, such as food, clothing, and diapers, as well as financial support to families and individuals in need during emergencies or times of severe hardship. In addition to providing services to families, Share Fund also refers to other agencies and resources when eligible. The funds provided through the Health Equity Catalyst Grant will support initiatives like the food pantry to help families receive adequate supplies.

Donald "Skip" Smith, Share Fund’s executive director, said: “We operate the largest food pantry in the Rochester area and also deliver to approximately 60 households unable to come to us. Our food requests are currently up more than 30% compared to 2022, so we deeply appreciate this support from Frisbie Memorial Hospital and HCA Healthcare, which will go a long way toward helping our community members.”

Launched in August 2023, the Health Equity Catalyst Grant provides a one-time operating grant to support organizations and collaboratives addressing health inequities in a defined focus area in order to advance or accelerate efforts to:

•                    Provide culturally and structurally competent services

•                    Advance high-impact health equity programming

•                    Support collaborative health equity efforts, and/or

•                    Address root causes of health inequities

For more information on the HCA Healthcare Foundation, visit

Two primary-care providers join Families First Health Center

PORTSMOUTH – Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth recently welcomed two new providers: pediatrician Emily Kaiser, MD, and family nurse practitioner Jonathan Morency, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC.

Dr. Kaiser has been practicing medicine since 2014. After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training in pediatrics at Inova Children’s Hospital in Northern Virginia. She speaks Spanish and worked most recently at a large community health center in Southern California where many of the patients were Spanish speakers. Earlier, she worked at a community health center on the island of Guam and at two outpatient primary care clinics in Virginia. In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Kaiser holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Morency, a family nurse practitioner for the past three years, sees both children and adults. A New Hampshire native, he earned a degree in civil engineering from UNH, then worked for seven years on engineering projects in Boston. A growing interest in human biology and a strong sense of community health drove him to make a career change. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston in 2019, followed by a fellowship and two years practicing at a community health center in Rhode Island. His professional interests include LGBTQ health and HIV prevention. At Families First, he provides gender-affirming care for people ages 18 and older.

Prostate Cancer Support Group December meeting

The Prostate Cancer Support Group of New Hampshire announces its next meeting to be held on Dec. 13.  This meeting will be via Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature a Prostate Cancer Foundation webinar replay, "PSMA PET Imaging, Doctor and Patient Perspectives" with Doctor Phillip Koo and Drs. Ira and Sharon Credle presenting.  Discussion of the webinar and of the support group’s members’ own issues will follow. 

Group meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of each month.  PCSG-NH is comprised of both men and women in New Hampshire living with challenges of prostate cancer in their lives and the lives of their partners. 

Find the Zoom link on the Prostate Cancer Support Group of New Hampshire’s Facebook page or by emailing 

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center selected as pilot site for nationwide Anti-Stigma Initiative

LEBANON – Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center has been selected as a pilot site for the nationwide Anti-Stigma Initiative, launched by the Addiction Policy Forum. This opportunity highlights DHMC’s dedication to improving its response to individuals with a substance use disorder, and actively combating the harmful stigma associated with addiction.

The Anti-Stigma Initiative includes over 100 pilot sites nationwide working to reduce addiction stigma, including stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination intent and increase knowledge about addiction.

As a pilot site, DHMC will be at the forefront of this groundbreaking initiative, actively contributing to testing and evaluation of new stigma interventions and new tools to measure levels of stigma in the community.

The Anti-Stigma Initiative reaffirms our commitment to providing a supportive and compassionate environment for individuals who are impacted by substance use disorders. By challenging stigmatizing beliefs, we aim to remove the barriers that often prevent individuals from seeking help and support on their journey to recovery.

To learn more about the Anti-Stigma Initiative, please visit

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: New providers join Families First, prostate cancer support: Seacoast health news