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Families First - Greater Seacoast Community Health

Member of the Council badgeOur Mobile Healthcare Program offers easy-to-access health care at several locations along the NH Seacoast. We bring medical and social work services to convenient places like shelters, soup kitchens, and community organizations. No appointments are needed. Simply check out our schedule and come on by!

We take Medicaid (NH and Maine), Medicare, and most other insurance plans. If you are uninsured, no problem! We’ll help you get insurance if possible. If not, charges are based on your ability to pay and calculated using our sliding scale discount program. You will not be turned away due to an inability to pay.

Because this service is part of Families First Health Center, all patients get:
*24/7 access to a nurse on call for medical advice.
*continuous care through a single electronic health record.
*access to many other health and family services at Families First.


Our services include:
Preventive health screenings
Sick visits
Chronic disease management2
Health education
Referrals to dental care
Access to medications
Substance misuse and mental health counseling
Family support
Referrals to specialty care
Labs and diagnostic testing
Help applying for housing, food stamps, WIC, TANF, disability benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, other health insurance, veterans benefits, and more.


Our HCH Program works with other community and state agencies to serve our patients. These include health and social service agencies (AIDS Response-Seacoast, Alliance for Community Health, Waypoint), shelters (Crossroads House, My Friend’s Place, Homeless Center for Strafford County, New Generation), community health centers (Avis Goodwin CHC, Lamprey Health Care), hospitals (Exeter, Portsmouth Regional, Frisbie, Wentworth-Douglass), mental health centers (Seacoast Mental Health/Community Partners), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (United Way of the Greater Seacoast, Cities of Portsmouth, Dover, and Rochester), and outreach (Rockingham Community Action, Strafford Community Action). We also partner with the Strafford and Rockingham County Departments of Public Health, several peer recovery organizations (Connections Peer Support, SOS Recovery Centers, Safe Harbor Recovery Center, and Infinity Peer Support), and substance use disorder organizations (The Doorway, SENHS/Turning Point, and Hope on Haven Hill).


Estimated homeless population: 4,451 in New Hampshire on any given night in 2020

General Info

Executive Director/CEO

Janet Laatsch, RN, MBA/CEO

HCH Coordinator

Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty, B.A., M.S., M.Ed., Health Care for the Homeless Coordinator

Medical Director/CMO

Joann Buonomano, MD/CMO

Other Leadership Staff

Sally Naredla, RN, BSN/Clinical Coordinator
Tiffaney Burdick, LPN/HCH & Medical SUD Program Manager

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Contact Info

Phone Number

(603) 766-9220

Fax Number

(603) 422-8218




Physical Address

100 Campus Drive
Suite 12
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS09746, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement for $1,625,741, with 0% match from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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