Dental Director Whitney Goode, DMD, talked about safety measures taken to provide dental care during the pandemic. (Click image to read the article.)

Families First in the News



Portsmouth Elks awarded grant, matching donation to support Families First
Seacoast Online | August 2021

New resident physicians join Goodwin Community Health
Seacoast Online | July 2021

As New Hampshire pushes off Medicaid adult dental benefit, experts fear wider implications
The Providence Journal | July 2021

Why doctors think you should get the COVID vaccine: Avoid infection and long-term effects
Fosters Daily Democrat | June 2021

Vaccination push plans continue locally as state-run sites prepare to close
WMUR 9 | June 2021

Family Center to offer classes about parenting anxious children
Seacoast Online | June 2021

Are the kids alright? How children are doing as they emerge from pandemic
Fosters Daily Democrat | June 2021

Father’s Day 5K Goes ‘Individual’
Press Release | June 2021

Treating substance use disorders in and after prison a challenge
Seacoast Online | June 2021

Rochester Pediatrician Sees Mental Health Toll On Kids
Seacoast Current | May 2021

Campaign for Families First’s new home appeals to community
press release | May 2021

Seacoast nurses honored
Seacoast Online | 5/21/21

Federally Qualified Health Centers: The Heart Of Community Health Care
Seacoast Online | 4/30/21

Families First seeks community help for new home
Seacoast Online | 4/18/21

Letter to the Editor: Family Resource Centers Are Making A Difference
Union Leader | March 2021

Pop-up clinics ensure not a drop of COVID vaccine goes to waste
Fosters Daily Democrat | March 2021

Pandemic Unmasks Racial Inequity in Health Care
Business NH Magazine | February 2021


Film festival goes virtual as community fundraiser
Press release | December 2020

Community health organization establishes learning center
Granite State News Collaborative | 11/20/2020

New providers join Families First, Goodwin health centers
Press release | 11/20/2020

Families First plans relocations, major expansion in 2021
Portsmouth Herald | 11/13/2020

As Covid cases rise, hospitals bring back visitor restrictions
Seacoastonline | 11/13/2020

Goodwin Learning Academy helps families balance work, remote learning
Seacoastonline | 10/20/2020

Dentists mold practices for Covid era
BusinessNH Magazine | October 2020

Families First helps people reduce medical debt | 9/23/2020

Physicians see the effects of institutional racism every day (Dr. Buonomano)
Concord Monitor | 9/11/2020

Seacoast doctors: Now is the perfect time to get a flu shot (Coreen Toussaint)
Seacoastonline | 9/30/2020

As the dust settles, looking at telehealth post-pandemic (E. Harrison)
Granite State News Collaborative | 9/18/20

Overlap of flu and COVID-19 this winter worries medical community (Dr. Djalayer)
SeacoastOnline | 9/17/20

Goodwin becomes first NH community health center to host family physician residents
Press release | August 2020

Hospitals, medical practices resume non-emergency services (Dr. Goode)
Seacoastonline | 7/1/2020

The future of health care in a post-pandemic world (Dr Buonomano)

Seacoastonline | 5/29/2020

Salute to Nurses: Community Nursing at Greater Seacoast Community Health
Seacoastonline | 5/7/2020

Pediatric visits must go on during pandemic (Dr. Colella)
Seacoastonline | 5/7/2020

Medication-Assisted Recovery program sets up mobile site in Dover
Seacoastonline | 4/27/2020

Tips for Parents for Stay-at-Home Sanity
Seacoastonline | 4/2/2020


New class aims to create healthier parents
Seacoastonline | 12/19/19

Beating the holiday blues (with Dr. Djalayer)
Seacoastonline | 12/19/19

Hospital staff buy gifts for local families
Press release | December 2019

Self-Care steps for holiday stress (with Dr. Djalayer)
Seacoastonline | 11/24/2019

Artists of the Seacoast 2020 calendars in local stores 
Press release | November 2019

Artists of the Seacoast calendar raises funds for local health care
Seacoastonline | 10/5/19

Men are not immune from breast cancer
Seacoastonline | 9/26/19

Seacoast health centers earn quality awards
Press release | September 2019

New provider joins Families First, Goodwin health centers (Kelly Moore)
Press release | September 2019

Beware of mixing herbal remedies with prescriptions (with Dr. Kasra Djalayer)
Seacoastonline | 9/19/19

Abenaqui golfers give record-setting donation
Press release | August 2019

New pediatrician comes to the Seacoast (Dr. Colella)
Press release | July 2019

Acupuncture used to treat addiction, other ills 
Seacoastonline | 5/16/19

Families First welcomes new primary care provider (Dr. Djalayer)
Press release | May 2019

Family Morning Out supports parents, kids
Foster’s | 3/29/19


Call for artwork for 2020 Artists of the Seacoast calendar
Press release | March 2019

Banff World Tour comes to Portsmouth
Press release | March 2019

Parent and family programs coming to Somersworth
Press release | January 2019


An advocate in New Hampshire: Public health hygienist develops programs… | November 2017

College-Bound with ADD/ADHD
Press release | November 2017

Shaheen: Affordable Care Act ‘very much alive’
Seacoastonline | 10/24/17

Health insurance marketplace topic of roundtable in Portsmouth
Union Leader | 10/24/17

Lessons from the field: Nonprofit mergers
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation | 10/17/17

Race for a Cause benefits Families First 
Seacoastonline | 10/2/17

Goodwin, Families First merger called an evolution in health care
Seacoast Sunday | 9/24/17

Q&A with Goodwin Community Health CEO Janet Laatsch
New Hampshire Business Review | September 15, 2017

Families First to offer ADHD parenting groups
Seacoast Sunday | September 10, 2017

Families First, Goodwin awarded for quality
Seacoast Sunday | September 10, 2017

Jail programs help inmates fight addiction
Seacoastonline | September 8, 2017

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation Shows Continued Support for Parent Education at Families First
Press Release | August 2017

Offsetting risk factors for kids
Seacoast Sunday| August 20, 2017

Hero of dental hygiene
New Hampshire Magazine | August 2017

Reducing the stigma of addiction
Seacoast Sunday | July 30, 2017

Children: The unseen victims of addiction
Seacoast Sunday | July 23, 2017

TD Charitable Foundation Awards $10,000 to Dental Center at Families First
Press release | July 2017

Agnes M. Lindsay Trust shows continued support for dental care
Press release | July 2017

Community health centers face uncertainty
New Hampshire Business Review | July 7, 2107

Family Morning Out comes to Seabrook
Press release | July 2017

Bank of America makes “Basic Needs” grant to Families First
Press release | June 2017

Eastern Bank supports mobile health care program
Press release | June 2017

Families First employee named NH Hygienist of the Year
Press release | June 2017

Families First brings primary care to Seabrook
Press release | June 2017

A visit from the tooth fairy
NH Chronicle (WMUR) | June 8, 2017

Partnership for a healthy future
Seacoast Sunday | June 4, 2017

Merger of community health centers benefits all
(editorial) Portsmouth Herald | June 3, 2017

“Thumbs up” for increasing care
(editorial) Foster’s Daily Democrat | May 26, 2017

Goodwin, Families First to merge
Press release | May 2017

Families First director wins lifetime achievement award
Press release | May 2017

Northeast Delta Dental continues support for Families First
Press release | May 2017

A recovery success story
Seacoast Sunday | May 7, 2017

AHCA and substance abuse programs in NH
Seacoast Sunday | May 14, 2017

Families First Receives $2.5K Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation
Press release | April 2017

Bishop’s Charitable Fund supports dental care for low-income patients
Press release | April 2017

Defining health care practitioners
Seacoast Sunday | April 10, 2017

Second health care van allows Families First to expand services
Seacoast Sunday | April 10, 2017

Hampton students raise $1.2K for homeless health
Press release | April 2017

Families First adds new primary care provider
Press release | April 2017

What you need to know about teen wellness visits
Parenting NH | April 2017

Radio ads featuring Dr. Eric Samuel iHeart Media | Spring 2017

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Radio ads featuring patient Jo iHeart Media | Spring 2017

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College-bound with ADD/ADHD
Press release | March 2017

Families First panel warns of GOP health bill impacts
Portsmouth Herald | March 17, 2017

Optometrists donate time for screenings at Families First
Press release | March 2017

Former client becomes Partners in Health coordinator at Families First
Press release | March 2017

Robert’s Community Supper to benefit Families First
Press release | March 2017

Miss Cindy brings ‘dramatic’ dental health to Seacoast schools 
NHPR | February 17, 2017

Digital Prospectors Supports Local Community Health Center
Press release | February 2017

What you need to know about Temporomandibular Disorder 
Parenting New Hampshire | February 2017

The Provident Bank’s Community Charitable Organization supports school-based dental care 
Press release | January 2017

Families First receives grant from ADHA & the Wrigley Company Foundation
Press release | January 2017

NH Charitable Foundation pledges $60K to Families First
Press release | January 2017

Optometrists donate

Adventures in Parenting: Education at Families First
Portsmouth Herald | 1/20/17

HNH Foundation supports trauma-informed care at Families First
Press release | January 2017

Samuel P. Hunt Foundation donates $6K to Families First for dental supplies
Press release | January 2017


Hospital adopts families for the holidays Seacoast Sunday | 12/18/16 Doctor’s office on wheels Seacoast Sunday | 12/11/16 Families First chosen for $75K Hearst Foundations grant Press release | December 2016 Bank of America makes ‘Critical Needs’ grant to Families First Press release| December 2016 Fundraiser for Families First (LuLaRoe) Press release | December 2016 New thoughts on a mysterious tragedy (SIDS) Seacoast Sunday | 11/6/16 Families First fundraiser at Ten Thousand Villages Press release | November 2016 Families First calendar artists announced Press release | October 2016 Building a strong community one performance at a time Press release | September 2016 Portsmouth program makes Family Fun Night possible for struggling families NHPR | 9/20/16 Addiction affects the entire family Seacoast Sunday | 9/18/16 Race for a Cause at Pease will benefit Families First Portsmouth Herald | 9/14/16 A founder of city’s prenatal clinic retires from obstetrics Seacoast Sunday | 8/22/16 Senator visits Portsmouth health facility Portsmouth Herald | 8/10/16 ‘Silo’ mentality fails in treatment of addiction Seacoast Sunday | 7/31/16 Piscataqua Savings awards $5K to Families First Press release | July 2016 Families First receives $50,000 grant from Medtronic Press release | July 2016 TD Bank Awards grant to Families First Press release | July 2016 Staffing firm Digital Prospectors donates $15K to Families First Press release | July 2016 New primary care provider joins Families First Press release | July 2016 Agnes M. Lindsay Trust helps break down dental care barriers Press release | June 2016 Tackling diabetes with positive attitude Seacoast Sunday | 5/18/16 What we know about Suboxone (w/ video of Families First doctors) | 5/4/16 Addiction treatment in primary care | 5/4/16 Families First a great parenting resource Portsmouth Herald | 4/29/16 HealthcareGIVES announces grants to battle addiction Portsmouth Herald | 4/29/16 Families First hires Shanley to work with seniors Press release | April 2016 Optometrists donate time for screenings at Families First Press release | March 2016 Integrating behavioral and primary health care (see “Patient Self-Management” section) Social Work Today / March-April 2016 Families First dental director received recognition Seacoast Sunday | 2/28/16 Families First receives $10K CVS Health Community Grant Press release | February 2016 New program to help parents Seacoast Sunday | 1/3/16


Interview on ‘Don’t Dis My Ability’ In Portsmouth, ACA primer fails to draw much interest Health Care Signup Help: Families First Gives Assistance Misconceptions abound about Medicaid eligibility (letter to the editor) Families First raising funds for new mobile health care van New Families First calendar a vibrant tribute to Seacoast Set limits, outline expectations for the holiday season Help campaign to buy new van (editorial) Families First profile Medical van for homeless on life support Big Blue needs a hand helping homeless Medicaid debate heats up after snag in NH Senate Families First needs new van for health-care help Thumbs up to supportive Seacoast community Families First looks ahead during ‘challenging time’ Affordable care act starts with mixed reactions Area health officials voice support for more Medicaid Alzheimer’s Café an ‘exciting’ new option for support Affordable health care marketplace opens When to use the ER — and when not to Anthem decision on affordable health care hits home When your child doesn’t rise and shine (communicating with schools) Families First integrates physical, behavioral health care Rep. tours Families First to see impact of federal sequestration cuts Shea-Porter visits Families First Health Center Sequestration Worries Families First Health Center New Hampshire Health Centers Awarded Grants Families First wins contest funds at NHCF meeting Nonprofits ‘Make the Pitch’ for funding Families First to compete for Foundation grant Portsmouth Rotary recognizes ‘unsung heroes’ Support Medicaid expansion (op–ed by our Board chair) Oral health and public health are one and the same Nutritional Guidelines for Your Toddler Your child’s first dental exam (pp. 14-15)


Community health care programs on the chopping block Dental care demand rises Giving back: Calendar cover artist has ties to Families First Resist temptation to cut health care Hospital CEO speaks at Families First annual meeting FQHCs offer 2nd home for retired dentists (featuring Dr. Homicz) Families First’s home visiting program Growth of poverty spreads across Seacoast Getting the family organized key to successful school year Center offers resources for parents and children (news video) Families First’s Health Care for the Homeless Program (news video) NH state budget strains web of social services Families First honored, receives $25,000 grant Students serve Common Table meal, learn about homelessness Guinta tours Families First community health center Resources the issue with providing care for needy (letter to the editor) Cuts to community health centers are not prudent (letter to the editor) Community health cuts won’t save state money (letter to the editor) NH advantage dying in state legislature (letter to the editor) Community health center cuts will not save money (letter to editor) Health center cuts would cost more in long run (letter to editor) Fight to keep community health center funding (letter to editor) Health Centers Air Concerns Over Proposed Budget Cuts Tooth fairy tale: Local homeless man gets new lease on life thanks to new teeth The art of keeping time: Local artists participate in Families First art calendar fundraiser 16 Minutes: Open Doors to Health in New Hampshire (video) Families First blogs about winning grant from Tom’s of Maine Tobey and Merrill Insurance donates $7K to Families First Families First set sights on helping with eye exams Families First gets $345K grant from Foundation for Seacoast Health Keep cool: Families First offers anger help for everyday parenting