Somerset Public Health is a coalition of staff members, community members, organizations and businesses working together to improve health in Somerset County. Learn more about our mission, our staff and our coalition below.
Somerset Public Health: Our Mission and Purpose
Our goal is to make Somerset County a healthier place to live and work for the families we serve. We strive to make this happen by:
- Improving nutrition
- Increasing physical activity
- Stopping tobacco use
- Preventing drug abuse
- Promoting the responsible use of alcohol
To do all of this we need your help. We work with community members, schools, work places, child care centers, service groups and other community groups to make the places we visit everyday healthier.
Leads the SPH coalition, program development and fiscal oversight. Develops strategic direction for SPH in concert with the SPH board of directors.
Manages grant finances, budgets, and other fiscal needs.
Provides invaluable administrative support to the team and manages office operations.
Somerset Public Health Community Health Educators
Leads Move More Kids program. Leads let's Go! Somerset efforts in school nutrition. Works with schools on wellness policy development and implementation.
Works with community organizations to host chronic disease self-management programs, recruits program participants. Provides nutrition education to adults.
Provides nutrition education to adults, children, and families.
Provides resources to communities for Aging in Place, Care Giving, Assisted Living and AARP Livable Communities
Leads Let's Go! Somerset efforts in the child care settings.
Leads Let's Go! Somerset efforts in the after school settings.
Provides Tobacco resources to help reduce tobacco use in children and adults.
Provides Substance resources to help reduce substance use in children and adults.
Somerset Public Health Board Members
Executive Board Members:
Heather Johnson, SPH Board Chair, Skowhegan resident, REACH Family Services, Executive Director
David Bucknam: SPH Board Vice-Chair, Chief of Police, Skowhegan Police Department
Jason Gayne: SPH Treasurer, Executive Director, Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce and Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County
Tobin Curtis: SPH Secretary, Pastor, Christ Community Fellowship, Madison
Brent Colbry: Superintendent of Schools of RSU/MSAD 54. Representing Skowhegan, Canaan, Cornville, Norridgewock, Mercer, and Smithfield
Stephen G. Colella: Mountain Wireless, Mix 107.9 & Cruisin 93.5, Sales/on Air, Representing Media
Jayme Denis: Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services
Miriam Dodge: Home Based Supervisor, Child & Family Services, KVCAP
Elmer (Mer) H. Doucette: Redington-Fairview General Hospital Chief Financial Officer, Representing fiscal agent
Sally Dwyer: Retired Branch Manager, Franklin Savings Bank, Representing Businesses
Brandi Farrington, Administrator of Supported Housing and Community Living Supports, Kennebec Behavioral Health
Savanna Lawrence: College Student, Representing Education/Schools
Sydney Reed: Student, Skowhegan Area High School, Representing Youth
Juliana Richard: Selectperson, Bingham, Representing Municipal Government
Rachel Rogers: Student, Cornville Regional Charter School, Representing Youth
Staff to the Board:
Matt L’Italien: SPH Project Director
Please Note: SPH membership consists of a diverse group of individuals and organizations who assist in carrying out essential public health services for our citizens. Commitment in writing is required to be a SPH member. Board meetings are open to the public. SPH members sit on Jackman and Bingham Leadership Teams, Somerset Economic Development Corporation, Somerset County Emergency Preparedness, KVCAP and SCARP committees and we have Sub committees for Tobacco, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Substance Abuse.
Somerset Public Health Partners
- Adventure Bound
- Athens Community School
- Chambers Of Commerce
- Cornville Regional Charter School
- Federated Church Of Skowhegan
- Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Good Will-Hinckley
- Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County
- Jackman Leadership Team
- Kennebec Behavioral Health
- Kennebec Valley Community Action Program
- Lake George Regional Park
- Local Businesses
- Main Street Skowhegan
- Maine State Police-Troop C
- Mercer Community Center
- MSADs 12, 13, 54, 59, 74
- Redington-Fairview General Hospital
- Riverview Memorial School
- Skowhegan Farmers’ Market
- Skowhegan/Madison Elks
- Skowhegan Savings Bank
- Skowhegan Parks & Recreation Department
- Skowhegan Rotary Club
- Somerset County Assoc. of Resource Providers
- Somerset County Substance Abuse Task Force
- Somerset County Sheriff’s Department
- Somerset County Under Age Drinking Task Force
- Spectrum Generations
- Starks Community Center
- Health Reach
- Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
- Healthy Northern Kennebec
- Healthy Sebasticook Valley
- Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- District Coordinating Council
- State Coordinating Council
- United Technology Center
- United Way of Mid Maine
- University Of Maine Cooperative Extension