Partners in Health

Partners in Health (PIH) is a statewide community-based program that provides support to families of children with chronic health conditions or young adults themselves, regardless of income. Partners in Health is free for eligible families and is funded primarily by New Hampshire Medicaid, the Bureau of Special Medical Services, private as well as community grants and resources. The program also provides community events, education, and resource access.


Partners in Health Program helps families of children with a chronic health condition that significantly impacts daily life. Partners in Health's role is to advocate, access resources, navigate systems and build capacity to manage the chronic health condition of their child. Many families face the challenges of raising children with chronic health conditions. At times, the issues can be overwhelming and interfere with everyday activities. We are here to help.

PIH works directly with families and will assist in finding resources to meet needs as families define and prioritize their concerns and issues. Our Coordinator can assist families to access appropriate services and resources, arrange for special needs during hospitalization and after discharge, will help with school planning and attend meetings with you. PIH also provides recreational and respite opportunities, will be your advocate, listen and respond quickly and meaningfully. Problem solving around financial concerns or just finding the information you need is an important aspect of the day-to-day work of the coordinator. Our Partners in Health Coordinator knows of the resources in New Hampshire and beyond.


Eligibility Conditions:

Partners in Health services families in NH who have children from birth to age 21 with a with a chronic health condition expected to be ongoing for six months or longer, certified by a physician, and having a significant impact on daily life. These chronic health conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Asthma
  • Blindness
  • Diabetes
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cancer
  • Mitochondrial Disorder

Family Council:

In New Hampshire, Family Councils are the core of the Partners in Health Program. Each Council is managed by the parents of children with chronic health conditions. Please call the Partners In Health Coordinator for more information.

How to get Involved:

  • Call 603 882-6333 to arrange an initial family home visit by a Partners in Health Coordinator who will explain the program as well as collect the necessary information needed for eligibility.
  • A Coordinator visits the family to identify the needs related to the child's illness and formulate an action plan to resolve these needs.
  • Our Coordinator is friendly, family centered, and flexible. They work directly with families and offer help that is based upon their needs. Our Coordinator is available when families need support and they listen and understand.

At Partners in Health, we offer:

  • A chance to meet other families of children with chronic health conditions
  • Someone who will listen
  • Ways to learn about medical/insurance/educational issues
  • Assistance with grant writing
  • Resources during times of crises
  • Help finding community activities

FSC's collaborate with families to:

  • Find appropriate information, services and resources in New Hampshire and beyond
  • Connect them with a variety of support groups
  • Make flexible funds available for such things as emergency food, medicine, transportation, summer camp and recreation
  • Fill out applications for grants and insurance coverage
  • Find additional fund for modifying vans and homes
  • Enhance communication with schools and attend IEP meetings
  • Make special arrangements during hospitalization and after discharge
  • Find opportunities for parents to take a break
  • Promote their goals

Community Crossroads/Partners In Health area covers:


Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, and Windham.





Partners in Health Coordinator:

Maura Pennisi

603-893-1299 x359