"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, dedicated individuals can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Meade

Southern NH AHEC dedicate themselves to the improvement of community health by promoting and coordinating community and academic multidisciplinary partnerships with a focus on rural communities and minority populations. The staff provides southern New Hampshire community members and health practitioners with health training, information and career services. Our staff receives support and/or services from the AHEC Advisory Committee, faculty consultants, external committee members, as well as AHEC high school & college interns. The AHEC core staff is pictured below. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions you may have. Thank you for visiting our Web site. 

Paula Smith, Director
Paula is responsible for the overall direction of the AHEC. Working with the Local Advisory Committee, Paula develops and implements a variety of programs which support community health professionals, identifies topics for continuing education, and initiates partnerships with academic and community organizations.Paula has been with AHEC for 15 years in 2013!

Brianna Ferraro, Program Coordinator
Brianna's main responsibilities include coordinating educational events from soup to nuts, with a hand in development and promotional material design. She organizes Lunch & Learns upon request, produces the SNHAHEC newsletter and helps manage the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Better Choices, Better Health) semi-annual data cuts. Brianna also manages the Nursing Quest Summer Camps, and the student placements of all three Lamprey Health Care sites.

Florentina G. Dinu, Interpretation Training Services Coordinator
Florentina has been with AHEC for 13 years in 2013 and coordinates the health care community and legal interpreters' training. She recruits bilingual individuals and participates in the language screening process. She also coordinates the logistics for the training. She is in charge of the simulated patient program and other cultural competency trainings developed to help health care professionals to work with people with limited English proficiency (LEP) and language interpreters.