This week I had the pleasure of interviewing young professional Kara Morse, who has dedicated her life to helping others!
Kara was born in Nashua and has had the opportunity to live all over the United States, Sicily and Iceland. Kara went to college in Maryland but New Hampshire was calling her home! Shortly after moving back to New Hampshire, Kara met her husband and now they are expecting their first child this summer!
Kara enjoys participating in numerous fundraisers for the Nashua Humane Society and she serves on the “Serving Those Who Serve” committee at Foundation Medical Partners, which focuses on serving the need of our veterans. In Kara’s free time, you can find her visiting friends and family, enjoying all that the Lakes Region has to offer or walking through Mine Falls Park in Nashua.
Today, Kara is employed as the clinical administrator for Foundation Medical Partners in the Behavioral Health Department. While studying at the University of Maryland in College Park she found an interest and passion in human psychopathology, which would lead her to an internship at the Prince George’s Hospital Sexual Assault Center. During her internship she helped a survivor of sexual assault that was impregnated as a result of rape, and in that moment she realized there is nothing more powerful than someone allowing you to be by their side at their most vulnerable time. This experience would lead her to earn her masters in Social Work from the University of Baltimore under the Title IV-E program! In return for the federal government paying her tuition she worked in the Child Welfare System of Maryland for two years focusing on the foster care of teenagers. Kara says that this experience was the most rewarding and life altering moment of her life – she realized that people can face very tough circumstances and be treated poorly yet our inner core is so resilient and full of hope. Now a decade later she is changing lives back in her hometown and sharing her light at Southern New Hampshire Health.
The mission of Southern New Hampshire Health is to improve, maintain and preserve the overall health and well-being of individuals living in the greater Nashua area by providing information, education and access to exceptional health and medical care services.
Here are five things you should know about Southern NH Health Services:
- Southern New Hampshire Health (SNHH) is comprised of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) and Foundation Medical Partners and is Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) first clinical affiliate in the region.
- SNHMC is a 188 bed facility that has two campuses in Nashua.
- Foundation Medical Partners is a multi-specialty physician group practice with more than 300 primary care and specialty care providers who serve patients in 32 communities across Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts and offers walk-in care for urgent needs at seven Immediate Care locations.
- Through SNHH’s MGH affiliation, patients have easy access to advanced clinical expertise in areas including stroke, cancer, trauma and pediatric specialties.
- Together, SNHMC and Foundation Medical Partners work collaboratively to achieve the mission of maintaining and preserving the overall health of individuals living in the communities it serves.
Want to help and just don’t know how? Well here is your chance!
Donations are one way to help advance initiatives to provide the best possible care of patients. Contributions help assure the community has easy access to leading-edge medical technology, health education programs designed to meet the needs of the communities they serve and behavioral health programs to meet the needs of the communities. Donations can be made here.
Southern New Hampshire Health offers many low cost to no cost community educational programs. Classes vary from health and nutrition to yoga and a variety of child-birth classes for new parents. A complete list of programs can be found here.
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When asked why young professionals should give back Kara said, “I can’t over emphasize how important it is to work hard for what you want. It’s important to take an assertive approach to your life goals and work towards them each and every day. Avoid expecting that life will simply hand you what you want. Instead motivate yourself to try hard every day and view setbacks as learning opportunities. Stay hopeful and don’t be afraid of change!”
A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. ~Vince Lombardi
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back like Kara email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time –Do Good NH!