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    April 04, 2017

    Families First Health and Support Center has a new full-time family nurse practitioner, Kathryn Sullivan, FNP-C.


    Medicine is a second career for Ms. Sullivan, who first earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in English and political science, then worked for a Boston-based social services lobbyist and as an aide to a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature. “My interest in public health and community work started with politics,” she says. “I always found constituent services to be the most rewarding aspect of my work in politics.” 


    With the goal of working as a nurse practitioner in community health, Ms. Sullivan then attended Regis College, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. During that time she worked for two years in home care. “This gave me an invaluable perspective on how every person’s surroundings and social supports affect their health,” she says. “So Families First’s home visiting program is a large part of what attracted me to this center.”


    Before coming to Families First, she worked for community health centers in Fitchburg and Gloucester, Mass. 


    “I have worked with patients across the lifespan, from myriad cultures,” she says, “and gained a lot of experience and a particular interest in helping individuals and families dealing with addiction, mental health issues and chronic disease.”


    Ms. Sullivan will divide her time between Families First’s health center in Portsmouth, its mobile health team, and its new satellite office in Seabrook. She joins physicians Eric Samuel, Ruth James, Jennifer Koop and Kathy Hollister and nurse practitioners Elizabeth Harrison, Margot Kingston, Kimberly O’Mahoney and Virginia Smith on Families First’s primary care provider team. 


    She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


    Families First is a community health center that provides general medical care for people of all ages and income levels, as well as prenatal, behavioral and dental care; parenting and family programs; and mobile health and dental care. To learn about becoming a patient and other Families First services, call 603-422-8208 or visit FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.

    Margie Wachtel, Communications Director
    mwachtel@familiesfirstseacoast.org, (603) 422-8208