This Is Us

Our Mission

Makin’ It Happen is on a mission! . . . to create a coordinated response among individuals, organizations, businesses and communities to promote behaviors that measurably improve the overall health and well-being of our youth, families and communities with a focus on alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and mental wellness.

Our Vision

We envision a future where all of our youth and families have appropriate support to live, learn work and play in healthy, thriving communities.

Value Statement

Our collective work within the Greater Manchester Region is based on the belief that physical and mental health are essential, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

The work Makin’ It Happen does is run through the filters to the left, as well as the following Social Determinants of Health (SDOH):

Social Determinants of Health

According to the CDC, social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people live, learn, work, and play that affect a whole range of health and quality of life risks and outcomes.

Healthy People 2030, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Retrieved January 13, 2021, from

Makin’ It Happen works diligently to form partnerships with our community stakeholders to support work focused around the five SDOH domains, with a goal of affecting positive change for the communities which we serve. Our work is in step with the five recommendations as detailed in the Greater Manchester Strategic Framework for Health Improvement.

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Our Focused Work

Economic Stability

All Residents are economically self-sufficient and are socially connected to their community

Helping businesses to develop strong, supported workforces – promoting policies that support and strengthen Recovery Ready Communities

Education Access and Quality

All residents are engaged in healthy behaviors

Through our Resiliency Essentials programming, bringing prevention and targeted trainings, our community members engage, educate, and empower support of our school district’s prevention efforts.

Healthcare Access and Quality

All residents have access to quality health care and preventive health services

Our regional Harm Reduction Strategy has been designed to inform, educate, and empower individuals to live healthy lives, and to support our vulnerable populations

Social and Community Context

Systems are designed to foster neighborhoods of opportunity for generations to come

Makin’ It Happen in the 603 is rooted in the belief that supporting our youth/young people through providing leadership and mentoring opportunities will support the fostering of neighborhoods of opportunity for generations to come

Neighborhood and Build Environment

Neighborhoods are designed to support healthy living for all residents
Working with our six key community sectors – Business, Government, Health, Education, Safety/Law Enforcement, and Community/Families – we strive to engage, educate, and empower individuals, families, and communities to actively participate in the development of safe and healthy neighborhoods

Our Team

Mary Forsythe-Taber, CPS
Executive Director

Ashley Bachert

Community Impact Project Assistant

Tracy Bachert
Community Impact Manager

Kayt Gagneux
Resiliency Essentials Program Director

Janelle Havens
Resiliency Essentials Program Manager

Kayshauna Montaño
Community Impact Communications Manager

Maureen O’Leary
Project/Grants Manager

Financially Sound

Federal Block Grant funding is issued by the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) to the NH Regional Public Health Network system designated fiscal agencies. Makin’ It Happen (MIH) is the designated lead for the Greater Manchester region, with Manchester Health Department as the fiscal agent. Contracts are issued/signed in two-year blocks, providing consistent and stable support for Substance Misuse Prevention, Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care and the Young Adult Strategy efforts for the region.

In addition, funding from Network 4 Health, the NH Charitable Foundation, and the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) have bolstered our financial stability and brought new opportunities to expand our mission.

Bookkeeping services are provided by an independent agency, following National Accounting Best Practice standards. Tax preparation, financial reviews, compilation, and periodic financial audits are conducted by an independent accounting firm, with non-profit experience, to ensure the organization remains financially sound and positioned for growth.


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