Community Health Worker
Introducing Annalise Poirier, our dedicated Community Health Worker at the Raymond Center! Annalise plays a vital role in connecting our community members with essential health resources, offering support, and ensuring everyone has access to the care they need.
LHC: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? How did you get here?Annalise: I was born and raised in Southern Maine, but I moved away for a handful of years to attend the University of Arizona. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I decided to apply to graduate school, which ultimately led to my moving back to this area to focus on the completion of my master’s degree. My background is psychology, and I get to exercise that through working with the members of this community.
LHC: What do you like most about working at Lamprey Health Care?Annalise: I know I am not the first to say this, but the staff members here at Lamprey Health Care are wonderful. I have only been working at LHC for around six months, but I feel as though I have an amazing work family. Everyone looks out for one another, and the team-driven dynamic is incredibly motivating.
LHC: Did you always want to work in healthcare? What would you do if you weren't doing this?Annalise: I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career deeply rooted in helping others live fulfilling lives. I chose the path of psychology to work directly with patients on a clinical level, and working in healthcare has been a great way for me to experience some of what that entails. Otherwise, I think I’d be content working in a bookstore or a library.
LHC: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?Annalise: Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, exploring New England’s hidden gems, snuggling up with my dog, or reading a good book.
LHC: What advice would you give to others to be healthy?Annalise: I think people often view health as something that pertains to one’s physical being, but my advice would be to prioritize mental health, as our brains are our foundation. It is hard to build a sturdy structure with a cracked foundation, so that is where I think good health is born. Aside from that, life is meant to be enjoyed. Spend time doing things that make you happy, surrounded by people that charge your social battery.