Register now for Oct. 16 HEAL NH Fall Conference 09.17.2014

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Register now for Oct. 24 Program - Patient and Family Engagement: Tools for Implementation and Success 09.11.14

FHC NH Partnership for Patients

Our charge is clear: reduce preventable harm by 40% and reduce preventable readmissions by 20% by December 8, 2014.

Patient and Family Engagement: Tools for Implementation and Success

Friday October 24th, 2014

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Capitol Center for the Arts

44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has planned this state-wide workshop to bring NH hospitals together with members of their communities who are willing and well-motivated to serve as patient advisors. It is our aim to ensure that the benefits from a health care culture that fully engages patients and families are realized across our State. Many Hospitals have started down this path and this workshop will add to their momentum by:

  • Demonstrating the power in each patient advisor’s personal story and life experience
  • Sensitizing hospital leaders to the contributions already being made to health care organizations by effective patient advisors and patient /family advisory councils.
  • Sharing perspectives of national leaders in the development of a progressive culture of patient engagement and the role of the Patient and Family Advisory Council.
  • Exposing all attendees to progress made by their peers across the State
  • Accelerate the readiness of patient advisors and their partners in Hospitals.


Nationally recognized subject matter experts from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Baystate Health and Baystate Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock and resident expert Tanya Lord PhD, MPH will be our keynote speakers and facilitators. The agenda will offer ample time for interaction with faculty and with colleagues from around the State.


Patient and family advisors and those who may wish to become a patient advisor, Senior Leadership, Clinicians (nurses, physicians and others), patient experience / satisfaction staff, quality improvement staff from hospitals, medical practices /clinics, home care, and long-term care.

**There is no fee for this conference; however lunch and breaks will be on your own.

Contact hours for nurses will be provided.

Please register by :

Questions?     Contact: Anne Diefendorf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 415-4271 or

   Greg Vasse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /415-4274

Read the October Newsletter from HEAL NH 09.05.2014

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NH CCC Announces Cancer Plan Funding Opportunity 09.04.2014

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration has announced an opportunity for research and project funding.

The purpose of this funding for 2014-15 is to support activities that are linked to objectives identified in the NH Cancer Plan. Activities must use an evidence-based policy, systems or environmental change (PSE) intervention that offers opportunities to further develop community partnerships. (Examples of PSE approaches are listed below and on page 2 of the RFP Document)

Approved proposal activities must be completed by June 30, 2015 and all funds awarded must be spent by June 30, 2015.

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HEAL NH to host transportation training series Sept. 9 in Concord 08.25.2014

With autumn creeping closer, our attention turns from field work to planning and organizing. As such, HEAL NH will hold its fourth Active Transportation Training Series session called, “How to Make Local Projects Safer and More Accessible for Pedestrians and Bicyclists.” It is with great enthusiasm that we offer this session to local municipal volunteers, planners, public works officials, engineers, public health advocates and others!

The session is free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this email with others. But please note that pre-registration is required because seats are limited. It will be September 9, 9am-noon, at the Goodwill Industries facility at 38 Locke Road in Concord. Free lunch will be provided from the Works Bakery Café at 11:30am and there will be optional networking until 12:30pm to allow for attendees to learn more from presenters and each other. Please RSVP (and direct any questions) to Nik Coates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-4263. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please let us know.

Headlining the session will be Amy Lovisek, Assistant Recreation and Facilities Director for the City of Laconia; Nate Miller, Executive Director of the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission; and Mike Vignale, Engineer and Principal of KV Partners.

Amy successfully worked with Public Works staff from her city to improve an unsafe intersection leading into a park that was being renovated. An inspiring case study of her work is attached to this email. Nate has been a statewide leader in finding solutions to bicycle and pedestrian safety issues for rural communities working the NH Department of Transportation. Mike provides engineering support to municipalities around New Hampshire with emphasis on elegant and functional designs for people walking and on bikes. Attached are pictures of two projects (Bristol and Pemboke) Mike designed and oversaw that have led to more children walking and bicycling to school and safer neighborhoods.

The agenda is still being finalized, but here is the near-final version:

  • Mike Vignale – Presentation focusing on what was done to make Pembroke and Bristol projects more safe and accessible, how they were done, and what attendees should know to accomplish this work in their communities. Followed by Q&A with Mike.
  • Nate Miller – Presentation focusing on what can be done in rural communities to make them safer for people on bikes and walking and how to work with local officials and NHDOT through the process. Followed by Q&A with Mike.
  • Amy Lovisek – Presentation focusing on how and why Amy and the HEAL coalition worked with Laconia’s Public Works department to improve Wyatt Park and access to it. Followed by Q&A with Mike.


By the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Have a basic understanding of what makes for safer and more accessible design for active transportation.
  • Know how to work with your regional planning commission on active transportation projects.
  • Know how to work with public works staff on active transportation projects.
  • Know how to educate the public and officials in decision-making about bicycle and pedestrian issues.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon, and seeing you on the 9th!