Register now for Nov. 14 Fall Forum - Patient and Family Engagement 09.30.2014

November 14, 2014 FHC Forum


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This forum will serve as a dynamic learning opportunity for participants interested in understanding how we aim higher to improve health system performance and engage providers and the public in this effort.

What's on the agenda?

  • David Radley, PhD, MPH "Aiming Higher" Scorecard on Health System (IHI/Commonwealth Fund)
  • A panel of NH health leaders engaged to explore linkages between insurance coverage and use of health care services
  • Speakers from the health insurance programs accessible in the next enrollment period starting on Nov. 15th, 2014
  • Learn about the broad work areas that comprise the Foundation for Healthy Communities via displays

Who should attend?

  • Individuals interested in population health in NH communities and the people who live, work and play there
  • Physicians, nurses, social workers and others involved in care coordination to support effective use of health care services
  • Individuals involved in helping people to enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace/Exchange or public programs such as the NH Health Protection Program
  • Current partners with Foundation for Healthy Communities Initiatives

When: November 14, 2013 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street, Concord, NH
Cost: $30 per person (Scholarships available, please contact Noreen
Register by November 5th at

Foundation's Shawn LaFrance wins Central NH VNA Award 09.29.2014

MEREDITH — During the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s annual meeting, Dr. Sanders Burstein, medical director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, spoke about his experiences starting difficult conversations and then “honoring care decisions.”

More than 115 people attended the meeting last week at Church Landing, which also included recognition of people for their service to the VNA & Hospice.

The Milham Leadership Award was given to Shawn LaFrance, executive director of Foundation for Health Communities, for his efforts with advanced directives and for helping to bring POLST, or “Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment,” to New Hampshire.

The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician Award was given to physical therapist Jeff Carpenter for his “continued excellent service to our clients.”

The Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Valerie May for her volunteer work in bringing music therapy to clients.

Retiring trustees Sylvia Countway, Pam Clemons-Keith, Lisa Garcia, John Giere and Headley White were recognized. New trustees voted onto the boardwere: Bill Johnson, Kristen Gardiner and Chief Leonard Wetherbee. Officers elected were: president, William Schwidder; vice president, Susan John; treasurer, Jared Price; and secretary, Fredda Osman.

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Foundation wins $220,000 grant to prevent falls in NH 09.26.2014

NEWS RELEASE                       

Attention News Editors

Contact: John Clayton

VP, Communications



For Immediate Release                                       

September 26, 2014                                                        


Foundation for Healthy Communities receives two-year, $220,000 grant to prevent falls in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Every 15 seconds, an adult age 65 and older is treated in a New Hampshire hospital emergency room for a fall-related injury.

That startling statistic was the basis for a grant application prepared by the Concord-based Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC), which just received a two-year, $220,000 falls prevention grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

The grant will be administered by the New Hampshire Community Falls Prevention Program under the auspices of the Foundation.

"This particular funding was highly competitive,” said Rhonda Siegel, an administrator with the State’s Division of Public Health Services. “To be selected by the Administration on Aging is quite an achievement and the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force looks forward to working with the Foundation to make this happen."

New Hampshire’s emergency room rate of 4,622 falls per 100,000 people mirrors the national average, and falls – which generate the largest number of 911 calls in the state – are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for New Hampshire older adults.

As part of its strategy to prevent falls, the FHC will target two rural northern counties where emergency room visits and hospitalizations for falls among older adults are high, yet no prevention programs exist. It will also work in Hillsborough County, where only two sites offer a program

“We will promote the use of two programs, Matter of Balance (MOB) and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB),” said Foundation Executive Director Shawn LaFrance. “Eventually, we expect to train as many as 30 program instructors and establish nine new program sites that can serve several hundred older adults in our state.”


The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation’s partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other organizations.