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Foundation taking part in national 'Safety Program for Long Term Care' 11.20.2014

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is one of five organizations in the country participating in a pilot initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Safety Program for Long Term Care.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in an important national resident safety improvement program with a focus on infection prevention that is specifically designed for facilities for both short-stay residents or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and long-stay residents or nursing homes.

The AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: CAUTI is complementary to other long-term care safety initiatives such as the Advancing Excellence Campaign.

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More than 100 expected at FHC Fall Forum 11.13.2014

NEWS RELEASE                       

Attention News Editors

Contact: John Clayton

VP, Communications

603-415-4255

603-582-8804

For Friday, Nov. 14, 2014                                   

                    

                                                                                            

Foundation for Healthy Communities to host forum connecting insurance coverage to health care services

CONCORD – More than 100 counselors, clinicians andMarketplace Assisters (MPAs) from throughout New Hampshire will be on hand today (Friday) when the Foundation for Healthy Communities hosts a program to prepare for the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period.

The program, called “Navigating for Health: Connecting Insurance Coverage and Health Care Services,” will be held at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Walk-in attendees are welcome.

Dr. David Radley – a senior scientist at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston – will describe how New Hampshire compares to the 49 other states on a scorecard that assesses access to care, affordability, preventive care, quality of care and other measures.

Organizers expect to identify gaps that exist in New Hampshire for people to effectively gain access to health insurance coverage and navigate the health care system, and also to demonstrate the value that Managed Care Organizations can provide their members to improve health outcomes.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has eight Marketplace Assisters who have been certified and are ready to assist consumers in the upcoming Marketplace enrollment that begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs through February 15, 2015.

All 26 acute-care hospitals in New Hampshire have been contacted about providing on-site, weekly enrollments. The Foundation MPAs are also working closely with Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and MPAs from ServiceLink, Planned Parenthood of New England, and Bi-State to provide these services.

Bilingual MPAs who speak Spanish and Portuguese will be available in Hillsborough County.

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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.

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Communicating for Change: How to talk about Causes, Consequences and Solutions to Health Inequity in NH 10.14.2014

This highly interactive workshop is intended to provide the New Hampshire Health and Equity Partnership and its allies with tools for their public communications efforts regarding the causes, consequences and solutions to health inequity in New Hampshire.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • understand how dominant frames in our culture and in media affect how people think about health and race, and disparities in outcomes;
  • more effectively understand the framing challenges they’re up against when communicating publicly; and
  • know how to deploy more effective messages that will improve public understanding and avoid traps in public thinking about health disparities.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
12:30-4:30 pm
Puritan Backroom Conference Center
Manchester, NH

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HEAL NH to release New Hampshire obesity prevention plan 10.14.2014

For Immediate Release

Media contact

Contact:  Terry Johnson, Director,  HEAL NH

Telephone:  (603) 415-4273

Email:       TJohnson@healthynh.com

 

HEAL NH to release New Hampshire obesity prevention plan on 10/16
New five-year plan calls for more focus on health equity and statewide policy changes

CONCORD, NH (October 14, 2014) – Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH will release a new statewide obesity prevention plan on October 16 in Meredith, New Hampshire. The “2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan” is the second statewide action plan released in the past six years to guide healthy eating and active living activities in the Granite State, and will support the obesity prevention strategies outlined in the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ State Health Improvement Plan released last year.

New Hampshire’s first-ever obesity prevention plan, the HEAL Action Plan, was developed in 2008. During the past six years, over 60 cities and towns – encompassing over 30% of the state’s population – have been targeted by HEAL community partnerships for healthy eating and active living initiatives such as community gardens, safer parks, new bicycle-pedestrian paths, and healthier nutrition standards in schools. While the “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan” calls for continuing and expanding the successful HEAL community-level work, it also stresses the need for policy change at the state level and a focus on creating equitable access to healthy eating and active living resources for all residents, whether they reside in rural areas, such as Coos County, or urban areas, such as Nashua or Manchester.

“There are specific populations and geographic areas in our state with higher burdens of obesity and related chronic diseases,” explains HEAL Director, Terry Johnson. “These include low income and racially diverse urban neighborhoods, and rurally isolated communities where barriers exist to healthy living. An important theme of the ‘Healthy People Healthy Places Plan’ is equitable access to healthy foods, active transportation, and safe places to play and be active in an effort to reduce these health disparities.”

HEAL NH will lead one of New Hampshire’s largest statewide collaborations of organizations to accomplish the work in the “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan.” These HEAL partners, called the “Healthy People Healthy Places Network,” include people from a wide range of fields, including farms, schools, health care providers, businesses, town planners, transportation, and others working toward improved health, economic prosperity, and better quality of life for the state’s residents.

The HEAL Conference begins at 8:30am on Thursday, October 16, at Church Landing at Mill Falls, 281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. Introduction of the “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan” will be at 10:30 a.m. Media representatives are invited to attend.

For a complete agenda of the HEAL conference, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-heal-nh-conference-accelerating-progress-towards-healthy-people-healthy-places-registration-12432912175?ref=ecount

For a summary of the “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan,” go to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jzn7fgfp6nouz9p/HEAL Healthy People Healthy Places Plan Summary.pdf?dl=0

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About HEAL NH: The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. HEAL is supported by a collaboration of foundations and state agencies committed to promoting health and wellbeing for all New Hampshire residents. Funding is provided by HNHFoundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services.