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 HEAL office (Conference Room 6) located at 125 Airport Road, Concord (https://goo.gl/maps/oVugF). 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!

HRET: Understanding Total Patient Harm 08.21.2014

Understanding Total Patient Harm

All of the hospitals that have committed to participating in the AHA/HRET HEN have made a commitment to improve quality and safety of care on behalf of the patients and communities they serve.

By collecting, tracking and measuring a total patient harm rate (total patient harm is a composite rate made up of all individual harm measures), hospitals will be able to better monitor the big picture of patient safety within their organizations.

A total patient harm rate combines all individual measures of harm that a hospital may be working on and allows the hospital to employ major strategies to improve patient care everywhere, every time and for every patient.

The 24 participating NH hospitals worked on reducing hospital acquired infections associated with urinary catheters, central venous catheters, placement on a ventilator and a set of 4 high volume inpatient surgical procedures.  They also addressed the reduction of patient falls, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, adverse drug related events and birthing hospitals worked to eliminate elective deliveries (those without medical justification due to risk to baby or mother) prior to 39 weeks gestation.

Understanding your hospital's total harm rate or identifying "harm across the board" can be an important tool to:

• Identify all harms that occur within your organization and the greatest opportunities to eliminate harm
• Put a face on harm that tells a compelling story to support culture change needed to improve quality
• Drive improvement through front line staff engagement, as well as senior management support.

 Harm Across the Board (HAB) Template

Click here to view the template...

The AHA/HRET HEN hopes to empower all hospitals to eliminate patient harm through the collection of "harm across the board templates". The HAB template is used to succinctly illustrate the progress a hospital is making towards eliminating harm, track the actual number of harms, spotlight specific harm reduction measures and share strategies for success.

Save the Date! Foundation Fall Forum Set for Nov.14 08.20.2014

The Foundation for Healthy Communities will hold its Fall Forum on Friday, Nov. 14 from 7:30 am to 1 pm at the Holiday Inn in Concord. To learn more about the program agenda, click here...

Read the August newsletter from HEAL NH 08.05.2014

To read the August newsletter from HEAL NH, click here...

From Coverage to Care; A Road Map to a Better You 07.29.2014

Congratulations on getting health coverage - it’s an important first step to better health and well-being!
Coverage isn’t only important when you are sick, it’s helpful when you don’t feel sick. This roadmap explains what health coverage is, and how to use it to get the primary care and preventive services to help you and your family live long, healthy lives.
How it works:
Read the Roadmap from start to finish - click here - or jump to a step for quick reference. You’ll find helpful examples throughout the Roadmap, and at the end of it you will find definitions for common health care terms and resources...