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



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:

For a summary of the “Healthy People Healthy Places Plan,” go to: Healthy People Healthy Places Plan Summary.pdf?dl=0



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.

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Register now for Nov. 14 Fall Forum - Navigating for Health 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.