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Contact: John Clayton
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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012

Foundation for Healthy Communities Offers Free Video on Advance Care Directives

CONCORD – The Foundation for Healthy Communities has produced a free video designed to assist families in creating Advance Care Directives – specific instructions regarding the care their loved ones will receive – prior to the onset of a serious or life-threatening illness.

"This is an educational tool that is designed for the general public as well as healthcare professionals to understand why it is so important to have these conversations before a loved one is unable to express their preferences," said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the FHC.

The video was produced in conjunction with the New Hampshire Healthcare Decisions Coalition and ConcordTV.

To view the video...

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a non-profit partnership involving hospitals, physicians, health plans, home care agencies and other organizations working to improve health in our state. The Foundation's mission is to improve health and health care delivery in New Hampshire. Learn more at www.healthyNH.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012
Media contact: Judy Proctor
(603) 415.4276

CONCORD - An educational "Teens on Tanning" Forum will be held at the Red River Theatres in Concord on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in connection with "Your Skin Is In," a sun-safety awareness contest sponsored by the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) and the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC).

"Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for teens and young adults," said Nancy Kane, who serves as chairman of the board for the NH CCC, "and the 'Teens on Tanning' Forum will help increase awareness regarding the dangers from tanning and tanning beds."

The forum will also offer students the opportunity to hear from young melanoma survivors, to develop leadership skills and to draft individual and community goals for tanning safety.

The forum is just one component of "Your Skin Is In," an awareness contest in which New Hampshire high school students are asked to take a no-tanning pledge prior to their prom. Participating high schools that compile the most pledges will be eligible for cash prizes, gift certificates, pizza parties and tickets to Six Flags New England.

To register for the "Teens on Tanning" Forum or "Your Skin Is In," contact Amy Mason at the Melanoma Foundation of New England at 800-557-6352 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The NH CCC is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC), a program managed by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire (NH). The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy life style, increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2012

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NH CCC Seeks High Schools, Colleges for Tanning Awareness Contest

CONCORD - New Hampshire high schools and colleges are being invited to join a tanning awareness contest called “Your Skin Is In,” sponsored by the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) and the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC).

High school students are asked to take a no-tanning pledge prior to their prom, while college students take a similar pledge before spring break. Although college enrollments have already begun – the University of New Hampshire will be a participant – high school enrollments begin Feb. 1.

“This contest represents a great opportunity for class officers, student leaders, prom coordinators and community service groups like the National Honor Society,” said Nancy Kane, who serves as chairman of the board for the NH CCC. “It’s a chance to generate some school spirit and also increase awareness regarding an important health issue – the dangers from tanning and tanning beds – and the fact that melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for teens and young adults.”

Among the New Hampshire high schools expected to take part in the competition are Concord, Franklin, Inter-Lakes, Laconia, Merrimack Valley and Winnisquam. Each of those schools has been identified as a “double risk” site by the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, based upon the number of indoor tanning centers within a two-mile radius of the school and the number of female students in each school, since the most rapid rate of increase in melanoma is found among females ages 15-39.

In New Hampshire, nearly 400 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year, and the most likely causes include unhealthy tanning practices and exposure to the harmful UV rays of tanning beds.

“Our goal is to educate teens and young adults about the danger of tanning and the importance of early detection and prevention,” said Deb Girard, executive director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, "and our collaboration with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration has made it possible to bring this project to the forefront in New Hampshire and drive home the messages to teens and their communities."

A day-long “Teens on Tanning Forum” will be held at the Red River Theatres in Concord on Feb. 18, in connection with the contest. The forum will offer students the opportunity to hear from young melanoma survivors, to develop leadership skills and to draft individual and community goals for tanning safety.

Participating high schools that compile the most pledges will be eligible for cash prizes, gift certificates, pizza parties and tickets to Six Flags New England. For more information about participating in "Your Skin Is In" and to register for “Teens on Tanning,” go to www.MFNE.org.

More information about the NH CCC Primary Prevention Workgroup can be found at www.NHCancerPlan.org.


The NH CCC is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC), a program managed by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire (NH). The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy life style, increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research.

 

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February 1, 2012                                                             


 

Foundation for Healthy Communities  Names Three New Trustees

                                          

CONCORD – Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, announced that three new members have been named to its board of trustees. They include:

  • Sharon Alroy-Preis, MD, State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Tina Legere, Chief Executive Officer with Parkland Medical Center in Derry, and;
  • Jeanne Ryer, Director of the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a non-profit partnership involving hospitals, physicians, health plans, home care agencies and other organizations working to improve health in our state. The Foundation’s mission is to improve health and health care delivery in New Hampshire. Learn more at www.healthyNH.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2012

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NH CCC to Support Local Organizations for

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Programs in NH

 

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) has awarded contracts to three local organizations to support projects that further key priorities for the Collaboration.

 The recipients include:

 • New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program;

• Community Health Institute/John Snow Inc. (JSI), and;

• New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“We are pleased to support three innovative projects addressing important areas for cancer prevention and treatment in New Hampshire,” said Nancy Kane, board chair for the NH CCC. “We believe that by coming together to coordinate our efforts, we can better reach our goal of eliminating the incidence and suffering due to cancer in our state.”

“Grandparents, Let’s Get Screened,” is the working title of the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program’s drive to increase screening in adults aged 65 and over in the state. Data shows that 62 percent of late-stage colorectal cancer in New Hampshire is diagnosed in those 65 and older. According to Dr. Stefan Holubar, a colorectal cancer surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, “It can be frustrating to remove what could have been potentially preventable advanced colon cancers in older patients who have never had their colonoscopy.”

According to state surveys, one of the primary reasons NH residents do not get screened is lack of knowledge about colorectal cancer. With the grant from the NH CCC, brochures, posters and letters will be developed and made available to New Hampshire organizations to inform and motivate people to be screened.

The award to the Community Health Institute/JSI of Bow will be used to help reduce smoking among participants in the Women Infant Children (WIC) program at Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., in the Hillsborough and Rockingham county clinics. The program will be conducted in accordance with the U.S. Public Health Services' Clinical Practice Guideline on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. Smoking cigarettes is a very unhealthy habit and many people are trying to quit. Smoking tobacco has caused lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other health issues. There are many ways you can try to reduce your smoking such as using e-cigarettes or vaping brands like ripe vapes which offer the same nicotine content with less chemicals in it than cigarettes have. These products also produce fewer toxins that could be harmful to others around you when they're used indoors as well./span>

In 2010, more than 20 percent of WIC participants in those counties continued to smoke during their pregnancy, compared to 13 percent of participants nationally. Studies show that a brief intervention by healthcare providers can increase tobacco cessation.

The Concord-based New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – through a program called “Promoting Earlier Access to End-of-Life Care” – hopes to improve access to better pain and symptom management in settings serving cancer patients. Among other tools, an educational video produced by the NH CCC and NHHPCO will be used to educate patients, families and healthcare providers on the availability of palliative care and hospice services.

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