Contact: Laura Hesse Moran, NH CATCH Kids Club Program Manager
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation awards $75,000 grant

to the NH CATCH Kids Club Project

CONCORD – The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Foundation for Healthy Communities for the NH CATCH Kids Club Project.

CATCH Kids Club – CATCH being an acronym for “Coordinated Approach To Child Health” – is a successful, evidence-based program promoting physical activity and healthy eating among elementary school aged children in summer, after-school and recreation programs statewide.

With support from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the NH CATCH Kids Club Project has grown from its four original sites to include 109 locations in nine of New Hampshire’s 10 counties over the past five years.

“CATCH training has proven to be both a successful prevention strategy and a cost effective way to keep kids healthy out of school,” said Karen Voci, Executive Director, Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “It makes great sense to sustain this outstanding program by embedding it within an organization that provides high-quality training for afterschool staff and directors.”

The grant money will assist with CATCH Kids Club programming efforts, including the development of a sustainability plan for the NH CATCH Kids Club project. Sustainability efforts will focus on a key goal of the project, that of integrating healthy eating and physical activity into the environments and policies of out-of-school organizations.

As part of this sustainability plan, the Foundation for Healthy Communities has embarked on a new partnership with BOOST NH (Better Out of School Time New Hampshire). BOOST NH provides statewide technical assistance and professional development opportunities to after school providers to support their work in creating high quality, innovative programs for school-aged children.  

“As an established and respected professional organization with a vast out-of-school network, we are excited to begin this partnership with BOOST NH to ensure the sustainable growth and implementation of the CKC project in out-of school organizations,” said Beth Gustafson Wheeler, Director of Community Health with the FHC.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a non-profit health plan with more than one million members in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation was created in 1980 to support the company’s mission of health improvement. After reviewing New England statistics on increased childhood obesity, the foundation launched Growing Up Healthy in 2007 as an information, leadership and program initiative to support healthy weight for children.

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. Learn more at


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For Immediate Release
September 26, 2012

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BRETTON WOODS – The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) recently honored local leaders in health care during the association's 78th Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

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Sept 18, 2012

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President for Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Hampshire's hospitals and health care providers could lose more than 2,000 jobs within the next year because of spending cuts called for under the federal deficit reduction plan.

The jobs estimate came from a new report prepared by Pittsburgh consulting firm Tripp Umbach for the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association. The report estimates that, within the first year of funding cuts, more than 496,000 jobs will be lost nationwide, including 2,337 jobs in New Hampshire.

This includes those workers directly employed by the health care sector, as well as other jobs supported by the purchases of health care organizations and their employees, the so-called "multiplier effect." The cuts are scheduled to begin next year and continue until 2021, where the estimated job loss in the Granite State could reach more than 3,600.

"New Hampshire's Congressional delegation needs to work with their colleagues in Congress to oppose proposals that will have a disproportionate impact on our hospitals and the patients and communities they serve," said New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen.

"Hospitals in New Hampshire are still confronted with the challenge of $258 million in cuts to Medicaid that were enacted as part of the current state budget," he added, "and drastic cuts at the federal level will only exacerbate those challenges for New Hampshire's hospitals and the patients and communities they serve."

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