Committees and Sections

NHPHA is a volunteer organization. The work that we do can only happen with active member participation, so please consider joining a committee. Call-in options are available for those who cannot attend in person. Descriptions of each of the four standing committees are described below. NHPHA also has a Rising Stars initiative that is organized by the Membership Committee.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for keeping members informed in a timely manner activities of NHPHA and supporting all of the communication activities between the Board, NHPHA membership and those interested in public health programs and initiatives.  The Communications Committee utilizes various methods to keep NHPHA members current including a member-to-member listserv, e-newsletter, and website.  

Time Commitment: The Communications Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at the Community Health Institute, 501 South Street, 2nd Floor, Bow, NH. 

For more information about joining the Communications Committee, please contact the Communications Committee Chair: Lisa Vasquez at vasquezl@nashuanh.gov

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for an overall plan for the recruitment and retention of Individual and Organizational Members of the Association. The Committee is also responsible for the recruitment of donors and sponsors of the Association and formal supportive arrangements (financial or in-kind services) for the purpose of achieving the long term sustainability of the Association. The Committee will develop such materials, events and strategies to serve these purposes.

Time Commitment: The Membership and Resource Development Committee meets the first Friday of every month via conference call.

For more information about joining the Membership Committee, please contact the Membership and Resource Development Committee Chair: Lisa Bujno at Lisa.bujno@achs-inc.org.

Policy Committee

The NHPHA Public Policy Committee shall carry out those activities essential to the development of a program of action regarding public policy issues, assist in the implementation of the plan and the evaluation of the Association's position and activity on such public policy issues consistent with the Association's Articles of Agreement, Mission Statement, Bylaws and such other regulations that govern the operation of the Association.

Time Commitment: The Public Policy Committee meets the fourth Friday of every month at the NH Hospital Association, 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH.

For more information about joining the Policy Committee, please contact the Public Policy Committee Chair: Annika Stanley-Smith at annika.stanley-smith@graniteuw.org.

Program Planning Committee

The Program Planning Committee is responsible for developing and undertaking activities that support the purpose of the organization by providing information and education to the broader public health community and or the public at large, as deemed appropriate by the Board. Such activities may include Public Health Week, the Annual Fall Forum, participation in the events of related entities, and/or special projects as are fiscally possible.

Time Commitment: The Program Planning Committee holds a 30-to-45-minute conference call on an as-needed basis. August-October and February-April equals 3 hours monthly; November-January and May-July equals 1 hour monthly. Additional time may be needed for specific work prior to the programs. 

For more information about joining the Program Planning Committee, please contact the Program Planning Committee Chair: Neil Twitchell at neil.twitchell@dhhs.nh.gov.

Research and Evaluation Group

The New Hampshire Research and Evaluation Group, as a subcommittee of NHPHA, provides a forum for New Hampshire researchers and evaluators from a broad diversity of fields to gather together to share knowledge, learn together, and continue the development of NH's collective body of knowledge. Over its history, three key roles of the group have evolved, centered on creating opportunities for its members:

1) an opportunity to share and receive feedback on statewide and/or regional research projects with some of the best and brightest of New Hampshire's research community.

2) an opportunity to learn and expand the skill sets and knowledge base of the group's membership. This has included everything from learning about the key issues to understand when new data sets come out.

3) an opportunity to collaborate. Whether it's the person who works down the hall from you or someone who works in a different institution, it is highly likely that there are a number of people across the state who are working on issues that are similar to your own interests.

Participants include researchers and users of statewide/regional data from a broad variety of fields, including health, economics, housing, children, families, rural, community development, planning. Organizations represented are nonprofits, universities, foundations, and state departments. Membership is open to all individuals, including students, who are interested in learning more about research and evaluation work in New Hampshire.

Beginning in 2015, the group joined as a membership section of NHPHA, in order to strengthen and combine the already important work, resources, and relationships that both organizations have worked towards for the last decade.

If you would like to join the New Hampshire Research and Evaluation Group, email Abbott Willard for more information.

NH Public Health Nurses Section

The goal of creating the Public Health Nurses Association section is to determine first who identifies themselves as public or community health nurses in NH. Through collective impact, public health nurses will build a more strengthened Culture of Health, strengthen their workforce, and engage with other public health professionals for overall more effective outcomes in NH.

If you would to be a part of the NH Public Health Nurse Association section, now is your chance! Email Bobbie Bagley or Sarah Moeckel for more information.