Annual Meeting

The New Hampshire Public Health Association Annual Meeting takes place in April following the National Public Health Week. It is an opportunity for the Association to conduct annual business including changes in the bylaws and announcing the election of new officers and members of the Board of Directors. Public Health students are also given the opportunity to present a poster at the annual meeting.

Public health, medical and business professionals from organziations around New Hampshire will be in attendance. Join us for networking opportunities, our annual awards ceremony and more! Over twenty students will present a poster on the work and research they have completed during 2016. This session offers students the opportunity to become more active in pubic health in New Hampshire.

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NH Rising Star Research Award

Students - Please consider sharing your work at the NHPHA Annual Meeting's student poster session. The poster session is held annually at our Annual Meeting from 4-5:30pm, followed by the Annual Meeting from 5:30-7pm. Leaders in the public health field judge the posters and select one undergraduate and one graduate student winner for the annual NHPHA Rising Star Research Award. A great "add" to your resume!

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients:

The following awards are presented by the Association at the Annual Meeting

The Roger Fossum LIfetime Achievement Award is given in memory of the State's first Chief Medical Examiner who died in 1994. This is a "lifetime achievement award" that is presented to a senior public health individual who has made significant contributions to public health throughout their career.  

  • Helen Taft, Executive Director, Families First Health & Support Center, Portsmouth NH

The Friend of Public Health Award is presented to a person or group who has been instrumental in practicing and promoting public health in the State.

  • Jeffrey Fetter, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NH Department of Corrections  
  • New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

The NH Community Health Service Award recognizes for-profit businesses making a significant contribution to improving the health of NH residents.  It is NHPHA's intent that nominees outside the public health tradition be considered for this award.  A nominee does not need to be a NHPHA member.

  • American Medical Response (AMR)

The Rising Star Award honors a public health professional who has been in the field for less than 5 years and has both contributed to public health and has demonstrated significant potential- a rising star in the field.

  • Sophia Japhet, Manchester Health Department
The President's Award is given at the discretion of the President to honor an individual who has provided exceptional service to the Association.
  • J.J. Smith, Retired, NHPHA
  • As NHPHA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair, J.J. has spent countless hours in Concord monitoring legislative hearings, developing the majority of NHPHA's written and oral statements, and coordinating advocacy efforts between NHPHA and its partner organizations. With advocacy being a key component to the value NHPHA provides its members and partners, our organization owes a debt of gratitude to J.J. for her commitment to social justice and advocating for the public’s health through sound policy. 

To view a list of previous awardees, click here

Previous Annual Meetings

To view the presentations from past Annual Meetings, click here