Awards

Roger Fossum Award

The Roger Fossum Award 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.

2019
Audrey Knight, MSN
Formerly of NH DPHS

NHPHA is proud to present Audrey Knight, MSN, with this year’s Fossum Lifetime Achievement Award. Until 2018, Audrey had served the New Hampshire community in a public health capacity since 1984. Starting at the Visiting Nurse Association of Franklin, Audrey transitioned to the Maternal and Child Health Section of the NH Division of Public Health Services in 1986 and served as the Child Health Program Manager and Nurse Consultant and Project Coordinator for the NH Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and NH Sudden Unexpected Death in the Young projects. In 2017, Audrey received the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Commissioner’s Exemplary Service Recognition Award. Previously, she was the 2013 recipient of the State of New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect’s Dr. Roger M. Fossum Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service on Behalf of New Hampshire’s Children and Families. That year she also received the NH Pediatric Society Public Citizen of the Year award. Audrey obtained her BSN, cum laude, from Northeastern University and her MSN from Yale University, School of Nursing.

Past recipients include:

2018
Linda Saunders Paquette, Esq.
President and CEO, New Futures

2017
Helen Taft
Executive Director, Families First Health & Support Center, Portsmouth, NH

2016
Nick Toumpas
Former Commissioner, NH DHHS

2015
Ned Helms, MA
NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice

2014
Sandi Van Scoyoc
Former President of the HNH Foundation

2013
Kathy Mandeville, RN, MPH
NHPHA Past-President and Policy Co-Chair

2012
Joan Ascheim, BSN, MSN
Bureau Chief, Bureau of Policy and Performance Management

Mary Vallier Kaplan, MHSA
Interim President and COO, Endowment for Health

2011
John W. Seavey, MPH, PhD
Professor and Sackett Professor
College of Health and Human Services
University of New Hampshire

2010
Richard DiPentima, BSN, MPH
NH House Representative
NH State Capital Building

2009
Elaine Frank, MHS
Director of the Injury Prevention Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Former NHPHA Board of Directors Member

2008
Dr. Albee Budnitz
Doctor of Pulmonary Medicine
Past President of the New Hampshire Medical Society

2007
Kate Hartnett
Senior Project Director
The Jordan Institute

2006
Donald Bent
Health Officer Town of New London
Former NHPHA Board of Directors Member

2005
Alphonse A. Haettenschwiller, MPH
former NH State Representative

2004
Kathleen G. Sgambati
former Deputy Commissioner
NH Department of Health & Human Services

2003
Frederick A. Rusczek, MPH
Public Health Director
City of Manchester Department of Health

Prior to 2003, the Roger Fossum Lecturer Award was presented to the chosen keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting held in April of each year.

Past recipients include:

2002
Timothy H. Holtz, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Bureau of Disease Intervention
New York City Department of Health

2001
James W. Squires, MD
President
Endowment for Health, Inc.

2000
Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH
Occupational Medicine
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

1999
George A. Hacker
Director
Alcohol Policies Project
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Washington, DC

1998
Philip T. McLaughlin
Attorney General (& the Office of Attorney General)
State of NH

1997
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD
Professor of Public Health Practice
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Department of Health Policy & Management
Harvard School of Public Health

The Rising Star Award

The RISING STAR AWARD honors a public health professional who has been in the field less than five (5) years and has both contributed to public health and has demonstrated significant potential - a rising star in the field!

2019
Kelley Gaspa
Assistant Director and Director of Behavioral Health Initiative, Partnership for Public Health

Kelley is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) focused on preventing substance misuse and suicide. Her role is to support the prevention work happening throughout the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region. Kelley was selected as the 2017 NH Certified Prevention Specialist of the Year, and more recently, was awarded the NAMI NH Hiller “Mac” McCartin-Field of Co-occurring Substance Misuse & Mental Illness Award. Kelley is often called upon as a subject matter expert, she assists schools and organizations in grant writing to obtain funding for programs and often provides education or speaks to various sectors. She, on a regular basis:

  • Disseminates important/trending information
  • Provides prevention education
  • Helps organize healthy alternative activities for youth, young adults, and families
  • Provides TA/support to local coalitions working to prevent substance misuse and suicide
  • Helps develop policy
  • Promotes evidence-informed/best practices in prevention
  • Works to reduce stigma and increase access to critical supports and services

You don’t come across many people like Kelley. Her passion and excitement for the work she does is undeniable. She beams with pride and enthusiasm when she speaks and her passion is as genuine as it gets – just ask anyone who has ever heard her speak! Her contributions to the field of suicide prevention is endless. She is a hands-on learner and teacher who collaborates constantly with others across the state including law enforcement, teachers and students, regional partners, and others to address suicide prevention and substance misuse strategies in NH. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and, as previously noted, is often called upon as a subject matter expert. She finds joy and meaning knowing her work is impacting real lives of those in our communities, thus making positive, healthy change within our region. She is a master at networking and sharing information with any and all. Kelley is a friend, colleague, and woman who is making a difference each and every day to those who need it in our region and state.

Past recipients include:

2018
Sara Rainer
Project Manager, CDC Disability in Public Health

2017
Sophia Japhet
Manchester Health Department

2016
Adelaide Murray
Student, University of NH

2015
Melissa Schoemmell, MPH
City of Nashua, Division of Public Health and Community Services

2014
Tyler Brandow, MPH
Accreditation Coordinator
NH Division of Public Health Services

2013
Katrina Hansen, MPH
Healthcare-Associated Infections Program Manager
NH Dept. of Health and Human Services

2012
Ashley Peters, MPH
Research Associate
New Hampshire Institute for Healh Policy and Practice
University of New Hampshire

2011 (First Recipient)
Mike Jeudy
Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

Friend of Public Health Award

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

2019
Sally A. Kraft, MD, MPH
Vice President for Population Engagement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Director, High Value Healthcare Collaborative

Sally Kraft, MD, MPH, is vice president of the Community Health department in the Population Health Management Division at Dartmouth Hitchcock Health System. She holds an appointment at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine. She has been at Dartmouth since 2014. Prior to her work at Dartmouth she was the medical director of quality, safety and innovation for the University of Wisconsin Health System. She earned both her MD and her MPH from the University of Michigan and did her training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Stanford.

Early on in her work at Dartmouth, Sally reached out to NHPHA to identify opportunities for collaboration. Sally understood that in order to advance health equity and improve health outcomes, hospitals and health systems can no longer view themselves as separate from public health and social service sectors.  Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, The Schumann Lecture, and NHPHA joined forces to host in 2016 the first Team Up, Take Action conference. The conference was developed in response to a growing recognition that to truly improve health equity an interdisciplinary, coordinated, cross-sector approach is necessary. The purpose of the conference is to engage the public health, healthcare and social services workforce to build bridges, understand each other’s perspectives and access education and training in cross-sector partnership and teamwork to address health disparities and improve health equity. The Vermont Public Health Association joined the conference partnership in 2017.

This conference is just one small piece of Sally’s work as a change agent, helping Dartmouth Hitchcock and other health care organizations to envision the promise of working together with community partners to integrate strategies and investments that address the social determinants of health. Under her leadership the Population Health group at Dartmouth Hitchcock manages 2 Regional Public Health Networks that are streamlining and maximizing services across their 2 regions with an emphasis on building the skills and expertise among the staff and always engaging additional partners. Sally also ensures that Dartmouth Hitchcock’s community benefits program supports many agencies in the Upper Valley doing important public health work.

As one partner has said about Sally, “She has a way of helping one think through strategies, identify opportunities, and develop a plan of action to move 'big things' forward. In 'big, hairy issues' her thinking and input breathes fresh new air into the issue, bringing greater clarity and new perspective… causing those around her to feel greater motivation and purpose to make a change, charging forward with passion. And always a willing partner, she quickly offers her expertise to create these initiatives she so often seeds.”

She is truly a leader in the state working to create innovative population health models to keep people healthier and improve care while reducing costs. 

Past recipients include:

2018
Dan Feltes
Senator, New Hampshire

Tom Irwin
Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation, NH

2017
Jeffrey Fetter, MD
Chief Medical Officer, NH Department of Corrections

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

2016
Mary Anne Fergusen
Monadnock HEAL and Healthy Monadnock 2020

Eric Adams
Laconia Police Department

2015
Timothy Soucy, MPH, REHS
City of Manchester Public Health Department

Neil Twitchell
Division of Public Health Services, NH DHHS

2014
Healthy Monadnock 2020
Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

2013
Lindsay Dearborn, M.Ed, MPH
Former NHPHA Secretary and Policy Member
Retired

2012
Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH
Senior Director of Community Health
Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene

2011
Tony Matarazzo
Former NH House Representative
Nashua, NH

2010
Mary Vallier-Kaplan, MHSA
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Endowment for Health

2009
Dr. Jose Montero
Director of the Public Health Services
Department of Health and Human Services

2008
Dr. Oglesby H. Young
Practicing Obstetrician
Founder of the "Healthy Beginnings" endowment
President of the New Hampshire Medical Society

2007
Dr. Jim McCarthy
Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire
Former Dean of the School of Health and Human Services

2006
Dr. Jesse Greenblatt
Former State Epidemiologist

2005
Jesse Greenblatt, MD
State Epidemiologist
NH Department of Health & Human Services

2005
Tricia Brooks, MBA
and members of the NH Healthy Kids Corporation

2004
American Cancer Society
New Hampshire Division

2003
Deborah Carluccio
and members of the Smoke Free NH Alliance

2002
The Honorable Katherine Wells Wheeler
former NH Senator

2000
James W. Squires, MD
President
Endowment for Health, Inc.

1999
Dianne Luby
NH Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Community & Public Health


President's Award

The PRESIDENT'S AWARD is given at the discretion of the President to honor an individual who has provided exceptional service to the Association.

2019
Katie Robert, MPA
Consultant, Community Health Institute/JSI; Adjunct Faculty Member, Rivier University; and former NHPHA President

Neil Twitchell
Administrator, Bureau of Environmental Health and Community Health Development Section, NH DPHS

Past recipients include:

2018
Marie Mulroy
Former NHPHA President

2017
J.J. Smith
Retired, NHPHA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

2016
Deanna Bennett
Executive Assistant, NH Public Health Association

2015
Ashley Conley, MS, CPH
City of Nashua Public Health Services

Abbott Willard
NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice

2014
Laura Davie
Project Director, Institute for Health Policy and Practice
University of New Hampshire

Jeanie Holt, MS, MPH
Past-President NH Public Health Association
Retired 

2013
Amy Newbury, MBA.GBL
BSC Manager
University of New Hampshire

Ashley Peters, MPH
Project Director, NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice
University of New Hampshire

2012
Laura Davie
Project Director, NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice
University of New Hampshire

2011
Maureen Quinn, RN, BSN, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Health Resources and Services Administration/Office of Performance Review

2010
Jeanie Holt, MS, RN
Adult Immunization Program
Manchester Health Department

The NH Community Health Service Award

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


2019
The Union Leader

NHPHA presented The Union Leader, New Hampshire’s biggest daily paper, with the 2019 NH Community Service Award for their commitment to solutions journalism which serves to engage readers towards greater awareness and deeper understanding of challenges to our health and wellbeing and potential solutions. The Union Leader secured philanthropic funding to support two solutions-focused beats, each with a dedicated full-time reporter. “Silver Linings,” a year-long initiative, supported by the Endowment for Health, led by journalist Roberta Baker, focuses on issues of the state’s aging population. “Beyond the Stigma” explores the substance abuse and mental health crisis, with funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NAMI New Hampshire, and private individuals. The series has detailed the relationship between mental health and addiction while uncovering examples of behavioral health treatment and prevention models that are actually working. Reporter Shawne K. Wickham leads this work. Solutions journalism tends to heighten people’s sense of agency — "problems can be solved, and I can play a part "— in ways that change the quality of their news consumption. They spend more time with solutions stories, and they share those stories more often with friends and family. The willingness of the Union Leader to engage in this style of journalism, to provide civic value fostering public understanding and discourse around these complex social issues is commendable. It has helped to catalyze meaningful discourse, exploration of innovative solutions that have worked, and positive change in our communities. 

Past recipients include:

2018
WMUR

2017
American Medical Response

2016
Portsmouth Regional Hospital