At the end of January, the NHPHA Board of Directors approved a new policy position statement regarding cannabis. This was a result of much study, consultation with locally and nationally recognized subject-matter experts, and dialogue by both our policy committee and board of directors. The evidence base of what works and what doesn’t is ever expanding. The goal of our position statement is to allow NHPHA to share with decision-makers the science-backed evidence that is available regarding the pros and cons of various cannabis public policy approaches and the overall health impact of cannabis throughout the human life course.

Development of NHPHA’s Cannabis Public Policy Position Statement was a very considered process. It began last year with New Futures, a valued partner in our statewide public health advocacy efforts, approaching NHPHA and indicating that 2019 would be the year that serious consideration of legalization and commercialization would happen at the NH State House. It was time for NHPHA to find its voice on the matter. Kate Frey, a longtime NHPHA member and the New Futures Vice President of Advocacy, presented to our policy committee over the summer and provided significant technical assistance as the committee began to craft a policy statement. NHPHA leadership, including myself as President; Rachel Maxwell, our policy committee chair at the time; and board member Shannon Bresaw, attended the APHA conference in November. We collectively attended many sessions with public health experts from across the country speaking on the topic of the public health impacts of legalization. We made connections with those subject-matter experts. A draft position statement was brought to the board for approval at the end of November. The board debated the statement and decided to form an ad hoc subcommittee to further discuss and rewrite the position statement. The process took two months, and another board discussion followed by a final rewrite before a statement was approved. As we go forward, your input is welcome in shaping NHPHA’s advocacy efforts on this challenging issue.

If you would like to be a part of the evolution of NHPHA’s work in this arena, please contact Jess Barnett at the NHPHA office at info@nhpha.org, who will connect you with the NHPHA policy committee.

NHPHA Annual Meeting 2018 002Registration for the NHPHA annual meeting is now up! The meeting will be held April 9 at 4 p.m. at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. The annual meeting is a time to recharge through networking, viewing student posters, and recognizing your outstanding peers during the annual awards ceremony. Public health students are invited to attend a Rising Stars workshop highlighting public health career paths in New Hampshire. Also, the NHPHA is hosting its first ever annual silent auction! For more information and to register, click here.

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NHPHA’s Annual Meeting and Silent Auction event will begin with a networking social from 4 to 5:30 p.m. During this time, light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk through the student poster gallery where more than 20 students are presenting interesting findings from their research projects or practicums. Exhibits at the Discovery Center will also be open.

The main structure of our meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., when NHPHA will conduct annual business, present awards, and announce the election of new officers and Board of Directors. This year, NHPHA is pleased to honor Audrey Knight, RN, MSN, as the 2019 Roger Fossum Lifetime Achievement Awardee. Audrey served in the role of Child Health Program Manager at the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services for many years and made significant contributions to improving the health of children and families in New Hampshire. 

Rising Stars: Pre-Session and Student Poster Session

NHPHA is committed to growing its Rising Stars Initiative. To that end, the Rising Stars Pre-Session will be held on before the Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. We will hold a career panel to educate and excite students about public health career paths in New Hampshire. More details to follow! For students interested in submitting poster applications for the Annual Meeting, please fill out an abstract application for our Student Poster Session. It’s important to note:

  • All abstracts are accepted.

  • Students will be judged separately, by undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Prizes and awards are typically awarded during the Annual Meeting itself.

  • Students will receive the rubrics ahead of time.

  • Students must register for the Annual Meeting separately as part of the general registration.

There is no additional fee for students to attend this session.

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How can you help?

This year the NHPHA is hosting its first ever Annual Silent Auction. This auction will be conducted online leading up to the event, and then the culmination of the auction will be at the Annual Meeting, finishing as a live silent auction.

We are looking for item donations for this event. The auction will benefit NHPHA and subsequently the greater NH public health community. We attract members from all over the state, and your business name and item will be prominently displayed electronically and at the event. The item can be an experience, a basket, goods, services, etc.

Advertising

We will be advertising the event and silent auction items leading up to the meeting on Facebook and through the online platform, which is great exposure! The live event will mean further exposure, especially given the range of location of our members. This auction will benefit not only NHPHA, but also the greater public health community, and will serve as a great marketing opportunity for each business that donates.

For more information or to donate to the silent auction, please contact: Emily Goulet, NHPHA, 4 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301; egoulet@nhpha.org.

To register, click here.

Inside NHPHA

A Monthly Column Written by NHPHA Leadership

Harnessing the Power of Interns

written by Joan Ascheim, MSN, Executive Director

One of New Hampshire Public Health Association’s (NHPHA) strategic priorities is to strengthen the public health workforce through membership engagement and professional development. While you may be familiar with our educational offerings, you may not know that we have an intern program to help connect public health students to real-world public health placements. That program takes several forms.

Intern Stipends

interns get on the job experienceEach year we are allocated a number of intern stipends from the New England Public Health Training Center at Boston University that we award to public health or other health student majors who meet the internship requirements. This year three interns received stipends to tackle a variety of projects. NHPHA was fortunate to engage Lyzbeth Best, an MPH student from George Washington University, to conduct a feasibility study to determine if New Hampshire public health professionals would benefit from a learning collaborative around the social determinants of health. Lyz interviewed public health partners around the state and summarized her positive findings, which will be used to direct NHPHA programming going forward. Lyz notes, "Working with the NHPHA as an intern has given me practical, hands-on experience to complement my MPH studies. Everyone has been so helpful and eager to contribute to my work. I look forward to sharing my results.”

Emily Sorey-Backus is an MPH student at the University of New Hampshire who is lending her energy and expertise to NEA-NH to analyze a survey sent to schools relative to student mental health and will be conducting Mental Health First Aid training at a number of events. 

While pursuing her MPH from Dartmouth College, Fiona McEnany is interning with the HIV/HCV Resource Center in the Upper Valley. She is administering and analyzing surveys conducted at syringe exchange locations to identify health risks and needs of individuals at risk for HIV and hepatitis C. Her work will help the resource center target services to identify gaps in care and testing. Watch for future stipend announcements this summer!

Other Internship Opportunities

Beyond the stipend program, NHPHA serves as an internship placement site and connects students to other sites for unpaid internships. Gretchen Swain interned with NHPHA while completing her Masters of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy. Gretchen completed an environmental scan of partners working on gun violence prevention, current New Hampshire laws, and anticipated bills for the 2019 session. She also prepared testimony that was submitted for a committee hearing on guns in schools and can be utilized by NHPHA as the bill winds its way through the legislative process.

swpnhNHPHA has developed a relationship with Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire (SWP). SWP is a nonprofit that seeks to attract and retain young people in the state. Upon our request, they have recently added a “public health” tag to their search function on their internship web page. We encourage potential intern placement sites to post their internships on the SWP intern site, or we can do that for you!

NHPHA can serve as conduit between placement sites and students. We have a strong relationship with all the schools in the state that have a public health major undergraduate or graduate program. Recently we met with the City of Concord to help them craft an internship focused on housing ordinance compliance and food safety. We posted it to our listserv and shared it with our academic partners. They now have a strong candidate, and we will work together to help them find interns going forward.

The dictionary defines an intern as “a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.” While this is an accurate definition, we think it to be a bit anemic. We believe that public health internships can serve to provide students with a real-life public health experience that can fuel their passion for the field and help provide some clarity for their future path. From a placement site perspective, our interns have completed meaningful projects that were immediately beneficial and of great value to our mission. 

Please contact us if we can be of assistance in any way to help you create an internship, publicize it, find a student, or find a placement for a student. Our interns are our future!

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National Public Health Week (NPHW) is quickly approaching! Will you be joining the week with action for health? This national event gives us an opportunity to look at our community and see where we can make an impact for healthier living. Each day of National Public Health Week has a theme. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.

National Public Health Week 2019 begins April 1. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.” Please join us for a week filled with celebrating the power of prevention, sharing strategies for successful partnerships, and working toward wellness. Public Health Week is an opportunity for community partners to recognize public health efforts throughout the State. If your organization would like to host an event and be included in our listing of events, please contact Lisa Vasquez at VasquezL@NashuaNH.gov. Stay tuned for a listing of events in March in the next NHPHA e-newsletter.

NPHW 2019 Daily Themes:

  • Monday — Healthy Communities
  • Tuesday — Violence Prevention
  • Wednesday — Rural Health
  • Thursday — Technology and Public Health
  • Friday — Climate Change
  • Saturday and Sunday — Global Health

Please note: Your participation doesn’t have to be a big to-do! You can celebrate National Public Health week by joining the National Walking Challenge or making healthier choices for the week. Think of it as a chance to jumpstart your health. We look forward to celebrating National Public Health Week with you!

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? And that one in five people diagnosed will be under the age of 55? How about that it is the most treatable form of cancer when diagnosed early? 

Since 2014, the NH Public Health Association has partnered with the national Colon Cancer Coalition and Gould Hill Farm to host the Get Your Rear in Gear Trail 5K, raising close to $150,000 from fees, sponsors, and donations. With the race proceeds, grants have been distributed to NH community health centers to purchase test kits and make sure everyone has access to critical early screenings.

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On September 7, 2019, NHPHA and the Colon Cancer Coalition will once again host this new fall classic, featuring a course that takes runners and walkers through a pumpkin patch, apple trees, tapped maple trees, and a Christmas tree field. This family friendly event also features a Kids' Fun Run, prizes, music, snacks, and pre- and post- race stretching offered by Akasha Massage and Bodywork. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@NHGYRIG) or check out our website at www.coloncancercoalition.com/newhampshire.

During March's observance of colon cancer awareness, we're launching the *Don't Miss It awareness and education campaign with ads on live local and streaming TV to promote early screenings. You might also notice our *Don't Miss It billboard along Rte. 293 in Manchester!

New Hampshire Public Health Association and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Share Common GroundNHBSR

Recently Joan Ascheim, NHPHA Executive Director, and Terry Johnson, NHPHA Vice-President, had the opportunity to meet with leadership and the Advocacy Committee of NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) to share the work of NHPHA and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

While the two organizations are long-time members of one another’s association, the opportunity to strengthen the relationship emerged when members of NHBSR attended NHPHA’s Lobby and Advocacy training in November. It was then that NHBSR Executive Director, Michelle Veasey, invited NHPHA to attend their advocacy committee meeting. 



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NHBSR convenes, inspires and supports businesses and their community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all.  Their network of businesses shares a desire to “do well and do good”.  During our conversation it was clear that members care deeply about their workforce, their communities and the environment. 

Joan and Terry shared the mission and strategic priorities of NHPHA with the committee and legislative priorities from 2018.   They discussed the social determinants of health and health equity and discussed why these are key concepts for businesses.  Joan conveyed some critical information from the Prevention Institute on how prevention investments made by businesses can reap six dollars in savings for each dollar spent.  Workplace wellness initiatives such as encouraging biking to work, heathy food options and smoke-free campuses can lead to reductions in sick leave, medical costs and worker’s comp claims by as much as 25%. 

Joan and Terry also talked about how businesses can contribute to healthy communities by participating in public health networks, local planning groups and encouraging green spaces, farmer’s markets, healthy school lunch menus and more. 

Not surprisingly, many of the business members are already contributing to the well-being of their workforce and communities through many of these measures.  During a follow-up conversation with Michelle Veasey, we found common ground in legislation coming up in the 2019 session, such as family and medical leave, minimum wage and bills related to climate change. 

We are excited about the prospect of our two organizations working more closely together and continuing our conversations on areas of mutual concern. 

Here we go again!  Good luck finding a parking space near the Statehouse, as the 2019 legislative session has kicked off with a flurry.  As a member driven organization, NRebecca TwoHPHA strives to champion public health and inspire leaders in our state to improve the public’s health.  To that end, NHPHA advocacy efforts this session remain committed to the same 3 policy priority areas as last year:

  • Equity & Health Outcomes
  • Healthy Environments - Natural, Built and Social
  • Substance Misuse - Improving Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery

See the end of this article for which specific bills are currently prioritized for attention.  This will change as the session evolves.

JJ Smith as our NHPHA Public Policy Advocacy Lead and Marie Mulroy as a long-time committed member have already put in hours of work at the Statehouse.  Contact Joan Ascheim, Executive Director of NHPHA, if you too would like to assist in big or small ways on our advocacy efforts – writing testimony, giving testimony, calling legislators, etc. (jascheim@nhpha.org)  Save the date of March 14th to come for breakfast with our legislators from 7:30 to 9:00 AM in the statehouse cafeteria.  Sharing the important work you do helps to inform decision-makers about what matters for public health. 

On a final note, the NH Legislature will hold hearings this year on a bill to legalize and commercialize cannabis.  The NHPHA Board of Directors with the support of the policy committee is working towards adopting a policy statement so that NHPHA can be a part of the conversation, educating our legislators on the potential public health impacts of various policy approaches.  As a member of NHPHA, if you would like to be a part of this conversation, please contact me (rsky@healthynh.org).

 

Thank you so much for all you do!   

Rebecca Sky

 

Below are the bills currently prioritized for attention: 

Equity & Health Outcomes

  • Establishing a state minimum wage (HB 186),
  • Family medical leave (SB 1),
  • Improving capacity for effective non-academic surveys in schools (SB 196), and
  • Bills seeking to increase access to the NH Granite Advantage Health Care Program.
  • Affordable housing will be addressed as capacity allows.

Healthy Environments - Natural, Built and Social

  • Tobacco sale and use including vaping (HB 511, HB 680, HB 230, and HB 438), and
  • Gun violence prevention (HB 109, HB 687, HB 514, HB 564 and HB 101.)
  • Bills related to clean water and concern for the impact of climate change on health are two additional areas we will address based upon capacity. The policy committee could use additional expertise in the area of clean water!

Substance Misuse - Improving Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery

  • Medicaid provider rates for behavioral health (SB 5),
  • Supports for the behavioral health workforce (LSR 895), and
  • Removing restrictions on use of federal funds for syringe services programs (SB 87).

Kerry is currently a professor at UNH but her professional life began as a family nurse practitioner working in a community health setting. She completed a PhD in nursing, focusing on HIV prevention. During her undergraduate studies, she did clinical work with a syringe exchange in Boston. At the time, when discussion for Syringe Service Programs (SSP) legislation began in New Hampshire, Kerry became involved in advocacy surrounding harm reduction and syringe service. “I was very happy seeing the conversation regarding SSP moving forward in New Hampshire.”

While doing advocacy work for SSP legislation, Kerry was able to connect with partners who were also interested in SSP. In light of the NH overdose rate, when the legislation SB 234 came through, Kerry worked with others to create a coalition named the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC). Afterwards, that group worked on starting an SSP, Hand Up Health Service in the Seacoast. Kerry serves as the Medical Coordinator for Hand Up Health Services and also serves as the chair for NHHRC. For Kerry, the most rewarding part of working for the Syringe Service has been watching the trust grow within the community.  

“A year and a half later seeing how many people connect with the service is very motivating,” she says. Hand Up actually sees about 100 visits per month. “It’s the connection they have with the volunteers that makes a difference”. Even though Kerry sees some push back for harm reduction work, she also sees a growing number of volunteers stepping up to do the work with a syringe exchange program. Hand Up recently was called to the safety counsel in Rochester, and the deputy chief of police cited a 50% drop in overdose deaths and overdose calls in the city.

For the future, as a professor she would like to see a workforce that is prepared to address substance misuse and all the social determinants of health, to enhance research for the needs of the people in New Hampshire who use drugs and mobilize the services they need to connect with. “Harm Reduction and Syringe Service isn’t what I set out to do but it is the most rewarding work I do.”

Kerry is currently researching the following topics:

  • Evaluating the use of harm reduction approaches to engage people who inject drugs in reducing drug related harms 
  • Understanding what positive engagement with a healthcare provider means to people who inject drugs
  • Examining positive engagement strategies and harm reduction approaches in hospital based clinical care 
  • Measuring the health system impacts of more effectively engaging people who inject drugs with harm reduction approaches

CMCarbon monoxide, also know as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or cars left running in garages. At its worst, carbon monoxide can cause severe side effects or even death.

Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide differently than adults and may show signs of poisoning sooner.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss of Consciousness

CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected alarms; when one sounds, all CO alarms in the home sound.

Make sure to test CO alarms when you test your smoke alarms.

If the CO alarm sounds, you must get fresh air immediately! Move everyone outside of the building outdoors. Once outside call 911.

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The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings. Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations. (CDC, 2018)

Let me introduce you to Jessica Hillman, the new CDC associate at the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services. Jessica Hillman is a Massachusetts native with a passion for Environmental Health. Her work experience includes being an AmeriCorps Member and a research coordinator for an Environmental Consulting agency. Jessica has a Master’s of Science in Global Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science from McGill University.

During the senior year of her undergrad studies, Jessica saw a posting on USA jobs for an epidemiologist for the CDC and became inspired in her journey into public health. The public health associate program is a great way to start working for the CDC without a lot of experience in public health. Jessica started working in Nashua on October 1st. Jessica was surprised by how much she likes Nashua as a place to live, compared to Boston and other metropolitan areas. Nashua is small in comparison but still has lots to offer a young professional.  Jessica has jumped into the public health work and is currently working on the Community Health Improvement Plan with the Community Services Team but would love to work on Environmental Health Capacity building. “I am hoping to work for the CDC in Atlanta after this program is completed.”

JeanieIn November, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council elected me to a four-year term on the APHA Executive Board. I am honored and awed by this opportunity. And I credit NHPHA with giving me opportunities, guidance, role models, and mentors; for putting me on this path into leadership.

Role of APHA Executive Board: The APHA By-laws detail a list of more than 20 responsibilities of the Executive Board in five broad categories: policy, management, program, membership, and deployment. To give you a picture, let me summarize the January meeting of the Executive Board. We meet in-person for three days every January. At this year’s meeting we reviewed our fiduciary responsibilities and expectations as Board members, appointed qualified folks to several APHA leadership positions, approved guidelines and policies on gifts and donations, reviewed financial documents, received a report from Executive Director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, on the state of APHA, discussed the Executive Board work plan and the strategic plan, and met in committees to update committee work plans for 2019. And we got acquainted, laughed a lot, and challenged each other in wall sitting.

Committees: I have been asked to serve on three Executive Board committees (EB members are required to serve on two). The Personnel Committee is responsible for conducting the annual evaluation of Dr. Benjamin. I have little experience in personnel matters so this committee will help me learn new skills. Dr. Benjamin has served as APHA’s Executive Director for 17 years, so we have obviously been satisfied with his job performance. But that adds challenge—how do you push someone at the top of their game to excel further?! Additionally, Dr. Benjamin is at retirement age, so part of our work in the committee and as a board is ensuring we have good succession planning for when he chooses to leave.

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I also serve on the Strategic Implementation Committee. Many of you know how crazy passionate I am about the APHA Strategic Plan. I have been volunteering time to facilitate strategic planning with affiliates (10 to date with 2 more in the next month) to help them align their strategic plans with APHA’s. New Hampshire was the first affiliate to align—credit to Joyce Gaufin who led our process when she was APHA’s President. I sometimes use NHPHA’s plan as a model to help other affiliates see what alignment looks like. And I use the work plan format developed when Marie Mulroy, Laura Davie, and I worked together to make the strategic plan into a work plan. Part of what I want to look at—and learn more about—during my time on the Strategic Implementation Committee is the metrics used to track progress. This is an area that every affiliate I’ve worked with struggles to design. More study and reading to do in that area for sure!

The third committee may be my favorite: Governance. I find that I really enjoy thinking about how to make an organization work effectively. The Governance Committee conducts an evaluation of each Board meeting and offers suggestions for improvement. We also conduct an in-depth exit survey with Board members at the end of their terms. Part of both surveys is assessing the ongoing education needs of Board members and then finding resources to address those needs. Another area we address is looking at Board composition and gaps, passing that information on to the Nominations Committee.

Benefits for NHPHA: APHA is very explicit: while you serve on the Executive Board, you must focus on the entire organization, not the component or sector through which you arrived at the Executive Board. (This dictum challenges me because I believe so much progress in public health happens at state and local levels—so affiliates are very important!) Obviously, NHPHA will not get any direct perks from my position. However, we will benefit. First, there is national recognition of New Hampshire and NHPHA—we are on the radar. Who knows what will come our way as a result. In addition, the connections I make can help NHPHA in our work. For example, as we consider a position on marijuana legislation, I have reached out to folks I know from around the country to get information to help in our deliberations. I will also travel to DC for EB meetings several times a year and will use some of those as opportunities to visit NH’s Congressional delegation. Another benefit I see is the education and skills development that will happen just by virtue of being on the Board and the committees. I hope I can be a resource for NHPHA with what I learn. Finally, I hope I can be a mentor and role model for younger public health professionals. As I mentioned at the beginning, NHPHA has been my springboard into leadership. I want to be the wind beneath the wings of the next NHPHA members who want to keep their roots planted firmly in our fertile ground, while soaring to new heights in public health leadership.

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New Hampshire Public Health Association is pleased to host a practical, hands-on marketing workshop for public health teams. Led by brand strategy expert Michele Levy, the workshop is designed to help teams develop clear, concise, compelling messaging for a specific public health program or project. Crafting your public health message can help in writing to funders, talking with colleagues and explaining your work to decision-makers such as selectman or legislators.  If your agency is interested in participating, please plan to send at least two people, and select a program/project that you would like to focus on during the session. Through a combination of presentation, breakout working sessions, and discussion, participating teams will draft an elevator pitch, supporting points, and audience messaging for their chosen program or project. 

Space is limited, first come, first serve.  Limited scholarships available.

Registration: $20 for members, $40 for non-members



Event Presenter:

 Michele Levy, Principal Brand Therapist, ML Brand Strategy Consulting


Michele Levy helps nonprofit organizations build compelling messaging and effective communications programs that support strategic goals. She has a great  deal of experience working with national, regional, and local public health organizations, and has developed a number of training programs designed specifically for public health leaders and staff. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Michele worked in advertising and management consulting as a strategist and client service lead. She served as Interim Chief Marketing Officer for Walnut Hill School for the Arts and The Cambridge School of Weston, and has held key roles on a number of nonprofit boards. The author of “Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations,” Michele delivers pragmatic wisdom on topics of branding and integrated marketing communications across a variety of channels. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Michele received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University. For more information on Michele and her firm, please visit https://www.brand-strat.com/index.html

NHPHA has the privilege of hosting two stellar interns this fall and winter. We would like to introduce them to you.


Lyzbeth Best – We are happy to have Lyz at NHPHA from the Milken Institute of Public Health out of the George Washington University as an intern this year. Lyz reached out to NHPHA because of the strong community presence and responsive nature of NHPHA to her needs and interest in Public Health. Lyz has a background in education and medical anthropology. Lyz believes there are many similarities between anthropology and public health. Medical Anthropology looks at health through a cultural lens. Lyz always wanted to further her interests in health equity by looking at disease through a cultural lens in the context of education and prevention and this internship gives her the opportunity to gain applied experience. “As part of the program requirement I needed to better understand community based problems. What I will be doing in my internship with NHPHA is looking at what the needs in education are for public health professionals looking at social determinants of health (SDOH).” Lyz will be conducting a needs analysis of what is being done across the state to address SDOH in communities and what the needs are in different communities to address SDOH. To round off the project Lyz will also look at what would be the best platform for teaching SDOH. “I will be looking at the ECHO learning program. As of now I am just starting to interview different health professionals to understand what they are doing and what type of information is needed to solve the problems in the community and what needs to be brought together in a learning environment for them.”

Gretchen Swain – Gretchen comes to us from University of New Hampshire working on her graduate degree in Public Policy. Gretchen did anti-hunger work with AmeriCorps for two years prior to her graduate program. “I will be working with NHPHA on a strategy to partner with other organizations on Gun Prevention Policy,” she said. “It is really interesting to research Gun Prevention in New Hampshire. I will be attending a Gun Prevention Conference and look forward to meeting more people interested in gun prevention. New Hampshire is very politically motivated which makes working on policy in New Hampshire even more motivating as a student. The benefits of doing an internship with NHPHA - I get to know more organizations in the State and it feels good to work on gun policy as it is such an important topic at this time. I am originally from Maine but hope to continue to work in New Hampshire after I graduate. I look forward to having more time to read for leisure and to participate in outdoor activities like hiking after I am finished with the Graduate program.”

We welcome both women and look forward to seeing the culmination of their respective projects.
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