NHPHA’s mentoring program for 2018-2019 is a pilot program set to begin in September/October and finish in April/May. The program is focused on current public health undergraduate students, public health graduate students, and mentor 4early career public health professionals. This program is an opportunity for experienced public health professionals to make a positive impact on the career and professional development of aspiring public health professionals. These early career professionals will have the opportunity to network and explore a variety of public health careers to learn more about the industry.

Program Goals

  • Increase the professional success and productivity of public health students and early career professionals
  • Help strengthen the field of public health through recruitment, retention and growth of strong and committed professionals
  • Provide learning and networking opportunities for mentors to enrich their contributions to public health and further develop as leaders
  • Enhance the professional development of the public health protégé by assisting them to:
    • Better understand public health as practiced in the community
    • Gain valuable information about agencies and companies
    • Begin to build a professional network
    • Explore public health careers
    • Develop a realistic career plan
    • Receive suggestions on how to better prepare for professional life

Mentor Qualifications and Expectations and Application Process for Mentors

mentor 5In order to serve as an effective mentor,  mentors should have a minimum of five years of experience in the field of public health. Mentors must be NHPHA members in good standing. Applying for NHPHA membership at the same time as completing the Mentor Application is acceptible. 

It is also expected that mentors have an education background in public health, health promotion, nursing, health administration, etc
Once mentors and mentees are matched, each mentor pair should meet at least once per month for a successful relationship. It is also expected that mentor pairs will attend three events throughout the program, which may take place during a portion of the workday. 

Interested public health professionals may complete the application describing their career experiences, educational background, and geographic location that is available at this link. Public health students and early career professionals will complete the application describing their educational background, professional goals, and geographic location. Applications are to be submitted to the New Hampshire Public Health Association by the designated due date for the matching process. You can access the application here.

We Reached Our Goal Thanks to You

Support NHPHAFor the very first time, NHPPHA participated in NH Gives, an annual giving initiative of the NH Center for Nonprofits; and the results exceeded our expectations, thanks to all who supported us by donating over the 24 hour period earlier this month.

We are pleased to report that we reached our goal of raising $2000 in 24 hours. We collected a total of $2,020 and 80% of our donors paid the bank fee assessed for the transaction.

Public health is all about you, and your family. It’s about protecting you from disease and hazards. It’s about helping you make healthy decisions. It’s about your community, your schools and your medical facilities. And it is about all of the 1.3 million people who live in our state.Thank you to everyone who donated to NHPHA through NHGives.

If you missed the event, you can donate to NHPHA here to support our work force development and advocacy initiatives.
Lisa Vasquez joined the NHPHA Board of Directors earlier this year. She currently serves as the Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator (SMPC) for the Greater Nashua Public Health Region. Lisa has a MS in mental health Lisa Vasquezcounseling from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a certified prevention specialist. Previously, she has worked with many local organizations including the Youth Council, the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, and Lamprey Health Care.

“As a SMPC my passion is creating resilient youth. I want everyone to be an involved participant in Prevention efforts,” Lisa told us. “I believe that Prevention is everyone’s responsibility and that it takes a village to make sustainable change.”

Lisa brings that same passion to the NHPHA Board. “I want to be on the Board because Public Health is important to me. Prior to my current position I didn’t understand all that Public Health encompasses and how it touches all the people in the community,” she said. “I am really proud to work in a Public Health setting and hope to continue to learn and grow within the public health sector.”

In addition to her formal public health interests, Lisa is a mother, which is a role that is very important to her. She currently resides in Manchester and loves exploring our beautiful state. She likes to read mystery and suspense novels; She loves to dance and spend time with her family. She is exploring different cultures by trying new foods and listening to music from different parts of the world. And, as if she isn’t busy enough already, Lisa is “into knitting” and hopes to learn to crochet soon.

Welcome to the NHPHA Board of Directors, Lisa!

A Note from NHPHA Leadership

Written by Joan Ascheim, Interim Executive Director

It’s that time of year! The kids are out of school, the days are warm and long and New Hampshire is in its glory. But while the kids and teachers are taking a break from books and learning, NHPHA is ramping up its public health workforce development activities and we want to be sure you are in the know. We are so pleased to be funded for the second year as a Community Based Training Partnership from the Boston University New England Public Health Training Center. Here’s a preview of upcoming events!

New Hampshire Public Health Association Public Health Mentor Program

mentor 4NHPHA is launching an exciting new public health mentoring program for 2018-2019. The New Hampshire Public Health Association Public Health Mentor Program is being initiated in response to requests from our members, based on their desire to be better prepared as mentors for emerging public health professionals.

NHPHA’s mentoring program for 2018-2019 is a pilot program. It will begin in September/October and finish in April/May. The program is focused on current public health undergraduate students, public health graduate students, and emerging public health professionals. This program is an opportunity for experienced public health professionals to make a positive impact on the career and professional development of emerging public health professionals. These emerging professionals will have the opportunity to network and explore a variety of public health careers to learn more about the industry.

We are looking for a few enthusiastic mentors to join the program and share their talents and expertise. More details on the program have been sent through our listserve to all members. Should you want more information, please contact our Workforce Development Coordinator, Emily Goulet at egoulet@nhpha.org , go to our website (can we post the information) or complete an application at http://bit.ly/2Kirjp8.

Talking About Public Heath to Diverse Audiences

It’s always a challenge to communicate about the great work we do as public health professionals and to present public health messages to different audiences in ways that make sense. Watch for our announcement for a training on this topic. It will be an interactive session from which participants will take away messaging they can use to better communicate key public health topics important in their communities.

Enhanced Student Internship Stipends

Starting July 1, 2018, we will be able to offer stipends to student interns in the amount of $3,500. Students must be graduate or doctoral students or undergraduate juniors or seniors pursuing degrees in a health professional including: public health, psychology, sociology and social work. Students must be US citizens; non-citizen US nationals or foreign nationals who hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the US. If you know a student who might be interested or have an internship that you want us to share with our academic partners, please let us know. Priority will be given to organizations that are NHPHA members.

We look forward to sharing these and other forthcoming public health workforce development activities.
NHPHA's inaugural webinar, which took place on May 1st, was a huge success! “Exploring Social Determinants of Health: from Data to Action to Advance Equity (New Hampshire and National Approaches) was co-sponsored by UNH’salex knight 192782 unsplash Department of Health Management and Policy, and it drew 190 participants from around the country. The webinar provided an excellent opportunity to learn how data can be used to assess needs based on social determinants, as well as how social determinants are addressed in some areas of NH. This webinar was a follow-up to our Fall Forum, during which many people requested more information about social determinants.

The first panelist was Kitty Jerome, an Action Center Team Director at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Community Coaches work with local communities around the U.S. who are addressing change through evidence-informed policies and programs. We learned how to explore the data provided by the County Health Rankings to examine how it affects individual communities. Kitty also discussed how to connect social determinants to health outcomes and how to take action to address social determinants. Key resources from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps include:
The second panelist was Emily Benson, the Public Health Advisory Council Coordinator for Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, an initiative of Granite Way. We learned how the Coalition mobilized community-wide approaches to address housing and transportation challenges in Carroll County. For more information, please visit the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health website: www.c3ph.org
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The third and final panelist was Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi, the Director of Clinical Integration for the Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire. One of his principle efforts is promoting community partnerships and provider engagement for the Healthy Monadnock Initiative, with the goal of being the healthiest community in the nation. He explained how the Prescribe for Health Program uses provider referrals to connect patients to community-based supports. He also described how the Monadnock Living Wage Work Group is working with area businesses to pledge to pay an entry wage equivalent of $15 by 2020. For information on these programs, please visit the Healthy Monadnock website: 
https://healthymonadnock.org/, and the Monadnock Living Wage Work Group website: https://www.monadnocklivingwage.org/.

If you were unable to attend and are interested in watching the webinar, you will be able to access it via our website at https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4722574355605928193. A PDF of the slides, (https://nhpha.org/images/PDFs/Trainings/Webinar-Slides-Exploring-Social-Determinants-of-Health.pdf), is also accessible there as well. CEU’s and CME’s are available by watching the recorded webinar and completing the evaluation and the post test. You may access these at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDOHwebarchive

We are already discussing possibilities for our next webinar(s), as well as projects for workforce development. Please stay tuned for new opportunities to come!

NHPHA's Webinars are made possible through a grant from the New England Public Health Training Center

mentor 5NHPHA Public Health Mentoring Program 2018-2019 Tutorial

Save the date for the New Hampshire Public Health Association Public Health Mentoring Program webinars in August! Tuesday, August 21 OR Wednesday, August 29. Tune in to learn the background and details of the new program and what it means to be a mentor. Hear from experienced mentor, Maria Bitanga, from the University of Minnesota who will share her firsthand mentoring experience. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session. For specifics, email info@nhpha.org. Click here for the flyer with more information

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Social Determinants: Exploring Social Determinants of Health: from Data into Action to Advance Equity

Originally Aired Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We know good health goes beyond medical care and is influenced by economic opportunity, affordable housing, and quality education - all factors that communities can transform.These "social determinants" of health are the focus of this talk, using data and evidence from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn how to strengthen community efforts to improve health outcomes. Hear the webinar by clicking here.

If you would like to receive CME's or CEU's for this webinar, please complete the post test, using the following link:


The NHPHA Board has approved a new organizational membership structure which now includes event sponsorship benefits. These updates are reflected on our website.

In addition to increasing the value of existing benefits, the new structure also gives organizational members, depending on their membership level, complimentary registration to NHPHA events, recognition at events, opportunities to speak at events, and even access to a student intern database and student intern stipends. These are just some examples of the added benefits to our organizational members. 

This new structure has been created in an effort to streamline the membership and sponsorship processes for our organizational members. 

Ashley Peters, Chair of the Membership Committee, will be reaching out to current organizational members to discuss these changes. Please feel free to reach out to Ashley Peters (Ashley.Peters@unh.edu) or Neil Twitchell, Chair of Programming Planning, (Neil.Twitchell@dhhs.nh.gov) with any questions about these changes
The New Hampshire Public Health Association was pleased to announce new members to its Board of Trustees for 2018-2019.  Newly elected officers include:
  • Tyler Brandow, Performance Improvement Manager NH Division of Public Health Services
  • Shannon Bresaw, Vice President of Public Health for Granite United Way,
  • Alysia Kennett, student at Southern New Hampshire University,
  • Jonathan Stewart, Director of the Community Health Institute/JSI, and
  • Lisa Vasquez, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator of the City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services. 
Rebecca Sky of the Foundation for Healthy Communities was announced as the new President of the Board; Marcella Bobinsky as the President-Elect; Terry Johnson also of the Foundation for Healthy Communities as the Vice President; and Tyler Brandow as the new Secretary.  Sophia Japhet of the Manchester Health Department will continue to serve in her role as the Treasurer of the organization.

Click here for a complete list of NHPHA Board of Directors and their contact information.
Are you a “governance geek”? I am. I really enjoy the mostly behind-the-scenes work of making decisions about policy, bylaws, organizational structure, and strategic planning. If you enjoy that, too, here is an opportunity for you!

As you may know, NHPHA is affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA). This has many benefits for NHPHA including a voice in the governance decisions of APHA. Every affiliate has an Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC). I currently serve as the interim ARGC so we are looking for someone to take on a 2-year term as our ARGC. Here is what the commitment involves:
  1. Participate in a call every other month with ARGCs from the other New England states. 
  2. Participate in a 2-hour call of the Governing Council in June.
  3. Attend Governing Council sessions during APHA Annual Meeting which take up part of the time, leaving you time to attend scientific sessions as well.
  4. Keep APHA informed of changes and activities of NHPHA; keep NHPHA informed about national work.
If I have piqued your curiosity, I will be happy to provide more detail. In addition, I will be available to give guidance and support to whomever takes on this role for NHPHA. jeanienhpha@gmail.com
Save the ChildrenTwo Colby-Sawyer College sophomore public health students, Lila Bradley & Molly Pfenning, recently had the opportunity to attend the annual Save the Children Advocacy Network summit in Washington, D.C. during their spring break.  

I spoke to Lila about her experience recently, and how it has impacted her future in the public health field.  She informed me that Save the Children is an international organization with a mission of increasing childhood education domestically as well as ending preventable disease and increasing child and maternal health internationally.  

After hearing about the summit from her advisor, Shari Goldberg, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, Lila completed the application in early December and soon learned that she received a scholarship to attend the summit in D.C. 

There, she spent three days attending conferences on early childhood education, child and maternal health, and how to initiate change in her own community. 

Specifically, Lila told me that the conferences emphasized the need to support local organizations such as HeadStart early development programs in schools; these essential programs are often underfunded and suffer from a lack of basic supplies. 

The trip culminated in an exciting opportunity to go to Capitol Hill to meet and speak with US Senator Maggie Hassan on issues they are particularly concerned about in New Hampshire. Some of the issues that they discussed included the need for increased government funding for early childhood development programs as well as the policies Senator Hassan is considering initiating in NH to improve early childhood education.  

Upon returning to school, the two students have started a Save the Children club on campus, hoping to raise awareness of the organization and their mission; and perform such activities as book drives for local preschools and Head Start programs, among other projects.  Lila told me she found the trip, “Exhausting but empowering. And it definitely validated my reason for being in public health.”  We can’t wait to see what these students do with their newly gained knowledge from this wonderful opportunity. You can learn more about this worthy organization and all the work they do at https://www.savethechildren.org/.
Registration is now open for the New Hampshire Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium which is taking place at Eventthe Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on May 23rd, 2018!  Registration is now open for the New Hampshire Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium which is taking place at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on May 23rd, 2018!
The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, in co-sponsorship with the Foundation for Healthy Communities and the New England Quality Improvement Network, is thrilled to be hosting the first annual New Hampshire Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium. Planners look forward to bringing together a large multidisciplinary group from across the state to address issues of antimicrobial stewardship in New Hampshire.
To save your spot on May 23rd for this exciting event, please REGISTER HERE

The day’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion presenting on “Setting the Stage of National Efforts of Antimicrobial Resistance.” 
For more information about the day, see the event website page here or contact Hannah Leeman at hannah.leeman@dhhs.nh.gov or (603)271-1058Registration is now open for the New Hampshire Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium which is taking place at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on May 23rd, 2018!
Post written by Joan Ascheim, NHPHA Interim Executive Director

Joan Ascheim webBODI always find our annual meeting to be celebratory, motivating, inspiring and a validation of the tremendous work we do collectively as public health professionals.  This year’s 2018 NHPHA Annual Meeting hit the mark on all counts!  There were 135 of us in attendance with 30 of those being students from various academic institutions.  Students had the opportunity to attend the pre-session presented by our Rising Stars Program and led by Cait Glennen entitled: Demystifying the Interview and Salary Negotiation Process.  The program was highly rated and noted to provide practical skills students could put to use as they search for their perfect public health jobs. 

The student poster session followed with 21 scholarly and diverse poster presentations spanning topics such as: structural racism in healthcare, increasing hand hygiene, suicide ideation among high school students, community health assessments and home visiting (see article below to learn about poster winners).  The poster sessions are a tremendous opportunity for students to share their work with public health professionals and provides a networking experience between the two groups.

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the night is noshing on the delectable appetizers and connecting with my public health friends and colleagues.  New Hampshire, being such a small state, affords us the chance to develop long-lasting and meaningful relationships with our colleagues. I do believe these relationships are key to satisfying careers and strong partnerships that enhance our collaborations to improve the public’s health. 

For those who were unable to attend, I kicked off the meeting noting that National Public Health Week this year coincided with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.  It was striking to me when I reviewed the six focal areas of his civil rights platform which included: poverty, better jobs/higher wages, quality education, decent housing, justice and peace.  Clearly the social determinants of health that are so much a part of our daily public health lexicon are inextricably linked with basic civil rights.  

Bobbie Bagley shared activities of the Public Health Nursing Section and Jeanie Holt apprised us of our connected work with the American Public Health Association. Rachel Maxwell updated the group on the advocacy and policy work of the Public Policy Committee.  

The Roger Fossum Award was bestowed upon Linda Saunders-Paquette, probably best known to most for her tireless work leading New Futures to make significant impact on alcohol and drug policy in the state.  What people probably don’t know about Linda is that she started her career at St. Agatha Home for Children in Nanuet, NY.  Caring for these children, who were homeless and came from extreme poverty, transformed her thinking and set her on the path in pursuit of justice and equity.  Linda spoke of the need to interweave passion, skills and knowledge and to work relentlessly to make necessary policy changes to positively impact society.  Linda’s distinguished career is illustrative of this recipe for success.
The Friend of Public Health Award was presented to Senator Dan Feltes and Tom Irwin of the Conservation Law Foundation for their steadfast work leading to the passage of the lead poisoning prevention bill into law – legislation essential to the public’s health.
The New Hampshire Community Health Service Award was given to WMUR-TV for its contribution to improving the health of New Hampshire residents through excellent coverage of the opioid crisis.  WMUR’s special coverage brought attention to this public health epidemic and the devastation it has wrought on individuals, families and communities; addressed the stigma of this disease; and prompted political action to address the issue at the state and national levels.
Other award winners include Marie Mulroy, who received the President’s Award for her exceptional service to the Association, and Sara Rainer, an employee of the Institute on Disability at UNH and a UNH Master of Public Health student who received the Rising Star Award. 
Thank you for all who attended and contributed to another successful NHPHA annual meeting!
Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon and Ashley Hall were the winners of the student poster session awards at the annual meeting in April. The judges of the 14 poster presentations used criteria including relevance of subject; rigor of project methodology; voice projection and audience engagement; and use of graphs and images. The outstanding presentations showcased Hall’s and Ahmad-Kahloon’s passion for community health and social justice.
Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon is a prevention specialist in the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), a crisis center at the University of New Hampshire. He began volunteering as an advocate in 2010, and joined the SHARPP staff four years ago. While working at the center, Zak has pursued graduate studies in the university’s MPH program, from which he graduates in May. He also is active in campus activities related to his interest in the intersection of sexual violence prevention and social justice. He chairs the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of LGBTQ+ People and serves on the advisory boards of the Association of Title IX Coordinators (ATIXA) and the Leadership Council of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA).

Zak’s poster project, done in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, examines the disconnect between the high rates of sexual and domestic violence experienced by LGBTQ+ People and the lower than expected rates of service utilization. Through interviews and data analysis, he identified a need for funding, reconsidered shelter models, and relationship building cross-agency. He hopes that the results of his project will serve as a foundation for future work with other underserved populations in New Hampshire.

Ashley Hall graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Rivier University. As a student, she held several part-time jobs and was active in student affairs and student government, including serving as president of the Student Public Health Association, a peer mentor, a student ambassador, and a Student Government Association senator. She also volunteers every year at the Special Olympics in Boston. She plans to pursue graduate studies in public health and eventually hold a position as an infection preventionist in a hospital. 

Ashley’s poster project, co-authored with Ashley Conley, developed from an internship at Catholic Medical Center (CMC), where she was mentored by Conley, the hospital’s director of infection prevention. Her project focused on evaluating current hand hygiene compliance at CMC, which is critical to ensuring a healthy work environment and safe care for all patients. The aim of the project was to increase hand hygiene compliance to more than 90%. The project included a quiz, hand hygiene observations, completing the World Health Organization Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework, and leading educational programs. The information gathered was used to develop a hand hygiene program utilizing the Influencer Behavior Change Model by appointing hand hygiene champions to monitor compliance and address missed hand hygiene opportunities among co-workers.

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Because it’s here! April 2-8.  The theme this year is Changing our Futures Together.  Consider starting conversations with others in your community about the role each of us can play to create healthier people, families, and communities.  Public health work is partnership work achieved when people work together to create strong, vital communities in which all can live and contribute to our full potential.Because it’s here! April 2-8.  The theme this year is Changing our Futures Together.  Consider starting conversations with others in your community about the role each of us can play to create healthier people, families, and communities.  Public health work is partnership work achieved when people work together to create strong, vital communities in which all can live and contribute to our full potential.

During National Public Health Week, each day has a different focus.  Monday’s is behavioral health: how can we advocate for and promote behavioral well-being?   About one in every five U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year.  At the forefront of this in New Hampshire is the opioid addiction epidemic.  This crisis is touching individuals and families in our state at an unbelievable rate. Projections estimate 485 deaths in 2017, which equates to a per capita rate that is 3rd highest in the country.  This disease is impacting families and children, employers and really, all of us. 

I feel fortunate to be able to make an impact working with many partners to increase access to treatment for people with opioid use disorders.  While building new services is critical, what I find so very important is addressing the stigma experienced by individuals and families struggling with this chronic remitting and relapsing disease of the brain.  The expression of the disease in undesirable behaviors turns many to believe the disease is a choice when it isn’t.  Self-judgement prevents people from seeking help.  Advocate Bernadette Gleeson has a different choice for us. “For us to give people who have addiction their best opportunity to be alive in recovery, “the public” must show up in ways that will change this game forever and end the “public health crisis of addiction.” Every single one of us can harness the power and agency in order to Be An Opportunity for people who have drug or alcohol addiction and people in recovery. No matter where that person is in their recovery, we have the power to be the light instead of pushing people further into darkness – which is where addiction breeds.” Sharing this message is my goal for public health week – what’s yours? #BeAnOpportunity 

One final note, I look forward to seeing each of you at our upcoming Annual Meeting on April 11th at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, 4 to 7 PM.  Register now!  See article below for more details.

Rebecca Sky
NHPHA President

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