Guiding Growth: NHPHA Aims High in 2018

Joan Ascheim Small  This article was written by Joan Ascheim, Interim Executive Director

 As 2017 draws to a close it provides time to pause and reflect and, at the same time, contemplate the year before us. During 2017 we said thank you to Katie Robert for her years of dedicated, exemplary leadership as Board President. We welcomed Rebecca Sky as our new and highly capable Board President. Rebecca has hit the ground running and brings a keen intellect, analytic mind and tremendous commitment to the role. Beth D’Ovidio joined our staff in the spring as program assistant extraordinaire. We have benefited greatly from her tremendous organizational skills and her vast communications experience.

Our annual meeting in April drew our largest number of participants to date with 225 in attendance, with 100 of those being students who presented 27 poster sessions. We saw record attendance too at our Team Up, Take Action: Partnering for Health Equity conference. It was a highly successful collaboration with the Vermont Health Department and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

We maintained a visible presence at the legislature thanks to dedicated cadre of volunteers. We did our best to stay connected to you, our members, through this newsletter, the Health in All Policies newsletter and Facebook.

As you know, NHPHA is a relatively small non-profit and volunteers have been and remain the mainstay of our activities and success. On behalf of the board, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers for the giving of their time, wisdom, expertise and dedication.

I am grateful for the decision made by the board to bring me on as Interim Executive Director to assist in realizing its strategic imperatives and to grow the organization. To that end, the board has just approved a growth plan that charts a course for expansion and sustainability. We anticipate increasing and diversifying our funding base which will allow us to expand our staff and enhance our work in our three key areas: workforce development, policy and advocacy and public health messaging. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.
On behalf of the board and staff, we thank you for being part of our NHPHA family and wish you health, happiness, peace and joy in the New Year.

Best, Joan
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