President's Message August 2018

Rebecca TwoAs we face these last ever so hot and humid days of summer, my mind keeps replaying what I learned at last year’s APHA conference - that extreme heat is one the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States. Public health plays a key role in encouraging people who cannot keep their homes cool to use damp wash cloths to cool down or go to public places with air-conditioning. A survey in New York City found only 12 percent of those surveyed reported going to a public place with air conditioning if they could not keep cool at home. As public health professionals, we also have an important role in communicating the connection between climate change and heat health.

That said, summer is coming to an end and NHPHA, like the rest of New Hampshire, is ramping up for an action-packed fall. Here is a list of what’s happening with a few links for you to get involved:

  • Come network and team build with fellow NHPHA members volunteering the morning of Wednesday, September 5th at the Granite United Way’s Day of Caring in Merrimack County. We will be assisting a local non-profit painting the walls of a day care center. E-mail Ashley at to get signed up or sign up directly here.
  • Get your “Rear in Gear” at the NH Colon Cancer Trail 5K and Kids' Fun Run and Memory Walk on Saturday, September 8th, at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook. Register or sign up to be a NHPHA volunteer helping to make this event happen.
  • New this year, the NHPHA Public Health Mentoring Program, is set to kick off October 4th! Contact Emily Goulet if you are interested in being a mentor or mentee ASAP!
  • Wednesday, October 24th join colleagues from New Hampshire and Vermont for the third year of Team Up Take Action, our conference aimed at cultivating shared learning among public health, health care, and social service sector professionals in order to advance health equity. Register early! Keynote speaker is Kevin Barnett, DrPH from the Public Health Institute. Among many other things, Kevin is the Co-Director of PHI’s Center to Advance Community Health and Equity (CACHE), which supports evidence-informed generative dialogue among hospitals and diverse stakeholders in the health and community development sectors to make community investments more strategic, aligned and effective.
  • Don’t forget the annual APHA Conference, November 10th – 14th! If you plan on going, please contact NHPHA Office so we can include you in a NHPHA social gathering at the conference.
  • In addition, our board is beginning an organizational membership drive to grow our partnerships and our impact. As a profession we are stronger and better together! If you wish to help, let me know!
Stay well, and we look forward to seeing (and hearing from) you this fall. Enjoy these last days of summer vacation, and on behalf of the NHPHA Board of Directors, THANK YOU for your continued interest and support.

Rebecca Sky
President, NHPHA
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