President's Message, November 2018

Rebecca TwoThis fall has been busy for NHPHA! We held our signature fall conference two weeks ago, we will host another training entitled Lobbying vs. Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-profits in less than 10 days, we kicked off our new mentoring program, and are engaging in a board-led organizational membership campaign. Whew! Oh, and don’t forget to mark December 7th in your calendar for Midnight Merriment in Concord and NHPHA’s open house at 4 Park Street!

Here are some highlights from the Team Up, Take Action: A Conference on Partnering for Health Equity. NHPHA co-hosted this event with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Vermont Public Health Association. This is the second year we collaborated with these two organizations to create an opportunity for shared learning. And with over 170 people attending we had a packed house. The day kicked off with a keynote delivered by Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute in California. He spoke about the general movement of hospitals from “acute care body shops” towards organizations with a significant stake in community health improvement. He gave meaningful insight into how public health and other community organizations could build shared ownership with hospitals where inequities in health are concentrated. He talked about opportunities for alignment and the tools at the Center to Advance Community Health & Equity that can help facilitate this. His talk of hospitals’ capacity for financial investments into communities dovetailed wonderfully to the end of day speaker sponsored by the Dartmouth Schumann Lecture, Megan Sandel MD, MPH. Dr. Sandel spoke to stable, affordable housing as a prescription for health and the impact of Boston Medical Center’s investments into housing. Check out her article on the topic in the February 2018 Pediatrics Journal. Thank you, Neil Twitchell, Lyndsay Goss, other members for the NHPHA program planning committee, our partners at Dartmouth Hitchcock and Vermont including Sally Kraft, Greg Crowley, Sally Kerschner and Margaret Wilson for a wonderful event. And a special thank you to Beth D’Ovidio for doing so much of the detail work to make this event a reality!

Take care,
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