A Message from the Executive Director: December 2018

A Year at-a Glance: Reflections on 2018

Joan Ascheim webBODAs this is our last newsletter for the year, I wanted to reflect on our collective accomplishments in 2018. I say collective as our work is not only the result of our staff, but of our dedicated board and over 40 volunteers from our various committees and participation of members in our events. Our advocacy volunteers alone logged 1100 hours during the last legislative session!

This has been a period of growth for NHPHA, just as we had hoped and planned. We are of the mind that success breeds success and therefore anticipate expanding our work during the upcoming year while staying true to our mission, vision and strategic priorities.

Here are some of our major achievements of 2018.

  • Maintained a focused advocacy presence at the state house and communicated through our Health in all Policy newsletter
  • Co-hosted two successful conferences on health equity with the Vermont Public Health Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Hired Emily Goulet as our workforce development coordinator to expand our professional development offerings, including a social determinants webinar and lobbying and advocacy training
  • Became a Community - Based Training partner of the Boston University New England Public Health Training Center
  • Offered stipends for two student interns
  • Launched a public health mentor program with 16 mentor/mentee pairs
  • Strengthened our academic partnerships and continued our student poster sessions and training offerings at our annual meeting
  • Expanded our funding base

We are most proud and honored that we were named the 2018 Affiliate of the Year by the American Public Health Association and recognized at their national meeting.

Thank you for your ongoing support of NHPHA. We so greatly value our partnerships which are the underpinnings of all public health work. We also thank our funders for their financial backing as well as continued faith in us.

From all of us at NHPHA we wish you and yours peace and happiness during this holiday season.

Best, Joan


We are sad to share that two of our valued colleagues are moving on to new endeavors. Beth D’Ovidio, our Program Assistant for nearly two years, is leaving to take a position that draws on her marketing skills and talents. Beth has been the glue to hold NHPHA together during her time with us. She kept track of our members, assisted in organizing our events, produced our newsletters, and supported our staff and committees. Beth was always willing to do what it took to get tasks done. We appreciate her dedication, flexibility, and graciousness. We wish you the best Beth in your career path and we will miss you!

Rachel Maxwell of Granite United Way stepped up last winter to chair our Public Policy Committee and produce our Health in All Policies newsletter. This committee is a busy one, particularly during the legislative session. Rachel jumped in and kept the committee focused and members informed on legislative developments. Rachel is moving back to her home state of New York to take a new public health position and be closer to family. Thank you Rachel and all the best!
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