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National Public Health Week (NPHW) is quickly approaching! Will you be joining the week with action for health? This national event gives us an opportunity to look at our community and see where we can make an impact for healthier living. Each day of National Public Health Week has a theme. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.

National Public Health Week 2019 begins April 1. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.” Please join us for a week filled with celebrating the power of prevention, sharing strategies for successful partnerships, and working toward wellness. Public Health Week is an opportunity for community partners to recognize public health efforts throughout the State. If your organization would like to host an event and be included in our listing of events, please contact Lisa Vasquez at Stay tuned for a listing of events in March in the next NHPHA e-newsletter.

NPHW 2019 Daily Themes:

  • Monday — Healthy Communities
  • Tuesday — Violence Prevention
  • Wednesday — Rural Health
  • Thursday — Technology and Public Health
  • Friday — Climate Change
  • Saturday and Sunday — Global Health

Please note: Your participation doesn’t have to be a big to-do! You can celebrate National Public Health week by joining the National Walking Challenge or making healthier choices for the week. Think of it as a chance to jumpstart your health. We look forward to celebrating National Public Health Week with you!

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? And that one in five people diagnosed will be under the age of 55? How about that it is the most treatable form of cancer when diagnosed early? 

Since 2014, the NH Public Health Association has partnered with the national Colon Cancer Coalition and Gould Hill Farm to host the Get Your Rear in Gear Trail 5K, raising close to $150,000 from fees, sponsors, and donations. With the race proceeds, grants have been distributed to NH community health centers to purchase test kits and make sure everyone has access to critical early screenings.


On September 7, 2019, NHPHA and the Colon Cancer Coalition will once again host this new fall classic, featuring a course that takes runners and walkers through a pumpkin patch, apple trees, tapped maple trees, and a Christmas tree field. This family friendly event also features a Kids' Fun Run, prizes, music, snacks, and pre- and post- race stretching offered by Akasha Massage and Bodywork. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@NHGYRIG) or check out our website at

During March's observance of colon cancer awareness, we're launching the *Don't Miss It awareness and education campaign with ads on live local and streaming TV to promote early screenings. You might also notice our *Don't Miss It billboard along Rte. 293 in Manchester!


Recently Joan Ascheim, NHPHA Executive Director, and Terry Johnson, NHPHA Vice-President, had the opportunity to meet with leadership and the Advocacy Committee of NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) to share the work of NHPHA and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

While the two organizations are long-time members of one another’s association, the opportunity to strengthen the relationship emerged when members of NHBSR attended NHPHA’s Lobby and Advocacy training in November. It was then that NHBSR Executive Director, Michelle Veasey, invited NHPHA to attend their advocacy committee meeting. 

NHBSR convenes, inspires and supports businesses and their community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all.  Their network of businesses shares a desire to “do well and do good”.  During our conversation it was clear that members care deeply about their workforce, their communities and the environment. 

Joan and Terry shared the mission and strategic priorities of NHPHA with the committee and legislative priorities from 2018.   They discussed the social determinants of health and health equity and discussed why these are key concepts for businesses.  Joan conveyed some critical information from the Prevention Institute on how prevention investments made by businesses can reap six dollars in savings for each dollar spent.  Workplace wellness initiatives such as encouraging biking to work, heathy food options and smoke-free campuses can lead to reductions in sick leave, medical costs and worker’s comp claims by as much as 25%. 

Joan and Terry also talked about how businesses can contribute to healthy communities by participating in public health networks, local planning groups and encouraging green spaces, farmer’s markets, healthy school lunch menus and more. 

Not surprisingly, many of the business members are already contributing to the well-being of their workforce and communities through many of these measures.  During a follow-up conversation with Michelle Veasey, we found common ground in legislation coming up in the 2019 session, such as family and medical leave, minimum wage and bills related to climate change. 

We are excited about the prospect of our two organizations working more closely together and continuing our conversations on areas of mutual concern. 

Here we go again!  Good luck finding a parking space near the Statehouse, as the 2019 legislative session has kicked off with a flurry.  As a member driven organization, NRebecca TwoHPHA strives to champion public health and inspire leaders in our state to improve the public’s health.  To that end, NHPHA advocacy efforts this session remain committed to the same 3 policy priority areas as last year:

  • Equity & Health Outcomes
  • Healthy Environments - Natural, Built and Social
  • Substance Misuse - Improving Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery

See the end of this article for which specific bills are currently prioritized for attention.  This will change as the session evolves.

JJ Smith as our NHPHA Public Policy Advocacy Lead and Marie Mulroy as a long-time committed member have already put in hours of work at the Statehouse.  Contact Joan Ascheim, Executive Director of NHPHA, if you too would like to assist in big or small ways on our advocacy efforts – writing testimony, giving testimony, calling legislators, etc. (  Save the date of March 14th to come for breakfast with our legislators from 7:30 to 9:00 AM in the statehouse cafeteria.  Sharing the important work you do helps to inform decision-makers about what matters for public health. 

On a final note, the NH Legislature will hold hearings this year on a bill to legalize and commercialize cannabis.  The NHPHA Board of Directors with the support of the policy committee is working towards adopting a policy statement so that NHPHA can be a part of the conversation, educating our legislators on the potential public health impacts of various policy approaches.  As a member of NHPHA, if you would like to be a part of this conversation, please contact me (


Thank you so much for all you do!   

Rebecca Sky


Below are the bills currently prioritized for attention: 

Equity & Health Outcomes

  • Establishing a state minimum wage (HB 186),
  • Family medical leave (SB 1),
  • Improving capacity for effective non-academic surveys in schools (SB 196), and
  • Bills seeking to increase access to the NH Granite Advantage Health Care Program.
  • Affordable housing will be addressed as capacity allows.

Healthy Environments - Natural, Built and Social

  • Tobacco sale and use including vaping (HB 511, HB 680, HB 230, and HB 438), and
  • Gun violence prevention (HB 109, HB 687, HB 514, HB 564 and HB 101.)
  • Bills related to clean water and concern for the impact of climate change on health are two additional areas we will address based upon capacity. The policy committee could use additional expertise in the area of clean water!

Substance Misuse - Improving Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery

  • Medicaid provider rates for behavioral health (SB 5),
  • Supports for the behavioral health workforce (LSR 895), and
  • Removing restrictions on use of federal funds for syringe services programs (SB 87).

Kerry is currently a professor at UNH but her professional life began as a family nurse practitioner working in a community health setting. She completed a PhD in nursing, focusing on HIV prevention. During her undergraduate studies, she did clinical work with a syringe exchange in Boston. At the time, when discussion for Syringe Service Programs (SSP) legislation began in New Hampshire, Kerry became involved in advocacy surrounding harm reduction and syringe service. “I was very happy seeing the conversation regarding SSP moving forward in New Hampshire.”

While doing advocacy work for SSP legislation, Kerry was able to connect with partners who were also interested in SSP. In light of the NH overdose rate, when the legislation SB 234 came through, Kerry worked with others to create a coalition named the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition (NHHRC). Afterwards, that group worked on starting an SSP, Hand Up Health Service in the Seacoast. Kerry serves as the Medical Coordinator for Hand Up Health Services and also serves as the chair for NHHRC. For Kerry, the most rewarding part of working for the Syringe Service has been watching the trust grow within the community.  

“A year and a half later seeing how many people connect with the service is very motivating,” she says. Hand Up actually sees about 100 visits per month. “It’s the connection they have with the volunteers that makes a difference”. Even though Kerry sees some push back for harm reduction work, she also sees a growing number of volunteers stepping up to do the work with a syringe exchange program. Hand Up recently was called to the safety counsel in Rochester, and the deputy chief of police cited a 50% drop in overdose deaths and overdose calls in the city.

For the future, as a professor she would like to see a workforce that is prepared to address substance misuse and all the social determinants of health, to enhance research for the needs of the people in New Hampshire who use drugs and mobilize the services they need to connect with. “Harm Reduction and Syringe Service isn’t what I set out to do but it is the most rewarding work I do.”

Kerry is currently researching the following topics:

  • Evaluating the use of harm reduction approaches to engage people who inject drugs in reducing drug related harms 
  • Understanding what positive engagement with a healthcare provider means to people who inject drugs
  • Examining positive engagement strategies and harm reduction approaches in hospital based clinical care 
  • Measuring the health system impacts of more effectively engaging people who inject drugs with harm reduction approaches

CMCarbon monoxide, also know as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or cars left running in garages. At its worst, carbon monoxide can cause severe side effects or even death.

Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide differently than adults and may show signs of poisoning sooner.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss of Consciousness

CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected alarms; when one sounds, all CO alarms in the home sound.

Make sure to test CO alarms when you test your smoke alarms.

If the CO alarm sounds, you must get fresh air immediately! Move everyone outside of the building outdoors. Once outside call 911.


The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings. Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations. (CDC, 2018)

Let me introduce you to Jessica Hillman, the new CDC associate at the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services. Jessica Hillman is a Massachusetts native with a passion for Environmental Health. Her work experience includes being an AmeriCorps Member and a research coordinator for an Environmental Consulting agency. Jessica has a Master’s of Science in Global Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science from McGill University.

During the senior year of her undergrad studies, Jessica saw a posting on USA jobs for an epidemiologist for the CDC and became inspired in her journey into public health. The public health associate program is a great way to start working for the CDC without a lot of experience in public health. Jessica started working in Nashua on October 1st. Jessica was surprised by how much she likes Nashua as a place to live, compared to Boston and other metropolitan areas. Nashua is small in comparison but still has lots to offer a young professional.  Jessica has jumped into the public health work and is currently working on the Community Health Improvement Plan with the Community Services Team but would love to work on Environmental Health Capacity building. “I am hoping to work for the CDC in Atlanta after this program is completed.”

JeanieIn November, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council elected me to a four-year term on the APHA Executive Board. I am honored and awed by this opportunity. And I credit NHPHA with giving me opportunities, guidance, role models, and mentors; for putting me on this path into leadership.

Role of APHA Executive Board: The APHA By-laws detail a list of more than 20 responsibilities of the Executive Board in five broad categories: policy, management, program, membership, and deployment. To give you a picture, let me summarize the January meeting of the Executive Board. We meet in-person for three days every January. At this year’s meeting we reviewed our fiduciary responsibilities and expectations as Board members, appointed qualified folks to several APHA leadership positions, approved guidelines and policies on gifts and donations, reviewed financial documents, received a report from Executive Director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, on the state of APHA, discussed the Executive Board work plan and the strategic plan, and met in committees to update committee work plans for 2019. And we got acquainted, laughed a lot, and challenged each other in wall sitting.

Committees: I have been asked to serve on three Executive Board committees (EB members are required to serve on two). The Personnel Committee is responsible for conducting the annual evaluation of Dr. Benjamin. I have little experience in personnel matters so this committee will help me learn new skills. Dr. Benjamin has served as APHA’s Executive Director for 17 years, so we have obviously been satisfied with his job performance. But that adds challenge—how do you push someone at the top of their game to excel further?! Additionally, Dr. Benjamin is at retirement age, so part of our work in the committee and as a board is ensuring we have good succession planning for when he chooses to leave.

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I also serve on the Strategic Implementation Committee. Many of you know how crazy passionate I am about the APHA Strategic Plan. I have been volunteering time to facilitate strategic planning with affiliates (10 to date with 2 more in the next month) to help them align their strategic plans with APHA’s. New Hampshire was the first affiliate to align—credit to Joyce Gaufin who led our process when she was APHA’s President. I sometimes use NHPHA’s plan as a model to help other affiliates see what alignment looks like. And I use the work plan format developed when Marie Mulroy, Laura Davie, and I worked together to make the strategic plan into a work plan. Part of what I want to look at—and learn more about—during my time on the Strategic Implementation Committee is the metrics used to track progress. This is an area that every affiliate I’ve worked with struggles to design. More study and reading to do in that area for sure!

The third committee may be my favorite: Governance. I find that I really enjoy thinking about how to make an organization work effectively. The Governance Committee conducts an evaluation of each Board meeting and offers suggestions for improvement. We also conduct an in-depth exit survey with Board members at the end of their terms. Part of both surveys is assessing the ongoing education needs of Board members and then finding resources to address those needs. Another area we address is looking at Board composition and gaps, passing that information on to the Nominations Committee.

Benefits for NHPHA: APHA is very explicit: while you serve on the Executive Board, you must focus on the entire organization, not the component or sector through which you arrived at the Executive Board. (This dictum challenges me because I believe so much progress in public health happens at state and local levels—so affiliates are very important!) Obviously, NHPHA will not get any direct perks from my position. However, we will benefit. First, there is national recognition of New Hampshire and NHPHA—we are on the radar. Who knows what will come our way as a result. In addition, the connections I make can help NHPHA in our work. For example, as we consider a position on marijuana legislation, I have reached out to folks I know from around the country to get information to help in our deliberations. I will also travel to DC for EB meetings several times a year and will use some of those as opportunities to visit NH’s Congressional delegation. Another benefit I see is the education and skills development that will happen just by virtue of being on the Board and the committees. I hope I can be a resource for NHPHA with what I learn. Finally, I hope I can be a mentor and role model for younger public health professionals. As I mentioned at the beginning, NHPHA has been my springboard into leadership. I want to be the wind beneath the wings of the next NHPHA members who want to keep their roots planted firmly in our fertile ground, while soaring to new heights in public health leadership.

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2019 APHA Executive Board

New Hampshire Public Health Association is pleased to host a practical, hands-on marketing workshop for public health teams. Led by brand strategy expert Michele Levy, the workshop is designed to help teams develop clear, concise, compelling messaging for a specific public health program or project. Crafting your public health message can help in writing to funders, talking with colleagues and explaining your work to decision-makers such as selectman or legislators.  If your agency is interested in participating, please plan to send at least two people, and select a program/project that you would like to focus on during the session. Through a combination of presentation, breakout working sessions, and discussion, participating teams will draft an elevator pitch, supporting points, and audience messaging for their chosen program or project. 

Space is limited, first come, first serve.  Limited scholarships available.

Registration: $20 for members, $40 for non-members

Event Presenter:

 Michele Levy, Principal Brand Therapist, ML Brand Strategy Consulting

Michele Levy helps nonprofit organizations build compelling messaging and effective communications programs that support strategic goals. She has a great  deal of experience working with national, regional, and local public health organizations, and has developed a number of training programs designed specifically for public health leaders and staff. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Michele worked in advertising and management consulting as a strategist and client service lead. She served as Interim Chief Marketing Officer for Walnut Hill School for the Arts and The Cambridge School of Weston, and has held key roles on a number of nonprofit boards. The author of “Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations,” Michele delivers pragmatic wisdom on topics of branding and integrated marketing communications across a variety of channels. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Michele received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University. For more information on Michele and her firm, please visit

NHPHA has the privilege of hosting two stellar interns this fall and winter. We would like to introduce them to you.

Lyzbeth Best – We are happy to have Lyz at NHPHA from the Milken Institute of Public Health out of the George Washington University as an intern this year. Lyz reached out to NHPHA because of the strong community presence and responsive nature of NHPHA to her needs and interest in Public Health. Lyz has a background in education and medical anthropology. Lyz believes there are many similarities between anthropology and public health. Medical Anthropology looks at health through a cultural lens. Lyz always wanted to further her interests in health equity by looking at disease through a cultural lens in the context of education and prevention and this internship gives her the opportunity to gain applied experience. “As part of the program requirement I needed to better understand community based problems. What I will be doing in my internship with NHPHA is looking at what the needs in education are for public health professionals looking at social determinants of health (SDOH).” Lyz will be conducting a needs analysis of what is being done across the state to address SDOH in communities and what the needs are in different communities to address SDOH. To round off the project Lyz will also look at what would be the best platform for teaching SDOH. “I will be looking at the ECHO learning program. As of now I am just starting to interview different health professionals to understand what they are doing and what type of information is needed to solve the problems in the community and what needs to be brought together in a learning environment for them.”

Gretchen Swain – Gretchen comes to us from University of New Hampshire working on her graduate degree in Public Policy. Gretchen did anti-hunger work with AmeriCorps for two years prior to her graduate program. “I will be working with NHPHA on a strategy to partner with other organizations on Gun Prevention Policy,” she said. “It is really interesting to research Gun Prevention in New Hampshire. I will be attending a Gun Prevention Conference and look forward to meeting more people interested in gun prevention. New Hampshire is very politically motivated which makes working on policy in New Hampshire even more motivating as a student. The benefits of doing an internship with NHPHA - I get to know more organizations in the State and it feels good to work on gun policy as it is such an important topic at this time. I am originally from Maine but hope to continue to work in New Hampshire after I graduate. I look forward to having more time to read for leisure and to participate in outdoor activities like hiking after I am finished with the Graduate program.”

We welcome both women and look forward to seeing the culmination of their respective projects.

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!
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.

Flu 1The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October. Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from the flu. The influenza virus changes (mutates) each year. Getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

You can also help reduce the spread of the flu by following these simple guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder not your bare hands.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (germs are spread that way).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school - Especially when someone is ill.
Flu signs and symptoms include:

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Stuffy Nose
Sore Throat
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,
Suicide PreventionSeptember was Suicide Prevention Month and was observed with events such as the National Alliance on Mental Health NH (NAMINH) walk which exceeded its fundraising goal of $120,000 to address mental health and suicide in New Hampshire. High profile suicides such as those of Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams put a face to the sobering suicide statistics that are rising in the country and New Hampshire. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that suicide in New Hampshire rose nearly 50% during the period of 1999-2016. It is likely that all of us know someone, or a family member or friend of someone, who tragically died as a result of suicide. We are all touched by suicide in some way and we can all help prevent this growing public health problem in some way as well.

Why is suicide prevention a public health issue?

  1. Public health uses a population approach to improve the health of groups of people utilizing prevention measures that address groups versus the treatment of individuals.

    In New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Suicide Council developed the New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Plan which takes a population approach to prevent suicide for all people in communities in our state.

  2. A public health approach to suicide prevention utilizes a primary prevention approach, focusing on suicidal behavior before it occurs and attends to an array of risk and protective factors.

    The National Alliance on Mental Health: New Hampshire (NAMINH) hosts a broad range of education offerings to help individuals, groups and communities learn about the risk and protective factors and warning signs of suicide.

  3. Public health seeks to increase our understanding of suicide through data collection and science so that new solutions can be found and evaluated.

    The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services is working to improve and expand suicide surveillance systems to better describe and fully understand suicide in the state
  4. The field of public health has long recognized that complex public health problems such as suicide call for multi-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations that bring together diverse perspectives and expertise both at the state and local levels to identify and implement effective solutions.

    The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council is illustrative of this approach at the state level. NAMINH has been recognized nationally for its Connect Program which works to educate and foster relationships among members of New Hampshire communities to prevent suicide through a comprehensive community approach.

While suicide rates rise in the state, New Hampshire public health professionals and communities need to continue to work together to address the growing problem. Attending the upcoming NH Suicide Prevention Conference on November 1, 2108 presents an opportunity to learn more about what we can do as professionals. As individuals we can reach out to our friends, co-workers, and family members if we are concerned that they are experiencing depression, despair or may be contemplating suicide. Don’t wait, reach out today.
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