March 2016 News Around NH
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Creating Healthy Communities Workshop Series
Colebrook embraces Complete Streets for Main Street renovation
Resources from our February HEAL Community Network Meeting
Complete Streets in Nashua: Introduction and Training
A Move Toward Complete Streets in NH
Seeking Nominations for New England Food Summit Delegates
Measure it. Change it.
Upcoming Events


Endowment for Health 2016 Annual Meeting: Creating Inclusive and Equitable Communities

March 21, 2016
Grappone Conference Center
Concord, NH
3:00 - 3:30: Networking 
3:30 - 5:30: Program


Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council 2016 Annual Meeting

April 5, 2016
Rivier University, Nashua
8:30am - 3:00pm


NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration 11th Annual Meeting 

April 6, 2016

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301


New Hampshire Public Health Association
Annual Meeting

April 13th, 2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Concord, NH


2016 HEAL Community Network Meetings

May 11, 2016
August 17, 2016
December 7, 2016

All meetings are held at the  Foundation for Healthy Communities and are from 9:00a m - 12:00 pm. 

Partner Spotlight:

New Hampshire Food Alliance

The NH Food Alliance envisions a food system that works for all in New Hampshire: people, businesses, communities, and the environment. They work with HEAL to advance the Healthy People Healthy Places Plan objectives on Healthy Food Access and Promotion.

Please like NH Food Alliance on Facebook or follow on Twitter . Please also consider signing up for their  newsletter .

Share Your Story:  They are currently looking to highlight the great work that is being done in the NH food system. If you're interested in sharing your story, please fill out this brief survey and they will be in contact!

What is your community planning for National Public Health Week?

Let us know, and we can help promote your event through our social media channels.

2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan


Stronger Networks 

State-Level Change

Equitable Access


The Colebrook Main Street project will benefit the entire community - not by just encouraging more physical activity, but by spurring economic growth by making Main Street more walkable and attractive to visitors."

-Lori Morann, Executive Director
North Country Community Recreation Center

You're Invited to Our New "Creating Healthy Communities" Workshop Series - Beginning March 17th

Join us for one or all of this 8-part series designed to provide participants with the steps and skills needed to create and sustain a healthy community! 

Workshop #1
Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills

Thursday & Friday, March 17 & 18, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Concord, NH
Fee: $120 

This series is designed to strengthen skill and leadership capacity for creating partnerships, implementing policy, and changing systems so NH communities have the opportunity for "healthy people in healthy places." 

Anyone involved in initiatives, projects, or coalitions focused on community health planning, promotion, or education is invited to attend.

Colebrook embraces Complete Streets for Main Street renovation

When Colebrook discovered it needed major infrastructure improvements to the water and sewer system in the Main Street area, it decided to take a Complete Streets approach to the project. 

Currently, there are no bicycle lanes and the sidewalks have curbs that require pedestrians to step up and can make it difficult for people to get around safely downtown. 

Lori Morann, Executive Director of North Country Community Recreation Center and member of the HEAL NH Community Network Steering Committee who helped arrange the meeting between HEAL NH and the Town Manager, believes the entire town of Colebrook could benefit from the Complete Streets project. 

According to Morann, "HEAL helped during the planning process by meeting with us and offering examples of Complete Streets projects in similar-sized towns, suggesting ways to communicate with the downtown businesses and residences that might be affected during construction, and discussing ways Colebrook could accommodate all forms of active transportation, especially cyclists."

Resources from our February HEAL Community Network Meeting

Katie Bush presents to the HEAL Community Network
Thank you to Katie Bush for introducing us to the New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at last month's HEAL Community Network Meeting.

Here are some resources referred to by Katie:
Save the date for our next networking meeting  on May 11 th from  9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Foundation for Healthy Communities. RSVP to Beth Gustafson Wheeler.

Complete Streets in Nashua: Introduction and Training

Thursday, March 24th
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Nashua City Hall Auditorium

Learn about how Nashua is working to make the streets friendlier for walking and biking, with an introduction by Mayor Jim Donchess.

Find out more about local and statewide Complete Streets policies, with presentations  by Tim Blagden of Bike-Walk Alliance NH and Ed Roberge of the City of Concord.

Discover how a new tool - the Complete Streets Guide - can help Nashua prioritize  and implement street improvements that consider all modes of transportation.

A Move Toward Complete Streets in NH

Downtown Nashua, NH
Over a year ago, a partnership formed in Nashua between public health and planning to advance street design that supports health by providing safer and easier ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Five New Hampshire municipalities have officially adopted Complete Streets policies or resolutions-Portsmouth, Concord, Dover, Keene, Swanzey-while others are in the process.

Seeking Nominations for New England Food Summit Delegates

Food Solutions New England welcomes delegate nominations to be considered for selection to attend the 6th annual New England Food Summit in Bridgeport, Connecticut, June 8-9, 2016. 

Nominations can be self-nominations or third party nominations.

Nominations will be accepted until March 14th. More information can be found here.
Measure it. Change it.

Data is the first step in changing a food desert into an oasis. The mapping tool from Healthy Food Access Portal can show what is available-or lacking-in any community.

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Thank you for your partnership and continued support.  




Terry Johnson, Director

Healthy Eating Active Living NH 


125 Airport Rd.

Concord, New Hampshire 03301


About HEAL

HEAL envisions a New Hampshire where all residents enjoy health and quality of life through healthy eating and active living.

Our core mission is to work in collaboration with our partners to inspire, advance and support policies, systems and environmental changes to promote healthy people in healthy places throughout New Hampshire.    


HEAL started in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships.


HEAL Funders

Funding and support for HEAL is provided by the HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.