Advocates in keeping New Hampshire a healthy place to live, work and play . . .
                   January  2019  e-Newsletter                       
Inside NHPHA
( A Monthly Column Written by NHPHA Leadership)

Legislative Session 2019
(written by Rebecca Sky, NHPHA Board President)

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, NHPHA 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 remains 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 here for the rest of this article for which specific bills are currently prioritized for attention. 

New Hampshire Public Health Association and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Share Common Ground

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. Read more here
Jeanie Holt: APHA Executive Board
In 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.

Jessica Hillman: CDC Associate

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. Read more about Jessica here.
Rising Stars and Workforce Development Happenings! 

After a very successful 2018, we are looking forward to more opportunities in expanding workforce development and increasing our trainings in 2019. We are halfway through our pilot NHPHA Public Health Mentoring Program, which has been a success so far. We were able to work with the New England Public Health Training Center to award 3 New Hampshire students internship stipends for their work in public health. Our Rising Stars Advisory Committee met 4 times throughout 2018 to focus on public health undergraduate and graduate student opportunities and collaboration, and we will continue this committee throughout 2019. Our next meeting is February 5th, 1:00-3:00 at CHI/JSI. We have increased our partnerships with universities throughout NH, and we hope to continue to foster innovative programs and ideas to benefit public health professionals and students.
 NHPHA Member Spotlight: Kerry Nolte
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.
 Persuasive Public Health Messaging Workshop

Our first training of the year will take place on February 13th, from 8:30-11:30 at the NH Audubon McLane Center.  This training is a Persuasive Public Health Messaging Workshop, presented by Michele Levy.  Throughout the morning, there will be strategies and group work to improve applied marketing and communication projects focused on public health.  Although registration is full at this time, we are exploring the possibility of repeating the training in the future!

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
Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Carbon 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. Read more.

Communication Committee Is Recruiting

NHPHA is looking for members who are interested in marketing, communications and health promotion to join the Communication Committee. Please note you do not need experience to join. This is a great opportunity for any NHPHA member
but  especially for the student members who would like to be more involved in public health. The Communications Committee is responsible for keeping members informed in a timely manner of activities of NHPHA and supporting all of the communication activities between the Board, NHPHA membership and those interested in public health programs and initiatives. The Communications Committee utilizes various methods to keep NHPHA members current including a member-to-member list serve, e-newsletter, Facebook and website. 

For more information about joining the Communications Committee, please contact the Communications Committee Co-Chairs: Lisa Vasquez at or Christin D'Ovidio at
Membership Updates
Membership Renewal Pins.  The committee has purchased NHPHA pins as a  way to say thank you to our members when they renew. We hope you will wear your pins with pride at NHPHA and other public health events. Pins can be picked up at NHPHA events, or to coordinate a pick up, please e-mail Marcella Bobinsky ( 

Updating Contact Information. In order to communicate with our members in a more meaningful way, we will be actively collecting your personal email addresses. It has come to our attention that our communications are not always reaching you at your place of employment due to stringent firewalls. Please contact Joan Ascheim at to provide or update your information. Then, kindly add "" to your address book so we may reach you with important updates.
New and renewing members. 

We'd like to welcome our new members: 
Alyssa Carlisle, Alexandra Hampton, Michele Roberge, Lee Gilman, Flavia Martin, Kim Bernard, Katelyn O'Rourke

A special shout-out to our renewing members: 
Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Matthew Cahillane, Lee Gilman, North Country Health Consortium, Owen David, Betsey Rhynhart, Theresa Calope, Bobbie Bagley
Calendar of Events
February 13th, 2019 - Public Health Persuasive Communication with Michele Levy

March 14th, 2019 - Legislative Breakfast at the State House, sponsored by NHPHA

April 9th, 2019 - NHPHA Annual Meeting at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

To have your upcoming event included in the next issue of the NHPHA e-Newsletter, email us.
Need to Renew Your NHPHA Membership?

To Renew Online:   Go to (NOTE: If you've forgotten your login information, click on or contact us at Next, go to and choose the individual or organizational membership application. Next, update new information in your membership record, if applicable and follow the payment prompts. You will receive a confirmation and receipt of your renewal almost instantly.

To Renew by Mail:   Go to Choose the individual or organizational membership application to print and fill out. Send the application and check (payable to NHPHA) and mail to NHPHA, 4 Park Street, Suite 403, Concord, NH 03301.
NHPHA would like to acknowledge and thank the following funders 
for their continued generosity and support
DentaQuest Foundation          Endowment for Health              

                                        NH Children's Health Foundation

NH Charitable Foundation                      New England Public Health Training Center                                                      
For information on donating or becoming a member of NHPHA, click  here.
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