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July  2019 e-Newsletter
Inside NHPHA
A Monthly Column Written by NHPHA Leadership

NH Gives Wrap-Up and Thank You!
written by Joan Ascheim, MSN, Executive Director

On June 11-12, the New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) joined 275 nonprofits to participate in NH Gives, 24 hours of online fundraising. During our second year participating in the event, we increased our fundraising goal and expanded our activities to engage members in the event. We were successful in surpassing our previous year's earnings and reached 62% of our more ambitious goal for 2019. We were also in the top 15% for number of donors and 18% for funds raised. More importantly, this was a tremendous opportunity to engage our members and the public as well as raise awareness of NHPHA and, in particular this year, our workforce development initiatives.

Prior to the event, we produced testimonial videos of one of our mentors, Katie Bush, and mentee Maria Walawender, who spoke to the value of our Public Health Mentor Program. These videos were expertly edited by our Board Secretary Michael Reaves and Southern New Hampshire University student Aisha Khiyaty. See below or visit our YouTube page for these terrific videos!

Read the rest of the article here.
NHPHA Mentor and Mentee Share Their Experiences with Mentoring Program

One of our dedicated board members and Board Secretary,  Michael Reaves (SNHU), worked with one of his students to create two videos for our first annual mentoring program. Mentor Kathleen Bush and mentee Maria Walawender took time out of their busy schedules to come to the NHPHA office and discuss with Workforce Development Coordinator Emily Goulet what they learned from participating in the mentoring program and why they were happy they signed up. Click on the videos below to watch them!

NHPHA Mentee Maria Walawender Discusses Mentoring Program
NHPHA Mentee Maria Walawender

NHPHA Mentor Kathleen Bush (NH DPHS) Discusses Mentoring Program
NHPHA Mentor Kathleen Bush (NH DPHS)

written by Joan Ascheim, MSN, Executive Director

I am deeply saddened to announce that Emily Goulet, NHPHA's Workforce Development Coordinator, just finished her last week with us. Emily will be moving on to a full-time job in tourism, which aligns with her great passion for travel. Emily worked part-time for us for about 16 months. This is hard to fathom as in her brief time she developed and implemented our Public Health Mentor Program, launched our internship stipend initiative, convened our Rising Stars Advisory Committee, ran our first silent auction, and expertly organized numerous trainings. Emily came to work every day with a smile on her face, positive and abundant energy, a team spirit, and-oh yes-a checklist to keep her organized. To say we will miss her is an understatement! Emily, we wish you all the best in your new endeavors but will always consider you to be part of the NHPHA family.  

Above: NHPHA staff (L-R): Emily Goulet, Jess Barnett, and Joan Ascheim.
Workforce Update 
NHPHA Holds First Systems Thinking Training
by Emily Goulet, Workforce Development Coordinator

In June, NHPHA hosted our first  systems thinking training,  which was titled
"Tackling the Social Determinants of Health Using a Systems Thinking Approach."
This special practicum enabled regional public health networks and other public health partners to focus on social determinants while learning about systems thinking from expert trainer  Julia Ross . NHPHA was proud to sponsor this event alongside the  New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC)  and  Country Health Rankings & Roadmaps . Each team focused on a social determinant, for which they were able to apply what they had learned about systems thinking.
The teams discussed topics such as why people are poorly connected to community resources, why we fail to engage young people on topics related to public health, and why transportation remains a barrier for the substance use disorder community.
Above: Participants worked on exercises given by trainer Julia Ross.
Above: Pedro Altagracia from New Futures presents to the group.

Student Internships and Public Health Mentor Program
While our students are on break for the summer, we are gearing up for the fall! 
We will have information on our internship stipends for public health students very soon, as well as information on our upcoming mentoring program. 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Water Safety Tips   
written by Jim Edson, Program Coordinator, Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Injury Prevention Program

Swimming is summer's most popular activity, and New Hampshire residents are fortunate that their swimming options range from the Atlantic Ocean to freshwater ponds, lakes, and rivers. As you prepare to enjoy the water, it's important to remember these safety tips to keep you and your children safe.  

Nationally, 43 percent of children and teens drown in open water versus 38 percent, who drown in pools and hot tubs. Nine percent drown in bathtubs, and 10 percent drown from other causes. In the U.S., drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional death for individuals between ages 1 and 14, after car accidents (Safe Kids Worldwide, May 2018).

Read more water safety tips from Dartmouth-Hitchcock here.
NH DHHS Reminds Residents to
Take Precautions in Extreme Heat 

With prolonged heat and humidity expected throughout the state in the coming days, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reminds people to keep cool to avoid heat-related illness.

"People should take precautions to prevent heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke when temperatures are high," said Leigh Cheney, Director of the DHHS Emergency Services Unit. "Seniors, young children and those with chronic health conditions are especially vulnerable to heat exposure. We urge people to watch for signs of heat-related illness, and know where they can find relief from the heat in their communities."

Residents seeking information on cooling-related resources in towns and cities throughout New Hampshire are encouraged to call 2-1-1. 

Read more about heat safety this summer here.
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 pickup, please email Marcella Bobinsky at

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 Jess Barnett at to provide or update your information. Then, kindly add "" to your address book so that we may reach you with important updates.
New and Renewing Members 

We'd like to welcome our new members: 
Lora Claus, Lynne Clement, Juliana Dapice, Meredith Hatfield, Lindsay Pierce, 
Sascha Potzka, and   Sarah Stanley

A special shout-out to our renewing members: 
Carlene Ferrier, NH Division of Public Health Services,
Maria Walawender, and  Kelsi West
Calendar of Events
September 18,  9 a.m. Persuasive Communications: Work in Progress.  This videoconference is a follow-up to the Persuasive Communications workshop that NHPHA hosted last March. You'll hear from colleagues who participated in the post-workshop coaching and have an opportunity to share how you have incorporated learnings from the workshop into your own communications. Workshop presenter Michele Levy will moderate the videoconference and be available to answer questions during the session. While it is most pertinent for those who participated in the workshop, all are welcome. Details will follow soon. 

October 2 
SAVE THE DATE for Team Up, Take Action (TUTA): A Conference on Partnering to Improve Community Health; full-day conference, Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH. Now in its fourth year, the TUTA conference convenes public health and health care professionals, community activists, and health advocates to advance best practices and build collective capacity to improve community health through partnership. The 2019 conference theme is "Building Bridges between Communities and Clinical Environments." What makes for successful partnerships between clinical health care providers, public health systems, and community stakeholders? What are the essential strategic skills for leading partnerships? What are the tough challenges in integrating clinical and community systems that are focused on disease prevention and improve health outcomes for all? What can we learn from others who are building partnerships in different settings? What policy changes can help to facilitate strong partnerships in the future? What practices and approaches to organizational development and collaboration can best promote inclusion of all? Keynote speaker will be Jose T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, Director, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Registration link will follow; please stay tuned!

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NHPHA would like to acknowledge and thank the following funders 
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