NH Public Health Association Names New President

CONCORD– The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) has named Marilyn Watson-Duffy as its new president.

“The association is growing and I want to continue building our credibility as a source to promote public health in New Hampshire,” Watson-Duffy said at the association’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday. The NHPHA’s president of the Board of Directors typically serves a one-year term.

The transition comes as the association is expanding its role in New Hampshire, becoming a leader in advocating for better public health policy across the state, and educating people about important health and safety issues.

The NHPHA supports improving the state’s public health infrastructure and emergency preparedness, encouraging healthy behaviors to prevent injury such as wearing seatbelts and educating the public about potential environmental hazards -- including second-hand cigarette smoke and lead paint poisoning.

Watson-Duffy is a Regional Disease State Manager at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc). Over the past 11 years, she has worked to create and maintain disease management and patient safety programs and to develop toolkits and guidelines to help doctors better manage patients with conditions such as asthma, diabetes and ADHD. She also participated in key accreditation processes that have earned Anthem “excellent” accreditation status.

Watson-Duffyis a member of the National Nurses Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and this month she was nominated to be inducted into the National Business Management and Administration Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta.

Watson-Duffy is a registered nurse (RN) and holds Masters’ degrees in both Nursing(MSN) and Public Health (MPH) from the University of New Hampshire. She will complete degree requirements for a Masters degree in Business Administration(MBA) this summer at Franklin Pierce College in Concord.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for the NHPHA, Watson-Duffy is a member of the NewHampshire Asthma Advisory Council, New Hampshire Medical Interpretation Advisory Board and the New Hampshire Public Health Improvement Action Plan Advisory Committee.

The NewHampshire Public Health Association is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to strengthen the public health system to more effectively protect and improve the health and safety of our population. The NHPHA has more than 200 members of individuals and organizations committed to the public health and safety of all state residents.

For more information about the New Hampshire Public Health Association, please go to www.nhpha.org.