New Hampshire Public Health Association Awards Veteran Advocates

CONCORD– Three veteran public health advocates received top honors from the NewHampshire Public Health Association this week for their contributions.

“Itis always a pleasure to recognize those people who work to improve the public’s health not for the recognition, but because it’s the right thing to do,” outgoing NHPHA president Kevin Flanagan said at the association’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday.

The 2007 New Hampshire Friend of Public Health award went to James McCarthy, PhD, Dean of the University of New Hampshire’s School of Health and Human Services. The NHPHA recognized McCarthy for his work and advocacy in the areas of community, adolescent and reproductive health issues in New Hampshire. McCarthy has been active in the public health field for years, and he will soon leave his post at UNH to relocate to another state.

The 2007 Roger Fossum Lifetime Achievement Award went to Deerfield resident Kate Hartnett, who recently stepped down as the senior project director at the Jordan Institute in Concord. Hartnett has , dedicated to reducing environmental risk in New Hampshire and promoting sound practices for land and energy use.

Karla Armenti, a Bedford resident, won the NHPHA Presidential Service Award for her continued commitment to public health, particularly during her term as president of the association from 2005 to 2006. Armenti is an associate professor in the Master of Public Health program at the University of New Hampshire's Manchester campus, and employee of the state’s Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Services.

The New Hampshire 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.

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