New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Celebrates National Public Health Week
Concord, NH – This year the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) presented Excellence in Immunization Awards to four organizations and one individual for outstanding achievement in immunization. The awards were presented at the first annual New Hampshire Immunization Conference.
“New Hampshire’s immunization system which allows all children to receive potentially life-saving vaccinations free of charge is a huge public health benefit for everyone in the State, and definitely something that should be celebrated,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.
This year’s award winners included: John Modlin, MD, of the Department of Pedicatrics at Dartmouth Medical School and Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon who received the Excellence in Provider Education; New London Hospital Practices, Inc., which was recognized for Excellence in Clinical Staff Education; the Nashua Health Department, which was honored for Excellence in Patient Education; the Durham Health Center, which received the Excellence in VFC Award (Vaccines for Children – a federal program); and the New Hampshire Vaccine Association, which also received a standing ovation, for Extraordinary Service to the Children of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Vaccine Association is made up of the health insurance companies doing business in the State of New Hampshire. They give to a State fund which, when combined with federal and state grants, purchases all vaccines for all children in the State.
“We are very fortunate in New Hampshire to have a program such as Vaccines for Children,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “but we are just as fortunate to have such wonderful providers as the Immunization Award recipients honored this year. The New Hampshire Immunization Program could not do all that it does without them.” The New Hampshire Immunization Program at DHHS received the 2009 National Immunization Survey award for the highest estimated vaccination coverage for the childhood series of vaccines of all the 50 states this year. The State also came in second for percentage of children aged 6-23 months who were fully vaccinated against influenza during the 2006-07 season.
Immunization is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information about the NH Immunization Program, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov//DHHS/immunization/default.htm or call 603-271-4482.
For more information about National Public Health Week visit www.nphw.org.