NH DHHS - State of New Hampshire Wins Second Place in National Text4Baby Contest

Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human

Services (DHHS) announces that New Hampshire won second place in the

national Text4baby State Enrollment Contest. The contest encouraged all 50

states and the District of Columbia to participate in a friendly


"I want to congratulate and thank everyone at the Department of Health and

Human Services who worked hard to get the message out about this program

and about the importance of proper prenatal care," said Gov. John Lynch.

The following agencies across the State partnered withText4baby and the

DHHS, Division of Public Health Services:

Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc (Littleton, NH)

Goodwin Community Health (Somersworth, NH)

Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (Concord,


Coos County Family Health Services (Berlin, NH)

Good Beginnings (Claremont, NH)

Lamprey Health Care (Newmarket, NH)

NH, Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education

New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corp

New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc (Manchester, NH)

Southwestern Community Services (Keene, NH)

The Hub Family Resource Center (Dover, NH)

During the contest period, a total of 532 new users enrolled in the

text4baby service in New Hampshire. With a 42% increase, total enrolled

users went from 1,263 to 1,795 during the contest period.

The contest winners were announced at the nation’s biggest public health

meeting on November 1st in Washington DC. The top 3 states to enroll the

most users between May 20 and October 20 were, Delaware, New Hampshire, and

North Carolina, respectively. The NH DHHS will host a press conference

along with the Text4baby folks for all of NH’s Text4Baby partners in the

next few weeks.

“I know a great deal of effort has gone into promoting and increasing

awareness of this program since New Hampshire signed on as a partner in

March 2010,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “Our employees and

the many partnering agencies around the State have joined this national

program voluntarily to help improve the lives of mothers and babies in our

State, and they should be commended for all their work.”

Text4baby is a free mobile information service providing pregnant women and

new moms with the information they need to take care of their health and

give their babies the best possible start in life. You can sign up by

texting BABY (or BEBE to receive messages in Spanish) to 511411. Private

healthcare professionals and insurance providers are invited to collaborate

with DHHS to encourage pregnant and new moms to sign up for Text4baby. To

join the campaign in New Hampshire, send an email to

text4baby@dhhs.state.nh.us. For more information about the program visit