NH DHHS - New Hampshire Rates Well on 2013 Prevention Status Reports

Concord, NH – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

just released their Prevention Status Reports 2013 (PSR), which looks at

how each state is doing on prevention in a number of public health areas.

Overall New Hampshire scored well on the 10 topics addressed. The report

looks at different potential solutions for each issue and rates the states

on each of them with a red, yellow, green system.

The ten areas and how New Hampshire rated are listed below:

Excessive Alcohol Use – New Hampshire is on par with the U.S. as a whole in

this category, except for alcohol consumption per person per year, which is

at 4.4 gallons versus the U.S. average of 2.3. The State also does have a

commercial liability law, which earned a green rating.

Food Safety – The NH Public Health Labs scored green for testing all

samples of both Salmonella and E. coli submitted to them.

Healthcare-Associated Infections – The State is doing well regarding HAIs

in that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

participates in a statewide prevention program and performs data gathering

and reporting annually, which earned a green rating.

Heart Disease and Stroke – New Hampshire has lower coronary heart disease

death, self-reported high blood pressure, and stroke rates than the U.S.

average, but a slightly higher self-reported high cholesterol rate. The

State does not have a robust electronic health records system, and the

pharmacist collaborative drug therapy management policy only received a

yellow rating.

HIV – Though New Hampshire has low prevalence rates for HIV (the virus that

causes AIDS) and for new diagnoses overall, the rate of new HIV diagnoses

of late stage disease is slightly higher than the U.S. average. The State

also scored green on all three identified solution areas: Medicaid

reimbursement, HIV testing laws, and data reporting.

Motor Vehicle Injuries – New Hampshire was on par with the U.S. as a whole

for the overall motor-vehicle-related death rate, the death rate among

15–20 year olds, and the percentage of crashes related to alcohol

consumption, but observed seat belt use is much lower than the national

average. The State also received three red scores on seat belt law, child

passenger restraint law, and graduated driver licensing.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity – Our obesity rates are no better

than the national average and consumption of soda and physical education

classes for high school students are worse than the U.S. overall. The

ratings for status of policy and practice solutions were three reds, a

yellow, and a green.

Prescription Drug Overdose – The State’s rates of abuse of prescription

drugs are about the same as the national rates, but New Hampshire does not

have a pain clinic law nor a prescription drug monitoring program.

Teen Pregnancy – The teen pregnancy rate in New Hampshire and the use of

birth control by teens are much better than the national average, but the

State received a red rating for not expanding Medicaid coverage to include

family planning.

Tobacco Use – The smoking rates in New Hampshire are on par with the U.S.

rates, but the State received a yellow score for cigarette excise tax, a

red for a comprehensive state smoke-free policy, and a red for tobacco

control funding.

“As a whole we are doing well in our prevention rates,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at the DHHS Division of Public Health

Services. “I am proud of the employees at the DHHS and all of our partners

and the excellent work they do every day under difficult circumstances to

protect the people of New Hampshire. There is, however, room for

improvement, and we will certainly be using this report to analyze where we

can improve going forward.”

To read the entire report, visit the PSR website at

www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/psr . For questions about the report itself,

contact psrinfo@cdc.gov. To learn more about the Division of Public Health

Services at DHHS and prevention, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov