Press Releases

 

Thursday
Mar262015

NH House Session Recap 

HOUSE BANNER

HOUSE RECAP

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 

House votes to vacate:

SB53 from Judiciary to Criminal Justice and Safety

SB202 from Commerce to Executive Departments and Administration

Both vacated on a voice vote.

 

HR 13-Honoring the contribution of students to the legislative process passes on a VV.

 

BILLS REMOVED FROM CONSENT

None

 

REGULAR CALENDAR

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 468-FN, requiring a warrant to obtain electronic device location information.  OUGHT TO PASS. Committee report of OTP passes, Voice Vote.

HB 645-FN, relative to the licensure and regulation of child day care agencies.  OUGHT TO PASS. Committee report of OTP passes, Voice  Vote.

 

FINANCE

HB 215-FN, relative to school building aid grant payments.  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. Committee report of ITL passes, Voice Vote

HB 357, relative to notice of change of name or address on a driver's license and on the registration of a           vehicle. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

Committee Amendment 1015H (gas tax) is defeated, Roll Call, 365-3

WAYS AND MEANS

HB 572-FN-L, relative to taking land by eminent domain for high pressure gas pipelines and requiring payment of the land use change tax when land is taken by eminent domain to build energy infrastructure.  OUGHT TO PASS. The Committee Report of OTP passes, Roll Call, 364-5. The Committee Report of OTP passes, Voice Vote.

 

Thursday
Mar262015

NH DHHS - Rockingham County and Grafton Counties Rank Healthiest in the State in Annual Report

Steps New Hampshire Is Taking to Address the Issues



Concord, NH – Rockingham County is joined by Grafton County this year as

the healthiest counties in New Hampshire in the sixth annual County Health

Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and

the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Coos and

Sullivan Counties ranked the lowest for Health Outcomes, which measures how

healthy a county is, and Health Factors, which look at the influence on

health in any given county.



The Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org , include a

snapshot of each county in New Hampshire with a color-coded map comparing

each county’s overall health ranking. Researchers looked at the length and

quality of life to determine Health Outcomes. Health Factors include

measures of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors,

and physical environment.



Since 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided

funding to 13 agencies across the State to convene a Public Health Advisory

Council. The purpose of these Advisory Councils is to develop and implement

a range of public health improvement activities. Advisory committees are

made up of community leaders, local health and public health entities,

concerned citizens, and experts who make up the public health system in

their region. The first step toward improving the health of a community is

to utilize data, such as the County Health Rankings, to develop a common

understanding about the most important health needs across the State.



Each of the Advisory Councils is currently developing a Community Health

Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP process allows community partners to work

to improve health in their region by establishing common health priorities.

Once priorities are established, the Advisory Councils will identify

specific strategies to implement while engaging local agencies to work

collaboratively to implement these strategies. County Health Rankings are

part of the data that helps illustrate key health issues and their root

causes as the Advisory Councils are assessing the health of their region.



“Having Community Health Improvement Plans in place in each of our 13

public health regions will help to ensure a coordinated, collaborative

approach among local agencies whose work impacts the health of the public,”

said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This increases

the effectiveness of their efforts to target a few key areas based on local

priorities and the capacity to take action. These plans will also align

with the priorities established in the State Health Improvement Plan so

that both state and local partners are addressing those areas where we can

most improve the health of our communities.”



More information about the Public Health Advisory Councils, including a

list of contacts in each region, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/rphn/index.htm. For more information about the

DHHS Division of Public Health Services, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov .

Thursday
Mar262015

NH DOS - NEW RULES AND TRAINING INCREASE ACCESS TO A LIFE-SAVING DRUG 

CONCORD, NH – The State Department of Safety will announce tomorrow new rules and training allowing law enforcement personnel to more easily obtain a license to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to citizens experiencing an opioid overdose.

 

WHO:             Representatives from Fire Standards & Training and Emergency Medical Services, State Police, NH Association of Chiefs of Police, NH Association of Fire Chiefs, and Professional Firefighters of NH

 

WHERE:        The State Incident Planning and Operations Center (IPOC), Media Room, 110 Smokey Bear Boulevard, Concord NH

 

WHAT:           Press Conference

 

WHEN:           March 26, 2015, 11AM

Thursday
Mar262015

NH DHHS - NH Immunization Program Hosts National Immunization Experts 

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services,

Immunization Program (NHIP) held its 2015 statewide conference at the

Radisson Hotel in Manchester today with over 400 nurses, health educators,

and public health professionals in attendance. A keynote speech was given

by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Deputy Director of the National Center for

Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC).



For several years New Hampshire’s childhood immunization rates have been

ranked among the top in the nation. Each year, NHIP recognizes New

Hampshire provider offices that achieve a standard of excellence in

immunization. Each provider office relied on a “Best Practice” or a

quality improvement strategy to offer excellent care to their patients.

DHHS Public Health Director, Dr. José Montero, presented four Excellence in

Immunization awards in two categories: (1) Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program and (2) Excellence in Adult Vaccination Initiatives.



“New Hampshire health care providers and community programs are committed

to making sure their patients receive the appropriate immunizations to

achieve better overall health,” said Colleen Haggerty, Acting Section Chief

of NHIP. “This group of individuals and organizations developed quality

improvement strategies to ensure high standards of efficiency,

accountability, and access in managing immunizations across their

practices.”



The Concord Hospital Medical Group was given the Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program award for their Vaccine Safety Committee’s quality

improvement efforts to address vaccine administration and safety. “Concord

Hospital Medical Group is honored to receive this recognition,” said David

Green, MD, Concord Hospital's Chief Medical Officer. “It is a tribute to

our staff’s passion to ensure our pediatric patients receive appropriate,

evidence-based immunizations in diverse office settings.”



Three Manchester Community Health Center locations received Excellence in

Adult Immunizations awards for their new Immunization Coordination Team,

each of which developed coordinated adult immunization protocols across the

Hollis Street, Tarrytown Road, and Child Health Services locations.

“Manchester Community Health Center is pleased to receive this award for

the organization’s commitment to high quality care, treatment and services

to ensure adults are immunized,” said Diane Trowbridge, MCHC’s Chief

Operating Officer. “We recognize that immunizations not only help eliminate

preventable communicable diseases, but also have a strong impact on overall

health.”



“This conference has seen incredible growth in attendance over the last 4

years, thanks to our ability to draw national speakers, while keeping a

relevant New Hampshire focus for our attendees,” said Haggerty. “Our

program continues to work hard to communicate the value of immunizations to

health across the lifespan.”



NHIP’s Start the Conversation campaign to increase awareness of adult

immunizations recently won several awards from the National Public Health

Information Coalition. To learn more, visit the DHHS Immunization Program

at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.

Thursday
Mar262015

FreeKeeneNews - Keene Talk Show at #38 on 2015 List of 100 Most Important Talk Hosts 

Keene's "Free Talk Live", at #38 in 2015 Top 100 Talk Hosts

The New Hampshire-based show has been on the "Heavy Hundred" now six years-in-a-row. Free Talk Live” is a nationally syndicated talk radio show that originates from Keene and is hosted by NH liberty activists, most of whom moved here as part of the Free State Project. The show is heard on over 150 radio affiliates coast-to-coast and beyond! In 2009, FTL was named to the TALKERS Magazine “Heavy Hundred” for the first time at #97 and we’ve risen on the charts each year since. Today, in the 2015 edition, we’re honored to be named #38 on the yearly list of the top talk show hosts in America!

FTL's hosts are always available for interview, so please reach out via the contact information below if you ever want comment from a libertarian perspective for a story you are working on!

Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com