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Wednesday
Dec092015

NHDP - Statement on Evenwel v. Abbott 

 

 

 

CONCORD, N.H. -  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a Texas redistricting case, Evenwel v. Abbott, that could change how state legislative districts are drawn and thereby deny representation to anyone who isn’t a voter, including children under the age of 18 and legal permanent residents.

An estimated 268,072 Granite Staters under the age of 18 that could be disenfranchised if Sue Evenwel, a leader in the Texas Republican Party, gets her way. In addition, millions of under-represented minorities could be disenfranchised nation-wide.

“This case threatens to take away representation from hundreds of thousands in New Hampshire simply because they are unable to vote. This includes children, young people at the cusp of voting age, legal permanent residents, and tax-paying citizens,” said Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

“Evenwel has attempted to deny millions representation, which could decrease families’ access to quality education and health care. Children in our state - and nation - deserve a voice. New Hampshire has a strong tradition of citizen-led democracy and our democracy is strongest when every person counts.”

 

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Friday
Sep042015

NH DHHS - Fluoridation Awards 

City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, and

Manchester Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts



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

Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced today that the City of

Concord Water Treatment, City of Dover Water Department, Lancaster Water

Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester

Water Works have each been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is

the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in

drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.



The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in

community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated

water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33

states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire

communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system

(46%) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for

the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents

receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally

occurring fluoride.



“Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that

communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults,” stated Dr.

Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Our

current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated

water have about 25% fewer cavities.”



Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great

public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly

three-quarters (73.9%)—or 204 million people in the United States—served by

community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC

recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method

of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves

at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.



“The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a

strategy to improve the public’s oral health. The proper amount of fluoride

from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay,” said

Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS. “I commend the

high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Laconia

Lancaster, Lebanon and Manchester. All residents that receive water from

these municipal services can enjoy community water fluoridation’s safe and

protective benefits.”



For more information about fluoridation and drinking water, visit

www.cdc.gov/fluoridation or

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm.

Friday
Apr242015

NH DHHS - Pew Research Foundation Report Give New Hampshire an 'A' 

New Pew Research Foundation Report Gives New Hampshire an ‘A’ for State’s

Efforts to Protect Children from Tooth Decay

Concord, NH – A new report from the Pew Research Foundation gives New

Hampshire an “A” grade for its efforts to protect children from tooth decay

with dental sealants. The ranking reflects combined efforts by the

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), children’s health

advocates, and providers to promote good oral health among school children.

According to research, school based dental sealant programs reduce tooth

decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.



“Pew’s recognition demonstrates how much we can accomplish when we work

together to advance children’s health,” said DHHS Commissioner Nick

Toumpas. “This is testament to the hard work of staff in the Office of

Medicaid and the Division of Public Health Services Oral Health Program.

This is a victory for health advocates in the community, dental programs

that help manage the sealant programs, participating dentists and

hygienists, and the schools that provide the care.”



The oral health policies are administered by the DHHS Division of Public

Health and Office of Medicaid. New Hampshire also received an ‘A’ grade two

years ago, based on similar criteria and both times received the Pew

Foundation's highest score for policy and sealant program performance. Pew

has graded states' oral health policies on certain measures for several

years.



Pew based the grade on four policy and performance elements:

· Percentage of high-need schools with sealant programs

· Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in

schools

· Participation in the National Oral Health Surveillance System

· Meeting “Healthy People 2010” sealant objective



Still, many children between the ages of 6 and 9 are without sealants.

Sealants are covered by Medicaid and available through school-based sealant

programs, in community dental clinics and in local dentists’ offices. The

American Dental Association recommends sealants for permanent molars for

all children at risk for tooth decay.



For more information about the New Hampshire DHHS Oral Health Program visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm. To read the full Pew

report, go to

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/04/states-stalled-on-dental-sealant-programs

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Wednesday
Jul232014

NHDP - New Ranking Shows Drop in New Hampshire's Child Well-Being

New Data from 2012 Shows New Hampshire Fell in Rankings As O'Brien Implemented His Anti-Middle Class Agenda
 
Manchester, NH – New rankings released in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book, which is based on data from 2012, show that New Hampshire dropped from first to fourth place in child well-being amid Bill O'Brien's disastrous speakership that jeopardized New Hampshire’s job growth, and slashed funding for higher education and services for children.
 
While the rankings show that New Hampshire remains in the top five states for overall child well-being, a comparison of the data shows that in 2012, Granite State children were worse off on a variety of measures of economic well-being than they were in 2011.

“The data released today shows, once again, how much disgraced former Speaker Bill O’Brien hurt New Hampshire children and families with his brand of slash-and-burn-politics, and his relentless push for painful and irresponsible budget cuts,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “As O’Brien tries to reclaim the speakership, New Hampshire is still reeling from the damage he did to middle-class Granite Staters by repealing the state minimum wage, jeopardizing job growth, cutting millions of dollars from public education and childcare programs, and gutting at-risk youth initiatives like the Children in Need of Services program.”
 
“Governor Hassan has worked tirelessly since taking office to reverse failed Speaker O’Brien’s damage and put the Granite State back on the right track by working across the aisle to solve problems and get real results for New Hampshire's children and families," continued Chairman Buckley.

Since taking office, Governor Hassan has prioritized supporting critical initiatives to help New Hampshire children and families. Governor Hassan signed into law the Paycheck Fairness Act, expanded health care coverage for 50,000 New Hampshire children and families, restored the Children in Need of Services program and is working to increase the minimum wage.
 
BACKGROUND

Comparison of 2011 & 2012 Kids County Data Book Child Economic Well-Being: Based on data, New Hampshire dropped from 7th to 12th in child economic well-being between 2011 and 2012 [Kids Count Data Book, 2013, 2014].
 
Speaker O’Brien Repealed the State Minimum Wage in 2011: “Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. John Lynch's veto in June and stripped New Hampshire's minimum wage law from the books […] House Republicans also killed a Democratically sponsored bill that would have raised the wage. Democrats argued the 75 cent proposed hourly increase would put $30 more each week in the pockets of the state's 4,000 lowest-paid workers, money that would be spent boosting the economy.” [AP, January 28, 2013]
 
O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget Cut Child-Care Services: “The budget would cut $115 million from hospital reimbursements and would reduce funding for dozens of programs including domestic violence prevention, child-care subsidies, ServiceLink resource centers and community health centers.” [Concord Monitor, April 1, 2011]

Major Layoffs, Record Budget Cuts Due to O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget: “Hospitals lost more than $115 million and laid off more than 1,000 staffers. The state university system endured record budget cuts and saw its coffers trimmed by 45 percent. As a result, 200 employees in public higher education lost their jobs. The Department of Transportation faced a 13 percent cut and also cut its workforce. Other agencies facing cuts are New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the state’s Division of Family Assistance.” [NPR State Impact, December 30, 2011]

O’Brien 2011-2012 Budget Cut the Children in Need of Services Program: “ […] many programs were cut in the last budget cycle, including Children in Need of Services and aid to higher education.” (Manchester Union-LeaderFebruary 6, 2013) [The CHINS program helps children with drug and behavioral problems, reduces incarceration, provides job placement assistance, and overall become productive members of society]

Failed Speaker O’Brien’s 2014 Comeback: While voted out in 2012, the former Speaker is staging a comeback to reclaim the speakership and doubling-down on his ultra-conservative agenda. On last week’s WMUR CloseUP when asked about his divisive profile, O’Brien responded unapologetically, “I stood up and said the things that needed to be said.” [WMUR CloseUP, July 20, 2014]
Friday
Apr112014

ALG's Daily Grind - Will Lois Lerner be Jailed for IRS Targeting? 

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April 10, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Lois Lerner referred to DOJ for Criminal Prosecution
President Obama assured the American people that his administration would "get to the bottom" of the IRS scandal which pitted the government's tax-collection arm against the President's own political adversaries. If those words weren't empty, the Administration and the DOJ would look seriously into the case against Lerner, pursue prosecution for the offenses uncovered by House investigations, and leave Ms. Lerner's fate in the hands of the criminal justice system. Until then, the Administration is passively complicit with the criminal activities of its executive agencies.

Does motherhood impact wages?
It is stating the obvious. Women have babies, and when they do, a significant percentage of them leave the labor force.

Cato Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes
"In virtually every other field, productivity has risen over this period thanks to the adoption of countless technological advances — advances that, in many cases, would seem ideally suited to facilitating learning. And yet, surrounded by this torrent of progress, education has remained anchored to the riverbed, watching the rest of the world rush past it."