NOVEMBER IS SAFE MEDICAL SHARPS AWARENESS MONTH
“At no time in New Hampshire’s history has the danger regarding used
medical needles been more evident,” said Steven Poggi, Waste Management,
Inc.’s, Director of Disposal Operations, New England Area. “For this
reason, Waste Management wholeheartedly supports the state of New
Hampshire’s efforts to help raise awareness about safe medical sharps
The Medical Sharps Subcommittee of the Health and Human Services Oversight
Committee spearheaded efforts to place sharps disposal boxes in the
Legislative Office Building and the State House in Concord. Each
building’s first-floor restrooms will be equipped with two secure, metal
sharps disposal boxes, provided courtesy of Waste Management, Inc.
Restrooms on other floors will have signage directing sharps users to
dispose of them at the designated locations. Waste Management signed an
agreement with state government leaders to provide free and regular sharps
collection, and proper disposal of them at their medical waste processing
facility in Rochester, NH.
To further promote the state’s public educational efforts, Governor John
Lynch has proclaimed November “Safe Sharps Awareness Month”. The
proclamation, read aloud by Governor Lynch at a Statehouse event Thursday
morning urged New Hampshire citizens to be mindful of the proper and safe
disposal of all sharps, including needles and lancets. “Medical sharps can
carry human and animal disease, and when disposed of improperly in general
household trash, puts our neighbors, children, waste workers, environment
and wildlife at risk Puncture-proof labeled containers and designated
medical waste receptacles offer a safe solution to medical sharps disposal.
The Subcommittee also coordinated the printing of 20,000 labels reading
“Medical Sharps Container – Not for Recycling.” The labels, designed to be
applied to sealed detergent bottles once filled with used household sharps,
will be available to sharps users free of charge at local transfer stations
throughout the state, and will also be distributed by the Granite State
Diabetes Educators, while supplies last. The purpose of the labels is to
help reduce the risk of needle sticks to residents and waste workers alike.
The labels were funded with donations from Becton Dickinson & Company, the
Granite State Diabetes Educators, the Local Government Center, the NH
Department of Environmental Services and the NH Medical Society.
State Representative J. David Knox, Chairman of the Medical Sharps
Subcommittee said, “With an estimated 20 million insulin syringes and pen
needles used annually by New Hampshire’s diabetic population alone, proper
disposal is critical in helping to keep waste workers and others safe.”
About the Medical Sharps Subcommittee: The Medical Sharps Subcommittee, of
the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, is
tasked with studying and making recommendations for the safe and practical
collection and disposal of household generated medical sharps. Since 2008,
the Subcommittee has worked to design programs and educational materials to
target certain audiences on the proper disposal of sharps for the
protection of public health and the environment.
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NOVEMBER IS SAFE MEDICAL SHARPS AWARENESS MONTH
NH DHHS - New Hampshire Foster Youth Convene For Independent Living Conference The “When Life’s not FAIR”
Concord, NH – More than a 100 youth from all over New Hampshire gathered at
Keene State College to participate in the Eighth Annual Division for
Children Youth and Families (DCYF) Teen Conference. The conference was an
all-day learning experience designed to address the unique needs of older
adolescents making the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and
“We want our youth to be as successful as possible,” said New Hampshire
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.
“This conference is an opportunity to bring teens together, share
experiences and help equip them with some of the tools they will need as
they begin to prepare for the future.”
The theme of this year’s conference was the “When Life’s Not FAIR” as
selected by the NH Youth Voices. Co- sponsors included NH Youth Voices, the
University of New Hampshire Center for Professional Excellence in Child
Welfare, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation
(NHHEAF). The keynote presentation was Digital Stories, a unique way for
youth in care to tell their story through the use of images, pictures,
music and their own narration. The stories were created in collaboration
with the National Resource Center for Permanency at the Hunter College
School of Social Work. There were a number of workshops geared toward
providing youth attendees with helpful information on topics such as
getting a job, self advocacy, navigating the college admissions process and
staying safe online. There was also an opportunity for youth to network,
and learn about resources to assist them as they transition to adulthood.
“It is incredibly important that we engage our youth as they plan for the
future,” said DHHS’ Director of the Division of Children, Youth and
Families, Maggie Bishop. “This conference is an opportunity for us to talk
with teens about issues that are important to their future success. We
want them to realize how important it is that we work together, and that
they are a valued part of the system that is working on their behalf.”
During the conference, Director Bishop signed the DCYF’s Youth in Care Bill
of Rights. These rights are intended to guide DCYF and its provider in the
delivery of care and services to youth in out-of-home care with the
commitment to permanency, safety and well-being. These rights provide
youth with a “voice” regarding their DCYF involvement while ensuring
opportunities for normal life experiences. Director Bishop also signed the
New England Youth Coalition’s Sibling Bill of Rights which formally
recognize the value of sibling relationships and reinforce DCYF’s
commitment to preserve these important connections for children and youth
in State care. The New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioner
and Directors (NEACWCD) and the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) created
the Sibling Bill of Rights together. NEYC serves as an advisory group to
NEACWCD identifying systemic issues that need to be improved from the
perspective of youth in care.
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is holding a meeting for
members of the public to answer questions about the hepatitis C outbreak at
Exeter Hospital. The meeting will be held tomorrow night, Friday, June 15
at 6:00 pm in the Exeter High School auditorium at 1 Blue Hawk Drive,
Exeter (GPS address 315 Epping Road).
The purpose of the meeting is to explain the process of the investigation
by DPHS and answer questions about it for anyone interested. Speakers will
include Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jodie
Dionne-Odom, Deputy State Epidemiologist, and Dr. José Montero, Director of
Public Health at DHHS.
“We realize there is a great deal of anxiety and that many people have
questions,” said Dr. Montero, “and as we have done for other outbreaks we
want people to be able to hear firsthand how the investigation has evolved
and where we are in the process.”
So far 20 patients have been identified as being infected with the same
strain of hepatitis C. The common link among all the patients is the
Cardiac Catheterization Lab and its recovery room at Exeter Hospital. DHHS
yesterday expanded the recommendation on patients of these units who should
be tested for the virus back to October 1, 2010 through May 25, 2012. This
is a change from testing recommendations set last week at April 1, 2011.
Exeter Hospital is in the process of contacting these newly identified
Hepatitis C is a viral infection transmitted by blood. It causes
inflammation of the liver that can lead to chronic health issues. It is
passed from person to person through contact with an infected person’s
Any patients who fit the above criteria can contact Exeter Hospital’s
Information and Referral Center to make an appointment for testing at (603)
580-6124. For questions and information about hepatitis C visit
www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm or call the DPHS Bureau of Infectious
Disease Control at 603-271-4496.
April 6th forum designed to help small businesses utilize online tools to grow their businesses
CONCORD, NH – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) today announced he is hosting a Small Business Social Media Forum on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to give small businesses an opportunity to learn more about leveraging online tools in their business strategy.
Representatives from Facebook, Google, Yelp, the New Hampshire High Technology Council, and the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism will give presentations about implementing an effective social media strategy to attract customers and grow one’s business.
The forum, which is free of charge, will be held in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, located at 31 College Drive in Concord. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Bass’ Concord Office at (603) 226-0064 or via email at Bass.Events@mail.house.gov.
Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said:
“Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in New Hampshire, and I am committed to finding ways to make it easier for them to expand and create jobs. As part of my ongoing outreach and constituent service, I’m very pleased to offer this forum as a resource for small businesses interested in using online tools to grow their businesses.
“With more and more individuals plugged in online, businesses need to develop strategies to communicate effectively with their customers and reach new ones. I encourage any small business owner or employee to join us on Friday, April 6th to hear directly from the social media experts.”
For more information, please visit http://bass.house.gov.
U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) will host this important event Friday morning. It is part of his ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative.
Congressman Guinta will deliver brief welcoming remarks. The conference is open to the news media.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta
WHAT: “Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference”
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 16
WHERE: NH Institute of Politics Auditorium
100 Saint Anselm Drive