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NH DHHS - Food Safety Tips for the Summer Season

Concord, NH – During this busy summer season of trips to the beach,

vacations, and cookouts, the Department of Health and Human

Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section wants to remind everyone to follow

some important food safety practices to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as

Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and Campylobacter.

There are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease, 128,000

hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States.

“Food is an important part of vacation and holiday gatherings but it needs

to be handled safely, especially during the warmer weather,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “The basic rule is keep hot

foods hot and cold foods cold. It may be common sense, but it should never

be overlooked. Just like hand washing, the more we practice it the more

routine it becomes and the safer we all will be.”

A DHHS video on summer grilling food safety is available on YouTube at There are some simple

precautions everyone should always take to reduce the possibility of

becoming sick when preparing food, which include:

Separate: Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods

(especially meat) and always wash them after use. Avoid cross

contamination. Wash any utensil after preparing one food item before

going on to the next item.

Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and

surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.

Cook: Pork, lamb, veal, and whole cuts of beef should be cooked to 145

°F as measured by a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of

the meat, followed by a three-minute rest time before carving or

consuming. Hamburgers and other ground beef should reach 160 °F. All

poultry should reach a minimum temperature of 165 °F. Fish should be

cooked to 145 °F. Fully cooked meats like hot dogs should be grilled

to 165 °F or until steaming hot.

Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. One hour if it

is a hot day over

90ºF. The refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the

freezer should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or

hotter, and cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at

room temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water

bath, or in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be

cooked immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.

Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of

Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from

concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public

health official calls you to talk about an outbreak, your cooperation

is important, even if you are not ill.

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture at  or

, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at , the

DHHS website at , or .


NH DHHS Updates Flooding Damage at Southern District Office

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

(DHHS) is announcing some operations are resuming today at its Southern

District Office. Some staff from the Division of Client Services and the

New Hampshire Employment Program will be back at the Nashua facility.

Staff will be there to receive paper applications from clients, as well as

schedule and conduct in person interviews. These are the only staff that

are returning to the building as of this time as there are still

significant repairs that must be completed in order to reopen the facility.

DHHS regrets any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciates your

understanding and cooperation.

While the rest of the office remains closed, clients can seek DHHS services

as follows:

The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: 603-271-7014 or 1-800-949-0470

The Division of Children, Youth and Families: 1-800-852-7493 Ext 5

The Division of Child Support Services: 603-271-4427 or 1-800-852-3345 ext


or via the web at

Clients can also apply for services online at


NH DHHS - NH Health Protection Program Meetings to be held Statewide

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

(DHHS) is announcing 12 Statewide information sessions about the

implementation of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NH HPP).

With recent changes to New Hampshire law, there are new options for health

insurance at little or no cost to those who qualify. The information

sessions will provide important information about the program, coverage,

eligibility and how to apply.

“The New Hampshire Health Protection Program will help provide access to

health care coverage to people in our State who may have never had

insurance before,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “This

initiative has the potential to help improve the health of thousands of

people by ensuring they have access to care not only in times of need, but

for preventative care as well. We want people to come to these sessions so

they can learn more about the program and get their questions answered.”

The NH Health Protection Program has two coverage options. The Health

Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP) will help cover insurance costs

for someone if they or a member of their family have access to health

insurance through an employer. The Bridge Program is for those that don’t

have access to health insurance through an employer, or if they do not

qualify for the HIPP Program.

The NH HPP is being offered to people between 19 and 65 years old. To be

eligible, a household of one would have a monthly income limit of $1,294; a

household of two, $1,744 or less per month; a household of three monthly

income limit of $2,194; or a household of four with a monthly imcome limit

of $2,644 or less.

Anyone who thinks they may be eligible (or their family members or care

givers) and human service agency coordinators who work with those who may

be eligible are encouraged to attend. Others who are interested in hearing

more about the NH HPP are also welcome to attend.

These are informational sessions only, it is not for people to apply. All

12 sessions will cover the same information, so people need to attend only


Registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register go to

Anyone in need of accommodations for communication access such as

interpreters, CART, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids

and/or services should make that request at least 3 business days (72

hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend to ensure availability. To

request this call Alex McIntire at 603-224-5566 or

Meeting Schedule

Concord, Monday, June 9, Brown Building Auditorium, 129 Pleasant St.,

5:30-7 pm

Manchester, Tuesday, June 10, Health Department,1528 Elm St., 5:30-7 pm

Conway, Wednesday, June 11, Kennett Middle School, 176 Main St., 5:30-7 pm

Keene, Thursday, June 12, Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St., 5:30-7 pm

Laconia, Monday, June 16, Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath St., 5:30-7 pm

Berlin, Tuesday, June 17, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Rd.,

5:30-7 pm

Claremont, Wednesday, June 18, River Valley Community College, 1 College

Dr., 5:30-7 pm

Nashua, Thursday, June 19, Nashua High South, 36 Riverside Dr., 5:30-7 pm

Derry, Tuesday, June 24, Municipal Center, 14 Manning St., 5:30-7 pm

Littleton, Wednesday, June 25, Littleton High School, 159, Oak Hill Ave,

5:30-7 pm

Dover, Thursday, June 26, Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Dr., 5:30-7 pm

Portsmouth, Tuesday, July 1, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.,

5:30-7 pm


NH DHHS - Southern District Office Closed Until Further Notice

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

(DHHS) Southern District Office, located in Nashua, will be temporarily

closed due to water damage inside the facility. The office is closed

beginning today until further notice while the damage is being repaired.

DHHS regrets any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciates your

understanding and cooperation during this time. While the office is

closed, staff will continue to process applications and cases from other

DHHS locations.

While the office is closed DHHS will provide services as follows:

The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: 603-271-7014 or 1-800-949-0470

The Division of Client Services: 1-800-852-3345 ext 9700

The Division of Children, Youth and Families: 1-800-852-7493 ext 5

The Division of Child Support Services: 603-271-4427 or 1-800-852-3345 ext


or via the web at

The Division of Family Assistance/New Hampshire Employment Program:

Southern New Hampshire Services Outreach Center at 134 Allds St, Nashua

Long Term Care Services: 1-866-322-9191

Clients can also apply for services online at


Citizens For A Strong NH - Web Video: Kuster leaves NH in the cold 

Congresswoman Annie Kuster leaves Granite Staters out in the cold

Has NEVER hosted a Town Hall meeting as a U.S. Congresswoman 
Click image to watch video

(March 31 2014) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has been a Member of Congress for over 400 days. During that time, her office hasn't hosted a single Town Hall meeting to give all of her constituents the opportunity to address the many important issues facing the citizens of New Hampshire's Second Congressional District.

Today, Citizens for Strong New Hampshire is releasing a web video with footage recorded outside of the Merrimack County Democrats "St. Patrick's Day Celebration" on Friday, March 28th in Concord.

Click HERE to watch the video.

The video highlights the arrogance of Congresswoman Kuster and her supporters regarding her refusal to meet with all of her constituents. In addition to Congresswoman Kuster blatantly ignoring the question, one supporter who gets into the same car as her afterwards, rudely screams into the camera. 
Afterwards, another supporter of Congresswoman Kuster and Senator Jeanne Shaheen mocks the Granite Stater holding the camera for having to stand outside in the cold rather than being able to attend a partisan event where he was not allowed inside.

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"While Congresswoman Annie Kuster attends fundraisers and partisan events where only her supporters can attend, she continues to turn a blind eye to the rest of her constituents. That's wrong. It has been over 400 days since Congresswoman Kuster assumed office. In that time, we find it hard to believe that she hasn't found the time to host a single Town Hall meeting.

"In addition, the blatant and unapoligetic rudeness of Congresswoman Kuster's supporters and friends is inexcusable. Residents of the Second Congressional District deserve to know that instead of meeting with them in a Town Hall, she would rather take advice and council from individuals like these."