Concord, NH – Rockingham County is now the healthiest county in New
Hampshire, displacing Merrimack County as last year’s healthiest, according
to the third annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population
Health Institute (UWPHI). Grafton County has taken second after Rockingham
this year. According to the Rankings, residents of Coos County have almost
twice the rate of premature deaths and three times the rate of children
living in poverty as residents of Rockingham 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 used five measures to assess
the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for New Hampshire by
county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people
who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report
being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of
low birth weight infants.
The Rankings also consider factors that affect people’s health within four
categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors,
and physical environment. Among the many health factors they look at: rates
of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults, and
teenage births; the number of uninsured under age 65, availability of
primary care physicians, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high
school graduation, adults who have attended some college, children in
poverty; community safety; limited access to healthy foods; rates of
physical inactivity; and air pollution levels.
The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county
in all 50 states. They Rankings allow counties to see how they compare to
other counties within each State based on a range of factors that influence
health including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family
and social support. This year’s Rankings include new measures, such as how
many dentists are in a community per resident.
“This report unfortunately confirms that the health of the residents of
Coos and Sullivan Counties lags behind the rest of the State,” said New
Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health
Director Dr. José Montero. “There is room for improvement in Strafford,
Belknap, and Carroll Counties as well. We plan to use this and other data
we have collected to work toward change in these markers of health for all
the citizens of New Hampshire.”
This report is complementary to the New Hampshire State Health Profile the
Division of Public Health Services released two years ago. Last year DPHS
also released the 2011 Snapshot of New Hampshire’s Public Health Regions,
Counties, and the Cities of Manchester and Nashua. This snapshot, a
companion document to the 2011 New Hampshire State Health Profile, is meant
to assist community leaders and to identify priority health issues in their
communities. The 2011 Snapshot also confirms that Coos County fares worse
than the State in areas such as obesity, binge drinking, teen birth rates,
and access to primary care providers.
To view the entire 2011 New Hampshire State Profile, go to
www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/documents/2011statehealthprofile.pdf . The Snapshot
Report is available online at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/index.htm#regprof . For
more information about the Division of Public Health Services visit the
DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov .
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Concord, NH – Rockingham County is now the healthiest county in New
Governor Hassan Announces New Hampshire Counties Have Received Federal Major Disaster Declaration for February Storm
Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan
CONCORD, N.H. –Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that President Obama has granted New Hampshire’s request for a major disaster declaration for the severe winter storm that occurred February 8-10.
The declaration covers Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan counties. It will provide for reimbursement of 75 percent of the expenses of responding to the record and near-record snowfalls by the state and municipal governments and eligible non-profit organizations.
“February’s storm put a significant strain on our local communities, and the ongoing winter weather has pushed snow removal budgets to the limits,” Governor Hassan said. “The major declaration will allow communities to apply for critical funds that will help provide relief and replenish resources.”
The statewide cost of responding to the storm was estimated at nearly $5 million.
The disaster assistance will be managed by the N.H. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Applicant briefings for entities seeking disaster assistance will be held the week of April 1.
An important criterion in determining eligibility for disaster aid is whether a county has received record or near-record snowfall. Carroll County received 30.5 inches of snow during the storm, an increase of 160 percent over the previous record of 19 inches. Hillsborough County received 25.5 inches and Rockingham County received 24.1 inches during the storm.
CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene G. Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following comments relative to the public hearing on House Bill 330, a bill that would allow counties to adopt a county income tax to be administered by the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA).
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)
“This is a great example of the legislative process in New Hampshire. You can file any bill, no matter how frivolous and it will get a fair and open public hearing. We appreciate Rep. Burridge’s candor in his legislation, but I just can’t imagine this bill has any chance of survival. New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being income tax free. We intend on keeping the entire state, including Rep. Burridge’s county, income tax free.”
New Hampshire Representative Steven Cunningham writes in his May 8, 2010 column on Sunacom.com,
"What else to call Senate Bill 450 than a "garbage can." ... everything good or bad has been attached to this bill as an amendment at the last minute." "The state stops sending revenue money to the counties and towns that normally share it. Now the county charges the towns for the missing money and the towns raise property taxes for both. Who pays?"
All media are welcome to use all or part of Representative Cunningham's May 8, 2010 column with attribution to Sunacom.com. (http://sunacom.com/columnists/cunningham/cunningham-05-08-10.html)
Steven Cunningham represents the towns of Springfield, Croydon, Newport, Goshen and Washington in the NH House of Representatives, and he is a member of the House Committee on Municipal and County Government.
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