Concord, NH - New Hampshire is one of six states recently awarded a
Biomonitoring grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). The award, which is funded for 5 years, provides $
815,909 in year one to establish and expand biomonitoring capacity in the
state public health laboratory, as part of an on-going effort by CDC.
Biomonitoring is the direct measurement of environmental chemicals in
people’s blood and urine, indicating the amount of chemical that actually
enters the body from all environmental sources.
The CDC State Biomonitoring Cooperative Agreement serves to increase the
capability and capacity of states to conduct biomonitoring and surveillance
to assess human exposure to environmental chemicals. Biomonitoring provides
human exposure data that can assist in making important public health
decisions. Better exposure information helps identify at-risk population
groups and assess the effectiveness of interventions.
“This is a great opportunity for the Public Health Laboratories to help
determine if New Hampshire residents are being exposed to selected
contaminants in the environment and work with partners toward plans for
alleviating these pathways in the future,” said Dr. Christine Bean,
Director of the New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories (NH PHL). “I am
proud of the work the laboratorians do here every day and that we were one
of only six states to receive this grant.”
NH PHL will use the funding to purchase laboratory equipment and supplies,
hire and train toxicologists and epidemiologists, and conduct both targeted
and surveillance investigations. Toxicologists will conduct the laboratory
analysis and epidemiologists will work to determine exposure risks of New
Hampshire residents. CDC program staff will provide technical support and
training for the state program.
The NH PHL will begin working on an arsenic and uranium project analyzing
urine and water samples from individuals reliant on private bedrock wells
for drinking water. Residents of selected high-risk communities, as
determined by local geology, will be invited to participate in this
important public health study. Arsenic speciation, which is used to
identify which form of arsenic is present, will be conducted on urine
specimens with elevated total arsenic.
In future years of the project, the PHL will initiate a state-wide
Surveillance Biomonitoring effort, testing blood and urine for chemicals of
concern in New Hampshire. The data from these analyses will be useful in
determining state-specific background levels of contaminants, identifying
emerging concerns, prioritizing resources, and evaluating public health
interventions. Biomonitoring data from New Hampshire will help inform the
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services
in implementation of multiple priority areas in the New Hampshire State
Health Improvement Plan,
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Concord, NH - New Hampshire is one of six states recently awarded a
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service
(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, in partnership with the
University of New Hampshire, Institute of Health Policy and Practice,
applied for and was one of nine states to receive a grant from the
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to
participate in the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative. Through this
initiative, ASTHO supports states in utilizing a Quality Improvement (QI)
process to collaborate with clinical, community, and public health partners
to implement best practices and proven policies that identify, control, and
improve rates of high blood pressure with the aim of achieving the Million
Other partners include Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock–Keene,
Lamprey Health Clinic–Nashua, and the Manchester Community Health Center.
For this proposal, New Hampshire focused its blood pressure control
initiatives around developing and using patient registries and to look at
opportunities to engage patients in managing their condition. NH used the
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock model that showed demonstrated
results in BP control
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us and our partnering healthcare
organizations,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.
“High blood pressure is sort of a precursor to future problems, it is all
too common, and there are simple steps we should all take to help keep our
blood pressure under control, including eating a healthy diet, exercising,
and limiting salt intake.”
Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in New Hampshire and
stroke is the fifth leading cause. The Million Hearts™ is a national
initiative launched in September 2011 to prevent one million heart attacks
and strokes over the next five years. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are
the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the
National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration. The American Heart
Association is one of many key private-sector partners.
Million Hearts brings together a wide range of heart disease and stroke
prevention program policies and activities to raise awareness among health
care providers, private-sector organizations, policymakers, and consumers
about what can be done to prevent heart disease and stroke and help
Americans live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.
Americans can take steps to help achieve the Million Hearts™ goal by taking
steps towards a healthier life. These include:
Maintain a normal weight
Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days
Limit alcohol intake
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
Avoid tobacco and
Know your ABCS:
8 Aspirin – talk to a healthcare provider about whether you should
8 Blood Pressure – have your blood pressure checked, talk to a
healthcare provider re: how often
8 Cholesterol – have your cholesterol levels checked
8 Smoking Cessation
For more information about the Million Hearts initiative, visit
www.millionhearts.hhs.gov To contact the Heart Disease and Stroke
Prevention Program at DHHS call 1-800-852-3345. For more information about
quitting smoking, eating healthier, and exercising more, visit the DHHS
website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov
Anonymous donor makes new 'bike-ped' grant program possible
CONCORD, NH (January 15, 2014) - Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is a partner and fiscal sponsor for the New Hampshire Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program, which awarded a total of $100,000 to six grantees to support bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects in New Hampshire. Grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 were awarded to the Town of Belmont, Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition, City of Lebanon, Town of Littleton, City of Manchester, and YMCA of Greater Nashua.
The New Hampshire Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program was established last year through an anonymous fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects in the Granite State. Nonprofits or local and regional governmental entities with already planned or existing bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects were eligible to apply for the grants beginning in October 2013.
The overall goal of the program is to encourage widespread, safe, and responsible use of walking and bicycling as forms of transportation. Special consideration was given to projects in low and moderate income communities and areas with limited access to active transportation opportunities. Projects supported by the grant program include retrofitting a parking lot in Lebanon to create a safer, separate 'bike-ped' connection between the Northern Rail Trail and Mascoma River Greenway; installing lighting along the Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua to support a safer active transportation corridor; and marking distinct bicycle lanes on 4 miles in the downtown and Penacook Village districts of Concord among others.
About HEAL NH: Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. HEAL is supported by a collaboration of foundations and state agencies committed to promoting health and wellbeing for all New Hampshire residents. Funding is provided by HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about the HEAL NH Campaign can be found at www.healnh.org.
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