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Wednesday
Nov192014

NH DHHS - Celebrates the Great American Smoke Out with NH Universities and Colleges

Concord, NH – In celebration of the 37th Great American Smoke Out (GASO),

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes the work of New Hampshire

colleges and universities committed to implementing tobacco-free policies

on their campuses. DHHS recognizes the importance of GASO on Thursday,

November 20, 2014. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society,

encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this

might challenge them to stop permanently.



DPHS released a competitive request for proposals for the purpose of

increasing the number of tobacco-free college campuses in New Hampshire.

The contract was awarded to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH)

and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Together, USNH

and CCSNH will work with students and faculty at 23 university and college

campuses across the State to promote and adopt tobacco-free policies that

also address electronic cigarette use indoors and outdoors. The project

will have a positive impact on staff and students and will enhance the

economic health of the system(s). Reducing tobacco on campuses could

prevent a new cohort of lifetime smokers.



Many New Hampshire college and university campuses will be holding events

and offering information about quitting tobacco and the NH Tobacco Helpline

resources (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for the Great American Smoke Out event on

November 20th. DHHS celebrates the collaboration’s current success and

enthusiasm.



“Across the U.S. and here in New Hampshire we have made great progress in

reducing smoking rates and therefore smoking-related illness and death,”

said Dr. José Montero, “but we still have a responsibility to our youth and

young adults to continue. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, but

quitting has immediate and long-lasting effects. If you use tobacco, it’s

not too late to quit, and the Great American Smoke Out is a great day to

begin.”



Currently, 16.2% of New Hampshire adults report smoking. According to the

2011 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Survey at the University of New Hampshire

Durham campus, 15.3% of students indicated that they smoke every day or

some days, and 18.2% of students indicated that they smoke cigarettes while

drinking alcohol. It is important that New Hampshire institutions of higher

learning help students and residents quit tobacco and provide them with

cessation resources. DPHS currently offers free counseling to all

residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or self-refer via the web to the NH

Tobacco Helpline’s website (www.TryToStopNH.org ). The Helpline provides

no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New

Hampshire residents.



For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health

Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov . For information about the Great American Smoke Out visit

www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index .

Tuesday
Nov182014

NH DHHS - Statehouse Event to Honor NH’s Adoptive Families

Celebrating New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

During National Adoption Month


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



(DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at



the State House in Concord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The event will



celebrate the 127 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2013 and



September 2014. Governor Maggie Hassan, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas



Toumpas, and DHHS’ Division for Children, Youth and Families Administrator



Eileen Mullen will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an



opportunity to hear from an adoptive parent.









EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New

Hampshire’s Adoptive Families





WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 PM





LOCATION: NH State House

Governor and Council

Chambers

107 North Main St –

Concord, NH

Saturday
Nov152014

NH DHHS - Health Department Holds Public Meeting on Travelers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries

Concord, NH – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to Americans

traveling to the affected countries to lend their assistance and expertise

to the victims of this devastating disease. New Hampshire is no exception,

with healthcare workers from the Kearsarge region traveling to Africa to

help out. In order to give the community a chance to ask questions about

the disease and the potential impacts of returning travelers, the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be speaking

at a public meeting hosted by the Kearsarge Regional School System at

Kearsarge Regional High School.



Speakers for this event include:

DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero

State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan

Kearsarge Regional Superintendent Jerry Frew





DATE: Monday, November 17, 2014

6:00 pm



EVENT: Ebola Informational Session





LOCATION: Kearsarge Regional High School

457 North Road

North Sutton, NH 03260

Saturday
Nov152014

NH DHHS - Celebrating New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

During National Adoption Month

Statehouse Event to Honor NH’s Adoptive Families


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

(DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at

the State House in Concord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The event will

celebrate the 127 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2013 and

September 2014. Governor Maggie Hassan, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas

Toumpas, and DHHS’ Division for Children, Youth and Families Administrator

Eileen Mullen will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an

opportunity to hear from an adoptive parent.









EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New

Hampshire’s Adoptive Families





WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 PM





LOCATION: NH State House

Governor and Council Chambers

107 North Main St – Concord, NH

Wednesday
Nov052014

NH DHHS - Recall of Frozen Chicken Product

Concord, NH – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection

Service (FSIS) has announced that the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats

(Chicago, IL) is recalling 28,980 pounds of chicken products as they may be

contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. These products were distributed

to Shaw’s stores in New Hampshire. The recalled product includes partially

prepared Chicken a la Kiev products sold by retailers under the Antioch

Farms brand name, with “sell by” dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7,

2015. A total of 6 persons were identified in Minnesota with the same

strain of Salmonella, and all reported Chicken Kiev consumption prior to

illness onset. This product has been removed from all Shaw’s stores in New

Hampshire and no cases of Salmonella linked to this outbreak have been

identified in New Hampshire.



The implicated products were produced on July 2, 2014 and July 8, 2014, and

bear the establishment number “P-1358 inside the USDA mark of inspection.”

The product is identified as:

· Single 5-ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded,

Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev.”



The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services is conducting surveillance to identify possible

cases associated with this product and following the national investigation

closely should the list of involved products expand.



“Even though the product has been removed from stores, it is important that

all consumers check their freezers for this product,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Most people recover from

salmonellosis, but it has serious implications for young children, seniors,

and the immune compromised.”



Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal

infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with

weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often

experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and

abdominal pain. Some cases may be more severe and people may even need to

be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread

from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other parts of the

body and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with

antibiotics.



If consumers have any of these products at home they are advised to discard

them immediately and not eat them. DHHS reminds consumers of the importance

of properly handling raw poultry to prevent contamination from spreading to

other foods and food contact surfaces. Additionally, following package

cooking instructions for frozen or fresh chicken products is critical.

Consumers should be aware that actual time may vary depending on the

cooking method (broiling, frying, or grilling) and the temperature of the

product (chilled versus frozen), so it is important that the final

temperature of 165 °F must be reached for safety.



This may be an evolving situation so consumers are advised to check the

USDA website at

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-073-2014-release

for updates. For questions about salmonellosis, call the DHHS Division of

Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603)

271-4496.