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Tuesday
May192015

NH DHHS Releases Updated Report on Work-Related Injuries in New Hampshire

Numbers Are Mainly Holding Steady


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

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services released a new report on

occupational injury and illness in the State. Data from 2000–2013

highlights work-related hospitalizations, burns, respiratory illness,

cancer, and amputations. This is an updated version of the report from

2009.



The report finds that from 2000–2012 there were 160 work-related fatalities

in New Hampshire. There were over 171,000 work-related emergency department

hospital discharges for persons age 16 and older for the same time period.

For three years—2007, 2008, and 2010—New Hampshire’s rate of mesothelioma,

a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with asbestos exposure, was

significantly higher than the U.S. rate. More than 53,000 New Hampshire

workers are currently employed in high mortality risk occupations, and more

than 79,000 workers are employed in high mortality risk industries.



“Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented with appropriate and

targeted interventions,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public

Health at DHHS. “We must be proactive as industries and jobs change in our

State and vigilant in collecting accurate, timely, and meaningful data to

better inform our intervention efforts.”



The trends suggest a decrease in many of the occupational injury and

illness rates in New Hampshire. Successful approaches to making the

workplace safer begin with having the most accurate and current

occupational health surveillance data, which are necessary to understand

the root causes of the problems that lead to occupational injury and

illness.



The data were collected by reviewing various state administrative health

and injury databases, the NH State Cancer Registry, as well as population

based phone surveys. To view the entire report, visit the DHHS website at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/index.htm.

Friday
May082015

NH DHHS Releases New Tick Disease Prevention Plan

Reminds Residents to Take Precautions against Tickborne Diseases

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

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released a Tickborne

Disease Prevention Plan that provides detailed information about the

tickborne diseases encountered in New Hampshire and methods to prevent

them. The intent of this plan is to describe preventative measures and

actions that are recommended by DHHS for individuals in NH to prevent

tickborne disease.



“Lyme disease is a major public health issue in New Hampshire. The

Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan provides a collaborative and

comprehensive approach to staying safe from the type of tick that carries

Lyme disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. “Blacklegged

ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. These ticks even cause

other infections besides Lyme disease. This new plan highlights the many

ways that we can prevent tick bites."



In 2014, there were an estimated 1,415 cases of Lyme disease in New

Hampshire. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC), there were over 36,000 cases in the United States in 2013 (the most

recent year for which data are available), and New Hampshire had the second

highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the country.



Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is

transmitted to people by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also

known as the deer tick). The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between the

months of May and August when the blacklegged tick is in the nymphal stage.

The nymph is about the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to see, so

individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. Ticks that transmit Lyme

disease can also transmit other diseases, such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis,

and Powassan virus. Although not as common as Lyme disease, these have been

documented in New Hampshire.



Symptoms of Lyme disease in the early stages can include fever, headache,

fatigue, and most often a red skin rash that is round and may look like a

bull’s-eye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left

untreated can lead to complications of meningitis (inflammation of the

lining around the spinal cord), pain and swelling in large joints, and

heart complications.



DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:

Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaflitter
Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks

Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)

Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets, especially after being outdoors

Consult with your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets
Shower soon after returning indoors to wash or rinse off any unattached ticks
Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf
litter, and minimizing habitat or food sources for deer and rodents, which can carry ticks
Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash anywhere on you
The plan is available on the DHHS website at:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/documents/tbdpreventionplan.pdf. For more information about Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, visit the
DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/index.htm or the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at
www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.
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Tuesday
May052015

2015 Vaughan Awards Presented to NH Seniors for Outstanding Volunteer Service 

New Hampshire Seniors Honored for Their Volunteer Service



Joseph D. Vaughan Award Presented to Seniors Volunteering to Help Seniors



Concord, NH – At a ceremony held in the State House Executive Council

Chambers today, Governor Maggie Hassan was joined by New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH in presenting the 2015

Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to seniors in recognition of their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of fellow New Hampshire seniors.



"One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the 'all-hands-on-deck'

spirit of our people," Governor Hassan said. "We roll up our sleeves, pitch

in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners

exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the

recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and

for service to their community."



The Awards were initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D.

Vaughan, the state legislator instrumental in creating an agency dedicated

to the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s senior citizens. They

annually recognize an individual or couple age 60 and older from each

County for their extraordinary volunteer service.



“The generosity, hard work and caring spirit of these dedicated volunteers

help seniors remain independent through important steps in a life’s

journey,” said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas. “Volunteers are truly the

backbone of life in our State. Congratulations to these terrific seniors

who are most deserving of this prestigious recognition for their unwavering

commitment to service.”



This year's recipients are:



Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center

Conway

Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow





(See attached WORD document for a brief summary of each recipient’s



volunteer service.)



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Saturday
May022015

NH DHHS - Honoring New Hampshire Seniors for Their Volunteer Service The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards

Honoring New Hampshire Seniors for Their Volunteer Service



The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to be Presented on Monday, May 4, 2015



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

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas will join with Governor Maggie Hassan,

the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH on Monday, May 4th to

present the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to senior volunteers.

SCOA and EngAGING NH have selected an individual or couple from each County

in the State to be recognized for their volunteer service. This award was

initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, who was

instrumental in creating a State agency dedicated to the well being

of senior citizens. The awards recognize people age 60 and older for their

outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of New Hampshire’s seniors.

The Vaughan Award presentation will begin at 1:30 PM in the Governor and

Council Chambers at the State House in Concord.



This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center Conway

Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow





EVENT 2015 Vaughan Award Presentation



DATE/TIME Monday, May 4, 2015

1:30 PM



LOCATION Governor and Council Chambers

State House - Room 208

Concord, NH

Saturday
May022015

NH DHHS - NHCarePath Campaign Highlights DHHS’ “No Wrong Door” Approach

NHCarePath Campaign Highlights DHHS’ “No Wrong Door” Approach

to Receiving Health Care and Services


New Program Designed to Increase Access to and Efficient Delivery

of Community-Based Services


CONCORD, NH–While there are many paths available to living better in New

Hampshire communities, it can be hard for residents to know which path is

right for them. NHCarePath, which will make it easier for residents to

access community long-term supports and services, is designed to do just

that. On May 1, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is launching a statewide outreach and education campaign to promote

the Department’s No Wrong Door System (NHCarePath) as the go-to system for

long-term care in our communities.



The outreach and education campaign seeks to inform residents about the “No

Wrong Door” approach to make it easier for citizens seeking long-term

supports and services to find the right path in their communities. The

statewide campaign will include information for customers, providers and

other community partners interested in NHCarePath; a series of print, radio

and television PSAs; and digital and social media outreach. DHHS is also

engaging community partners to share with them information about

NHCarePath, the “No Wrong Door” policy and the goals of the campaign.



The NHCarePath statewide outreach and education campaign will run from May

1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. NHCarePath is at the forefront of efforts

made by state and federal officials to streamline eligibility and access to

community long-term supports and services, including programs such as the

Balancing Incentive Program and the “No Wrong Door” single entry process.



About NHCarePath

There are many paths available in New Hampshire to help people of all ages

live better in their communities. NHCarePath was created to help people

find and follow the right path for them. Its name, and easily identifiable

logo, will appear on information describing LTSS, and as part of a

statewide outreach and education campaign to help ensure that those in need

of support are aware of all their options for home and community LTSS. For

more information on NHCarePath, visit www.nhcarepath.org.



About the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP)

The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a part of a larger system change

effort within DHHS. The BIP award provides grant funds to rebalance

Medicaid spending between institutional and community long term supports

and services (LTSS). The goal of BIP is to provide persons with greater

access to home and community-based services and to reduce reliance on

institutional services. For an overview of BIP, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bip/bip.htm.



About No Wrong Door (NWD)

The vision for the No Wrong Door (NWD) single entry process is to improve

access to community LTSS by creating a standardized and streamlined

application and eligibility determination process. The NWD vision means

that regardless of where a person enters the system, they will receive the

same information and streamlined access to eligibility and enrollment

services.





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