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Wednesday
Apr082015

NH DHHS - New WIC Income Guidelines Announced

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

announces new U.S. Department of Agriculture income guidelines for

eligibility in the WIC Nutrition Program. The income guidelines in effect

beginning April 1, 2015 are:

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| Family Size | Annual | Monthly | Weekly |

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| | | | |

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| 1 | $21,775 | $1,815 | $419 |

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| 2 | $29,471 | $2,456 | $567 |

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| 3 | $37,167 | $3,098 | $715 |

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| 4 | $44,863 | $3,739 | $863 |

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The WIC Program is a public health nutrition program for pregnant women,

new mothers, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of 5

years old.



WIC provides a monthly food package of healthy foods, valued at about

$52.00 in grocery stores. Foods offered include:

· Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables

· Whole grain cereals, breads, brown rice, and tortillas

· Low fat dairy products, including milk, cheeses, and eggs

· Baby foods, including cereal, fruits, vegetables, and meats

· Coming in July will be whole grain pasta and yogurt, and fresh fruits

and vegetables for older infants.



“Research for 40 years has shown that WIC can contribute to positive

development and health outcomes for low-income women and children,” said

Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This includes

healthier births, more nutritious diets, stronger connections to preventive

health care, and improved cognitive development.”



DHHS is encouraging parents to keep their children enrolled in the WIC

program until their fifth birthday. Five reasons cited to keep children in

WIC are:

· Children have better growth and development.

· WIC promotes heathy weight.

· Children are better prepared for school.

· WIC pays for milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy

foods.

· Eating better helps children focus and behave better.



To learn if your family is eligible for WIC services, call 1-800-942-4321,

email wic@dhhs.state.nh.us or visit

http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic.



USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Thursday
Apr022015

NH DHHS - Issues Request for Applications for Additional Medicaid Care Management Organization

Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human

Services (DHHS) issued a request for applications (RFA) for a healthcare

company to become part of the Medicaid Care Management (MCM) program in the

State. The RFA, which is posted on the DHHS website at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/business/rfp/index.htm#15-dhhs-cm-01, is seeking

applications from vendors to provide medical and long-term care services to

New Hampshire Medicaid clients. Currently, two managed care organizations

are participating in the program.



“Our goal is that our clients have a choice of managed care organizations,”

said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “We are issuing this RFA to ensure

that we maintain the value of the Medicaid Care Management program through

strong partnerships with the organizations providing services to our

clients.”


Tuesday
Mar312015

NH DHHS - “Ask the Question” Program Launched To Better Serve NH Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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

(DHHS), Division of Community Based Care Services, Bureau of Community

Based Military Programs has awarded the Ask the Question Outreach and

Education contract to Easter Seals NH. This $1.3 million contract, approved

by Governor Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council on March 25th, will

include a statewide campaign that will encourage healthcare agencies,

social service organizations, and other groups, organizations, and agencies

to ask the question, “Have you ever served in the military?” The funding is

provided by the Department’s Balancing Incentive Program.



Of the 115,000 veterans residing in New Hampshire, only 30,000 receive

their healthcare at the VA Medical Center. Not all veterans are eligible

for care through the Veterans Administration and some veterans choose not

to seek care there. The Ask the Question campaign provides an opportunity

to educate and engage the civilian sector in understanding our military and

better serving this population. Today, this question is not included on the

vast majority of health history forms in our State, nor is it routinely

included when people access other community programs and services.



This campaign will not only Ask the Question, but it will also educate

providers about referral pathways and identify resources when a veteran

answers “yes” to the question. The initiative can help lead to more

accurate diagnoses and also identify whether a veteran is eligible for VA

healthcare services and benefits.



The catalyst behind this initiative came through the efforts of the NH

Legislative Commission on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). “We need to improve access to care and

quality of care for our veterans,” said Jo Moncher, Chair of the Commission

on the PTSD and TBI and Bureau Chief of Community Based Military Programs

for DHHS. “We cannot improve access to care unless we know where our

veterans are receiving care. Asking the question, ‘Have you served?’ is a

simple step that can open the door to greater care, treatment, and

understanding.”



“Our Department is pleased to award this contract to Easter Seals NH,” said

DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “Easter Seals has been providing care

coordination to our veterans, service members, and their families for

nearly a decade, and concurrently building a strong philanthropic movement

through Veterans Count to meet veterans’ emergency financial needs.”



Easter Seals has engaged Catchfire Creative, LLC to design the media and

messaging for the Ask the Question campaign, and will carry out “boots on

the ground” outreach and education to a wide range of providers statewide

through an inter-agency partnership that includes the Family Resource

Center at Gorham and the statewide network of ServiceLink Resource Centers.



“Easter Seals and our partners are honored to collaborate with the NH

Department of Health and Human Services on this initiative that will engage

and educate service providers throughout the State about the importance of

connecting in significant ways with those who have served our country,”

said Easter Seals NH President and CEO Larry Gammon. “We have a strong

history of serving veterans and are eager to continue this important and

life-changing work.”



”New Hampshire has the fifth largest concentration of military veterans in

the nation,” said Major General Bill Reddel, the Adjutant General of the

New Hampshire National Guard. ”Many of them do not use the resources

available to them such as medical, behavior and educational benefits. By

asking the question, ‘Have you ever served or has someone in your family

served?’ you will help point our veterans and their families in the right

direction, to the help they need and deserve.”



“I encourage healthcare and social service professionals as well as law

enforcement, institutions of higher learning and other civilian agencies to

Ask the Question,” Reddel said. ”Help give our veterans the care they have

earned."



The Ask the Question Campaign is dedicated to Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley, a

former nurse with the NH Air National Guard and a strong advocate and

leader for Ask the Question. Lt. Col. Riley died of lung cancer in December

of last year, but her message and spirit continue to create positive change

within our State.


Thursday
Mar262015

NH DHHS - Rockingham County and Grafton Counties Rank Healthiest in the State in Annual Report

Steps New Hampshire Is Taking to Address the Issues



Concord, NH – Rockingham County is joined by Grafton County this year as

the healthiest counties in New Hampshire in the sixth annual County Health

Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and

the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Coos and

Sullivan Counties ranked the lowest for Health Outcomes, which measures how

healthy a county is, and Health Factors, which look at the influence on

health in any given 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 looked at the length and

quality of life to determine Health Outcomes. Health Factors include

measures of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors,

and physical environment.



Since 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided

funding to 13 agencies across the State to convene a Public Health Advisory

Council. The purpose of these Advisory Councils is to develop and implement

a range of public health improvement activities. Advisory committees are

made up of community leaders, local health and public health entities,

concerned citizens, and experts who make up the public health system in

their region. The first step toward improving the health of a community is

to utilize data, such as the County Health Rankings, to develop a common

understanding about the most important health needs across the State.



Each of the Advisory Councils is currently developing a Community Health

Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP process allows community partners to work

to improve health in their region by establishing common health priorities.

Once priorities are established, the Advisory Councils will identify

specific strategies to implement while engaging local agencies to work

collaboratively to implement these strategies. County Health Rankings are

part of the data that helps illustrate key health issues and their root

causes as the Advisory Councils are assessing the health of their region.



“Having Community Health Improvement Plans in place in each of our 13

public health regions will help to ensure a coordinated, collaborative

approach among local agencies whose work impacts the health of the public,”

said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This increases

the effectiveness of their efforts to target a few key areas based on local

priorities and the capacity to take action. These plans will also align

with the priorities established in the State Health Improvement Plan so

that both state and local partners are addressing those areas where we can

most improve the health of our communities.”



More information about the Public Health Advisory Councils, including a

list of contacts in each region, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/rphn/index.htm. For more information about the

DHHS Division of Public Health Services, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov .

Thursday
Mar262015

NH DHHS - NH Immunization Program Hosts National Immunization Experts 

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

Immunization Program (NHIP) held its 2015 statewide conference at the

Radisson Hotel in Manchester today with over 400 nurses, health educators,

and public health professionals in attendance. A keynote speech was given

by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Deputy Director of the National Center for

Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC).



For several years New Hampshire’s childhood immunization rates have been

ranked among the top in the nation. Each year, NHIP recognizes New

Hampshire provider offices that achieve a standard of excellence in

immunization. Each provider office relied on a “Best Practice” or a

quality improvement strategy to offer excellent care to their patients.

DHHS Public Health Director, Dr. José Montero, presented four Excellence in

Immunization awards in two categories: (1) Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program and (2) Excellence in Adult Vaccination Initiatives.



“New Hampshire health care providers and community programs are committed

to making sure their patients receive the appropriate immunizations to

achieve better overall health,” said Colleen Haggerty, Acting Section Chief

of NHIP. “This group of individuals and organizations developed quality

improvement strategies to ensure high standards of efficiency,

accountability, and access in managing immunizations across their

practices.”



The Concord Hospital Medical Group was given the Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program award for their Vaccine Safety Committee’s quality

improvement efforts to address vaccine administration and safety. “Concord

Hospital Medical Group is honored to receive this recognition,” said David

Green, MD, Concord Hospital's Chief Medical Officer. “It is a tribute to

our staff’s passion to ensure our pediatric patients receive appropriate,

evidence-based immunizations in diverse office settings.”



Three Manchester Community Health Center locations received Excellence in

Adult Immunizations awards for their new Immunization Coordination Team,

each of which developed coordinated adult immunization protocols across the

Hollis Street, Tarrytown Road, and Child Health Services locations.

“Manchester Community Health Center is pleased to receive this award for

the organization’s commitment to high quality care, treatment and services

to ensure adults are immunized,” said Diane Trowbridge, MCHC’s Chief

Operating Officer. “We recognize that immunizations not only help eliminate

preventable communicable diseases, but also have a strong impact on overall

health.”



“This conference has seen incredible growth in attendance over the last 4

years, thanks to our ability to draw national speakers, while keeping a

relevant New Hampshire focus for our attendees,” said Haggerty. “Our

program continues to work hard to communicate the value of immunizations to

health across the lifespan.”



NHIP’s Start the Conversation campaign to increase awareness of adult

immunizations recently won several awards from the National Public Health

Information Coalition. To learn more, visit the DHHS Immunization Program

at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.

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