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Monday
Apr132015

NH DHHS - New Income Guidelines for Commodity Supplemental Food Program Announced

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

(DHHS) announces that federal income guidelines for the Commodity

Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for seniors have increased, allowing

more low-income seniors to apply. CSFP currently reaches about 4,500

low-income seniors age 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income

guidelines are up to: $1,276 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,726

monthly for a family of two persons.



CSFP provides a monthly food box that includes canned meats, fruits,

vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on

how to use the foods in healthy recipes.



“Public health nutrition programs such as this provide important nutrition

services to low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding

affordable healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables in the

summer months,” said Dr. José Thier Montero, Director of Public Health at

DHHS. “By providing these foods and nutrition education to seniors, we hope

to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and

diabetes.”



During the summer months, seniors enrolled in CSFP will also receive fresh

locally grown fruits and vegetables, through the Seniors Farmers’ Market

Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack

Counties, Inc., administers SFMNP under a contract with the Department of

Health and Human Services and offers the program statewide at more than 60

sites in New Hampshire.



Seniors 60 years and older who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to

call the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Section at 1-800-942-4321 to

learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their community. Visit

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm  or

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/healthyrecipescooking.htm  for more

information and healthy recipes.



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Friday
Apr102015

NH DHHS - NH DPHS Recognition of National Public Health Week

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

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is highlighting some of

the great work happening in New Hampshire around public health in

recognition of National Public Health Week, an initiative of the National

Public Health Association. This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030,

with the goal of being the “healthiest nation in one generation.” The goals

are to raise awareness of what public health is, why it is essential, and

how it impacts everyone’s life.



Monday’s theme is Raising the Grade, highlighting how the U.S. lags behind

other developed countries on certain public health markers. DPHS is

focusing on improving maternal smoking rates as an area where we can do

better. Tuesday’s theme is Starting from Zip calling attention to how where

we live impacts our health. DPHS is highlighting sexually transmitted

disease (STD)/HIV testing and how to find a site to be tested in your

neighborhood. Wednesday is about



Building Momentum and working with leaders, companies, and communities to

improve public health. The Immunization Program at DPHS is highlighting

their Start the Conversation campaign to improve adult vaccination rates in

New Hampshire. For Thursday, Building Broader Connections is the topic and

how expanding partnerships is essential for success. An Asthma Program data

brief on asthma in the workplace highlights the collaborative process

between companies and public health on an important health topic. Friday is

all about Building on 20 Years of Success of National Public Health Week

and here in New Hampshire we are highlighting the success of improved

breastfeeding rates.



“It is difficult to explain how public health works and how it impacts

people’s lives, because like the heating system of a building, we tend not

to notice it until it breaks down,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at DHHS. “National Public Health Week is a great opportunity

to focus on some of the great work going on in New Hampshire.”



For more information about the National Public Health Week in New

Hampshire, visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nphweek.htm. To find out more

about NPHW nationally, visit http://www.nphw.org.

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:

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

| Family Size | Annual | Monthly | Weekly |

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

| | | | |

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

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

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

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

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

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

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|

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

|-----------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------------------|







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.


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