NEWPORT, NH—On Tuesday, May 12, the public is invited to learn more about health in the greater Sullivan County region in a session with Dr. Benjamin Chan, the New Hampshire State Epidemiologist, from 11 am-12:30 pm at the Sugar River Bank Community Room, 10 Main Street in Newport. The event, hosted by the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, will take participants through public health data for the region and begin to identify regional health priorities. All are welcome at the event, which is free. Water and a light snack will be provided.

Contact Aurora Drew at auroraldrew@gmail.com with any questions.

Dr. Benjamin Chan is a board certified internal medicine, infectious disease, and preventive medicine physician with training in healthcare microsystem quality improvement. He graduated medical school from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship trainings at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also obtained his MPH degree through The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). In July 2014, he began working as the State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services.

The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network is a collaborative of the county, municipalities and numerous health and human service agencies, schools, and community groups that work to improve our region’s capacity and capability to manage all health emergencies. It includes Communities United Regional Network for Sullivan County and the Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps, with support from the County Commissioner’s Office. For more information, visit PreventionWorksNH.org.

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On Thursday, May 7, we’re getting together with our partners to celebrate the progress that Sullivan County has seen toward improving our economy and making a stronger, healthier, safer community. The event will be free and open to the public.

Agenda (subject to change):

1) Welcome and Success Exhibition
2) Trends and Economic Strengths
3) Health and Safety

  • Clinical Care
  • Elderly
  • Substances
  • Public Safety

4) Youth and Young Adults building our future

  • Honoring County Youth
  • Young Professionals

5) Our Way Forward

For more information, contact Liz at 603-477-8896. RSVP requested at EventBrite.

The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network invites all members of the community to embark on the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan for the region. The Public Health Network is honored to host a presentation from and conversation with José Montero, MD, Director of the Division of Public Health Services for the State of New Hampshire.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 10-11:30 AM at the Sugar River Bank Community Room (10 North Main Street, Newport, NH). Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Montero, recognizable as the frequent State of NH spokesperson on public health threats such as EEE or influenza, will focus this discussion on the NH State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), intended to guide local strategies to improve public health and the systems that support that goal. He will be introduced by Susan Reeves, EdD, RN, Chair of the Nursing & Public Health Department at Colby-Sawyer College in New London.

The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network is a collaborative of the county, municipalities and numerous health and human service agencies, schools, and community groups that work to improve our region’s capacity and capability to manage all health emergencies. The Network has a state contract to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for this region. Following Dr. Montero’s discussion, the Network’s lead contractor, Aurora Matzkin, PhD, will invite those present to identify and develop critical next steps in the development of a local CHIP.

About our Speakers:
Susan Reeves, EdD, RN is the Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Chair of Nursing & Public Health at Colby-Sawyer College. Dr. Reeves served as a senior administrator for Dartmouth-Hitchcock for 35 years prior to her retirement in December 2014. She presently serves New London Hospital as the vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Her research interest lies in the area of patient care quality and safety, as well as in the interprofessional education of future health care professionals. Dr. Reeves resides in New London.

Since 2008, José Montero, MD, MHCDS, has been the Director of the Division of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, where he leads the development and implementation of policies to create conditions to improve and maintain a healthy population, relying on two key strategies: 1) a systematic approach for data collection, use and dissemination; and 2) better coordination of the public health systems and the health care delivery system towards population health improvement. Dr. Montero also fills several national roles: he is the past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, serves on several committees including the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and has been appointed to the CDC’s Board of Scientific Councilors for the Office of Infectious Diseases.

Aurora Matzkin, PhD, teaches public health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She earned a doctoral degree from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and masters degree in education from New York University. At Dartmouth, she was a Koop Scholar and worked on the Dartmouth and National College Health Improvement Program under Dartmouth’s former president, Jim Kim. She has lived in Sullivan County since 2005.

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