The HEAL Community Network is made up of communities throughout New Hampshire that are advancing strategies in the Healthy People Healthy Places Plan. The group meets quarterly to network, collaborate, and learn from one another the challenges and successes out in the field. Upcoming meetings are listed to the right.

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NH Food Alliance: Join an Action Team!
The NH Food Alliance is now seeking people to join one of five Action Teams (Education, Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, and Fisheries) that will coordinate implementation of these specific actions and advance the Enterprise Viability Initiative (EVI)
To read more about the Action Teams and the work they will be advancing, visit their website.

HEAL NH Community Network Steering Committee members

David Toth: Ashland, Town of Ashland

Lori Morann: Colebrook, North Country Community Recreation Center

Melissa Lee: Franklin, Franklin Regional Hospital

Kim Adie: Nashua, YMCA of Greater Nashua

Elizabeth Clark: Strafford County, Strafford County Public Health Network, Goodwin Community Health

Katherine McLaughlin: Monadnock Region, Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Ad Hoc members:

Susan Turner: Seacoast Region, Rockingham County Community Resource Network, Families First Health and Support Center

Updates from August 17, 2016 meeting

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Featured Presentation: Plan4Health Nashua: A Model for Integrating Planning and Public Health at the Local Level
Presented by: Ryan Friedman, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Kim Adie, Greater Nashua YMCA; and Michelle Morel, Morel Communications

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Ryan, Kim and Michelle presented Plan4Health Nashua (P4HN), which is a national award winning initiative that integrates public health and planning to advance Complete Streets design. They reviewed the initiative and shared the P4HN “toolbox”, including: Nashua Complete Streets Guide; Land Use Regulatory Audit; Level of Traffic Stress analysis for bicycling and walking; origins and destinations scoring to determine where improvements would have positive impact on the most vulnerable populations; use of GIS to identify gaps in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure; and strategic communications tactics to educate and engage the community and municipal leaders.

Resources and information discussed at our August meeting:

Videos demonstrating how to use vegetables found at the Farmers Market
Shared by Robin Peters, UNH Cooperative Extension

Upcoming events:

  • Complete Streets Study Committee is convening next week on August 23.
  • Complete Streets Forum on Sept. 7th. Partners will be working on aligning strategies
  • HEAL Conference is October 12th at Church Landing in Meredith
  • NH Food Alliance is holding its partner convening on Nov. 15th
  • Health Care without Harm is holding a forum in November. Multi-department teams from NH hospitals are invited to participate.
  • Farm to School Beacon Community Project:
    The New Hampshire Farm to School Beacon Community project will pilot how to move innovative farm to school practices forward and identify models for other communities across the state. The communities involved in this pilot project are Colebrook, Nashua and Somersworth.




Updates from May 11, 2016

Below are photos from our HEAL Community Network meeting on May 11, 2016. The network worked in small groups to discuss accomplishments and network for ideas on various projects. Highlights from communities included:

We finished off the meeting with an interactive presentation from Doris Demers, Director of Food Services at Oyster River School District and Amy Cassidy, Director of Food Services for Nashua School District. They spoke to us about successes and challenges in Food Services as well as advice for those advocating for healthy food in schools. Download resources on School Food, including "Tips for Advocates of Healthy School Food".

Upcoming HEAL Community Network Meetings - Join us!

Future Dates:

August 16, 2017

December 6, 2017

All meetings are held at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and are from 9:00am - 12:00pm. RSVP if you plan to attend.

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