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CONCORD, NH (October 3, 2016) – Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, CEO of Global Policy Solutions (GPS), a Washington, DC-based policy firm, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) conference, “Creating a Culture of Health”, in Concord on October 12, 2016. Dr. Rockeymoore will be speaking at 9:15 a.m., teaching advocates how to effectively promote and support changes in policies, systems and environments to provide equitable opportunities for people to live a healthy life. Her presentation will emphasize approaches for improving access to healthy foods and opportunities for community members to be physically active.

Dr. Rockeymoore’s presentation will be followed by responses from a panel of New Hampshire leaders to bridge those ideas to communities throughout the state. Panelists include Bobbie Bagley, Director, Nashua Public Health & Community Services; Yvonne Goldsberry, President, Endowment for Health; Miriam “Mim” Nelson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the UNH Sustainability Institute; and Will Stewart, President, Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

The HEAL NH annual conference features 8 workshops with more than 24 expert speakers and is expected to attract over 200 participants. Central to the conference’s theme of “Creating a Culture of Health,” speakers will discuss the different ways community planning, economic development and health sectors are coming together to improve population health and reduce health disparities, while saving money and stimulating the economy in New Hampshire communities.

The HEAL NH Conference will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Church Landing at Mill Falls located at 281 Daniel Webster Way in Meredith. Registration fees at the door are $60 per person, or $30 for students. More information about the event can be found here.

The media is invited to attend, and interview opportunities with Dr. Rockeymoore are available in the morning.

About Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy firm that makes policy work for people and their environments.

A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions.

Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America among many other articles and chapters. Rockeymoore serves on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the National Association of Counties and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and is the recipient of Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award.

A regular guest on radio and television shows, Maya has appeared on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. Her opinions have also been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, LA Times, Boston Globe, Black America Web, and Houston Chronicle among other prominent national news sources.


The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008, and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. HEAL NH leads one of New Hampshire's largest statewide collaborations of organizations to implement the 2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan, a statewide action plan to guide healthy eating and active living activities and policies in the Granite State. Funding is provided by HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. 


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