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--By Ken Norton, Executive Director, NAMI-NH One in five people have a mental illness and most can be treated effectively by their primary care provider and without the need for hospitalization. Most people who receive treatment function well in their families and at their jobs. However, like other serious medical... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Insight
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--by Kelly Laflamme, EH Program Director The U.S. Census recently released population projections for our nation and predicted that the U.S. will become a “nation of plurality.” By the end of this decade, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18. This matches what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Insight
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--By Steve Rowe, Endowment for Health President It was a pleasure presenting at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce last week alongside Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO Dr. Jim Weinstein and NH Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas. Dr. Weinstein emphasized that our current health care system is weighted toward costly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Insight
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--Steve Rowe, Endowment for Health President The Endowment for Health program directors and I are fresh from the Collective Impact conference in Waterville Valley earlier this month. This was an invigorating four days participating with organizations from all over New England. We gathered to talk about how we can accomplish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Insight
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--by JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D. and Dan Habib In 2006, Somersworth High School had one of the highest dropout rates in the state, and discipline issues were rampant. The school was under intense pressure to improve academic outcomes and improve the school culture and climate. At the same time, the NH... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Insight
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--by Mary Vallier-Kaplan, Interim President, Endowment for Health Solid solutions are on the way for millions of Americans who are currently uninsured – 134,000 of them right here in New Hampshire. And for those of us already fortunate enough to have insurance, we can look forward to even higher-quality, more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Insight
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--By Peter Janelle, Chair, Health & Equity Partnership The NH Health & Equity Partnership recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and all that it has done – and will do – to create healthier communities here in New Hampshire. Understanding and fighting unnecessary and avoidable differences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Insight
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--by Cordell Johnston, EH Board Chairman During my time on the Endowment for Health board, I have been impressed by how seriously the organization takes evaluation and continuous improvement. As stewards of the resources of this foundation, we have an obligation to do so. In late 2011, the Endowment for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Insight
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--by Kelly Laflamme, EH Program Director When I moved to New Hampshire several years ago, someone said to me, “We don’t have racism in New Hampshire – there just aren’t enough people of color here.” I was stunned by the simplistic analysis of what I see as a terrifically complex... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Insight
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--By Eva Castillo-Turgeon, NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees For immigrants, the process of adapting to a new culture, language and community can be very difficult. Such is the case of immigrants that come to New Hampshire. I have heard some describe the process as "like moving to another planet,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Insight
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--by Lisa Kaplan Howe, Policy Director, NH Voices for Health 2014 is a big year for those of us closely watching – and eagerly awaiting – full implementation of the new health law. That’s when many of the major changes under the law go into effect – including additional health... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Insight
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--by William J. Kassler, MD, MPH It seems far easier to respond to the needs of a sick individual rather than address the underlying causes of our major health problems. In spite of the fact that, in the last 100 years, every major contribution to the improvement of health status... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Insight
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--by Jeanne Ryer, EH Program Director June is a transition time for many of us: graduations, the end of school, and the beginning of summer and new opportunities. For young adults and their parents, though, the transitions can bring some worry – and about more than where hang the new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Insight
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--by Martha Bauman, EH Advisory Council member and Keene Sentinel columnist Is Medicare the cause of present and predicted budget deficits? Does it provide boutique care for seniors while the rest of the population struggles to pay for essentials? Or is Medicare an essential component of health care in an... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Insight
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--by Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, President, American Public Health Association April 4th was the forty-third anniversary of the day that the Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. As we consider the challenges facing public health it is useful to remember the great contributions to social justice made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Insight
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--by Jeanne Ryer, Endowment for Health Program Director This week will have plenty of prognostication about whether the health law will succeed or fail. But I like to test my health policy assumptions against the real life experiences of people around me. So far, it seems to be working out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Insight
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--by James W. Squires, M.D. In 1770, John Adams observed: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the states of facts and evidence.” One year after the enactment of health reform, public discussion of health reform... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Insight
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--by Scott Westover, Vice President for Strategic Management, Southern New Hampshire Health System Several months ago I invited groups of patients to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center to have a conversation about health care. I have long believed the best decisions in health care are made with the patient in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Insight
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--by James W. Squires, M.D. Cut, Cut, Cut. Wherever I go this word dominates websites, newspapers, talk shows, local meetings and letters to the editors. Cut what? Budgets – be they federal, state, municipal, town, or county. All this “cutting” talk takes me back to my surgical days where, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at Insight
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--Marianne M. Jones, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of NH As the debate heats up in the New Year on the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I have found myself wondering what does health care reform mean to me and my work. As a nonprofit manager, mother... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Insight
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--by Jeanne Ryer, EH Program Director The holidays bring temptation to stretch analogies, and it is a long metaphorical reach from the holiday season to the current Medicare Advantage discussion. But I do confess, when I think about what happened to Medicare Advantage in the past decade, the theme song... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Insight
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--by Patrick Miller, Research Associate Professor NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, University of New Hampshire Our family was blessed two weeks ago with an adoption. One of the first things we did was to take Abby for a check up and immunizations. She checked out fine. Upon leaving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Insight
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--by Kelly Laflamme, EH Program Director The fervor surrounding health reform has really been about access to health care. But does health care really make us healthy? Numerous studies have shown that where we live, learn, work and play can have greater influence on how long and how well we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Insight
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--by Jeanne Ryer, Endowment for Health Program Director I really am thankful for so much: my beautiful kids, astonishingly supportive husband, family and friends, a community that rallies around everyone who needs help. I am greatly to have work that is fascinating and fun and for my treasured Endowment for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Insight
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--by Kim Firth, Endowment for Health Program Director The Affordable Care Act and recent complementary federal legislation reinforced the importance of behavioral health to overall health. Insurers are now required to treat mental health and substance use disorders like other illnesses – ending historical discriminatory practices that limited visits, required... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Insight