Laws, regulations, and public policy can have a major effect on public health. The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) utilizes education and advocacy to help enact effective policies that support both population-based and individual health throughout our state and communities. The NHPHA tracks public health legislative bills and looks at policy matters in terms of their potential impact on the public's health in New Hampshire. NHPHA follows legislative bills that align with its legislative priorities, including 1) prevention and access, 2) public health infrastructure, 3) financial security, and 4) food security. NHPHA advocacy work ranges from action alerts to legislative updates, giving testimonies, and lobbying on behalf of the public health community. Our goal is to increase awareness within our membership, influence relevant regulations and legislation, and support public health partners who share our mission of improving the public's health in New Hampshire.
Our Legislative Priorities
PREVENTION & ACCESS
PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE
Prevention and Access
Public Health Preventive Efforts and Health Access, Particularly for Underserved Populations
Advocate* for community health workers' infrastructure funding.
Advocate for funding and infrastructure for equitable distributions of vaccines.
*Policy actions beginning with the word advocate are those for which NHPHA will take an active role. Those beginning with the word support are those for which NHPHA will assist others in leading advocacy.
Public Health Infrastructure
Strong Local and State Public Health Infrastructure
Advocate for funding to support foundational public health services at the state and local levels.
Advocate for support to implement the State Health Improvement Plan and assure it addresses the need of marginalized and vulnerable populations
Policies that Enable Families to Earn a Living Wage and Care for Their Families
Support efforts to provide for a living/minimum wage
Support efforts for job training for skill-based careers, particularly for marginalized populations
Support a step-down approach to public benefits reductions
Policies and Programs that Increase Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods
Advocate to expand use of the WIC program (farmer's market, online purchasing)
Support expansion of SNPA, Granite State Market Match, and farm-to-school initiatives
The NHPHA adopts policy positions related to the critical functions of public health. These policy positions are designed to inform the public of critical areas that require public health attention. Here is a list of the NHPHA position statements.
This policy statement outlines the New Hampshire Public Health Association’s (NHPHA) support for policies, programs, and practices that enhance food security among Granite State residents. The NHPHA recognizes that regular access to affordable, nutritious food is essential to promote the public’s health and ensure that New Hampshire households are food secure. Download the position statement.
Public Health and Social Justice
The core mission of public health is to improve the health of all populations. A social justice approach to public health challenges the public health community to acknowledge and confront underlying root causes, and recognize that racism, socioeconomic inequality, gender discrimination, ableism, and all other forms of discrimination have negative consequences on health. According to a large body of public health literature, in order to improve the health of a population the root causes need to be addressed. Download the position statement.
Child Health and Safety
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes the critical importance of healthy New Hampshire children. Good health is essential to children’s academic achievement, successful transition to adulthood, and lifelong contributions to society. Download the position statement.
Health Equity for People with Disabilities
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that all New Hampshire (NH) residents, including people with disabilities, should have the opportunity to engage in activities that add to their growth, development, fulfillment, and community contribution. Download the position statement.
NH's Aging Population and Public Health
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that the population of New Hampshire is aging and that in the next few decades we will have one of the highest proportions of older residents in the nation. Download the position statement.
Assuring the Quality and Accessibility of Health Services
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) supports universal access to high quality evidence based, integrated health care at a level of cost that does not create barriers to care. Download the position statement.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) believes that optimal health requires an effective collaboration among public, non-profit and private health service providers and organizations, encompassing a health promotion approach that integrates, medical, behavioral and mental health care. Download the position statement.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) holds that mental health is an essential component to overall health and reaffirms findings that a distinction between health of mind and body is not supported by scientific evidence. Download the position statement.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that oral health is linked with overall health. Dental caries, an easily-transferable bacterial infection of tooth enamel, affects individuals throughout the lifespan. Download the position statement.
Affordable and accessible sexual and reproductive health care and education are essential to the overall health and wellness of New Hampshire people and families. These services prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the incidence and impact of preterm and low birth weight births, and reduce maternal mortality. Download the position statement.
Public Health Infrastructure
Public Health Infrastructure
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that the purpose of public health is to prevent disease, injury and disability, promote health and wellbeing and protect the community. It is a shared responsibility among public, private and volunteer entities in NH and is best achieved through strong integration at state, regional and local levels. Download the position statement.
Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes the key role public health plays in emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Public health emergencies may be natural, accidental, or intentional, and require collective action to prevent, respond to, and recover from. Download the position statement.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that disease management systems, when properly developed, have the potential to improve treatment outcomes and promote cost effective delivery of care. Download the position statement.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, influenza, and chicken pox continue to threaten the health of the public. The NHPHA recognizes that cooperation and coordination among a wide range of public and private organizations is needed to effectively prevent, detect and respond to emerging and re-emerging infections. Download the position statement.
Monitoring Health Status
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) acknowledges the essential role of public health in measuring, analyzing and reporting on the health status of the people of NH to inform programs and public policy development. Download the position statement.
Health Education and Promotion
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) holds that good health requires active participation in health education and promotion programs by individuals, organizations and communities. Health education involves opportunities for learning involving communication designed to improve health literacy, including improving knowledge, and developing life skills which are conducive to individual and community health. Download the position statement.
Healthy Environments – Natural, Built, and Social
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that tobacco use via smoking, smokeless tobacco, or electronic nicotine devices (ENDs) and exposure to secondhand smoke, including marijuana is harmful to the public’s health. Download the position statement.
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Food System and Public Health
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system is essential to promote the public’s health and protect the population from food system-related harms. Download the position statement.
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Indoor and Outdoor Built Environment
The Indoor and Outdoor built environment has a major impact on the health of individuals and populations. The NH PHA recognizes that by supporting initiatives that improve the quality of our built environment, we can help people maintain good health and prevent disease. Download the position statement.
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Occupational Health
Work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and control of occupational hazards is the most effective means of prevention. The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that all New Hampshire workers have the right to safe and healthful working conditions. Download the position statement.
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Air, Water, and Land
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that clean air, water and land are essential to the public’s health, and that hazardous substances or harmful conditions in our air, water, and land negatively impact individuals, animals, and ecological systems. Download the position statement.
Protecting against Environmental Hazards: Public Health and Climate Change
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes the inter-dependent relationship between greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and public health. Download the position statement.
Preventing Injuries: Unintentional Injury
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) supports statewide and community-based efforts to reduce the risk and incidence of unintentional Injury. Download the position statement.
Preventing Injuries: Violence
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that violent behaviors included the full continuum: bullying, assault, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, sexual assault and suicide and can result in deaths as well as in long term physical and psychological disability. Download the position statement.
Preventing Injuries: Gun Violence Prevention
The New Hampshire Public Health Association recognizes that guns are part of American culture and believes that the pursuit of gun safety is substantially different from the pursuit of gun control. Improving gun safety, in contrast to traditional gun control, reflects a focused, multidisciplinary effort to limit violence and harm subsequent to inappropriate use of a prevalent technology. Download the position statement.
Substance Misuse – Improving Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
Substance Misuse – Improving Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery: Substance Use Disorders and Substance Misuse
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) recognizes that substance use disorders are a chronic brain disease, and that substance misuse is a problem that negatively impacts individuals, families, and communities throughout New Hampshire. Download the position statement.
Substance Misuse – Improving Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery: Cannabis
The New Hampshire Public Health Association recognizes that legalization of cannabis by states is a relatively new phenomenon. As a result, there is limited research on the public health impact of legalization. Download the position statement.
Health in All Policies
The Health in All Policies (HIAP) e-Newsletter is published weekly during the legislative session and is your resource for public health legislative updates in New Hampshire.
Draft Budget Provides Much Needed Public Health Funding
By Joan H. Ascheim and Marcella Jordan Bobinsky
The New Hampshire Public Health Association is a statewide membership organization composed of health care and public health professionals. For over 25 years, it has brought together members who share a common goal of making sure that all New Hampshire citizens live, learn, work and play in safe and healthy environments.
On behalf of its members, NHPHA wants to thank the state Senate and the House of Representatives for their bipartisan work compiling the 2020–21 budget for the state of New Hampshire. If a state budget is a reflection of what our elected officials value and are willing to fund, then this proposed budget values children, education, mental health, and the health and economic well-being of individuals of all ages who live in New Hampshire ...
Bill Passed by House Would Weaken Children’s Behavioral Health Treatment Systems
By Emma Sevigny & Hanan Babikir Bedri
Our kids are in crisis.
Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the behavioral health concerns facing our children and families. Data shows that children in New Hampshire and across the country are experiencing higher rates of depression and anxiety, and we fear this will only get worse in the years to come.
During these tumultuous times, it’s critical that we use every tool at our disposal to support our children, and the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) is an invaluable resource we depend on to inform our prevention efforts and strengthen public health policies.
Developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YRBS uses valid and anonymous data with safeguards in place to discount false answers, monitor key health and wellness indicators and experiences for school-aged youth, track changes in behavior, and empower students to have ...
New Hampshire Public Health Association Urges COVID-19 Vaccination of New Hampshire Residents
By April Mottram, RPh
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA ) supports and encourages statewide efforts to provide increased access to COVID-19 vaccines to achieve population immunity. Further, NHPHA calls on the Legislature to provide funding that will aid local efforts to promote vaccine access. NHPHA encourages consistent guidance for our communities. Local partnerships, best informed about their own communities’ needs, are also best positioned to help residents achieve full ...
New Hampshire has made some gains in recent years in our battle against the ongoing addiction crisis. But, without an end in sight, the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to undo that hard-fought progress and put more lives in jeopardy.
The pandemic’s impact can be clearly seen in rising alcohol sales across the Granite State. Since the start of the pandemic, alcohol sales have increased about 5% compared to 2019, according to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission ...
Honoring the Critical Role of Public Health Workers
By Joan H. Ascheim
This week through April 12 is National Public Health Week, a week that has been celebrated for 25 years to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.
Sadly, this year the week falls just as we are being told by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, “This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives,” in reference to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic ...
The New Hampshire Public Health Association's policy committee planning team will invite the association membership to monthly meetings starting January through June 2023. At these monthly meetings, the committee planning team will share policy updates and engage the membership to take an active role in the upcoming legislative session. If you have any questions, please contact Hanan Bedri, Executive Director at email@example.com. Meeting dates and times to be announced later this fall.