NHPHA Past Events

For more information about any event listed, contact Autumn Raschick-Goodwin at [email protected]

April 20, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Details: The 30th NHPHA Annual Meeting brings public health professionals and friends together to network, share, learn, and advance public health policies and practices. The program features a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, student poster sessions, and an award ceremony. Meeting attendees can connect with public health colleagues and industry experts through the virtual meeting platform. 

Breakout Sessions
The theme for this year’s breakout sessions is NHPHA Reunion. Attendees can join more than one breakout session, including:
  • 1990’s: Initial Organizing and Growth
  • 2000s: Roller Coaster Ride
  • 2010s: Rapid Financial and Project Growth
  • 2020s: Building Staff and Reach
  • Student Poster Winners
Student Posters
NHPHA student posters are designed to raise the public health professionals’ awareness and comprehension of various important and timely public health topics.  Students submit and have their posters judged before the virtual meeting. The top winners will be on display in a Breakout Session. All posters will be available for viewing on the NHPHA website, after the annual meeting.

NHPHA Annual Meeting Awards
Each year, NHPHA recognizes industry members who contribute to public health; practice and/or promote public health in the state; improve the health of New Hampshire residents; demonstrate significant potential as a rising star in the field; and demonstrate passion, commitment, and dedication to promoting health, economic, and social justice for everyone in New Hampshire. NHPHA’s awards include the Roger Fossum, Friend of Public Health, New Hampshire Community Health Service, Rising Star, and Raaga Devineni Equity and Justice awards. More information will be available soon.

Keynote Session
Dr. Semra Aytur, Associate Professor at the Department of Health Management & Policy at UNH, will deliver the keynote address, titled “Transformational Resilience: Leading the Path Toward Planetary Health.” 

Keynote Session Description
In this keynote address, Dr. Aytur will present Transformational Resilience, a term coined by Dr. Bob Doppelt that has been gaining the attention of practitioners in various fields as a promising approach for taking care of ourselves while committing to our roles as champions for planetary health, both locally and globally. It is a prevention-oriented approach for dealing with chronic toxic stress (e.g., caused by social disruption, structural racism, synergistic epidemics of infectious and chronic disease, environmental degradation, and other impacts of climate change). Transformational Resilience promotes thinking and acting in healthy ways even amid ongoing unhealthy conditions, enabling us to use adversity as a catalyst to find meaning, direction, and hope. It focuses on capacity-building across all levels of the socio-ecological model and calls for us to collectively act as catalysts for planetary health.  

Keynote Speaker Biography
Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Management & Policy at UNH. She is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on transformational resilience and the relationships between environmental, social, and policy factors in preventing disease and keeping people well. Prior to joining UNH in 2009, Dr. Aytur completed her undergraduate degree in human biology at Brown University, her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Boston University, and her PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

She has extensive experience with multisectoral team-science projects that focus on socio-ecological systems and reducing health disparities. Dr. Aytur uses innovative quantitative and qualitative methods in her research, including health impact assessment (HIA) and participatory action research (PAR) methods, such as PhotoVoice and community mapping. Additionally, she gained practical public health experience by working in public health departments in five states, focusing on policies related to healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, and chronic disease prevention across the life course.

Dr. Aytur contributed to the implementation of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework in New Hampshire. In 2014, she collaborated on the first health impact assessment, focusing on anticipating climate impacts, assessing vulnerabilities, and projecting the disease burden. She served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator for several resilience-focused grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SECYNC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2019, Dr. Aytur was honored as a recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of older people who are members of minority groups.

Most recently, Dr. Aytur helped start New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action (NH HWCA), a nonprofit consisting of bipartisan healthcare workers concerned about the impacts of climate change on health in both urban and rural communities. She is deeply committed to collaborative learning and community-engaged research that supports transformational resilience and planetary health.

Listening Session on Climate Change and Health in New Hampshire
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

5:00 - 6:15 pm

Details: Public health professionals are invited to the Listening Session on Climate Change and Health in New Hampshire to share observations and experiences related to human and environmental health impacts of climate-related changes in New Hampshire.

At the session, Ms. Victoria Adewumi, Community Liaison at the City of Manchester Health Department, will frame the conversation, highlighting linkages between the manufactured environment and the natural environment that affect our vulnerable populations. Ms. Jenn Alford-Teaster, NHPHA Board Member, Director of the Data Analytic Core (DAC) and Senior Research Scientist at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine will facilitate the Listening session.

This session is designed for anyone working in public health – from community health workers to service providers, clinical professionals, and advocates. If you are eager to share how you are seeing climate change affecting the populations you serve, please join us.

What we learn at this gathering will inform the work ahead for NHPHA and our allies to communicate with leaders and decision-makers as we advocate for action steps to protect public and planetary health from climate change. Come prepared to share, learn, discuss - and participate in a closing activity to identify key points that will be important to share with the broader public.

Facilitator Biographies

Victoria Adewumi is an equity communicator and network leader connecting people, places, and power for communities to realize their best health and wellbeing. Victoria works for the City of Manchester Health Department, championing health improvement strategies for under-resourced and historically marginalized communities. From grassroots refugee and immigrant direct-service nonprofits to faith-based organizations, Victoria has spent her entire career advocating and exhorting with the goal of facilitating community self-empowerment. A first-generation Nigerian American and New Hampshire native, Victoria holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and is a Bloomberg Fellow & Masters of Public Health candidate at Johns Hopkins University. 

Jenn Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH is the Director of the Data Analytic Core (DAC), a Senior Research Scientist, and lecturer in The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). Jenn has a fifteen-year career at Dartmouth beginning in the Dartmouth College Geography Department and most recently as a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Data Science (BMDS) and within the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) core of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography followed by a master’s degree in Applied Geography along with a post-baccalaureate degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG); as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Jenn’s career has focused on applying geographic methods to measure disparities related to geographic access to health care services with a particular focus on rural cancer care. 

Team Up, Take Action: Fall Forum: Envisioning an Equitable Future through Public Health Strategies

When: November 4, 2021 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Details: Please join us for our 6th Annual Team Up, Take Action (TUTA) fall forum to discuss the current challenges of the public health infrastructure in New Hampshire and Vermont as exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year TUTA is a free virtual conference with the following learning objectives:

• Describe how our states’ responses to COVID revealed the need to address health equity challenges.
• Outline the strengths and weaknesses of the public health infrastructure in New Hampshire and Vermont.
• Identify some initiatives that public health professionals and their partners can undertake to support the vision that has been outlined by our state health department leaders.

Keynote Speakers:
Patricia M Tilley, MS Ed, Director, New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Mark Levine, MD Commissioner of Health, Vermont Department of Health

Team Up, Take Action Fall Forum: The Impact of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and Vermont: Forging New Partnerships to Improve Health Equity

When: November 10, 17, and 19, 2020

Details: This was the fifth year collaborating with partners from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and fourth year with the Vermont Public Health Association to present the Team Up, Take Action conference to focus on health topics of critical importance to the communities of New Hampshire and Vermont. This event was a unique collaboration between health systems, community partners, and public health professionals. The 2020 Team Up, Take Action Fall Forum, The Impact of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and Vermont: Forging New Partnerships to Improve Health Equity, took place virtually during the mornings of November 10, 17, and 19 with a special focus area each day related to COVID and equity issues. 

Lobbying and Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-Profit Advocates

Public Health Mentoring Program 2019-2020

When: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Details: For more information about the program, click here.

Food Insecurity Webinar

When: March 19, 1-2:30 p.m.


To view the slides from this webinar, please click here. You can watch and listen to the recording here.

Public Health Career Webinar

When: April 1, 3:30-5 p.m.


The slides from this webinar are here. The recording is available here.

NHPHA Open House

When: December 6, 2019, 5-7:30 p.m.

We had a great time at our open house this year! Thanks to all who attended, and special thanks go to Ashley Wilder for providing a cookie decorating station for the kids in attendance (and some of the adults!).

Lobbying and Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-Profit Advocates

Lobbying & Advocacy 2019 flyer sponsored by NHPHA, New Futures, and Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Public Health Mentoring Program 2019-2020 Program Kick-Off

October 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH

The second year of the Public Health Mentoring Program kicked off on October 10 at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord. We have 14 mentor-mentee pairs for the 2019-2020 program, including a variety of students, early-career professionals, and people pursuing a career change, all enthusiastic about public health in New Hampshire! During the kick-off event, mentors and mentees had the opportunity to get to know one another, set goals and expectations, and attend a training by Emily Bass that focused on communication and asking thoughtful questions. 


Team Up, Take Action: A Conference on Partnering to Improve Community Health: Building Bridges between Communities and Healthcare

October 2, 2019, 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH

Jose Montero and Team Up, Take Action plannersNHPHA co-hosted its annual fall forum with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Vermont Public Health Association. Nearly 200 people attended. This provided a public health professional development and networking opportunity for its members. José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was the keynote speaker.

Persuasive Public Health Messaging Follow-Up Videoconference

September 18, 2019, online

In March 2019, NHPHA hosted Michele Levy to present a training on persuasive public health messaging. We reconvened the participants via a video conference to share about their successful work using messages they began crafting at the training. It was geared toward those who participated but was open to all. To view the webinar, click here.

Practicum: Systems Thinking Training: Using Systems Thinking to Address the Social Determinants of Health

June 25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., NH Audubon McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord

This event was co-sponsored with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. This day-long practicum was specifically designed for regional public networks to learn to apply systems thinking to address social determinants of health in their communities. Networks were encouraged to attend in teams of at least 3 community members and focus on a social determinant that was a priority for them (transportation, food insecurity, homelessness, education, etc.).

Expert trainer Julia Ross (principle at Ross & Co.) shared the basics of systems thinking to enable teams to consider the underlying causes that may be standing in the way of making traction on complex issues. Teams had time to work together to have these conversations with coaching from Julia.

Fundraiser/Networking Event: Fundraise with NHPHA During NH Gives!

June 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., online and/or at NHPHA, 4 Park St., Suite 403, Concord

With volunteers' help, we raised over 66% of our 2019 goal! We spent this official day of 2019 NH Gives reaching out to our individual contacts via email, social media, and phone. Coffee and food were provided. We asked volunteers to participate in a Facebook live event to generate and maintain interest during this important day of giving. All donations this year went toward our workforce development program and its associated activities. We thank everyone who participated and donated for their support and generosity.

NHPHA Annual Meeting

April 9, 2019, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH

NHPHA members and public health colleagues met for the annual meeting, scheduled to coincide with National Public Health Week. The meeting featured a student skills building session, peer/professional networking, student posters, and recognition of outstanding public health partners and professionals during the annual awards ceremony. Cassie Yackley, PsyD, PLLC, was the keynote speaker. This was the first year we held a silent auction in conjunction with the annual meeting, and the event was a success, raising money for the NHPHA Public Health Mentor Program!

Training: Persuasive Public Health Messaging Workshop

March 2019, Audubon Center, Concord, NH

Participants were encouraged to share their personal "elevator speeches" with each other at the beginning of the workshop.This practical, hands-on marketing workshop for public health teams was hosted by NHPHA in March 2019 and led by brand strategy expert Michele Levy. The workshop is designed to help teams develop clear, concise, compelling messaging for a specific public health program or project. Crafting your public health message can help in writing to funders, talking with colleagues and explaining your work to decision-makers such as selectman or legislators. Through a combination of presentation, breakout working sessions, and discussion, participating teams draft an elevator pitch, supporting points, and audience messaging for their chosen program or project.

Training: Lobbying and Advocacy

What can you do as a nonprofit or public health official? What are the legal sources of lobbying restrictions? What is the difference between advocacy, direct lobbying, and grassroots lobbying? Participants learned the answers to these and other sometimes confusing questions through our Lobbying and Advocacy training. NHPHA co-hosted this event with presenters Kate Frey and Aly McKnight from New Futures as well as speaker Kerri McGowan Lowrey from the Network for Public Health Law’s Eastern Region at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Webinar: Exploring Social Determinants of Health: From Data to Action to Advance Equity: New Hampshire and National Approaches

We know good health goes beyond medical care and is influenced by economic opportunity, affordable housing, and quality education - all factors that communities can transform. These "social determinants of health" were the focus of this webinar from May 2018, using data and evidence from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to learn how to strengthen community efforts to improve health outcomes.

In addition, participants learned how Carroll County Coalition for Public Health's health partners are mobilizing community-wide approaches to address housing and transportation challenges in order to affect the conditions in which all people can be healthy. They also heard about Cheshire Medical Center's Prescribe for Health Program that uses provider referrals to Population Health Workers to more effectively connect patients to the community-based supports that will make healthier choices the easier choices, especially for those with chronic disease who are also socio-economically disadvantaged. There was a discussion of how the Monadnock Living Wage Work Group has been working with area businesses to pledge to pay an entry wage equivalent of $15 by 2020.

Click here to view the webinar.