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.
Community Partner Spotlight
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
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
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:
- Melissa Bernardin from the American Heart Association briefly shared information on the Voices for Healthy Kids Project here in NH and nationwide. Here is a link to the website for more information: http://voicesforhealthykids.org/ . We hope to have Melissa back in the near future to discuss the project and how we can support each other’s efforts.
- Plan4 Health Nashua information and resources (scroll down below video for links to resources): http://www.healnh.org/index.php/active-transportation/successes-in-nh/plan4health-nashua
Videos demonstrating how to use vegetables found at the Farmers Market
Shared by Robin Peters, UNH Cooperative Extension
- Summer squash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knp1gFRINlc&feature=share
- Kale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSArT5vohZ8
- Eggplant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oZ_OeszIrk
- Tomatoes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ply3IIHl6g
- Broccoli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGP4Y4IXT5k&feature=share
- Spinach- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW83CoQFqtg
- Asparagus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-vduYhkrJ0
- Snow Peas- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbSLtbIMrK4
- 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: http://www.nhfarmtoschool.org/current-initiatives.html
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:
- Food Services Presentation by Doris Demers and Amy Cassidy
- The Lakes Region Harvest Box initiative
- Nashua's 5-2-1-0 Wellness tracker magnet
- Greater Nashua Regional Public Health Network’s 5-2-1-0 Toolkit
- Healthy Monadnock Champions K-8 School Champion Assessment
- Healthy Monadnock WellSAT2.0 - a Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool
- Franklin SAU letter to visitors about healthy food in schools
- Franklin School wellness committee activity log
- 5-2-1-0 Non-food reward ideas
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".