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What does it take to build a healthy community? 

  • Community vision to create healthy places where people live, learn, work, and play 
  • An understanding of community needs to improve access to healthy food and physical activity 
  • Community partnership comprised of leaders and champions working together to effect change 

Across New Hampshire, communities, organizations, and groups are partnering to take action on their communities’ priority health issues; action that requires working collectively, thinking differently, and building the skills and capacity to accomplish this work. 

This workshop series is designed to strengthen skill and leadership capacity for creating partnerships, implementing policy, and changing systems so NH communities have the opportunity for “healthy people in healthy places.”

Who is this designed for?  Anyone involved in initiatives, projects, or coalitions focused on community health planning, promotion, or education.  

Download the series flyer for detailed information and session descriptions

Join us for one or all of this 8 part series designed to provide participants with the steps and skills needed to create and sustain a healthy community! 

Upcoming workshops:

8. "Evaluating Community Change"

Presented by: Anne Nordstrom, PhD, MBA and John Erdmann, MS, Antioch University

With so many projects and programs, how do you measure the impact of a community initiative? How do you measure the collective work of a coalition and its partners? In this workshop, participants will learn to assess the progress and impact of the community change making process as a whole. The various levels and processes involved in evaluation will be discussed as well as the how to identify which questions to ask to build an effective evaluation plan. Participants will walk away with the basic skills and concepts to create an evaluation plan for their community initiative.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Location: Comfort Inn, Concord, NH (Merrimack Room), 71 Hall Street, Concord, NH
Registration Fee: $60

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Email Beth Gustafson Wheeler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

* These workshops are co-sponsored and presented by:  

This workshop series is brought to you by:


Past workshop details:

1. Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills* 

Presented by: Sue Cagle and Sharon Cowen, UNH Cooperative Extension

This two-day workshop will help you develop skills and strategies to more effectively and efficiently facilitate work groups, community groups, coalitions, and collaborations. Through this training, participants will learn to:

  • Create collaborative relationships
  • Design and customize processes to meet the needs of specific groups.
  • Develop intentional facilitation practices and use facilitation mapping to design meetings.
  • Identify behaviors that hinder and help a group process.
  • Strengthen participatory and interpersonal skills and increase ability to manage group conflict.

Thursday & Friday, March 17 & 18, 2016
8:30 AM—4:00 PM 
Location: Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Concord, NH
Fee: $120 


Thursday & Friday, May 19 & 20, 2016 
8:30 AM—4:00 PM 
Highland Center, Crawford Notch, Hart’s Location, NH 
Fee: $120 

2. Coalition Building using Collective Impact* 

Presented by: Sue Cagle and Sharon Cowen, UNH Cooperative Extension 

This workshop will explore the principles of Community Collaboration and Coalition building and explore how collaboration can be strengthened. The Collective Impact Model will be reviewed and participants given the opportunity to apply Collective Impact principles and strategies to their work. Participants will:

  • Understand the levels of community collaboration and situations in which each level might be appropriate.
  • Understand the collective impact model and when and why it is used in communities.
  • Apply the collective impact framework to real world situations and explore how using the collective impact framework might benefit the community in which it is applied.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
9:00 AM—4:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord NH 

3. Community Readiness Assessment Training: Is your community ready to take action? 

Presented by: Regina Flynn & Scott Foster, NH Division of Public Health Services

The Community Readiness Model was developed at the Tri-Ethnic Center to assess how ready a community is to address an issue. The basic premise is that matching an intervention to a community’s level of readiness is absolutely essential for success. Efforts that are too ambitious are likely to fail because community members will not be ready or able to respond. To maximize chances for success, the Community Readiness Model offers tools to measure readiness and to develop stage-appropriate strategies. This session will provide participants with the skills and understanding to:

  • Assess communities readiness about an issue
  • Build relationships
  • Gain a better understanding of the issue in the community
  • Define and tailor strategies appropriate for the “readiness” of a community

Thursday, June 2, 2016
9:00 AM—2:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities 

4. Facilitation Challenges and Tips for Success* 

Presented by: Sue Cagle and Sharon Cowen, UNH Cooperative Extension

This interactive, one-day workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn and apply facilitation tools and strategies to a variety of common group situations. The causes of common facilitation challenges will be explored and participants will have the opportunity to work with other facilitators to develop successful tools for responding to challenging situations. Download flyer for more information.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
9:00 AM—3:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 

5.“Shhhhh, listen...It’s the community talking!” Effective practices of community engagement and involvement

Presented by: Molly Donovan and Sue Cagle, UNH Cooperative Extension

Strong, vibrant communities have an active and engaged citizenry. Effective engagement leads to increased public understanding, input and support for community ideas and decisions and helps to grow local leadership. This workshop will provide you with the skills to do effective outreach and engagement in your community – and to understand the difference! We will cover the benefits and challenges of community engagement. You will learn how to identify audiences to engage such as the business community, residents, leaders, youth and under-represented groups. You will hear about the many engagement tools you can use such as storytelling circles, focus groups, rich pictures, interviews, posters and story maps. You will come away with the skills to develop and implement a targeted – volunteer led - plan for community engagement and in doing so, strengthen your project and community.

Thursday, December 8, 2016: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (lunch included)
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH

6. “Setting the Stage for Policy Change in Your Community:

Advocacy strategies, skills and tools for local initiatives”

Presented by:

Melissa Bernardin
Campaign Coordinator 
Voices for Healthy Kids-NH 
American Heart Association


Nancy Vaughan
Director of Government Relations 
American Heart Association

Looking to advocate for policy change to support healthier, more vibrant communities? This one day workshop will introduce you to campaign planning tools and strategies to engage your community in policy change. Whether you are working for change at the local or state level, this workshop will prepare you for success through examples of best practices, sharing of useful tools, and group exercises.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (lunch included)*

* Snow date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 

7. “Collaboration Multiplier:

Building Effective Partnerships for Catalyzing Change” 

Presented by: Sandra Viera, MPA, Program Manager, Prevention Institute and Maureen Sliva, MPH, Associate Program Manager, Prevention Institute

Designed for individuals looking to leverage partnerships and expertise among the community, this 1½ day workshop will identify specific opportunities for partnership and collaboration with multiple sectors to advance primary prevention approaches and strategies. Through community case studies, facilitated discussion, and interactive activities using Prevention Institute’s Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide and Collaboration Multiplier frameworks, participants will learn how to: build buy-in for shared work, make the best use of people’s time and collective efforts, develop action-oriented joint strategies, and sustain effective collaborations over time.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM & 
Friday, April 28, 2017: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (lunch included)
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 

Cancellation Policy:

We understand things happen and sometimes you need to cancel. If you need to cancel:
-- up to 48 hours before the program may receive a full refund.
-- 24-48 hours prior to the program registration fees are non-refundable but you will receive a credit towards another workshop.
-- Day of program cancellations and no shows forfeit their registration fees.
If you have any questions about this policy, please call Beth Gustafson Wheeler at 603-415-4278 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Future Dates:

December 6, 2017

All meetings are held at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and are from 9:00am - 12:00pm. RSVP if you plan to attend.

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