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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! 

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 

Register online


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

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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 
Fee: $60 

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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 
Fee: $30 

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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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
9:00 AM—3:00 PM 
Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH 
Fee: $60 

Registration will open spring 2016 - check back soon!

5. “Shhhhh, listen...It’s the community talking!” 

Effective practices of community engagement and involvement. 
Presenters to be announced 

December 2016
Fee: $60 

Registration will open spring 2016 - check back soon!

2017 Series Topics 

(titles and dates to be announced) 

  • Policy and Advocacy for Local and State Level Change 
  • Coalition Building Part 2 
  • Evaluating Community Change 


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:  

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