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New Hampshire CEO Update

July 22, 2022
In This Update
New Hampshire Updates  ·  Federal Updates  ·  Learning Opportunities
Member Spotlight  ·  Emergency Preparedness  ·  Bi-State's Meeting Schedule  ·  Vaccine Confidence Resources
New Hampshire Updates
Family Planning Funding and Contracts Update! 
Today, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee heard item 22-244, which is the additional Title X funding (new funding) from the Biden administration to which the gag rule does not apply. (The funding was discussed at some length today with the Fiscal Committee eventually voting 9 to 1 to approve it; Senator Daniels was the lone Nay vote). The funding will support the family planning contracts, which are officially up on the Governor and Council agenda for this Wednesday, July 27th! Click here to view the G&C agenda - see items 15A-15G.
NH DHHS Weekly COVID-19 Update - NH hospitalizations on the rise
On July 21, NH DHHS announced 1,569 new positive COVID-19 test results between 7/14 and 7/20. For the previous week, DHHS announce 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There are currently 34 hospitalized patients being treated for COVID-19. Read Modern Healthcare article, "Health systems face ‘perfect storm' of financial challenges."
NH DPHS FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 6 Months+
The NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services is continuously updating FAQs for COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 6 Months+. Providers interested in receiving COVID vaccines can contact
NHFPI Report: "Long-Term Services and Supports in New Hampshire"
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges within NH's long-term services and supports system. NH will need to make significant investments in Medicaid LTSS to be able to meet the current and growing needs of its aging population. Click here to read the report, published July 18. 
"Together We Thrive": NH Charitable Foundation 2021 Annual Report
Click here to read the NH Charitable Foundation's Annual Report. We are grateful to the Foundation for their key role in expanding equitable access to affordable care in our communities! 
NH Health Alert Network: Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine
On July 21, NH DHHS released HAN #63 with recommendations on the Novavax vaccine. The CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend the Novavax COVID-19 vaccination as a 2-dose primary series for persons 18 years of age or older with each dose administered 3-8 weeks apart (recommended interval is based on a person’s immunocompromised status). CDC will conduct a webinar 7/28 from 2-3 pm on “Recommendations for the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series in Adults 18 and Older;” access webinar here. NH DPHS will conduct their next health care provider call 8/11 at noon; access webinar here.
In the News
Proposed electric-bill credit spurs debate before Executive Council (Keene Sentinel)
Mascoma Community Health Center will suspend dental services (nhpr)
NH could receive $70M for broadband expansion (Union Leader)
Will There Be Enough Monkeypox Vaccine? (The New York Times)
Low demand for young kids’ Covid vaccines is alarming doctors (POLITICO)
FDA advisers vote to include an Omicron-specific component for a coronavirus booster in the US (CNN)
Federal Updates

988 Lifeline
The US transition to 988 began last week. 988 is the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This transition is an important step to strengthening and transforming the crisis care continuum in the US. SAMHSA’s 988 Partner Toolkit includes new materials, like social media tools, to educate your community. 

Your Local Epidemiologist: "Polio: An unfortunate reminder of the decline in routine vaccinations"
"Yesterday, an unvaccinated, young adult was diagnosed with polio in New York and developed paralysis. They had no history of travel. This case follows a U.K. warning last month after London found several wastewater samples of the polio virus. Both instances suggest local community spread." Read today's Your Local Epidemiologist post.

Learning Opportunities
NHOHC Presents: "Oral Health Matters: Defining the Link Between Dental Care and Substance Abuse" 
Last night, Bi-State participated in the NH Oral Health Coalition's webinar, “Oral Health Matters: Defining the Link Between Dental Care and Substance Abuse” with Dr. Glen Hanson, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah. Stay tuned for resources from this webinar that the NHOHC will send out next week on local and national opportunities to further expand this work! 
Member Spotlight
NH Community Health Centers In the News: Family Planning Funding
This week Annmarie Timmins at the NH Bulletin wrote a story about the importance of family planning funding, featuring our members: Amoskeag Health, Coos County Family Health Services, Lamprey Health Care, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Read full article
Emergency Preparedness
GSHCC Weekly Newsletter
Click here to view the Granite State Health Care Coalition's Newsletter with emergency preparedness engagement opportunities. 
Bi-State's Emergency Preparedness Google Drive
Bi-State is continuously updating an Emergency Preparedness Google document. To request help with a table top exercise, after-action review, or other training needs, please contact Colleen at, and we can link you to the state coalition who are glad to assist!
Bi-State's Meeting Schedule
NH CEO CallsFirst Tuesday of the month, 9:00-11:00 am - OFF UNTIL SEPTEMBER
NH & VT CFO Calls: Every other month, third Thursday, 1:30-2:30 pm
NH & VT CMO Calls: Bi-Weekly, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 am - 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month for 45 minutes.

Resiliency and Well-Being Session Spotlight
This week's Resiliency and Well-Being session highlight is from the Work/Life track: Moments of Refresh at work, stretching and movement to beat back stress! Try out these tried and true methods to break up the day for as little as 2 minutes a day. All previous Resiliency and Well-Being sessions are available on Vermont Health Learn until September 30, 2022 and no registration is required. For information and assistance accessing Vermont Health Learn, please contact Kaylana at

Vaccine Confidence Resources
Bi-State's Vaccine Confidence Google Drive
Bi-State is continuously updating a COVID-19 vaccine resource and vaccine confidence Google document with the most recent information at the top of each section.
Questions for Bi-State?
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Please contact: Colleen Dowling
603-228-2830 Ext. 127

Please contact: Kaylana Blindow
802-229-0002 Ext. 226
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