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New Hampshire CEO Update

July 8, 2022
In This Update
New Hampshire Updates  ·  Federal Updates  ·  Upcoming Events
Member Spotlight  ·  Emergency Preparedness  ·  Bi-State's Meeting Schedule  ·  Vaccine Confidence Resources
New Hampshire Updates
COVID-19 Updates
  • State-run COVID-19 mobile and home-based vaccination program closed on June 30, 2022 to coincide with the end of COVID-19 federal funding. Also effective June 30, the 2-1-1 call center is no longer triaging calls for COVID-19 and instead refers callers with COVID-19 inquiries to their primary care provider or to other resources. Read Union Leader article. (There are plans potentially to reopen mobile services in the fall). 
  • Read AMA article: "Striking CDC data to share with COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant parents."
  • NH DPHS Partner Call (2nd Thursday of each month): Next call is this Thursday, July 14, 12:00-1:00 pm; Zoom info on website.
In the News
In Case You Missed It! Announcing Wellness Link
The Partnership for Public Health, Inc. has officially launched WellnessLink! PPH is one of New Hampshire’s 13 regional public health networks and has partnered with UNH’s Center on Aging and Community Living and NH Department of Health and Human Services to deliver a one-stop resource for COVID-19 related concerns for older people. Older people in New Hampshire can protect their health by calling 866-452-1693. They will receive, at no-cost-to-them, easy to understand, accurate coordination and information for COVID-19 testing, vaccination and follow-up care. Please share the WellnessLink “Protect Your Health” flyer in your networks.
Federal Updates

TIME SENSITIVE - Information Request for Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program participants only*
HRSA is conducting a review of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program to support preparedness for future public health emergency response and programmatic planning. HRSA would like to hear from program participants and supporting organizations throughout the health center network. HRSA sent an email to the Project Director identified in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks. This email came from BPHCAnswers@hrsa.gov and has the subject line, “Your Experience with the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.” The email contains a link to the survey. Your Project Director, or a single representative from your health center, should click the link to enter your responses. DO NOT reply to the email - use the link within it to share your input. Please share your answers by 11:59 p.m. your local time on Wednesday, July 20.

The short survey asks:

  • If and how the vaccine program helped your health center/organization increase equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Which program aspects you found helpful; and
  • Whether the vaccine program supported new or strengthened existing collaborations with public health and community partners.

If you have questions, please submit a ticket through the BPHC Contact Form or call 877-464-4772, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).

Widely Used Hospital Gowns Show Signs of Exposing Workers to Infection
Kaiser Health News published an article which also ran the Scientific American article featuring a peer reviewed study on the effectiveness of disposable isolation gowns. The article then discusses the possibility that that reusable gowns may offer the same protection at a lower cost for budgets and the environment. 

Toolkit on Self-Harm by Poisoning
The Northern New England Poison Center and Safe Kids Vermont request your assistance in sharing a new nationally accredited toolkit for primary care providers and other key stakeholders. Across the country, a growing number of young people are attempting to hurt themselves by poisoning. This toolkit focuses on the critical role health care providers can play in intervention. Visit the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine website.

Integration of Behavioral Health and Oral Health Learning Collaborative - Apply by August 5
The National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) is seeking interested health centers to participate in a virtual Learning Collaborative on Integrating Behavioral Health and Oral Health (IBOH) funded through NNOHA’s cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Learning Collaborative will take place from September 2022 to December 2022. This learning collaborative will be 100% virtual. The goal of the IBOH Learning Collaborative is to improve the overall health of health center patients by utilizing the User’s Guide for Implementation of Interprofessional Oral Health Core Clinical Competencies as a framework for implementing behavioral health screenings such as the PHQ-9 or PHQ-2 in the dental clinic. Online applications are due August 5, 2022. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Events
My Turn Opinion Writing In-Person Workshop - July 19
The Concord Monitor, Granite State News Collaborative, and New Hampshire Humanities will offer a My Turn opinion writing workshop at the Concord Public Library on July 19 at 5:30 pm. Local educators and Monitor editors will help to better equip folks in the Concord area to share their thoughts on local issues through the newspaper. Learn more and sign up here!
Save the Date! NHOHC Presents: Oral Health Matters - July 21
Save the date for the NH Oral Health Coalition annual event: “Oral Health Matters: Defining the Link Between Dental Care and Substance Abuse” on July 21, 4:30-7:00 pm. Headliner: Dr. Glen Hanson, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah. Additional presentations on in-state services and resources to be announced. Continuing Dental Credits (CDEs) pending. We will share registration info and more details in future updates!
Member Spotlight
Amoskeag Health - Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Video
In this video, Dr. Laura Fry, Associate Medical Director at Amoskeag Health, talks about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (NH BCCP) to screen and detect early disease in women who are underinsured or uninsured. BCCP covers: routine physicals, mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, routine cervical cancer screenings, and colposcopy tests. 
- English: https://bit.ly/3uy0l1X
- Español: https://bit.ly/3PceZnq
Emergency Preparedness
State of NH Department of Safety Regional Training Opportunities Bulletin
Click here to view the upcoming regional training opportunities from the State of New Hampshire Department of Safety and other Homeland Security and Emergency Management partners. Most of the classes are tuition-free and help prepare the responders and decision-makers. It is important that community stakeholders and leadership, including Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Municipal employees, health care, community partners, and elected officials are made aware of these opportunities. You can always find the most updated list of trainings on the NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website. The next updated list of trainings will be sent out ~July 18 with any changes and new classes. 
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 cdowling@bistatepca.org, 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.
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?
New Hampshire
Please contact: Colleen Dowling
603-228-2830 Ext. 127
cdowling@bistatepca.org

Vermont
Please contact: Kaylana Blindow
802-229-0002 Ext. 226
kblindow@bistatepca.org
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