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May 6, 2022
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In This Update
Legislative Update
New Hampshire Updates
Member Spotlight
COVID-19 Developments
Webinars & Learning Sessions
Federal Resources
Emergency Preparedness
Bi-State's Meeting Schedule
Vaccine Confidence Resources

What happened this week at the State House: 
Click here for a complete list of bills Bi-State is tracking. As we approach the end of the 2022 legislative session, all bills have now gone to a vote in both the House and Senate. Before going to the Governor’s desk, many bills that passed both houses will go to a Committee of Conference, made up of several Representatives and Senators, to hash out the final details. Thank you to you, your staff, and your board members for all of your emails and phone calls to your legislators. It means so much! 

Summary of votes this week: 
HB 1022 permitting pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order: Passed Senate by voice vote. 
HB 1080 relative to the rights of conscience for medical professionals: Referred to Interim Study by Senate. 
HB 1131 prohibiting mask mandates in schools: This bill would remove a school board's ability to implement a mask mandate in the event of a medical emergency, like the Covid-19 pandemic. Passed Senate
HB 1210 relative to exemptions from vaccine mandates: This bill would add a new undefined “conscience” objection to exemptions from workplace vaccine mandates. Defeated in Senate 19-5.
HB 1455 relative to state enforcement of federal vaccination mandates: Passed Senate with Amendment 13-10.
HB 1526 relative to income eligibility for in and out medical assistance: Passed Senate by voice vote. 
HB 1606 making the vaccine registry opt-in: This bill would weaken NH's vaccine registry by forcing individuals to opt-in participate rather than allowing them to opt out, as is the case under current law. Passed Senate 13-10.
HB 1609 relative to certain provisions of the fetal life protection act requiring an ultrasound examination: On its way to Governor's desk for signature! Read PPNNE's 5/6 recap of ongoing actions on federal and state reproductive health bills.  
SB 422 establishing an adult dental benefit under the state Medicaid program: Passed House 205-109.

What's going on next week: 

The House will meet Thursday, May 12th at 10:00 am. The House will also meet on Thursday, May 26th when they expect to complete their work on committees of conference reports. The Senate will meet in session on Thursday, May 12th at 10:00 am in the Senate Chamber.

Other updates:
- $100 million YDC settlement fund approved by Senate. Read NH Bulletin article.

New Hampshire Updates
Question from One of Your Peers (please take <1 minute)
Please complete this very brief poll to share if you've worked with or if you currently work with Patriot Health Partners (an MSO), and what your experience was with them, if applicable. Thanks for your help! 

5/3 NH CEO Call Presentation
Here are Mary Dowes' slides from our May NH CEO Call: "2020 Northern New England Community Health Center Operating Metrics." Special thanks to BerryDunn for presenting on the annual review of aggregated CHC financials. 

NH DHHS Request for Proposals Announcement: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support Services within the Greater Nashua Area (RFP-2022-BDAS-08-SUBST)
The SUD Treatment and Recovery Support Services RFA is published on NH DHH's new RFP website. It was released on 5/3/22 and will close 6/17/22 at 12:00 noon. For full RFA details, visit here.

NH DHHS Request for Proposals Announcement: School Based Health Services (RFA-2023-DPHS-03-SCHOO )
The School Based Health Services RFA is published on NH DHHS's new RFP website. It was released on 4/26/22 and will close 5/24/22 at 12:00 midnight. For full RFA details, visit here

NH Children and Teens Experiencing Mental Health Disorders: An Analysis of 2019 Healthcare Claims Data
UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice in collaboration with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth has just released a summary report of findings from an analysis of pediatric mental health care claims data for 2019. This report reviews for the 0-18 population in NH: the burden of pediatric mental health conditions; mental health conditions and comorbidities with other mental health conditions; and mental health medical and pharmaceutical service utilization. 

Health Landscape New Hampshire Chartbook
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)-HRSA-funded chartbooks of the landscape of health care in the NBRC region states have been posted. Here they are for New Hampshire and Vermont

Colorectal Cancer Screening Resources
The NH Medical Society is partnering with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Exact Sciences to encourage all physicians to visit their Colorectal Cancer Screening Appropriate Use website to download patient education resources, including a printable office/practice poster and patient letter templates. Materials explain the colorectal cancer screening options based on patient age and risk including colonoscopy, fecal immunochemical test, and MT-sDNA (Cologuard).

NH DHHS Launches New Customer-Centric Website
On 5/3/22, NH DHHS released this press announcement on their redesigned website. The website address will remain the same but includes enhanced customer-centric features designed to make it easy for visitors to find the information they need. The previous version of the DHHS website, which focused on the Department’s bureaus and divisions, sunsets after more than 10 years.

NH DHHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Summer Youth Programs
On 5/3/22, NH DHHS released this press announcement that funding is available to organizations offering summer and school-year programs geared toward middle and high school youth. As part of New Hampshire’s Invest in the Future Fund, the State will utilize $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the Empowering Youth Program.

NH DHHS Urges Former Foster Youth to Apply for Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
On 5/2/22, NH DHHS, DCYF, released this press announcement urging former foster youth to apply for time-limited federal funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. 
NH DPHS Partner Calls - See new schedule below! 
Health Care Call
2nd Thursday/month, 12:00-1:00 pm (next call is 5/12)
Zoom Link; passcode: 353809
4/14 slides
Education Call
1st Wednesday/month, 3:30-4:30 pm
(last call was 5/4)
Zoom link; passcode: 197445
NEW! 5/4 slides
Member Spotlight
Amoskeag Health
Bi-State participated in Amoskeag Health's annual event, Morning Matters, on May 3rd (this was its 15th year in a row) and it was fabulous! Thank you for all you do inspiring hope in your community! 
Coos County Family Health Services
Thank you to Bonnie de Vries, Chief Medical Officer at Coos County Family Health Services, Inc. for sharing these resources about bringing joy to work at the last Bi-State CMO Call: 
IHI Joy in Work Resources
IHI Conversation and Action Guide to Support Staff Well-Being and Joy in Work During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Developments
NH Health Alert Network
On 5/5/22, NH DHHS released a HAN with recommendations on mosquito-borne diseases.
Webinars & Learning Sessions
COVID-19 ECHO Spring 2022 Series - Webinar Recording 4/27/22
Last Wednesday's (4/27/22) COVID-19 ECHO Spring 2022 Series session focused on responsive leadership. Here is the one-hour webinar recording and presentation slides. The next session on May 11th.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on SUD Treatment (5/9, 4:30 pm)
NYSARH is hosting an Opioid Response Webinar Series. This event, presented by Kelly Ramsey, Chief of Medical Services at NYS OASAS, is free and open to the community. The opioid response webinars are AHEC-grant funded community engagement events focusing on prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies, trainings for providers, Narcan trainings, and various other initiatives to assist with the opioid crisis. Register here.

Virtual Film Screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic (5/11 or 5/26)
Join us for a free virtual film screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic followed by discussions with experts in the fields of pediatrics and public health. Choose one of the two breakout session options: 5/11, 7:30-9:30 am or 5/26, 2:00-4:00 pm. Registration if required, and space is limited! We welcome clinicians, health center staff, school nurses, and anyone else interested in attending. The events are open to all, regardless of where you live or your profession. CE credits will be available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristen at This event is sponsored by Bi-State Primary Care Association, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, Southern NH Area Health Education Center, and the Vermont Department of Health. Please share the flyer widely! 
The Ins & Outs of Self-Advocacy Youth Conference (5/14/22)
Participants will hear from NH young adults about what self-advocacy can look like and much more. Please share this flyer. Register here.

All Hazards Emergency Preparedness & Response Learning Collaborative (Beginning 5/17)
In this four-part learning collaborative, participants will discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to inform future emergency preparedness efforts. Speakers will highlight the efficacy of an all-hazards, multidisciplinary preparedness approach, as well as specific measures health centers should take to comply with the CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness. Register and learn more.

HRSA Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series: Telehealth (5/24, 1:00-2:30 pm)
Join HRSA to discuss telehealth's impact on the health care workforce, its role in bridging primary and behavioral services, potential barriers and challenges with telehealth services, and the future of telehealth in a post-pandemic world. Join the webinar on 5/24.
GoTruth New Hampshire Virtual Vaccine Panel (6/7)
Save the Date! Bi-State participates in a workgroup that's planning a virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, June 7th from 4:00-5:00 pm to help guide conversations on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We have a robust panel lineup: The State Epi Team (Drs. Chan and Talbot) and Dr. Gary Sobelson are confirmed speakers. Stay tuned for registration link and calendar invitation! 
2022 Telehealth Summit Save the Date (11/15, 8:00 am-1:00 pm)
The NH Telehealth Alliance is hosting the 2022 Annual Summit on November 15th. Mark your calendars for an in-person, half-day event featuring discussions around broadband deployment, emerging technologies, and the advantages of telehealth as a means of health care. Learn more about this event. Become a NH Telehealth Alliance member.
Federal Resources
Emergency Preparedness
GSCC Weekly Newsletter
Click here to view the Granite State Health Care Coalition's Newsletter with emergency preparedness engagement opportunities.

Burn Surge Virtual Tabletop Exercise Invitation (5/19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm)
The GSHCC invites you to participate in the 2022 Burn Surge Annex Tabletop Exercise on May 19th. This includes an overview of the GSHCC Burn Surge Annex prior to formal exercise play and a hotwash period immediately following the exercise. This exercise will look at high level planning assumptions, identify potential resource gaps, and highlight areas for alignment in future planning, education, training, and response between individual agencies, the GSHCC, and NH ESF-8. To promote inclusion and engagement of other member and partners in GSHCC exercises, this exercise will be open to observers. Members and partners are encouraged to listen in on exercise discussions and contribute to the learning environment. This is a great opportunity for agencies with uncertain roles to consider how they may support response in the future. Register here no later than Tuesday, May 17th COB!  
Bi-State's Meeting & Event Schedule
Virtual Primary Care Conference (5/17, 8:30 am-2:30 pm)
Registration closes this Tuesday, May 10th for the PCC! To learn more about the day and register, visit our event page. We would love to see you there! If you have questions about the PCC, please email Colleen at To unsubscribe from 2022 PCC updates, please email Clem at
Regularly Scheduled Meetings 
NH CEO Meetings: First Tuesday of the month, 9:00-11:00 am
NH & VT CFO Meetings: Every other month, third Thursday, 1:30-2:30 pm
NH & VT CMO Meetings: Bi-Weekly, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 am - CMO calls are held the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month for 45 minutes.
Vaccine Confidence At Your Fingertips
Bi-State 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.
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