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Awarded Monday, March 24, 2003

Health Insurance Study for NH's Self-Employed

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
MicroCredit-NH (a program of the NH Community Loan fund) will take the lead in closely examining the costs and barriers to health insurance among New Hampshire's self-employed.
Amount Awarded: $30,000
Awarded Monday, March 24, 2003

Housing Economics of the Twin Rivers

Health First Family Care Center, Inc.
Inadequacies and regional needs fro housing with attention to economics of housing in this regional area will be researched, analyzed and reported. The results will be the formation of a planning group that has a feasible region-wide plan for alleviating housing and related economic needs throughout the Twin Rivers area.
Amount Awarded: $17,500
Awarded Monday, March 24, 2003

Printing and Dissemination of NH Guide for People with Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic Conditions Information Network of VT & NH
Printing & distribution of 2000 copies of How to Get what You Need in NH; a Resource Guide for People Living with Chronic or Life-threatening Conditions. The 32-page resource guide, currently available via the Chronic Disease Information Services website in PDF format, would be distributed through NH AHEC offices & programs, & community health centers in NH. Additional materials describing supplementary resources available for free to health care providers & their patients, will be distribution.
Amount Awarded: $11,500
Awarded Monday, March 24, 2003

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Overview, Research, and Best Practices Conference

University of New Hampshire

According to the 2001 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 22.7% of all respondents and 29% of male respondents were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. As a health issue, childhood obesity cuts across economic, cultural, ethnic and geographic borders-and it is an issue with dire long-term health consequences. A community-wide effort, led by health professional and focused on the best practices in prevention, education, and treatment, is critical to counteract this health crisis.
The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Overview, Research and Best Practices' is a one-day conference, developed by the UNH's Division of Continuing Education, designed to convene experts in childhood obesity to share and disseminate information and practice with health and education professionals to combat this issue. The conference, which will produce compiled materials, will include presentations on the latest research on childhood obesity, behavioral and environmental treatment, strategies for early intervention, and best practices for professionals.
This conference is targeted at professionals on the front lines of the childhood obesity battle: professional such as dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners and pediatricians, and health educators, and public health professionals. Continuing Education credits will be granted by UNH and credits are currently pending from the American Dietetic Association and the NH Nurses Association Commission on Continuing Education. We hope to have 100 individuals to attend this conference and many more will have access through the proceedings after the conference.

The conference is an initiative of the UNH's Division of Continuing Education, that has as its mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the citizens and organizations of NH, the region and the nation through access to University resources and a broad range of quality education experiences. As part of its continuing efforts to provide practicing professional with the latest and best practices in the field, and assist the greater community with access to academic research, the Division developed the conference strategy: The latest research findings, paired with best practices, targeted to health professionals with direct access to children and families. The conference content includes keynote speaker: Dr. Barbara Moore, President of Shape Up America, and Plenary Speaker Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The conference is expected to attract 70-100 in-person participants and the proceeding will be available online at no charge for those who cannot attend. Partners include Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield, which is supporting this effort through a $5000 grant and the Foundation for Seacoast Health, which is providing in-kind support and conference facilities.

Amount Awarded: $5,000
Awarded Monday, March 24, 2003

Town of Swanzey Convening

Town of Swanzey
The purpose of the convening initiative would be to examine strategies in which resources and expertise could be pooled to address the issues of geographic, economic and social barriers to health in the Town of Swanzey.
Amount Awarded: $8,708
Awarded Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Medical Treatment Room Upgrade/Renovation

Manchester Community Health Center
In an effort to continuously improve the quality of care provided to Manchester's neediest residents, we oftentimes find ourselves in need of various upgrades to older medical equipment and space. Regulations change periodically as related to the requirements of medical treatment, staffing, infection control issues, etc. MCHC has been successful in remaining in compliance on necessary regulations as relate to services offered. Our treatment room does not comply with acceptable medical standards.
Amount Awarded: $12,500
Awarded Monday, December 23, 2002

Juvenile Diversion in Southern Carroll County

Carroll County Mediation Services, Inc.

Carroll County Mediation Services, Inc. last year opened a satellite office in Ossipee, 30 miles to the south of its main office. All indications are that services offered by CCMS are greatly needed there and that the Ossipee office has the potential to become the larger of the two offices. CCMS has experienced a series of events leading to a shortfall threatening the continuance of the second office. Funds will be used to help fund what will grow into a full-time position and to develop and operate the Carroll County Juvenile Diversion Program and related programs in the southern office through this period.

Juveniles referred to our program by the court for law breaking will follow our juvenile diversion program through which they will become accountable for their actions and avoid escalation of unhealthy choices (the majority are drug involved) and lawbreaking leading to detention out of their communities.

Amount Awarded: $9,554
Awarded Monday, December 23, 2002

Offset Sudden Income Loss

Manchester Center for Alcoholism/Farnum Center

Farnum Center has terminated a contract with USPPO to pursue opportunities for better market value of services with other treatment partners and possibly restructure arrangements with USPPO. Result of this move is a significant short-term loss.

Grant will allow the Center to offset significant, temporary, short-term loss while finalizing contracts with other partners.

Amount Awarded: $10,000
Awarded Monday, December 23, 2002

Relocating of NAMI NH Office

National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire

Relocating NAMI NH's offices from the current overcrowded location to adequate space at below market rates accomplishes several objectives. It will provide needed privacy for those coming to seek information and referral, support continued programmactic growth, improve public awareness of NAMI NH, and facilitate public use of our lending library. Our expansion of program growth has resulted in increased staff sharing space, desks, telephones and file cabinets. Financial resources are directed to programs - we must focus on providing operational tools for staff to work effectively.

The grant is being requested to assist with funding our relocation. The grant funds will be used for items specific to public awareness, communication, and education. The equipment/furnishings will allow us to continue our programmatic work more effectively and accommodate the needs of our consumers and volunteers.

Amount Awarded: $11,266