Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, recently awarded $996,964.00 in grants. Funding supports a wide array of projects aimed at strengthening the voices of families and youth, as well as greater access to community-service information. The Endowment’s focus includes work on health equity, children’s behavioral health, early childhood, elder health and health policy.
“We are proud to support several opportunities to bolster citizen power, including projects that engage families and youth in advocating for themselves and for family caregivers by recognizing and asking for the support they need,” said Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry. “This grant cycle also features several projects that will help New Hampshire better understand how to access available services and know what the needs are in communities around the Granite State,” Goldsberry added.
The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects:
New Hampshire Family Network Expansion Project: $71,594 was awarded to the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire to develop family leadership in NH’s children’s behavioral health system. The project will identify and engage family leaders, providing advocacy training and expanding grassroots family-to-family peer supports.
Spark NH Public Awareness Project: $115,000 was awarded to Early Learning New Hampshire to actively engage a diverse base of stakeholders in promoting the importance of investing in early childhood by enhancing Spark NH's public awareness capacity.
Strategic Support for Family Caregivers, $4,000 was awarded to the NH Alliance for Health Aging/University of New Hampshire to increase support for unpaid, family caregivers. The project will help caregivers to self-identify while engaging more medical providers and employers to support caregiving conversations and supportive workplaces.
Young Organizers United (YOU) $30,000 was awarded to the Granite State Organizing Project to enhance leadership capabilities and educational attainment for youth in the Manchester and Nashua School Districts. The project will aim to expand the YOU program to youth at Memorial and West High Schools in Manchester and Nashua North and South High Schools.
New Hampshire Community Benefit Reporting Guidance and Format Improvement: $18,600 was awarded to the Community Health Institute/JSI Research & Training to convene stakeholders and conduct research about health-care Community Benefit reporting in New Hampshire. Information will help clarify current guidance, resolve differences of interpretation and align with current federal reporting definitions.
2-1-1 NH Web Site Refresh, $10,000 was awarded to Granite United Way to improve access to social service resources by providing a user friendly website for 2-1-1-NH, a statewide repository and hotline providing information on a variety of health and human services available around the state.
The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire – especially the vulnerable and underserved. Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1300 grants totaling $50 million to support a wide range of health-related projects in New Hampshire.For more information on the Endowment’s priorities and grantmaking, visit www.endowmentforhealth.org
The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects:
University of New Hampshire, $40,000 – Implementing a System of Care Approach for Children's Behavioral Health. This project provides technical support to the NH Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services as they prepare the Year 3 System of Care Implementation Report and plan for future data needs associated with reports in Years 4 and 5.
New Hampshire Women's Foundation, $30,000 – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Economic Analysis & Modeling. This grant supports the creation of a sustainable family medical leave insurance program by providing additional data and analysis on the economic modeling to ensure a successful program design.
University of New Hampshire, $40,000 – The Leadership Equity Series creates more equitable and inclusive leadership practices in NH organizations and communities through an intensive series of facilitated dialogues focused on systemic and structural racism, implicit bias, and privilege associated with social identities.
Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., $50,000 – The Medicaid Institute Phase III will document, educate and promote the positive health outcomes and cost savings achieved through supportive housing services and work toward a supportive housing benefit within Medicaid.
Fair Food Network, $20,000 – Double Up Food Bucks is a statewide grocery pilot aimed at helping low-income families purchase fresh fruits and vegetables by developing a regional supply chain connecting farmers and mainstream grocers.
For more information on the Endowment’s priorities and grantmaking, visit http://www.endowmentforhealth.org
The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, has appointed Randy Foose to the position of Board Chair and elected Betsy Paine and John Snow as new members of the foundation’s Board of Directors.
Long-time Endowment for Health Board Member Randy Foose was appointed the foundation’s Board Chair, replacing Bud Fitch who stepped down last month. Mr. Foose retired from the New Hampshire House of Representatives in November 2012 after serving four terms. Before that, he served in higher education for 35 years. Mr. Foose received a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“I am honored to serve as incoming Board chair for the Endowment,” said Foose. “We are happy to welcome Betsy and John to our board as well,” he added. “Their deep knowledge of legal and financial issues are valuable perspectives to the foundation’s work and its role in improving the health and wellbeing of all Granite Staters.”
Betsy Paine is senior staff attorney for Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire (CASA). Prior to that, she was the long time Domestic Violence Specialist with the New Hampshire Circuit Courts. Since 1996, she has been involved with the courts’ Violence Against Women Act sub grant from the Department of Justice. Ms. Paine is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and Williams College.John I. Snow III is President and Managing Director of Quabbin Capital, Inc., a Boston-based private equity and alternative investment management firm. John grew up in Amherst, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Amherst College (BA Economics) and New York University (MS Accounting). He has experience as a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.
Latest mission-related investment to support self-reliance for low- and moderate-income Granite Staters
CONCORD, N.H (Sept. 5, 2017) — The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, recently invested $1 million in the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund.
It is the Endowment’s third mission-related investment in the Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that connects people and families with the loans, training and education that allow them to access and maintain affordable homes, secure jobs and child care, and become financially independent.
Community Loan Fund President Juliana Eades said that, along with earning returns and creating opportunity in N.H.’s communities, “Investments like this one give us the flexibility to shape our loans to the needs of people and businesses so they can reach their goals and become self-reliant.”
Endowment President Yvonne Goldsberry added that its recent mission-related loan to the Community Loan Fund extends the foundation’s impact beyond its grantmaking. “The Community Loan Fund invests in determinants of health, such as good jobs and secure housing, that are not direct health care. If we don't pay attention to (them), we're never going to have a healthy total population.”
The investments also fill the Endowment’s financial needs. It relies on its various investments to earn strong returns, because that earned interest funds a wide array of health-policy research and leadership development activities.
“We’ve seen positive impact for investment returns with the Community Loan Fund while furthering our mission to improve the health of New Hampshire’s people,” said Goldsberry. “The Community Loan Fund provides a solid fixed income investment vehicle with 5% interest annually. It makes sound financial sense while supporting the goals of low- and moderate-income families and business.”
Investments in the Community Loan Fund pay fixed-rate interest and are loaned to, and on behalf of, people, families and communities statewide with low and moderate incomes. Its oldest and best-known program, ROC-NH, has helped residents of 123 manufactured-home (mobile home) parks cooperatively purchase and run them as resident-owned communities.
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants over the past three quarters. Funding supports a wide array of health-policy research and leadership development activities. The Endowment’s focus includes work on health equity, children’s behavioral health, early childhood, elder health and health policy.
“This grant cycle includes support for research that can help shape equitable health-policy and systems improvements in New Hampshire. This comes at a time of great uncertainty on both federal and state levels,” said Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry. “Some of our most recent grantmaking will raise awareness of the challenges faced by families and workers who care for older adults. We’re also funding programs that provide opportunities for New Hampshire’s youth – our next generation of leaders,” Goldsberry added.
The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects:
Health Strategies of New Hampshire in Partnership with the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH, $30,000 – A Research Forum on Opportunities for Medicaid and Value-Based Delivery – This quality and cost analysis examined the potential impact of changes to the federal Affordable Care Act on the New Hampshire Medicaid Program. The forum convened stakeholders, policymakers and opinion leaders to examine the status of the Medicaid Program as well as opportunities for value-based delivery in New Hampshire.
Families in Transition, $55,000 – Medicaid Institute – This project documents, educates and promotes the positive health outcomes and cost savings achieved through supportive housing services and works toward attaining a supportive housing benefit within Medicaid.
Foundation for Healthy Communities, $43,000 – A Community Approach to Patient and Family Engagement –This approach will identify, develop and evaluate methods of training and engage hospital Patient Family Advisory Councils across the continuum of care and in the community.
University of New Hampshire/Carsey School of Public Policy, $31,400 – Implementing a System of Care for Children’s Behavioral Health – This project will support primary data collection and research associated with the NH's children's behavioral health system. Carsey provides technical assistance to the Departments of Education and Health & Human Services to comply with a new law mandating the joint development and monitoring of a comprehensive system of care for children's behavioral health services.
Easter Seals New Hampshire, Inc., $14,200 – Standards of Quality for Family Support and Certification – This project will build the capacity of NH Family Resource Centers to adopt national standards of practice by supporting certification and recertification training.
New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, $15,000 – CARE NH – This co-production of NHPTV and the Endowment for Health will shed light on the problems facing families and paid caregivers in the Granite State. The locally produced program will serve as a companion to a national documentary on the same topic.
Granite State Organizing Project, $30,000 – Young Organizers United (YOU) –This initiative enhances leadership capabilities and educational attainment for youth from various backgrounds in the Manchester School District. It provides support to expand the YOU program at Memorial and West High Schools.
Adoptive Families for Children Foundation, $10,000 – NH Adoption Resource Exchange – This statewide online platform will establish the NH Adoption Resource Exchange to create awareness of children available for adoption through the New Hampshire Department for Children, Youth and Families. This project promotes permanent families and homes for all children.
For more information on the Endowment’s priorities and grantmaking, visit www.endowmentforhealth.org
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, has elected Frank DeGiovanni to its Board of Directors.
“We are happy to welcome Frank to our board,” said Endowment for Health President Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry. “His deep knowledge of philanthropy and its role in improving the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations will be invaluable to the Endowment,” she said.
Mr. DeGiovanni previously served as the director of financial assets for the Ford Foundation, leading worldwide efforts to build economic opportunity for disadvantaged people. Mr. DeGiovanni brings a deep understanding of financial services, savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, and rural livelihood development.
Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1992, Mr. DeGiovanni was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
"Frank’s expertise in asset building and community and economic development will help inform our efforts to create vibrant, multi-generational and welcoming communities here in New Hampshire,” said Goldsberry.
Mr. DeGiovanni resides in Hampton, NH.
As many as one in three children in NH face risks in early childhood that may compromise their development and readiness to succeed in school, resulting in poorer academic performance and lower graduation rates, according to a new RAND Corporation report prepared for the Endowment for Health.
The report looks at the state’s current early childhood investments—from birth to kindergarten—and compares the costs and benefits of increased funding for low-income children in specific evidence-based programs. For example, every dollar invested in a program in which nurses visit low-income, first-time mothers at their homes would produce benefits per child that exceed the cost of the program, specifically $4 to $6 for every dollar invested.
Learn more in this BusinessNH briefing.
Learn more about this Endowment-funded study by listening to this edition of The Exchange on NH Public Radio.
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, has elected four new members to its Board of Directors.
“We are honored and excited to welcome four seasoned professionals to our board,” said Endowment for Health President Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry. “These individuals bring deep expertise in health policy, economic development, health services and philanthropy,” she added. Joining the Endowment’s board are:
Ned Helms – Ned Helms is the former Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire. His previous experience includes serving as a legislative assistant for health policy with the U. S. Senate, Commissioner of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, founder of Helms and Company, a health policy consulting firm, and Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire. Mr. Helms resides in Concord, NH.
Jennifer Near – Jennifer Near is a Senior Philanthropic Advisor/Program Director for Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd/The Libra Foundation. As a philanthropic advisor and grantmaker, Ms. Near has experience working with civil society, donors and foundations. Her previous experience includes development work at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and regional/country planning at the University of Sydney. Ms. Near resides in Newmarket, NH.
Mike Ostrowski – Mike Ostrowski is the former President and CEO of Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, a statewide nonprofit working to advance the well-being of children and families through an array of social services. He also served as Interim President of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits. Mr. Ostrowski has held many leadership positions in a variety of human services organizations. Mr. Ostrowski resides in Bedford, NH.
Anthony Poore – Anthony Poore is Deputy Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he brings 20 years of experience in the community economic development sector. In past roles, Mr. Poore served as Assistant Dean of Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development. Mr. Poore is also well-versed as a policy analyst, researcher and community organizer. Mr. Poore resides in Manchester, NH.
"We are pleased to welcome these impressive professionals to our Board of Directors,” said Goldsberry. “The Endowment Board is committed to its work to promote the health and wellbeing of all Granite Staters.”Click here for a complete list of Endowment for Health Board members
Concord – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, has awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants year-to-date. The grants support a wide array of research and awareness-raising projects that include a focus on health equity, children’s behavioral health, early childhood, elder health and health policy.
“The projects and coalitions we fund will help to raise awareness and enhance knowledge of several important health and social issues in our state,” said Endowment for Health Program Director Kim Firth. “Our recent grants will support our community partners as they convene policy dialogues, create innovative communications and conduct research that leads to better informed decision making,” she said. The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects:
Early Learning New Hampshire/Spark NH, $6,775 – Gubernatorial Forum on Early Childhhood Slated to take place on August 30 at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, all New Hampshire gubernatorial candidates will be invited to participate and share their views on the importance of early childhood investments.
University of New Hampshire, $120,000 – Legal and Regulatory Assessment of Value Based Reform Efforts in New Hampshire This research will describe the health care payment regulatory landscape, evaluate the legal barriers to current payment reform efforts and recommend opportunities to support reform efforts through regulatory change.
Union Leader Charitable Fund, $65,000 – Aging in the Granite State is a media partnership with the Union Leader, the state’s largest newspaper. Underwritten coverage will employ the practice of solutions journalism to raise public awareness of and community engagement in promising approaches that create age-friendly communities.
Leadership New Hampshire, $38,969 – What Kind of State Do We Want? This new Leadership New Hampshire curriculum will provide state leaders with an understanding of systemic discrimination and privilege that creates racial inequity in our state; supporting them to develop skills to use their spheres of influence to create a more equitable New Hampshire.
Rivier College, $4,292 – Rivier Success and Visionary Project (RSVP) Students will gain a larger awareness of diverse communities served by health professionals and organizations in the Greater Nashua area, including hospitals and nonprofit organizations.
For more information on the Endowment’s priorities and grantmaking, visit www.endowmentforhealth.org
The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire – especially the vulnerable and underserved. Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1,100 grants totaling more than $44 million to support awide range of health-related projects in New Hampshire.
Concord, NH – Melina Hill Walker is set to join the Endowment for Health on May 16 as a program director with a focus on health equity. Ms. Hill Walker has deep expertise in public health in rural and urban settings, both nationally and internationally.
Prior to her appointment at the Endowment, Hill Walker was a program leader for the Aging Resource Center at the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging. Before that, she was a grants and special projects coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Hill Walker also has extensive experience in a variety of research and project coordination roles at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Earlier in her career, she ran an independent health care consultancy. Ms. Hill Walker also served as a senior community health planner in New York City and prior to that, worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a public health volunteer and program assistant.
“We are thrilled to welcome Melina to our team,” said Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry. “Her experience, passion and world perspective will help forward the mission of the foundation and take our health equity work to the next level.”
Hill Walker holds a Master of Science in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in English/American Literature from Brown University. She has also served in volunteer and board roles for several academic and nonprofit organizations including Dartmouth Hitchcock and the Upper Valley Hostel.
“As the Endowment’s newest team member, I am excited to apply my personal and professional experience to the foundation’s programmatic goals,” said Hill Walker. “I am passionate about the work to improve the health of New Hampshire’s people.”
The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, has elected Dr. Maria de Gracia Padin to its Board of Directors. Padin is chief medical officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
"Dr. Padin is an accomplished health care professional who will add excellent insight and perspective to our Board discussions,” said Margaret Franckhauser, Board Chair of the Endowment for Health. “Her expertise coupled with her caring approach will help inform the Endowment’s work in promoting the health and wellbeing across the lifespan.”
Dr. Padin earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Maine Medical Center. She served as medical director for the Concord Dartmouth Hitchcock Community Group practice for the past seven years. Additionally, Dr. Padin recently served as vice president of the New Hampshire section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Concord Hospital, and was a member of the Medical Executive Committee.Click here for a complete list of Endowment for Health Board members
Concord – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, recently awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to support a wide array of pressing health needs as well as to help support the state’s social service fields in New Hampshire and to assist in shaping equitable health policies.
“On behalf of the Endowment for Health and our program team, I am excited to announce an array of projects supported by our recent grantmaking,” said Endowment for Health Chief Financial Officer, Sue Fulton. “These projects address pressing needs and support collective work across New Hampshire to address the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives here.” The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects.
Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH),$20,000 – The English Enrichment & Citizenship Preparation Project will promote greater integration and self-sufficiency of immigrant and refugee persons by increasing language skills, providing culturally and linguistically appropriate American history and civics classes, and assisting newcomers as they prepare to obtain citizenship.
Concord School District, $20,000 – Acculturation, Resilience, Cohesion and Healing: Schools and Communities Supporting Refugee Children is a project to engage and train school district teachers, staff and key community partners in the Community Peer Support Model, an intensive, culturally responsive practice, in order to build and strengthen the community where Concord's most vulnerable population of refugee children live, learn and play.
Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color, $22,500 –The Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color Leadership Program will strengthen NH's diverse communities by developing individuals of color with the necessary skills to effectively participate in community leadership roles and promote collective impact within communities of color.
Families in Transition, $55,000 – A Medicaid Institute will engage New Hampshire's lead supportive housing agencies to educate them about the state Medicaid plan and to develop custom business plans around reimbursable expenses.
Health Strategies of New Hampshire, $23,804 – The Family and Youth Leadership Project will expand the degree to which parents have the leadership skills to engage in the continuum of social change strategies from direct service, public issue education, advocacy, and policy change.
Lamprey Health Care, $35,000 –The Equity Leaders Fellowship Program will utilize the expertise of New Hampshire leaders of color to train rising minority community leaders with an equity frame, fostering concrete skills for participating in leadership roles, and the ability to create change through collective impact.
Manchester Community Health Center, $15,000 – TheBehavioral Health Integration Project will offer a continuum of effective, coordinated behavioral health services at three agencies: Manchester Community Health Center, Westside Neighborhood Health Center and the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.
New Hampshire Legal Assistance, $17,700 – Combating Elder Financial Exploitation in New Hampshire: A Multi-Sector Leadership Initiative will develop a blueprint for increasing collaborations, maximizing resources, and creating effective responses to address the growing problem of elder financial exploitation in NH.
New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition/Public Health Association, $17,000 – The 2015 NH Oral Health Plan will be implemented with action steps and lead responsibilities assigned, identifying resources for each priority area.
Partnership for a Drug-Free NH, $20,000 – The Be Someone Project will promote recovery from addiction through a statewide campaign to address drug and alcohol addiction issues in New Hampshire.
University of New Hampshire, $50,000 – Raising Our Children, Strengthening Our Communities will promote the adoption of shared goals and activities at the local, regional and state levels and raise awareness about the importance of early childhood. Five communities will develop concrete plans for enhancing the development of young children and their families.
University of New Hampshire, $201,230 – The Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative will improve the health of New Hampshire residents by increasing use of quality, integrated behavioral health in primary health care and assisting providers in transitioning to evidence-based and sustainable models of integrated behavioral health and primary care.
For more information on all of the Endowment’s priorities, visit www.endowmentforhealth.org
The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, has elected Keith M. Harrison, J.D. to its Board of Directors. Harrison is a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and is a founder and past chair of the school’s International Criminal Law and Justice Graduate Program. He previously served as the law school’s Vice Dean. Mr. Harrison has also served at a number of distinguished law schools around the country and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly publications. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Harrison was Lieutenant/Judge Advocate for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Additionally, Mr. Harrison’s commitment to the community is evident in his service on many non-profit boards and professional associations. He recently completed a term as a civilian member of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Code Committee. Mr. Harrison currently serves as a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem for CASA-NH and is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. He was most recently a member of the Endowment for Health Advisory Council.
"We are pleased to welcome Keith to our Board of Directors,” said Margaret Franckhauser, Board Chair of the Endowment for Health. “His expertise and civic commitments make him an important advisor to the Endowment and its work to promote the health and wellbeing of all Granite Staters.”
Sue Fulton has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation. Fulton, who has been with the foundation since its inception, has served the organization in progressively responsible positions.
Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry said, “I am excited that Sue will enrich her service to the Endowment and to the State of New Hampshire in this new role. She brings a wealth of financial experience and knowledge of grantmaking to our organization.”
“The last fifteen years at the Endowment have been an incredible journey, working with some of the most passionate and dedicated people in the state,” said Fulton. “I look forward to my continued role ensuring this New Hampshire resource is managed effectively and efficiently.”
Fulton had previously served as the foundation’s director of grants management and finance, where she oversaw the grant application process, grant budgets, and grantee progress reporting as well as financial services and accounting activities for the organization.
Prior to her tenure at the Endowment, Fulton worked as a data analyst for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health, an organization dedicated to developing and implementing a system of quality design and measurement for physicians, other health care professionals, hospitals, and health care facilities.
Fulton serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and is active in the Grant Managers Network, where she is immediate past board chair and currently serves on the Network’s Learning Advisory Council.
Fulton earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth University and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Granite State College as well as an Associate Degree in Accounting from the Community College of Vermont.
“We are truly lucky to have Sue on board,” said Goldsberry. “We look forward to a seamless transition in her work with our Board and grantees.”
The Endowment for Health Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH, MSUP, as the foundation’s next president, effective September 15.
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $500,000 for the quarter. Ten grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.
“Many of our recent grants are aimed at building knowledge through convening and research,” said Endowment for Health Vice President for Programs Yvonne Goldsberry. “These grants support our field-building strategy by bringing leaders together to learn about best practices and to access key data that is relevant to our state and its future.”
Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment’s strategy in these areas, including the following projects:
Health Strategies of New Hampshire: $5,000 was awarded to the 2015 Educators Summer Summit. The summit's early childhood track, set for August 6th at Keene State College, features a presentation by Dr. Donna Beegle, who moved from 28 years of homelessness to achieving a doctorate. Dr. Beegle works to raise awareness of the “iron cage” of poverty and the forces necessary to break it. The event is aimed at increasing educators’ knowledge and awareness of poverty barriers and proven strategies for addressing them.
Early Learning New Hampshire: $34,395 was awarded for the New Hampshire Leaders’ Summit on Early Childhood. The event, to take place on October 5 in Manchester, is co-sponsored by the NH Forum on the Future, BusinessNH Magazine, the NH Department of Education and the NH Coalition for Business and Education. Several nationally renowned early childhood experts and business leaders will make TED-talk-style presentations. ABC News Commentator Cokie Roberts will moderate a discussion with invited 2016 presidential candidates, discussing their views on the importance of early childhood investments.
“Our work to ensure the healthy development of young children must include key business and civic leaders, policymakers, educators, advocates and early childhood experts. These convenings bring opinion leaders together to learn best practices and to understand the strategies that lead to better outcomes for our youngest children,” said EH Program Director Kim Firth.
New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies: $8,004 was awarded to share findings from recently completed research on the economic impact of immigration. This effort will raise awareness among business, civic and governmental leaders about the benefits of immigration for improved health and economic well-being of NH communities through dissemination of and dialogue about The Economic Impact of Immigration in NH.
NH Health & Equity Partnership/Foundation for Healthy Communities: $304,731 was awarded to promote knowledge and action to address the root causes of health inequities in NH by building the capacity of the New Hampshire Health & Equity Partnership. The grant will support a full-time leader of the Collaborative who will coordinate a collective-impact approach aimed at increasing understanding and action to advance health equity in the Granite State.
“The Endowment for Health and its community partners are working to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve optimal health,” said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. “That is also the key mission of the New Hampshire Health & Equity Partnership whose sphere of influence is growing in New Hampshire. Additionally, we are proud to underwrite research that demonstrates ways in which New Hampshire’s economic future can benefit from diverse foreign-born workers who bring a range of experiences and skills to our state.”
September 15 departure planned
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health today announced the upcoming departure of Steven Rowe as its president. Rowe, who has led the Endowment for Health for the past three years, will continue in his current role until September 15, 2015, at which time he will assume the position of President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, a state-wide philanthropic organization. The Endowment for Health Board will soon meet to take up the issue of Rowe’s successor.
“During Steve’s tenure at the Endowment for Health, he has led the foundation to a new level, creating a forward-looking strategic plan, focusing grantmaking practices and strengthening relationships with key opinion leaders and stakeholders,” said Endowment for Health Board Chair Margaret Franckhauser. “Through his leadership and vision, the Endowment has launched several powerful new priority areas to address the needs of key populations,” she added, noting that Rowe’s style has been instrumental in raising awareness about the connection between good health and its role in realizing human potential.
“It is with mixed emotions that I plan to leave the Endowment for Health,” said Rowe. “Leading this amazing foundation has been one of my life’s highest honors. The board, staff and others associated with the foundation are first-class and have been a pleasure to work with. I feel the same about the Endowment’s partners around the state. I am proud of the Endowment’s strategic plan and the collective work we are doing to implement it. Though I will be leaving for Maine in September, I fully expect to continue to work with my New Hampshire colleagues on a number of issues common to both states.”
“We thank Steve for his many contributions to the Endowment and are fortunate to have his guidance over the next two months. He and the Endowment’s talented and dedicated team will ensure a smooth transition while the Board makes key decisions about the future leadership of the organization,” said Franckhauser.
Concord, NH – As part of its latest round of grant awards totaling more than $360,000, the Endowment for Health is funding work to advance collective impact and raise awareness of key issues facing New Hampshire’s children.
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health is pleased to welcome Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH, MSUP, as the foundation’s Vice President for Programs. For more than a decade, Dr. Goldsberry has been engaged in New Hampshire’s public and private sector health environments. She brings more than 25 years of experience in health policy and planning, as well as strong knowledge of the major social and economic influences on the health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Goldsberry will be joining the Endowment in early December.
Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced grant awards of nearly $1.2 million for the quarter. Thirty-nine grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.
“Several of our recent grants focus on strengthening organizational leadership to reduce health inequities based on race, ethnicity and language,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. “Other grants are specifically targeted to strengthen the fields of early childhood development and elder health. All of the Endowment’s recent grants seek to maximize the health and well-being of New Hampshire people so they can realize their full human potential,” he said.
Seventeen grants totalling more than $350,000 were awarded for the quarter.
“Four of the Endowment’s recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. “Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state’s advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children’s behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development,” he added.