Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2015 Assessment of Need for Specialized Medical Services for Child Abuse and Neglect in NH
This needs assessment identifies and provides recommendations around the rates of child abuse and neglect in the State of NH as well as the capacity, needs and funding of specialized medical personnel and other key responders to needs of these children.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
What's for Dinner? Finding and Affording Healthy Foods in NH Communities
More than one in ten New Hampshire households experience food insecurity, and there is considerable variation across the counties in the state. Food insecurity is significantly related to both household income and the distance a household must travel to shop for groceries. Limited access to quality, affordable groceries makes it hard for families to provide sufficient nutritious food, which has been linked to poor diet and obesity as well as greater risk for chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart disease. This mapping project and study bears out the national research and illustrates the dynamic of "food deserts" in New Hampshire as well as their impact on the health of our people.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Community Mental Health Centers in NH - Financial Position and Condition
This report analyzes the six-year financial history and current financial condition of the ten community mental health centers currently serving close to 50,000 mental health clients in the State of New Hampshire. Medicaid payments account for approximately 75% of total revenue sources (including grants and contracts as well as patient service revenues) and roughly 85% of patient service revenue alone. Most centers do not have sufficient financial reserves to fund substantial operating losses. Future Medicaid cuts could result in a marked reduction in services, affecting more than 3,000 people.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Acute Care Hospitals in NH
This report examines the financial performance and condition of 23 acute care nonprofit hospitals in New Hampshire, culling from data over the five years comprising 2003 - 2007. This performance is compared to hospital performance in the northeast region and nationally and seeks to gain a deeper insight into where funds come from and where they go within the hospital sector.
Friday, February 1, 2008
New Hampshire Medical Interpretation Strategic Plan A Roadmap for Linguistically Appropriate Services
Accurate communication between a patient and her/his medical provider is critical to the delivery of quality health services. Deaf and hard of hearing patients and patients with limited English proficiency present unique communication challenges for physicians and other health care and social
service providers. Medical interpretation is a tool to help providers and patients reduce communication barriers, and ensure quality clinical care that every patient deserves.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Fullfilling the Promise: Transforming NH's Mental Health System
In the past 10 years, admissions to the state's public psychiatric hospital have doubled. Local communities have seen reductions in psychiatric hospital units, group homes that provide residential treatment, and intensive outpatient services. Per capita expenditures at hte state's mental health centers have been reduced by nearly half. Primary care providers have seen significant increases in mental health issues in their medical settings. The rate of incarceration for people with mental health issues has risen. To address these issues, New Hampshire's legislature created the Commission to Develop a Comprehensive State Mental Health Plan in 2005. This report outlines the Commission's recommendations to improve the system of mental health care in the state.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
NH Speaks Out: We Want Public Transportation
While most New Hampshire residents want to have greater access to a range of public transportation options, they typically do not have access to transportation beyond their own vehicles or rides provided by family and friends. Given the proportion of people who are worried about losing their driving ability and those who currently cannot drive themselves due to old age or disability, concerns are raised regarding access to critical community supports such as jobs, health care, and shopping. However, responses also indicate that the majority of the public is willing to financially support an enhanced public infrastructure in New Hampshire.