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NHPHA 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in Concord


New Hampshire Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Concord, NH - 4 Apil 2016  — The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA) Annual Meeting will take place on April 13th at the McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.  Each year this meeting provides an opportunity for the Association to conduct annual business including changes in the bylaws, and announcing the election of new officers and members of the Board of Directors, and honoring annual award winners. 

Public health, medical and business professionals from organizations around New Hampshire will be in attendance. The event will feature a special Rising Stars student session, followed by a student poster session where one undergraduate and graduate student will be given the first annual "NHPHA Student Research Award".  At the meeting, NHPHA will also officially launch its two new specialty member sections - Research & Evaluation, and Public Health Nurses.

This year the NHPHA is very fortunate to have Nicholas Toumpas, the former Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, as the keynote speaker. During his eight years with the department, Mr. Toumpas worked to implement initiatives that focus on improving health while achieving greater efficiencies and helped build the foundation that will keep the Department viable and relevant in the future.

In addition to the student poster presentations and keynote address from Mr. Toumpas, President Katie Robert will present the following awards:  Friend of Public Health Award to Officer Eric Adams of the Laconia Police Department and Maryanne Ferguson of Monadnock Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) and Healthy Monadnock 2020; the Roger Fossum Lifetime Achievement Award to Nicholas Toumpas, former Commissioner of the NH DHHS; the Presidential Achievement Award to  NHPHA executive assistant Deanna Bennett; the ‘Rising Star’ Young Professional Award to UNH Health Management and Policy Student, Adelaide Murray; and the new ‘Community Health Service Award’ honoring a for-profit organization’s significant contributions to promoting good public health to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

The 2016 NHPHA Annual Meeting will take place the week following ‘National Public Health Week’ (April 4 – April 10).  The theme of Public Health Week 2016 is Healthiest Nation 2030.   During the 2016 Annual meeting, the broad reach of public health will be exemplified. This event will be New Hampshire’s celebration of the profession and the work being done year round to keep New Hampshire healthy.  For more information about Public Health week events, follow NHPHA on Facebook at

For more information or to register for the Annual Meeting, visit:  For more details about other upcoming events, membership and volunteer opportunities please go to, e-mail NHPHA at or call (603) 228-2983.  

About the New Hampshire Public Health Association

The NHPHA was incorporated in 1992 as a 501c(3) private, not-for-profit organization, and in January 2004, declared 501c(3)(h) status. We bring together people interested in public health, and provide a forum for the exchange of public health information. We speak on public health issues with a voice that is manifestly separate and distinct from the State Government as well as aid in identifying public health problems within the State. Our goal is to inform the citizenry of changes needed in the laws and government in order to improve public health. We also reach out to educate members of the New Hampshire legislature, executive branch, courts, cities and towns, federal government and others on matters pertaining to public health.

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