The NH Partners in Health (PIH) program is a comprehensive, community-based service model designed to address the needs of children with chronic health conditions and their families. PIH is socio-ecologically based and seeks to impact both individuals and systems that influence a family's social, educational and medical environment. Program components are directed to effect changes at the family, school and community level (i.e., community agencies, local community members, local businesses) as well as to foster a dialogue between families, the medical community and DHHS and other NH state agencies.
For children and adolescents with chronic illnesses to be eligible for family support services, the chronic illness must:
- be a biologically-based condition;
- last for an extended period of time (3 months or longer);
- bring about significant changes in the life of a child and family; and
- require more than the usual amount of medical care.