Health Officer Liaison Unit
The Health Officer Liaison (HOL) supports local health officials by providing opportunities for continuing education and training through statewide conferences and regional meetings in partnership with the New Hampshire Health Officers’ Association and providing technical assistance to help resolve specific issues. The HOL is dedicated to enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of local health officers and their deputies.
Municipal health officers have a significant role in ensuring effective local and regional public health systems and are responsible for three critical functions.
- Enforcing applicable New Hampshire laws and administrative rules (i.e. regulations), as well as local ordinances and regulations enacted by communities;
- Serving as liaisons between state officials, local elected officials, and residents for local public health issues; and,
- Leading and actively participating in efforts to develop regional public health capacities.
New Hampshire state law (RSA 128) requires every town to have an appointed health officer. The HOL is responsible for processing the appointments of local health officials in accordance with the state law. Identification cards, certificates and letters of appointment are issued by the HOL on behalf of the DHHS Commissioner.
While the HOL primarily serves local health officials, information and referral services are also provided to the general public. These services typically involve referring individuals to appropriate state agencies or providing information about various public health concerns.