Improving the Public's Health in NH
What is the Division of Public Health Services Doing?
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is working with partners throughout the state on a number of public health performance improvement and planning initiatives. The fundamental purpose and cumulative anticipated results of these efforts is to improve the public's health in New Hampshire. This Web page will provide periodic updates on these efforts and links to related initiatives past and present. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback relative to the Web page and its contents. They can be sent to: IPHNH@dhhs.state.nh.us.
The Public Health Improvement Services Council
HB 491 establishing the Public Health Improvement Services Council, was signed into law on June 28, 2007. The council will sustain the oversight of the public health improvement efforts that began with the Public Health Improvement Action Plan Advisory Committee (PHIAP) in February 2006. The Council also oversees public health regionalization initiatives.
Public Health Improvement Action Plan Strategic Priorities and Workgroups
While the PHIAP advisory committee has been replaced by the Public Health Improvement Services Council, PHIAP Strategic Workgroups continue to meet to address the six strategic priorities established through the planning process:
- Inform, educate and empower people about health issues
- Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
- Mobilize community partnerships and actions to identify and solve health problems
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
- Develop a communication plan
- Workforce Development
Public Health Regionalization Initiative
The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services has been working with public health partners since 2007 to develop and strengthen the regional public health infrastructure. The goal of the initiative is to develop a performance-based public health delivery system, which provides the 10 essential services throughout New Hampshire. On September 1, 2011 the Division held a day-long meeting to present and review recommendations of a report entitled, NH Public Health Regionalization Initiative Report and Recommendations of the Findings from Capacity, Governance, and Financial Assessments. The report and the presentations from the meeting can be found on the Public Health Regionalization Initiative Publications page.