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 Newsletter, June 2016
In This Issue:

Change-Making Collaborations Liftoff
-- by Yvonne Goldsberry, EH President

You know that feeling - a mixture of relief and anticipation.  
It happens when the long wait at the gate is over and you've boarded your plane. The safety announcements are finished, electronic devices are in airplane mode, belongings are securely stowed and the plane's taxi to the active runway is complete. The announcement from the cockpit tells us we are next in line for takeoff. Finally!

The plane's engines get louder as every passenger feels the building forward momentum. The objects on the ground move faster past the window as the aircraft speeds across the runway and then in an instant, the wheels are off the ground.   We're on our way - all traveling to the same destination, though for different reasons.
The same can be said in our work with community partners. There are change-making collaborations up and running in all areas of our work.

The Launch of the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging
-- by Kelly Laflamme

The state's newest coalition focused on aging issues has successfully launched!  The NH Alliance for Health Aging (NH AHA) was created following a year-long planning process supported by the Endowment for Health and facilitated by UNH's Center on Aging and Community Living.

Led by a multi-sector steering committee, the Alliance includes diverse stakeholders from direct service organizations, advocacy and policy organizations, health care institutions, state agencies, funding organizations, academic institutions, consumer groups and others. 

Meet Melina Hill Walker
The newest program director at the Endowment for Health brings deep public health expertise and loads of enthusiasm to the work of health equity. Find out what fuels Melina in this Q&A.

Maria Padin, M.D. Elected to EH Board of Directors 

The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, has elected Dr. Maria de Gracia Padin to its Board of Directors.  Padin is chief medical officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.


Out in the Field
Recognizing the Work of Our
Community Partners

Congratulations to Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color Recent Graduates! 
The Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color Class of 2016. The program provides leadership development for participants to engage with and advocate on behalf of communities of color.  From left to right are recent graduates of the program: Rosemary Muchuma, Xiomara Miranda, Sarah Georges, Turcina McNeilly, Thierry Lakutu.

Equity Leaders Fellowship Recognized with YWCA Award

YWCA CEO Jessica Sugrue (left) awards the Equity Leaders Fellowship with an empowerment award.  Accepting the award is Equity Leadership Fellowship Coordinator Kile Adumene.   The Empowering Through Equity and Leadership award was launched this year and will continue to recognize groups working to empower communities and build capacity for stronger leaders in our state.

Age-Friendly Communities Summit Draws Crowd with Passion to Create Age-Friendly Communities in Northern New England 

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) convened a conference on April 1 in Concord, NH to discuss Age-Friendly Communities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Jessica Maurer, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, kicks off the conference.

More than 350 participants showed their passion for the topic of Age-Friendly Communities.

Legislative Briefing Launches Framework for Action for New Hampshire's Young Children
Rep. Mary Stuart Gile discusses the Framework for Action for NH's Young Children at an April 13 legislative briefing.  In the background from left to right:  Jackie Cowell, Early Learning NH; Laura Milliken, Spark NH; Steve Barba, business leader and early childhood advocate.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Held at Manchester's Derryfield Park 
Advocates, families and city officials gathered in Manchester's Derryfield Park on May 7 to raise awareness of the importance of children's mental health and to have some fun.  From left to right, Linda Saunders Paquette, New Futures, Effie Malley, Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. 
Fritz Manson (left) of the Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative enjoys the fun atmosphere with attendees.

Community members enjoyed a day of family fun while gaining understanding of the importance of children's  mental health.


Endowment On The Go 

Mary Vallier-Kaplan, former Endowment for Health Leader, was recently honored by the NH Center for Nonprofits for her statewide impact on a variety of health policy advancements.  From left to right:  Kathleen Reardon, NH Center for Nonprofits; Mary Vallier-Kaplan; The Honorable Governor Maggie Hassan; and Endowment for Health President Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry. 
Endowment for Health Annual Meeting Examines Equity and Racial Justice
Curtiss Reed Jr. of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, addresses the crowd at the March 21st Endowment for Health Annual Meeting.

"Wow! An honest conversation about race in New Hampshire." So said one of the 275 participants attending the Endowment for Health annual meeting held this past March 21st. The gathering examined the opportunities and challenges associated with creating equitable places in New Hampshire.

A panel of New Hampshire leaders participated in the discussion, including Lucy Hodder, Director of the Health Law and Policy Programs at University of New Hampshire; Woullard Lett of Lett Consulting, and Steve Reno of Leadership New Hampshire. Moderated by Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry, the panel began an honest discussion about the barriers and challenges associated with creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all of New Hampshire's residents.
From left to right, Lucy Hodder, Woullard Lett, Steve Reno and Yvonne Goldsberry.

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