The mission of the New Hampshire Health Officers Association is to assist and support local health officials in meeting their responsibilities to the public through programs of education, technical assistance, representation, and resource development; and assisting the local health officials in providing educational and informational programs to the general public on environmental and public health topics.
It is the vision of the New Hampshire Health Officer’s Association to be recognized as, and regarded by, members and other organizations as an effective, professional group representing and advocating for local public and environmental health. The HOA will be known for promoting and fostering high standards of professionalism among local health officials; and for working closely with national, state and local health and environmental associations to improve public health practice.
ANNUAL REPORT 2013
N.H. H.O.A EXECUTIVE BOARD
Thank you to the Executive Board for another great year! In January the board voted to add 2 new members for the year. Heidi Peek, Health Officer from Nashua and Kim McNamara, Health Officer from Portsmouth came to the board expressing an interest in becoming more involved with the association. The board felt they could bring some new ideas and help promote professionalism among local health officers.
The board’s first order of business was to begin the review of the health officer manual. The sections of Communicable Disease and Environmental Hazards have been reviewed by the board and with Bev Drouin. Most of the changes and updates were adding the appropriate RSA’s that is applicable to each section. The board has also reviewed the Emergency Response section and some of the “other” topic sections including bed bugs, mold and cemeteries. Bev has updated the manual on the DHHS website. In 2014 the board will review the section of Inspections and Enforcement.
Committee work included the Emergency Preparedness Committee. The conference was held in June. Rodney Bascom, Health Officer from New Hampton was the representative for health officers and the association. The Arboviral Committee, New Hampshire Public Health Association Policy Group, Public Health Improvement Council, NH Guide to Potable Water Committee, and the Healthy Homes Conference are several of the other groups the board members have been involved with. Bev Drouin and Chuck Stata presented a session to the NH Municipal Conference on the new bed bug legislation, HB 482. Kim McNamara is our representative to the NH PHA Policy Group that works on legislation. 2014 outdoor burning legislation will be a topic. The board has already spoken with DES / Air Resource Division on the proposal and given some written comments to the Lung Association. 2014 will see the Nuisance Task Force reconvene.
The board reviewed the dues and workshop fees. For 2014, the annual dues will be $35 and the workshop fees will be $45 for members and $60 for walk-ins and non-members. The board voted to award 4 scholarships to first time attendee at the fall workshop. Epping, Berlin, Newmarket and Wakefield Health Officers took advantage of this opportunity.
Beverly Drouin, Health Officer Liaison, has been promoted to Section Administrator, Healthy Homes & Environmental Section at DPHS. She is no longer serving as the liaison. Thank you to Bev for her help and support this past year. An announcement of the new liaison is pending.
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May 15, 2014 NH Health Officers’ Association Spring Workshop
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Deputy Health Officer, Exeter