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Nathalie Ahyi
Director of the NH Health and Equity Partnership
125 Airport Road
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 415-4272

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We hope you enjoy our newsletter and find it a helpful resource. We publish stories bi-monthly that focus on local communities, upcoming events, policy updates, and statewide news.

In addition to our newsletter, you can also follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date postings. Thank you for your partnership and continued support.

April 2017: Charging Ahead!

February 2017: Updates on our Three Priority Workgroups 

December 2016: Seasons Greetings!

October 2016: Partnership Update

August 2016: Spotlight on Equity in NH

May 2016: Announcing Our New Priorities

March 2016: Working Together to Determine our New Priorities

January 2016: An Exciting Year for Health and Equity in New Hampshire!

October 2015: Welcome to Our First Newsletter!


Easter Seals program graduates with their instructors
Easterseals NH developed an innovative vocational-ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) employer based training program, in partnership with Welcoming Manchester, to fill critical gaps in their residential care workforce with new Americans.

In New Hampshire, a low statewide unemployment rate of 2.7% has made it difficult for employers, including Easterseals NH, to recruit and retain qualified staff. Refugees and immigrants face barriers to obtaining meaningful employment.  The pilot training program in Residential Education turned Granite State challenges into mutual opportunity.

Sandra Hicks was the first recipient of the Martin Luther King Coalition's award in 1987. Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Sandra Toryeanea (Lee) Hicks describes herself as a longtime community advocate and activist, a Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. Known to all as Ms. Sandy, she believes in the oneness of humanity, and derives great pleasure when she sees people find their voice.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she, her Air Force military husband, and their children, lived in California, Maine and then California, again, before settling permanently in Manchester over 50 years ago. After her husband's death she remained in Manchester because it had become home and she felt she could do good work here. Ms. Sandy has been delighted by the increasing population diversity in NH over the years, which she believes results in a richer community for all humanity.

Both Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color (ELCC) and Equity Leaders Fellowship (ELF) Program are pleased to introduce their new program coordinators.  Stay tuned for application materials for next year’s classes for both programs!

Edgar Caceres is the new coordinator for Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color (ELCC).  Edgar, who is employed full-time with a youth organization in Lawrence, MA, has always been captivated with the process of guiding individuals towards the path of their choosing.  By building the power of community residents, Edgar affirms that they can not only solve community issues but sustain them as well; he believes his part-time position with ELCC will afford him the opportunity to do just that.  Edgar will be graduating with a Master’s of Education in Community Engagement from Merrimack College this spring.  ELCC’s application period will open in May and close in mid-July for next year’s class (beginning in October).  For more information, contact Edgar.

Danelis Alejo, MA, is the new coordinator for the Equity Leaders Fellowship (ELF) where she carries out the day to day activities and project management functions of the fellowship. She has a Master’s Degree in Sociology with a focus on education from Syracuse University, as well as training as a Community Health Worker, and certification as a Healthcare and Community Spanish Interpreter. She brings experience as an academic advisor at UNH assisting students with their academics and post-graduation plans.  Danelis is passionate about education for historically under-resourced communities, and loves now helping to prepare future leaders of color with the skills necessary to make change in the state.  ELF’s participant application will become available in May, with a July 14th deadline for next year’s cohort (beginning in October).  For further information email Danelis or call 603-244-7359.

Legislators are here to serve The People - that’s you! It is their job to listen to you and address your concerns. As a citizen, you have many opportunities to impact the legislative process, including testifying at hearings, emailing or calling your Legislators, or working with organizations to create awareness of the impact of a piece of legislation.

New Hampshire's "citizen legislature" is a great source of state pride. State Representatives and Senators welcome emails and phone calls. When contacting your Legislator here are a few tips.