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Nathalie Ahyi-Amendah
Director of the NH Health and Equity Partnership
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Concord, NH 03301
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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.

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December 2017: Collective Impact Effort

September 2017: Weaving Communities Together

July 2017: Working Together on Innovative Solutions 

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!


The H&EP workgroups have been making progress on the three priorities on which partnership members agreed to assure that the places in which we live, learn, work and play support good health.

  • Culturally Effective Organizations: Increase organizational cultural effectiveness and improve the capacity of organizations in NH to provide high quality services to all populations (especially racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities) by incorporating the elements of a culturally effective organization.
  • Workforce Diversity: Increase a diversified work-force to support economic opportunities for Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic minorities and all populations in NH.
  • Race, Ethnicity and Language (REaL) Data: Increase the capacity in NH for the collection of high quality REaL data across all systems at the state and local level to identify disparities and promote utilization of data to inform improvements, policies and procedures.

Photo: A panel discussion on leadership and staff cultural competence featuring (L-R) William Rider, President/CEO of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, Peter Evers, President/CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, Dalia Vidunas, Executive Director of Equality Health Center, and Kris McCracken, President/CEO of Manchester Community Health Center.   In NH we value that everyone lives freely, but that means ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. We know that organizations strive to ensure this opportunity by providing high quality services that are accessible to all in NH – yet achieving this can be challenging. The good news is that a roadmap exists; there is a framework to provide high quality services for all called the Culturally Effective Organizations (CEOrgs) Framework, and this framework is the roadmap.

Eva Castillo receives a plaque from Police Chief Nick Willard in recognition of her service as a Manchester Police Commissioner In September, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard honored Eva Castillo for her years of service to the Manchester Police Department as a Police Commissioner.  Eva served in this distinguished role from 2011 to 2017.  Eva broke the mold of the traditional police commissioner. 

“This was an honor,” says Eva about her experience. “They took a big leap of faith because they knew me first as an advocate.” 

As a commissioner, Eva had an opportunity to see how law enforcement works from the inside.  “I learned to see them as human beings, parents, siblings, or wives, and not just officers.”  While her time as a police commissioner is coming to an end, her efforts to build bridges between the Manchester community and law enforcement continue.

Florentina Dinu addresses the attendees with Jazmin Miranda and Paula Smith looking on.On October 20th 2017, Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (SNH AHEC) celebrated 15 years of interpretation classes offered throughout NH to increase the number of trained healthcare and legal interpreters in the area.

Since 2002 over 800 students, speaking 45 languages, have received certificates of training from SNH AHEC; and now there is a list of over 400 trained interpreters ready to accept assignments posted on the SNH AHEC website! The party was well attended by 50 of the graduated interpreters.

Also in attendance were Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Director of the Office of Health Equity at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Jodi Harper and Gina Savinelli, SNH AHEC staff; and Inna Lehman and Florentina Dinu, interpretation training instructors.