Support Public Health Programs & Services
Existing health disparities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and have placed an outsized responsibility on the 13 Regional Public Health Networks to ensure community health and safety. To protect the well-being of New Hampshire for years to come, there is a critical need to support Public Health Networks and their efforts to overcome health inequities, barriers, and eliminate all preventable diseases.
What can be done:
- Preserve and increase funds for local and state public health services. Public health investments keep NH safe and strong with tobacco and other prevention programs, vaccinations, protection from disasters and disease outbreaks, screenings for newborns, cancer and HIV/AIDS, rural health services, promotion of healthy lifestyles to reduce chronic conditions, protection of air and water, job safety programs, and more.
- Support funding for a Community Health Worker position at each of the state’s 13 Public Health Networks. CHWs are frontline liaisons between health/social services and the community. As trusted members of their communities, CHWs improve access, quality and cultural competence of services.
Why this matters:
- Protects health and safety from threats. Community health outcomes are influenced by many factors, including: the physical environment, economic and social factors, and the availability of and access to clinical care. Public Health and CHWs help improve community health at all levels.
- Effective investment. Every $1 spent on prevention saves $5.60 in health spending. For each 10 percent increase in local public health spending: Infant deaths decrease 6.9%, cardiovascular deaths decrease 3.2%, diabetes deaths decrease 1.4%, and cancer deaths decrease 1.1%. When CHWs address the needs of Medicaid recipients, a return of $2.47 was realized for each dollar spent.
- Dynamic model improves health and safety. Through the performance-based delivery system, the CDC's 10 Essential Public Health Services includes assessment and monitoring of population health status; investigation and diagnosis of health challenges; and creation and implementation of health policies and plans.
- Eliminates health disparities. These investments will go far to meet the state’s goal of reducing or eliminating all preventable diseases and to overcome barriers that have historically led poorer health outcomes and lower vaccinations rates among many communities of color.
Want to become a public health advocate?
Share your health and wellness interests with us here: https://new-futures.org/become-an-advocate. Let our team know what issues matter to you and we will help you use your voice effectively throughout the legislative session and beyond. Your voice matters and we want to help you use your voice effectively to make health and wellness improvements in the Granite State!