The MIH Coalition and The Manchester Public Health Department is dedicated to educating the public to provide information that keeps you updated on the latest health concerns. The CDC and the WHO has provided information regarding the Coronavirus COVID19 by sector relevancy. Please see below and share widely.
Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
Resources for Homeless Shelters
Resources for First Responders including Law Enforcement
Resources for Healthcare Facilities
Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders
Resources for Businesses and Employers
Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
Resources for Colleges and Universities
Resources for Individuals, Families and Caregivers
Take Down Tobacco is a fresh spin on Kick Butts day – the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual day of action. With a new generation becoming addicted to nicotine from e-cigarettes and other vape products, it is important that we become active and raise awareness.
On March 18, 2020, the Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, youth activists, educators, parents, health advocates and concerned citizens come together to organize events that:
-Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their community
-Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free
-Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco
Help us raise awareness on March 18th by joining #TakeDownTobacco National Day of Action: https://www.takedowntobacco.org
Despite Regulations on Flavored Vape Products, Newer Flavored Products Enticing Teens. Stay on Top of What’s Trending
Recently, on a segment for NH Public Radio (2-17-2020) titled: ‘Teens are Still Vaping Flavors, Thanks to New Disposable Vape Pens’, it was discussed how students have quickly replaced banned flavored e-juices to new disposable products. Keep up to date with the latest products and how to talk about their dangers with your students. The segment discussed how to bring up the subject with them and where to get help for young people to quit. To listen or read the segment in its entirety, go to:
Local students from Manchester and Bedford high schools participated in Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Project ECHO third of ten learning sessions. Project ECHO is a tele-mentoring model. Virtual technology is used to support case-based learning and provide education. The participants are from NH and Vermont and are high school counselors, nurses, administrators and teachers and students. Participants learn from experts and each other. This session’s topic was depression. Students listened to Dr. Julie Balaban, the subject matter expert, discuss what depression looked like and incidents across age groups and genders. Participants on the video conference were then given time to ask questions of Dr. Balaban. The next part of this session was based on case studies or questions from two pre-determined participants. Our students chimed in to offer their comments and suggestions from a students perspective. These students could offer valuable insight as subject matter experts in their own right. Students trained in suicide prevention were able to identify risk factors and highlight warning signs. Students not trained-yet, were eager to understand signs and symptoms of depression and when to report. This ‘all teach- all learn’ approach is a valuable and empowering experience for our youth.
The next sessions and topics will be:
March 3rd Self-Harm/Suicide
March 17th Anxiety
March 31st School Avoidance
April 7th Substance Abuse
May 5th Vaping
May 19th Student Wellness
June 2nd Peer-2-Peer Support
My Life, My Quit a Free and Confidential Tobacco, E-Cigarette and Vaping Cessation Helpline for Teens. For Help Go to MylifeMyQuit.com or Call or Text 1-855-891-9989
The electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) epidemic is reaching new heights and introducing a second wave of tobacco addiction.
The rapid increase in adolescent use of ENDS over the past decade has leveraged public health concern in promoting the health risks and concerns associated with the behavior in youth culture.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services Tobacco prevention and Cessation Program offers confidential tobacco treatment Services to NH residents who want to quit tobacco, including e-cigarettes, vapes and or liquid nicotine through the programs QuitNow-NH and My Life, My Quit.
NH has a tobacco (including e-cigarettes and vapes) quit line just for teens!
My Life, My Quit offers teens access to specially trained “quit coaches” that will help them build a quit plan, identify triggers, practice refusal skills and obtain ongoing support for changing behavior in order to be free from nicotine. Teens can enroll for this free, confidential help by going to MyLifeMyQuit.com or by calling or texting 1-855-891-9989.
Makin’ It Happen (MIH) is proud to share this publication from the National League of Cities, “Leveraging Trust in Local Institutions to Link Individuals to Treatment.”
MIH in collaboration with agencies and municipalities throughout the region facilitated Safe Station and SUD Collaborative committees to community problem solve around the issues of addiction, homelessness, and mental illness. As often times these are interrelated, it is impossible for any one group or agency to address the needs of this population alone. MIH took an active role in facilitating these groups to come together and leverage their strengths as a whole to better serve the needs of our communities. The National League of Cities worked with a subgroup of the aforementioned committees to produce this article.
CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire residents should be aware that the deadline to enroll in individual health insurance for 2020 is this Sunday, December 15. After this date, the only way people can enroll in an individual insurance plan is if they qualify for a special enrollment period, typically during the 60 days following certain qualifying life events. Enrollees must pay the first monthly premium by the insurance company’s due date before 2020 coverage can take effect on January 1.
“Now is the time for New Hampshire residents who need individual coverage to enroll in a health plan for next year,” said Insurance Commissioner John Elias. “Only if someone has a qualifying life event such as getting married or having a baby can they change their plan during the year. If consumers still have questions about what plan is best for their needs, they should reach out to an insurance agent or an enrollment assister for help understanding their options.”
New Hampshire residents should be aware that there are only three companies selling qualified health plans: Anthem, Ambetter, and Harvard Pilgrim. Plans that are sold by a company other than these may not be approved to be sold in New Hampshire and may not include the same consumer protections and benefits as an ACA-compliant plan. If someone is unsure about the insurance company or agent they are dealing with, they should STOP before signing any paperwork or writing a check; and CALL the NH Insurance Department at 1-800-852- 3416; to CONFIRM the company or agent offering insurance is legitimate and licensed in the state.
“New Hampshire insurance companies are offering lower average premium rates for the second year in a row,” stated Governor Chris Sununu. “This is a stark contrast to previous year’s premium increases and is due to our commitment to working with the insurance companies to decrease premiums and deliver real savings for the people of our state. This will expand opportunities for Granite Staters to get coverage. Everyone who is purchasing a health insurance plan for 2020 should shop around, just as they would for any other big purchase, even if they like the plan they have now. There may be another plan out there that’s more affordable or that has a better network of health care providers.”
Even if a consumer likes their 2019 plan, they should still update their application on HealthCare.gov and shop and compare options for 2020. The only way to receive an accurate financial assistance amount for 2020 is to update and submit an application on the website. If consumers who purchase coverage through HealthCare.gov do not take any action they will be automatically enrolled into a plan by HealthCare.gov that is considered “similar” to their current plan; but that plan may not have a similar premium, and their doctors and prescription drugs may not be in network.
If a consumer needs assistance to select a plan during the open enrollment period, the Insurance Department recommends that they contact an insurance agent or an enrollment assister. Residents can receive assistance from of in-person assisters at no additional cost during the open enrollment period. Consumers may visit the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov to find a local agent or enrollment assister by zip code or they can contact NH Navigator by calling 1-877-211-NAVI.
The New Hampshire Insurance Department can help you with questions or concerns about your existing coverage. To speak to a member of the Consumer Services Department, call (800) 852-3416, (603) 271- 2261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance.