Political Determinants of Health Symposium

Watch highlights from Dartmouth Health's 2022 Political Determinants of Health Symposium.

Political determinants of health include the governmental systems, structures, and policies that impact health outcomes.

In collaboration with an array of healthcare stakeholders and partners, the Office of Government Relations and Population Health at Dartmouth Health hosted a half-day symposium on December 8 to explore the political determinants of health. We discussed how laws and regulations influence the health and economic prosperity of Granite Staters.

This event was open to the public, and all interested in the health and well-being of our communities were welcome to attend.

  • When: Thursday, December 8, from 8 am to 12 pm
  • Where: New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Registration: There was no cost to register.

Keynote panel

Deborah Birx, MD
Deborah Birx, MD
Sally Kraft, MD, MPH
Sally Kraft, MD, MPH
Brandon Wilson, DrPH, MHA
Brandon Wilson, DrPH, MHA

View our keynote panel slide deck (PDF).

Watch the keynote panel video for the Political Determinants of Health Symposium.

Panel discussions

Guns and Society: Injury Prevention and Safety

  • James Esdon
    Injury Prevention Coordinator, Dartmouth Hitchcock
  • Pamela Keilig, MS
    Public Policy Specialist, NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Keith Loud, MD
    Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Hitchcock
    Children's Hospital at Dartmouth's Physician in Chief
    Faculty, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Infectious Disease: Response and Community Prevention

  • Steven Chapman, MD
    Pediatric Physician, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth
    Faculty, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Chris Emond
    Executive Director, Concord Boys and Girls Club
  • Aalok, V. Khole, MD
    Infectious Disease and International Health, Cheshire Medical Center

Workforce Housing: Supply Constraints and Steady Demand

  • David Crandall
    Director of Development & Communications, Twin Pines Housing
  • David Duncan
    System Vice President of Facilities, Dartmouth Health
  • Andrew Face
    Senior Director of Human Resources, New London Hospital
  • Sarah Marchant, MA
    Chief of Staff, Community Loan Fund


System of Care: Care for all Ages

  • Doug McNutt
    Former State Director of Advocacy for AARP NH
  • Joe Perras, MD
    President and CEO
    Chief Medical Officer, Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center
  • Lisabritt Solsky, JD, CHIE
    Chief Government Relations & Compliance Officer, EasterSeals NH
  • Robert Tichner, MSW, LICSW
    Manager-Care Management-Social Work
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Resource: New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute: Long-Term Supports and Services

Women's Health: A Changing Landscape

  • Ilana Cass, MD
    Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Dartmouth Hitchcock
  • Tanna Clews, JD
    CEO and President, NH Women's Foundation
  • Margaret Minnock, MBA
    Director, Regional Program in Women’s & Children’s Health
    Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network
  • Kayla Montgomery
    VP of Public Policy NH, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Resource: New Hampshire Women's Foundation 2023 Status of Women Report (PDF)

Climate Change and Health: Collective Impact

  • Dr. Robert McLellan, MD
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Dr. Seddon Savage, MD, MS
    Population Health, Dartmouth Health
    Faculty, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Dan Weeks
    Vice President of Business Development, ReVision Energy

Medicaid Expansion: Reauthorization

  • Deborah Fournier, JD
    Senior Associate, NH Institute for Health Policy & Practice UNH
  • Matthew Houde, JD
    System Vice President of Government Relations, Dartmouth Health
  • David Juvet
    Senior Public Policy, Business and Industry of New Hampshire

Behavioral Health: Administrative Resources and Programs

  • Lucy Hodder, JD
    Director, NH Institute for Health Policy & Practice UNH
  • Roland Lamy
    Executive Director, Community Behavioral Health Association
  • William Torrey, MD
    Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Hitchcock
    Faculty, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Childcare: Quality and Accessibility

  • Carolyn Isabelle, MA
    Director of Workforce Development, Dartmouth Health
  • Rebecca Woitkowski, JD
    Kids Count Policy Director, New Futures
  • Sara Kobylenski, MSW
    Consultant, Couch Family Foundation
  • Christina D'Allesandro, MS
    Director of Early Childhood and Family Supports, NH Charitable Foundation

Closing panel

Senator Jeb Bradley, NH Senate President
Senator Jeb Bradley, NH Senate President
Senator Becky Whitley, District 15
Senator Becky Whitley, District 15
Watch the closing panel video with NH Senator Rebecca Whitley and NH Senate President Jeb Bradley for the 2022 Political Determinants of Health Symposium.

Event schedule

Time Event
8 to 8:15 am Coffee and networking
8:15 to 8:20 am Welcome and Opening
8:20 to 9:30 am Keynote Panel
9:30 to 9:35 am Break
9:35 to 10:20 am Session A Panel Discussions
10:20 to 10:25 am Break
10:25 to 11:10 am Session B Panel Discussions
11:10 to 11:15 am Break
11:15 to 12:00 noon Concluding remarks