Upcoming virtual series from Dartmouth Health will offer education for those interested in shaping policy related to political, social determinants of health

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Political determinants of health, including governmental systems, structures and policies, shape our communities and access to resources.

Courtney Tanner, senior director of government relations, Dartmouth Health

Each year, the New Hampshire legislature debates proposed bills that can advance or jeopardize the health of the people of the state. The executive branch—the Governor, Executive Council, and agencies—also decides on funding and programming that impacts health. The voices of everyday Granite Staters are critical to shaping the future of New Hampshire, including advocating for policies that advance the health of all residents.

Dartmouth Health’s next Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) virtual educational series will examine legislation and executive action on key current issues, and educate participants on engaging in advocacy. “Policies to Advance the Health & Economic Prosperity of New Hampshire Communities” begins this month and spans across eight sessions, including:

  1. February 22: Our Current Political Landscape
  2. March 7: Cannabis Legislation
  3. March 21: Workforce and Economy
  4. April 4: Patient Choice in Healthcare
  5. April 18: Public Health Systems
  6. May 2: Digital Health Equity
  7. May 16: Workplace Violence
  8. May 30: Wrap Up Session

“Political determinants of health, including governmental systems, structures and policies, shape our communities and access to resources,” said Courtney Tanner, senior director of government relations at Dartmouth Health. “This Project ECHO series will offer the opportunity for anyone with a vested interest in the health and prosperity of New Hampshire communities, including community leaders, legislators, policy shapers, healthcare workers, teachers, parents, and more, to learn how to identify key current health-related policy proposals that may impact health determinants, and to advocate effectively for sound public health policies.”

All five sessions will be held from 8-9 am. Registration is required and free of charge. Register for this Project ECHO series.

Project ECHO is a program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.