HNH Foundation Grantee, New Futures, Expands Mission to Health and Early Childhood Policies

(Republished from New Futures press release, March 8, 2017)

New Futures, a state-wide health policy and advocacy organization, will grow their advocacy focus from substance use disorder issues to general health and early childhood policy with an expansion of their mission, to improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters.

New Futures expansion, supported by the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and HNH Foundation, will center on building advocacy capacity in New Hampshire and include partnering with organizations working to advance positive health and early childhood policies in the Granite State, providing shared services, trainings, and convening power to the field.

As part of the expansion, New Futures is partnering with Civix Strategy Group to bring forward targeted campaigns around these specific issue areas. Currently, New Futures and Civix Strategy Group are focused on building up long-term advocacy through a targeted early childhood campaign known as Smart Start New Hampshire. Smart Start priorities include encouraging state-wide investments in child care, home visiting programs, and Family Resource Centers of Quality.

“Expanding into health and early childhood policies is a natural next step for New Futures, building on using our successful advocacy model in substance use disorder issues and putting it to use to benefit even more Granite Staters with proactive policies.” said Linda Saunders Paquette, President and CEO of New Futures. “We have the ability to put policy experts, coordinated communications, and community engagement behind current successful organizations and initiatives in these policy areas to increase advocacy capacity and make a bigger impact in New Hampshire than any one advocacy organization can have alone.”

As part of the expansion, New Futures is also taking on a new initiative: New Futures Kids Count, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Futures Kids Count will focus on collecting and disseminating New Hampshire-based data and providing policy recommendations and tools to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families.

New Futures will continue to maintain its focus on substance use disorder policies, including advocating this legislative session for Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future to turn the tide on our state’s opioid epidemic.

ABOUT NEW FUTURES: New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents. For more information, visit

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This study was funded by the Endowment for Health, HNH Foundation and the NH Charitable Foundation. 

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AlisaAlisa Druzba of Concord currently serves as the Section Administrator, NH DHHS Rural Health & Primary Care. She has over ten years of experience in managing US DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded projects and coordinating the State Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health projects.

Alisa collaborates and consults with local, state, regional, and national stakeholders and partners to develop strategies to improve quality of care in areas that include oral health, health care workforce development, and access to rural health clinics and community health centers.

Mel 19Mel Gosselin of Manchester is the former Executive Director of the NH Food Bank. In her 13 years at the Food Bank, she oversaw a period of expansion that grew from distributing about 1.5 million pounds of food a year to more than 12 million pounds.

She served as national committee chair for Hunger Action Month, launching a national advocacy and fundraising campaign. She is the recipient of New Hampshire Business Review's 2015 Business Excellence Winner, and has been recognized for her efforts to not only feed the hungry, but to identify and eliminate the root causes of hunger.



HNH Foundation Grant Awards - 2016

The HNH Foundation awarded $580,561 in grants during its Fall 2016 program cycle, bringing the total awarded in 2016 to over $1.1 million. The awards benefited 6 health-related initiatives and projects at non-profit and community organizations across the state.  The HNH Foundation makes grants to address change to affect the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. Grants awarded in Fall 2016 included  support for Families First (Seacoast area) to expand trauma support services for parents, the NH Public Health Association (statewide) on behalf of the NH Oral Health Coalition, , The Granite YMCA (Manchester) for staff training in early learning centers, and Vital Communities (Grafton and Sullivan counties) to promote access to locally-grown food at farmers markets for low income families.

According to HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau, these grants address the Foundation’s core mission: “We seek to support innovative ways to advance our funding priorities and we recognize that broad, strategic collaboration is critical to making a long-term impact in communities throughout New Hampshire. One example is a statewide grant awarded to New Futures in Fall 2016 to provide support for the NH Advocacy Hub, a new and innovation centralized organization made up of early childhood experts and advocates who can collaborate on public policy and social change.” 

Click here to download a list of all the grants made by the HNH Foundation in 2016.

Bill Brown, MA, ACEs Slide Presentation

Recently, the HNH Foundation initiated funding to prevent childhood trauma.  We introduced this new funding priority by inviting Bill Brown, MA of Confluence Behavioral Health (VT) to our annual event to speak about the issue.   Bill used a combination of data and the personal story of one of his clients to demonstrate the profound physical and emotional impact of childhood trauma. View Bill Brown's slide presentation here.