HNH Foundation Welcomes Leslie Craigen


Leslie CraigenLeslie Craigen, MHA of Barrington has joined the HNH Foundation as its Finance & Administration Manager. She is experienced in financial planning and analysis, budgeting, multi-year forecasting, business operations and modeling, database reporting and project management. She worked with Kindred Healthcare for many years and was most recently Executive Director of Kindred at Home, a home health agency providing care to clients in York County, Maine.

The HNH Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members and a new finance & administration manager.

We would also like to thank departing board member Elaine Van Dyke who served for six years on our board.

 Bibby BagleyBobbie D. Bagley of Londonderry has twenty years of experience in the field of public health services and currently serves under the Mayor of Nashua as the city’s Director of the Division of Public Health and Community Services. Her experience includes developing and implementing programs to promote, protect and preserve health and safety through assessment, policy and delivery of services. Bobbie also developed the undergraduate and graduate public health programs at Rivier University and served as its Director of Public Health Programs.






Benjamin ChanDr. Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH of Lebanon is the State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. His work at the Department of Health and Human Services involves providing medical and epidemiology support to the Division of Public Health Services where he has been involved in responding to emerging infectious disease outbreaks and to emerging environmental health concerns around drinking water contamination.







Matthew BoyleMatthew Boyle, CFP® of Hopkinton is the Branch Manager for Waddell & Reed’s New England Complex in Bedford. He has been involved in financial services for more than 20 years, providing investment and planning solutions to families, non-profits and businesses. As the firm’s branch manager for Bedford, Matt supports a team of financial advisors through acquisition and transition, practice development and market engagement, as well as supervision and business succession strategies.





Deborah FournierDeborah Fournier of Exeter is Senior Director, Clinical and Community Connections, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Previously, she served as New Hampshire Medicaid Director. Before joining New Hampshire DHHS, Deborah was the Policy Analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute where she led strategic planning and implementation of health care policy and advocacy. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.






Roland LamyRoland Lamy of Bow is a Principal at Helms & Company, Inc., where he provides clients with expertise in health care provider contract negotiations, physician practice management, healthcare business valuation and evaluation of commercial insurance options for employers and government agencies. Prior to joining Helms & Company, Roland served as the Assistant Director of Health Planning and Medicaid for New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He is the former chair of the NH Healthy Kids Corporation.







Leslie CraigenLeslie Craigen, MHA of Barrington has joined the HNH Foundation as its Finance & Administration Manager. She is experienced in financial planning and analysis, budgeting, multi-year forecasting, business operations and modeling, database reporting and project management. She worked with Kindred Healthcare for many years and was most recently Executive Director of Kindred at Home, a home health agency providing care to clients in York County, Maine.







Continuing Board Members

Kathleen Crompton, Chair
Director of Special Projects, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
Thomas A. Clairmont, Vice Chair
Pam Brown, Treasurer
President, Brown Performance Group
Steven Paris, MD, Secretary
Dartmouth Hitchcock Regional Medical Director, Community Group Practices
Alisa Druzba
Section Administrator, NH DHHS Rural Health and Primary Care
Mel Gosselin
CEO, Girls at Work
John Hunt
NH House of Representatives
Lisa Kaplan Howe
Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group
Kathleen Mongan Thies, RN, PhD
Consultant, Health and Health Care
Barbara Wauchope, PhD
Consultant, Former Director of the Carsey Institute Evaluation Program




HNH Foundation Steps In To Fill Void In Obamacare Outreach

HNH Foundation made an emergency grant this week of nearly $100,000 in response to a gap created by a 90% cut in government funding for promoting ACA health insurance enrollment. Marketing has been key to increase consumer awareness of where and when to enroll. In addition, marketing efforts will remind consumers about the shortened deadline for enrollment; the 2017 enrollment period has been cut from 12 to six weeks.

More than 50,000 Granite Staters enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace last year.

One of the HNH Foundation’s leading priorities is to increase access to children’s health and dental coverage. Access to health insurance is essential for children to get the health care they need, most importantly preventative care.

“The Affordable Care act has been hugely successful in increasing the number of New Hampshire residents with health insurance,” said HNH Board Chair Kathy Crompton.

“We were concerned that the cut in federal funds for promotion combined with the shorter enrollment period would put many people at risk of losing their insurance coverage and we needed to do something quickly to address that.”

Kathy Crompton, HNH Board Chair

 In an emergency session, the Foundation board voted to provide $96,000 to Granite State Progress Education Fund; they are working with the New Hampshire Health Care Coalition to support statewide and targeted outreach efforts. HNH Foundation funding will be used to support paid advertising, publicity, print material distribution, and outreach at public events to those previously enrolled in the ACA marketplace and currently uninsured.

The goal is to bolster and support outreach efforts currently underway and broaden the outreach campaign to regions of the state that are not covered by other efforts. 

The NH Health Care Coalition will generate more awareness of the open enrollment period from November 1 to December 15 and drive consumers to opportunities for direct assistance to get enrolled. The group is coordinating with organizations such as Bi-State Primary Care, which has federal funding for the state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers to help enroll eligible families.

“Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our population, most importantly our most vulnerable children,” said HNH President Gail Garceau. “Children can’t sign up for their own health insurance. Parents have to know this opportunity is available and act on it for their children to have access to health care.  It’s critically important.“

“We are thankful to the HNH Foundation for their support of this critical work, and we’re hitting the ground running to increase public awareness of the open enrollment period,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress Education Fund.

Rice Hawkins added that access to health care coverage allows families to go to the doctor when they are sick, and detect or address health problems before they become something more serious. She has assembled an extensive network of statewide advocacy and grassroots organizations working together on outreach.

“It is important for families to sign up by December 15th to ensure they have this important health coverage. We encourage people who are interested in helping to spread the word about enrolling in a health care plan to contact our office and join the statewide outreach effort,” Rice Hawkins said.

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period began November 1 and runs through December 15.

HNH Foundation Awards $234,202 to Improve the Health of New Hampshire Children

The HNH Foundation awarded $234,202 in grants in spring 2017. The awards benefited ten health-related initiatives and projects at non-profit and community organizations across the state.  The HNH Foundation made one-year grants to address the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families.

Grants awarded in spring 2017 include support for promoting oral health, increasing access to locally-grown food, preventing childhood obesity, and improving capacity to help infants and young children who have experienced trauma.  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 recognize that broad, strategic collaboration is what moves our good intentions into the arena of real change.”

Grant recipients include:  Antioch University New England, Central NH Regional Planning Commission, Hunger Free Vermont, Merrimack County Conservation District, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, Turning Points Network, University of New Hampshire, and Fair Food Network.  

Click here to download the list of Spring 2017 grants.

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