Strategic Plan for Adolescent Health to be Focus of State Summit in Manchester Oct. 3
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 29, 2003
For more information on the adolescent health summit or on the
strategic plan for adolescent health, contact Kristine Baber, director
of UNH’s Adolescence Resource Center, at 603-862-2151 or Lisa
Bujno, chief of the state health department’s Bureau of Maternal
and Child Health, at 603-271-4516.
DURHAM. N.H. --The Adolescence Resource Center at the University
of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Department of Health and
Human Services are jointly sponsoring a summit on adolescent health
Oct. 3, 2003. “Supporting Youth, Investing in New Hampshire,” takes
place at the Center of New Hampshire Holiday Inn in Manchester
from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Claire Brindis, director of the national Adolescent Health Information
Center and co-author of California’s strategic plan for adolescent
health, will present the keynote address in Salon A at 9 a.m.
Kristine Baber, UNH associate professor of family studies and director
of the Adolescence Resource Center, and Lisa Bujno, chief of the
state health department’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health,
will provide information about the strategic planning process and
the plan’s recommendations and objectives. The strategic
plan addresses a broad array of adolescent health issues including
alcohol and other drug use, nutrition and physical fitness, mental
health, and education. There also will be a focus on helping parents
and communities support positive youth development.
“This is an exciting example of collaboration among the university, state
government, and others across the state committed to adolescent well-being,” Baber
says. “When we are
through, New Hampshire will be only the sixth state in the country to have
a strategic plan for adolescent health.”
People from around the state who work with adolescents and related issues will
be developing strategies and action steps at the summit to implement the plan.
Key stakeholders have been invited, including representatives from state government
and other policy makers, state agencies, youth-serving organizations, community
coalitions, school personnel, health care professionals, parents and youth.
The summit is funded in part with grants from the Endowment for Health, the
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the national Maternal and Child Health
The work of the Adolescence Resource Center is supported by a $194,459 SAMHSA
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant.
Launched last year, the center is a UNH/state partnership designed to provide
the infrastructure for a coordinated effort to support the health and well-being
of New Hampshire youth. It is based in UNH’s School of Health and Human
Services, is associated with the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy
and Practice and is an affiliate of the UNH Carsey Institute. Among the first
projects of the center is this joint effort to develop a statewide strategic
plan for adolescent health.
For more information on the summit or how to get involved with future adolescent
health strategic planning activities, contact Kristine Baber at 603-862-2151
or Lisa Bujno at 603-271-4516.