Building the Foundation for a Healthy Life: Individuals, Communities and the State


Program Description:

To what extent are individuals responsible for their health? To what extent does public policy play a role in the creation of healthy individuals and communities? What are the competencies– knowledge, skills, and attitudes – that must be developed by individuals, communities, and government for healthy lives to be realized?


Barbara Arrington

Barbara Arrington is the dean of the College of Health and Human Services. She brings extensive experience in academic leadership and program development. Her scholarship is in the fields of health policy, strategic management, and health care quality. Her term at the University of New Hampshire commenced in September 2007, and like other UNH deans, she will serve a five-year, renewable appointment. Arrington is actively involved in community service and consultation. She is a frequent site visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health, the accrediting body for schools of public health. Included in her community service activities are more than 15 years of governance experience in health care organizations, 11 of those in hospital and health system governance. She also consults in the areas of organizational strategy and leadership development. Her clients have included the public health institutes of Florida and Missouri, the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Association of Community Health Centers, consulting firms, Catholic heal care systems, state and local health departments, academic medical centers, health maintenance organizations, professional associations, religious congregations, and nurse executives. Arrington’s undergraduate degree in nursing is from Columbia University, her master’s degree in public health (health administration) is from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her doctorate in health services research is from Saint Louis University (1985). She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Josephine Porter

Jo Porter, MPH, is the deputy director for the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire. She is responsible for overall management of the CDC Assessment Initiative grant, a joint project with the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and operational oversight across NHIHPP projects. Ms. Porter works specifically on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and performance measures focal areas of the CDC AI. She has 10 years of health care-related data analysis, project management, and program development experience. Jo earned her undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, from UNH with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Health Management and Policy. She earned her Masters of Public Health with honors from Boston University, with dual concentrations in epidemiology / biostatistics and social/behavioral health.

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