Public Policy

CACL faculty and staff provide service to the community through involvement on a variety of state and community boards and commissions. Through these service activities, CACL staff are able to influence public policy, provide leadership around aging issues, and promote a positive image of aging.


Leadership Development

NH Senior Leadership Series

In partnership with the AARP NH and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the Senior Leadership Series is offered as an advocacy and leadership series, training community members to be advocates for aging and community living.

Senior Leadership Alumni Network (SLAN)

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation awarded CACL a two-year grant to support the development of advocates for older adults through the NH Senior Leadership Alumni Network (SLAN). Using the 100+ alumni of the Senior Leadership Series, SLAN will develop a grassroots effort for alumni to engage in an advocacy network both on a statewide and regional level and build a stronger advocacy base for older adults and age friendly communities in NH.

SLAN Year in Review

Convening Leaders in Aging and Long Term Care

CACL released the policy brief, New Hampshire's Long Term Services and Supports System: Recommendation for Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population, summarizing the key outcomes from a series of convened meetings focused on analyizing the future of New Hamshire's long term care system.

CACL was awarded a convening grant, from the Endowment for Health, to address the challenges that NH's aging population brings to the state's long term care system. Activities included hosting two summits entitled "Convening Leaders in Long Term Care and Aging Policy," and engaging the NH legislature in discussion around the policies that impact the future needs of the state's long term care system. This project was in collaboration with NH AARP, State Committee on Aging, and NH DHHS. The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy released the report Aging and the Public Long Term Care System in November 2012. This report, coupled with the Center's earlier "New Hampshire's Silver Tsunami," was used as a springboard for discussions.

CACL periodically releases policy briefs on various topics related to long term care and aging and the system.

Service to the Community

CACL faculty and staff provide service to the community through involvement on a variety of state and community boards and commissions. Through these service activities, CACL staff are able to influence public policy, provide leadership around aging issues, and promote a positive image of aging


Systems Transformation

CACL works in close collaboration with state agencies, legislators, and community advocates to promote public policy that supports access to person-centered home and community based supports. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Amendment to RSA 151-E:4 (2007), NH’s Long Term Care statute to include: “The person shall have the right to have their individual support plan developed through a Person-Centered Planning process regardless of age, disability, or residential setting.”
  • Passage of RSA 161-F79 (2010), an act relative to caregiver support services for the elderly.

Public Policy Briefs