Public Health and Health Promotion

The Institute for Health Policy and Practice's efforts in the area Public Health and Health Promotion encourages the use of evidence-based practice and policy to improve the population's health and well-being.

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Projects and Initiatives

Established in 2008 through a charge from former UNH President Mark Huddleston, Healthy UNH is a program that enhances the mission of the University by supporting the lifelong health and wellness of the UNH community.

Individual choices in physical activity, psychological health, nutrition, and healthcare consumerism impact overall health and healthcare costs. In collaboration with other departments, Healthy UNH provides education, awareness, and connections to support resources for the campus community in these four key areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Psychological Health
  • Healthcare Consumerism

This collaboration between the NH Division of Public Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Section (MCHS) and IHPP supports a doctoral level State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist. The arrangement benefits both institutions. It provides MCHS an epidemiologic evidence for the development, implementation, and evaluation of MCH programs and the capacity for sophisticated analysis and evaluation of health data to assure:

  • Priorities are based on accurate data.
  • Resources are allocated based on need.
  • Programs are monitored and evaluated to assure they are improving health behavior and outcomes.

UNH benefits in that its faculty has a practical and current understanding of the status of maternal and child health and public health in New Hampshire. 

Resources and Publications

Healthy UNH Annual Report 2019


Healthy UNH Annual Report 2019
January-December 2019

January 2019-December 2019 was the tenth full program year for the Healthy UNH initiative, a program that enhances the mission of the University by supporting the lifelong health and wellness of the UNH community. In its effort to improve the health of the population and its underlying healthcare costs, Healthy UNH takes a broader scope than is customary in traditional worksite wellness programs. It goes beyond basic health promotion to consider the issues of appropriate use of healthcare services, to promote transparency in healthcare treatment costs and options, and to foster a culture of healthy eating active living, and emotional wellness. The tenth program year continued to build on the solid foundation of capacities, awareness, and measurement developed in the previous programming years. 
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Million Hearts Manual


Million Hearts Manual
The ten chapters of this manual include easy to follow, pragmatic steps to implement a comprehensive approach to hypertension care originally developed by CMC/DHK. This approach was successful in improving hypertension control for the greater Keene community, and was successfully replicated in the communities of Manchester and Nashua. The first seven steps are best implemented sequentially, whereas steps eight through ten can be undertaken anytime, as they involve patient and community engagement. However, considering that each medical practice and community is unique, the steps can be customized to accommodate the distinct degree of readiness or available resources.
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