Origin of the Institute
The Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) is an applied research institute located within the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).
In 1999, the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), and the University of New Hampshire (UNH), collaboratively launched the IHPP as vehicle to conduct applied research, as well as provide education and technical assistance to improve the health of and healthcare received by the citizens of New Hampshire.
Examples of early IHPP work included an evaluation of welfare reform in NH, a statewide effort to improve local community access and use of health data, development of a suicide prevention curriculum for social workers, and provision of technical assistance and consulting services to NH’s Medicaid Program.
- Health Analytics & Informatics
- Public Health and Health Promotion
- Long Term Care and Aging
- Delivery System and Payment Reform
- Health Law and Policy
Ned Helms, former Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH, retired on May 15, 2015. Ned was the Institute’s founding director in 2001.
Ned arrived at UNH as an ‘army of one.’ For fourteen years he provided leadership for the Institute by overseeing its continued growth and direction, investigating and pursuing the development of research and demonstration projects, and facilitating collaborative linkages with health and health policy organizations throughout New Hampshire and New England.