In her introductory remarks, President Sandi Van Scoyoc reminded the audience of the Foundation’s three core goals:
“We've learned a lot over 15 years. We’ve learned to always remain flexible and appreciate, more than ever, that change is constant,” Ms. Van Scoyoc commented in her opening remarks.
Continuing to focus on coverage for children
She went on to share the Foundation’s initial focus in 1997. “Many of you know the HNH Foundation as a strong partner in starting the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program better known as SCHIP. We paid all or a portion of the federal match requirement for ten years. That program is now part of the Medicaid Program at the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We await the successful transition of Medicaid from a fee-for-service to a managed care program. We will be working on defining our role in this new environment and stand ready to assist in helping families enroll in public coverage programs.”
Focusing on Policy and Environmental Change
“We’ve learned that real change happens when policies that reflect that change become part of the fabric of the communities we live in,” she continued. “In preventing childhood obesity, we have become less focused on funding projects that seek to influence per¬sonal behavior change and more focused on supporting work that considers the impact that policy and the built environment have on our health. And we’ve learned that we need to keep learning and listening.”
Facing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Ms. Van Scoyoc wrapped up her remarks with the announcement of a new HNH Foundation initiative designed to focus public attention on the obesity epidemic. In 2013, in communities throughout the state, HNH Foundation funding will enable public showings and discussions of HBO’s Weight of the Nation award-winning documentary series, which powerfully drives home how public policies and our built environment have contributed to the escalating obesity epidemic.
We invite you to read our “Celebrating 15 Years” brochure, which offers a timeline of the Foundation’s key accomplishments from 1997-2012. And click through to our 15th Anniversary Photo Gallery, for more highlights and further information.
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