HNH Foundation Issues Call for Legacy Award Nominations


The HNH Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2018 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award. The award recognizes a New Hampshire not-for-profit organization (or an individual who works with one) for demonstrating exemplary and aspirational commitment or innovation in improving the health of New Hampshire’s children and families.

In recognition of their work, the recipient receives a check in the amount of $2,500.

Nominees should have advanced best practices in one of the HNH Foundation’s priority areas: increasing access to children's health and dental insurance coverage, promoting oral health, preventing childhood obesity, reducing food insecurity, or preventing and reducing childhood trauma. Nominees do not have to be current or past HNH Foundation grantees.

Award nominations will be accepted until June 22, 2018. The honoree will be notified in September.

Sandi Van Scoyoc was the founding president of the HNH Foundation. The award honors her commitment to improving the health of children and families. Previous recipients include Roberta Abodeely, school nurse at the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua; Tammy Levesque, coordinator of the Laconia Health and Wellness Academy, Laconia School District; Krystal Alpers, Franklin’s Parks and Recreation Director; and Helene Mogridge, CEO of the Keene Family YMCA.

For more information and a nomination form click here.




2017 Grant Awards

2017 Awards -  $360,160
All Funding 2017 - $807,427


2017 Grant Awards


Award Purpose

Prevent and Reduce Childhood Trauma $64,782


Antioch University New England
Area Served: Manchester

Training for first responders, social service and mental health providers in trauma informed skills (based on audience) for children up to age 6 exposed to domestic violence.


New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Area Served: Statewide
  1. Provide Children Exposed to Domestic Violence training 15 crisis center shelter staff and 12 AmeriCorps members serving survivors of domestic violence with children.
  2. Train approx. 75-100 direct services providers statewide in understanding trauma in children and/or trauma informed services.
  3. Include childhood trauma in the domestic violence training curriculum for 100 NH police academy recruits and 20 sexual assault nurse examiners.


Turning Point Network
Area Served: Sullivan County

Conduct a needs assessment via interviews and focus group to inform new onsite services for children experiencing trauma as a result of witnessing domestic violence.

Prevent Childhood Obesity $10,000


Central New Hampshire Planning Commission
Area Served: Hillsboro

Through various outreach and planning activities produce a plan for the Town of Hillsboro to improve access to play for young children up to age 5 and their families.

Reduce Food Insecurity $143,767


Hunger Free Vermont
Area Served: Upper Valley

To develop the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley to reduce the incidence of hunger and food insecurity for children, families, and individuals in the region.


Merrimack County Conservation District
Area Served: Concord

To support ongoing assistance to refugee and New American women in the establishment of an International Farmers’ Market.


The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)
Area Served: Greater Manchester, Concord

Expand educational programming about the uses, preparation, availability and health benefits of fresh produce items at farmers’ markets, CSAs and other venues.


Fair Food Network
Area Served: Goffstown, Allenstown, Laconia, Berlin

To pilot a Double Up SNAP incentive effort in retail grocers (this project is in partnership with five NH funders).


Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
Area Served: 4 census tracts in Nashua

To plan, coordinate resources, and implement a course of action to bring access to fresh, healthy food to four target neighborhoods.


Cheshire County Conservation District
Area Served: Winchester

To establish, market and distribute locally produced fruits and vegetables for residents/families @ low income housing site

Promote Oral Health Prevention $28,971


University of New Hampshire, Inst. for Health Policy and Practice
Area Served: Upper Valley

Establish a six month learning collaborative to support up to five family medicine and pediatric clinics in integrating into well-care visits for children under 6 years with a particular focus on fluoride varnish application.

Increase Access to Health and Dental Insurance Coverage $96,782


ProgressNow Education
$96, 728
Area Served: Statewide

For ACA outreach and enrollment efforts, via social media, print materials, enrollment fairs

Other $11,850


Health Strategies of New Hampshire
Area Served: Statewide

To prepare a study and report of communities that benefit from increased investment in evidence based home visiting, quality child care and child care subsidy.


Bearcamp Valley School
Area Served: Tamworth

To purchase a commercial refrigerator for storing federally funded meals and snacks.

Fair Food Networking Meeting

Fair Food


Double Up stakeholder meeting presenters included (l-r) Eric Tinker, Associated Grocers of NE; Liz Alpern, Fair Food Network; Laura Edwards Orr, Red Tomato; Bob Fitzpatrick, Vista Foods; and Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network


Double Up Food Bucks, a project of Fair Food Network, helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables while supporting American farmers and growing local economies.

Double Up matches the value of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) when spent on locally grown fruits and vegetables with a financial benefit to local growers. Started in Michigan in 2009, Double Up is now a national model for SNAP incentives.

Fair Food Network partnered with the HNH Foundation in December to plan and host a gathering of New Hampshire grocery pilot project funders and food grantees. The meeting gave New Hampshire-based food system organizations the opportunity to learn more about the NH Double Up retail pilot and to problem solve issues like community outreach, the farm to grocery pipeline and USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant applications.

Double Up Food Bucks is made possible in New Hampshire by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, HNH Foundation, NH Charitable Foundation, Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation, Endowment for Health, and the You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Participating grocery stores include Sully's Superette locations in Allenstown and Goffstown; Berlin Marketplace, Berlin; and Vista Foods, Laconia. Additional sites are anticipated in 2018.


HNH Foundation Welcomes Leslie Craigen


Leslie CraigenLeslie Craigen, MHA of Barrington has joined the HNH Foundation as its Finance & Administration Manager. She is experienced in financial planning and analysis, budgeting, multi-year forecasting, business operations and modeling, database reporting and project management. She worked with Kindred Healthcare for many years and was most recently Executive Director of Kindred at Home, a home health agency providing care to clients in York County, Maine.

The HNH Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members and a new finance & administration manager.

We would also like to thank departing board member Elaine Van Dyke who served for six years on our board.

 Bibby BagleyBobbie D. Bagley of Londonderry has twenty years of experience in the field of public health services and currently serves under the Mayor of Nashua as the city’s Director of the Division of Public Health and Community Services. Her experience includes developing and implementing programs to promote, protect and preserve health and safety through assessment, policy and delivery of services. Bobbie also developed the undergraduate and graduate public health programs at Rivier University and served as its Director of Public Health Programs.






Benjamin ChanDr. Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH of Lebanon is the State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. His work at the Department of Health and Human Services involves providing medical and epidemiology support to the Division of Public Health Services where he has been involved in responding to emerging infectious disease outbreaks and to emerging environmental health concerns around drinking water contamination.







Matthew BoyleMatthew Boyle, CFP® of Hopkinton is the Branch Manager for Waddell & Reed’s New England Complex in Bedford. He has been involved in financial services for more than 20 years, providing investment and planning solutions to families, non-profits and businesses. As the firm’s branch manager for Bedford, Matt supports a team of financial advisors through acquisition and transition, practice development and market engagement, as well as supervision and business succession strategies.





Deborah FournierDeborah Fournier of Exeter is Senior Director, Clinical and Community Connections, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Previously, she served as New Hampshire Medicaid Director. Before joining New Hampshire DHHS, Deborah was the Policy Analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute where she led strategic planning and implementation of health care policy and advocacy. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.






Roland LamyRoland Lamy of Bow is a Principal at Helms & Company, Inc., where he provides clients with expertise in health care provider contract negotiations, physician practice management, healthcare business valuation and evaluation of commercial insurance options for employers and government agencies. Prior to joining Helms & Company, Roland served as the Assistant Director of Health Planning and Medicaid for New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He is the former chair of the NH Healthy Kids Corporation.







Leslie CraigenLeslie Craigen, MHA of Barrington has joined the HNH Foundation as its Finance & Administration Manager. She is experienced in financial planning and analysis, budgeting, multi-year forecasting, business operations and modeling, database reporting and project management. She worked with Kindred Healthcare for many years and was most recently Executive Director of Kindred at Home, a home health agency providing care to clients in York County, Maine.







Continuing Board Members

Kathleen Crompton, Chair
Director of Special Projects, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
Thomas A. Clairmont, Vice Chair
Pam Brown, Treasurer
President, Brown Performance Group
Steven Paris, MD, Secretary
Dartmouth Hitchcock Regional Medical Director, Community Group Practices
Alisa Druzba
Section Administrator, NH DHHS Rural Health and Primary Care
Mel Gosselin
CEO, Girls at Work
John Hunt
NH House of Representatives
Lisa Kaplan Howe
Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group
Kathleen Mongan Thies, RN, PhD
Consultant, Health and Health Care
Barbara Wauchope, PhD
Consultant, Former Director of the Carsey Institute Evaluation Program