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GOP lawmakers seek to broaden exemptions for non-COVID school vaccine mandates

BY: - January 4, 2022

As opposition to COVID-19 vaccines continues, some Republican lawmakers are seeking to broaden exemptions for all vaccines for New Hampshire school children – including polio. A bill set to appear before the Legislature this year would allow parents to seek exemptions for the statewide school vaccine requirements if they are a “conscientious objector.” Under current […]

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Schools facing omicron variant are running short of tests

BY: - January 4, 2022

It’s the item on every superintendent’s wish list: more tests. Ten minutes into a monthly Zoom call with Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut Monday, school leaders across the state sang a similar refrain: Cases of COVID-19 are going up, and their schools need more tests.  “We would like more tests and would use them!” wrote Dan […]

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Executive Council approves request to address staffing issues at Sununu Center

BY: - January 3, 2022

An increased need for juvenile mental health services and a historic challenge in recruiting youth counselors for the Sununu Youth Services Center has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to a staffing agency for help. The Executive Council has approved the department’s request to pay Maxim Healthcare in Manchester nearly $847,000 in federal […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

BY: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

Report: Disparate outcomes for girls tied to race, geography, and gender

BY: - December 30, 2021

While most of New Hampshire’s girls are white, the population of diverse girls increased by 61 percent between 2006 and 2019, according to a new report by the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. Of the 125,000 girls who live in New Hampshire, 7 percent are Hispanic or Latina, 5 percent are multiracial, 3 percent are Asian, […]

Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

BY: - December 21, 2021

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among […]

Rejected family planning contracts headed back to Executive Council

BY: - December 20, 2021

Family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and two other health centers will go back before the Executive Council Wednesday – three months after the council voted them down 4-1 along party lines.                                        Nothing […]

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Center awarded grant to grow health care workforce, boost cultural competency

BY: - December 16, 2021

The Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center has been awarded a $528,000 grant to grow the health care workforce and provide trainings on cultural competency. The center, a department of Lamprey Health Care, is the only program in the state to promote health care careers “with an emphasis on minority, disadvantaged populations, and rural […]

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Inside ICUs and ERs of flooded hospitals, an endless loop of preventable tragedies

BY: - December 15, 2021

A young, unvaccinated mom of three was more fortunate than some after being admitted to Catholic Medical Center’s intensive care unit recently. Before she died, she had time to call home and request that her children be vaccinated. An unvaccinated male patient in his early 50s didn’t have that option.  He needed a breathing tube […]

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Superior Court creates faster process for hospital health care workers to be excused from jury duty

BY: - December 10, 2021

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to reach record levels, the state’s Superior Court has announced a new, faster process for hospital health care workers to request excusal from jury duty.  Court spokeswoman Susan Warner said the court is doing so at the request of the state Department of Health and Human Services. To qualify, the worker […]

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Contract approval doesn’t guarantee more beds for kids in psychiatric crisis

BY: - December 9, 2021

On paper, the state’s new contract with Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont has the potential to expand in-patient services for children in psychiatric crisis two ways: It provides up to 10 more beds and, unlike the state’s arrangement with Hampstead Hospital, this one does not exclude certain children, such as those whose behavior has led to […]

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‘COVID-19 doesn’t really care who you are’: Doctors issue blunt plea to unvaccinated

BY: - December 8, 2021

The team from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health did not mince words Wednesday while pleading with the unvaccinated to get vaccinated. And those pleas were intentionally timed.  New Hampshire leads the nation in new daily COVID-19 cases, and its record high 462 COVID hospitalizations has led to a record low number of open hospital beds. On Wednesday, there […]