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Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters, Friday, February 21 in Concord

February 7, 2020 News

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Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities
for All Granite Staters, Friday, February 21 in Concord

 

CONCORD, NH – Despite a strong state economy, many Granite Staters continue to struggle to make ends meet. There are large disparities in who achieves economic security, and in levels of access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities across the state. The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s (NHFPI) Seventh Annual Conference, Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters, will examine these areas through a variety of lenses, including considerations of income and demographics. Presenters will review data at the state, regional, and local levels showing variations in opportunity and discuss potential implications of these inequities for different population groups.

A panel discussion will address levels of access and opportunity in the areas of housing, health, and education, and the connections to economic stability and mobility as well as a strong workforce. Presenters will discuss current initiatives, recent policy changes, and new state budget investments designed to enhance support for residents in these areas.

Panel participants include: Ben Frost, Managing Director, Policy and Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority; Ann Landry, Associate Commissioner for Population Health, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Michael Turmelle, Director of Education and Career Initiatives for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and former public educator with experience as a classroom teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent of schools in New Hampshire. The panel discussion will be moderated by Victoria Adewumi, Manchester Health Department Community Liaison and member of the NHFPI Board of Directors.

Additional conference presenters and speakers include:

NHFPI Policy Analyst Phil Sletten will present “New Hampshire’s Demographics, Economy, and Access to Opportunity,” reviewing state and regional data demonstrating disparities in levels of economic security and access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities among New Hampshire residents. He will also present “Examining Local Economic Conditions and Community Challenges,” featuring statewide, regional and local level factors that contribute to significant differences in opportunities for children and families.

Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director of Reaching Higher NH, will present “The Whole Picture of Public Education in New Hampshire,” Reaching Higher NH’s new report, which uses data from state and national databases to provide comprehensive research into student learning and outcomes, community factors, and school finance in New Hampshire communities.

Katherine Easterly Martey, Executive Director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority, will present CDFA’s new set of Community Indicators designed to provide information and context on community well-being to local leaders, nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and other stakeholders.

Pawn Nitichan, Executive Director of City Year New Hampshire and Vice President of City Year Inc., will provide Opening Remarks for the event.

The conference will be held on Friday, February 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Registration fees are $60. Breakfast will be provided. Online registration is recommended by Friday, February 14. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The conference agenda and links to register are available online at http://nhfpi.org/news-events/nhfpi-2020-annual-conference

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