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Breathe New Hampshire Bestows Kate McNally with 2016 Kerr Award

November 14th, 2016

Kate McNally receiving BreatheNH Award

Kate McNally received Breathe New Hampshire’s highest honor as the recipient of the Robert B. Kerr Award.

McNally recognized for selfless professional and personal commitment to furthering lung health in NH.
KEENE, N.H. (November 14, 2016) — Kate McNally received Breathe New Hampshire’s highest honor as the recipient of the Robert B. Kerr Award at the Annual Night of Thanks, held on November 3rd, 2016 in Concord, NH.

Established in 1966, the Robert B. Kerr Award is Breathe New Hampshire's highest honor, named in recognition of its founder, Dr. Robert Brown Kerr. Dr. Kerr was a dedicated physician who led the organization as its Executive Director from 1916 to 1966.

The Kerr Award is awarded annually to a New Hampshire person who has consistently demonstrated a selfless professional or personal commitment to furthering lung health in the region for five or more years. Courage of conviction is one important consideration. Other considerations include creativity, innovation, and pioneering approaches to improving respiratory health. Previous winners have been selected from the inter-related disciplines of medicine, education, the arts, public service, and religion.

McNally serves as program manager for the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities at the Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK). She provides tobacco cessation services for schools, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, worksites, and in-patient and outpatient services through the tobacco treatment program that she developed to increase access to freedom from nicotine addiction.

In 2010, Kate introduced a tobacco treatment integration project in Keene that increased referrals to the tobacco treatment program from Family Medicine from 6 per month to nearly 50 per month.
Kate also provides leadership for policy development and advocacy for tobacco prevention and control. She has an MS in Health Care Administration and trained as a tobacco treatment specialist through the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Prior to her work at CMC/DHK, Kate worked as a substance abuse counselor at Phoenix House, as volunteer coordinator /cook for The Community Kitchen, and as program director at Monadnock Developmental Services.
Kate also serves as the host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s longest running locally produced program, The Folk Show.

Kate has served on the executive board of the Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition, as co-chair of the Tobacco Work Group of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration, board chair of the Keene Serenity Center, a member of the City of Keene Mayor’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Addictions Solutions, trustee of the Marlow Library and as a longtime board member and volunteer with the Cheshire YMCA.
Established in 1916, Breathe New Hampshire is celebrating a century as the only public health agency in the state dedicated solely to lung health. Breathe NH’s mission is to eliminate lung disease and improve the quality of life for those with lung disease, from asthma to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). See www.breathenh.org/COPD for much more on managing COPD

About Healthy Monadnock
Healthy Monadnock is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region. Founded and developed by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in 2007, Healthy Monadnock’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Council for a Healthier Community, a group of 30+ individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. Community partners and Champions are working together to improve the quality of life and prevent the leading causes of death for everyone by implementing strategies to: increase healthy eating and active living; increase income and jobs; improve mental wellbeing, increase emergency preparedness, reduce substance misuse including tobacco, increase educational attainment and increase access and quality of healthcare. Learn more: www.healthymonadnock.org.

About Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice
The CMC/DHK Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice guides and facilitates implementation of clinical, care management and community-based health wellness projects and policies to improve population health across the system. The Center is a working unit, structurally part of CMC/DHK and embedded in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System to facilitate the flow of resources across the health continuum including leveraging resources for community health partners that promote population health aligned with the goals and strategies of Healthy Monadnock.