CMC/DHK Receives Antioch Community Partner Award

April 23, 2012
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene received Antioch University New England (AUNE) 2012 President's Community Partner Award in recognition of its exceptional work with Vision 2020. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. Each year, AUNE's President presents the award to a not-for-profit organization that has partnered with the University to enhance the quality of life in the community. The award is sponsored by Campus Compact for New Hampshire, a statewide consortium which serves as a catalyst to integrate community service and civic responsibility in higher education.

On April 10, 2012, Yvonne Goldsberry, Ph.D., Senior Director of Community Health, and Linda Rubin, Director of the Healthiest Community Initiative, accepted the award on behalf of CMC/DHK from AUNE President David Caruso, Ph.D. Dr. Goldsberry and the Community Health team play a leading role at CMC/DHK in moving the Vision forward with community partners representing multiple sectors—healthcare, education, private business, municipal and state governments, non-profit agencies, and recreational organizations. With support from Dr. Goldsberry and the Community Health team, Vision 2020 task force members established five broad goals, encompassing a broad spectrum and vision of "health" including social determinants that influence health, education and awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviors, healthy eating, active living, and social support networks. The community partners developed measurable, valid and recognizable indicators of health under each goal, with targets set for each goal. The closely monitored results serve to inform the community as to our progress toward becoming the healthiest community.

CMC/DHK's Community Health team and staff members of AUNE also serve as partners on community coalitions initiated and frequently convened by CMC/DHK such as Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY), a regional coalition addressing childhood obesity, and the Council for a Healthier Community, which seeks to coordinate public health initiatives across the Monadnock Region.

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