Healthy Monadnock Hosts 4th Annual Healthiest Community Summit

October 30, 2014
Keene, NH

Summit Focuses on Living Wages in the Community

Healthy Monadnock will host its fourth annual "Healthiest Community Summit" on Thursday, November 13, from 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Monadnock Covenant Church on Route 9 in Keene; a healthy breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.

The keynote speaker will be Jeff Furman, Ben & Jerry’s Inc. chairman of the board, who will speak on the topic of why living wages matter to the health of a community. Furman, who has been involved with the ice cream company since 1978, has helped advance the company’s social responsibility policies, including starting the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, creating living wage policies, and insuring the continuation of the company’s social mission.

“The single strongest predictor of health is our position on the income pyramid,” says Linda Rubin, director for Healthy Monadnock 2020, a community engagement initiative conceived and coordinated by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.  “As you move up the pyramid, individuals at higher levels have more resources, and on average, live longer and healthier lives. This year’s summit will look at why living wages matter to the health of our community and what opportunities exist to address health disparities in the Monadnock region for organizational and social change.”

To attend Healthy Monadnock 2020’s Healthiest Community Summit IV, please RSVP to Kelsey Plifka at, call 603-354-5454, extension 2322 or register online at

About Healthy Monadnock 2020
Healthy Monadnock 2020 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 2020’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Healthiest Community Advisory Board, a group of 30 individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. Currently the City of Keene, the Keene School District and five area coalitions are implementing action strategies designed to improve quality of life and prevent the leading causes of death for everyone. Learn more at:

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