The HNH Foundation is a small foundation, and over the years, we have made pivotal decisions about how to best focus our work in support of our mission. 2015 was just such a year. We took a fresh look at our funding strategies, asking: How do we honor our deep commitments to oral health, access to health- care and dental insurance coverage, and obesity prevention, while identifying new opportunities to make a significant impact on the changing needs of New Hampshire children? How do we move forward in ways that make a real difference?
Through careful listening, research, and many lively discussions, we identified two very timely and critical issues that affect the health and well-being of our most vulnerable children: Food Insecurity and Childhood Trauma. In launching these new funding priorities, we will be looking for innovative, evidence-based strategies and programs that:
- Reduce food insecurity by increasing opportunities for children and families to access affordable, healthy food
- Strengthen protective factors and early intervention practices to prevent or ameliorate childhood trauma and other Adverse Childhood Experiences
We got a jump start on Food Insecurity in 2015 by hosting a breakfast forum on “Access to Healthy, Affordable Food” with Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Fair Food Network. Over 100 people from across the state attended the event, and many collaborative ideas were hatched over a meal of delicious New Hampshire-grown food.