Healthy Monadnock 2020 selected for national study

Cheshire County and the Monadnock region’s healthiest community initiative, Healthy Monadnock 2020, has been selected to participate in a national study of successful public health initiatives.

Healthy Monadnock is one of 10 initiatives across the country chosen to participate in the University of Kentucky/College of Public Health in-depth study of successful partnerships that involve hospitals, public health agencies and other parties that are collaborating to improve the health of a community they jointly serve.

The 10 chosen organizations were selected from 160 nominations in 43 states. Nominations were invited on a national basis in concert with AcademyHealth, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Association for Community Health Improvement, the Catholic Health Association, the National Association of County & City Health Officials, state and metropolitan hospital associations, and the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks. The study is being funded by a coalition of three organizations: Grant Thornton, LLP, Hospira, Inc., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 9 other partnerships chosen for the study are located in California, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington state.

According to Lawrence Prybil, PhD, Associate Dean, University of Kentucky College of Public and the senior research staff on the study, all of the 10 organizations selected are “highly successful, and as a group are diverse in terms of their focus, scope of services and geographic location.” The study will include a site visit to the Monadnock Region from the University’s staff in May. The report will be available in September. The study’s overview can be found online at

“We are proud to be among this prestigious group of organizations selected for this study,” says Linda Rubin, director for Healthy Monadnock 2020, a coordinated community engagement initiative conceived and coordinated by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. “We hope to not only share what we have learned but to learn from others in the study to make Healthy Monadnock 2020 an even stronger community health initiative as we move forward.”

Healthy Monadnock 2020, formerly named Vision 2020, is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock region. Learn more at

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