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October 13, 2013

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NH Endowment for Health adds new focus areas

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s largest health foundation is adding two new priorities as it looks ahead to the next five years.

The Endowment for Health plans new work in the fields of early childhood development and elder health, in addition to its existing work in children’s behavioral health and health equity. The endowment is also adding an initiative aimed at “health policy capacity building” — promoting policies that meet the needs of the state’s vulnerable and underserved residents.

Sandra Pelletier, chairwoman of the endowment’s board of directors, says the shift in focus is based on research showing that the state has an increasingly aging population, while at the same time the childhood poverty rate is rising.

“We also know that the state’s future population growth will come primarily from low-income families. The significance of these trends has crucial implications for New Hampshire’s residents and our state’s economy,” she said. “These trends present major challenges to be sure, but they also present significant opportunities for a healthy future.”

Since 2001, the endowment has awarded more than 900 grants totaling more than $38 million to support health-related programs and projects across the state.

Dartmouth fraternity suspended for possible hazing

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College fraternity has been suspended while it’s being investigated for possible hazing.

The school placed Beta Alpha Omega on immediate temporary suspension after college administrators reviewed possible internal fraternity emails published on a gossip website.

College spokesman Justin Anderson told the Valley News that the college suspects the fraternity’s members have participated in hazing, provided alcohol to minors and engaged in behavior that threatened physical harm.

The website Gawker published emails on Tuesday that were believed to have been from fraternity members.

Dartmouth’s Safety and Security office also is investigating a sexual assault. Officials say the suspect, who told the victim he did not attend Dartmouth, may have been at a Beta party the night of the alleged assault last weekend.

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