In response to the events of September, 11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks congress funded the Public Health Threats and Emergencies Act. The idea was to improve readiness of public health infrastructure to respond to bioterrorism and other public health threats. (nhphn.org)
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the public health network. By 2006, New Hampshire’s public health networks covered the entire state. The Greater Manchester Public Health Region is one of thirteen statewide.
The Greater Manchester Public Health Region includes the municipalities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Deerfield, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester, and New Boston. According to the 2011-2015 American Community 5-year estimates 182,287 residents live in the Greater Manchester Public Health Region. The region is considered to be the most racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse and densely populated area in the state.