During the State of the City presentation, on February 13, 2019, Mayor Craig announced the formation of a strategic task force to address the issue of homelessness in the City. This Mayoral Appointed Task Force encompassed a broad-based team of business, not for profit, faith community and municipal leaders.
The mission of the City of Manchester Homelessness Task Force is to form a strategic action plan that assesses the many resources, identifies gaps and needs, and sets a collaborative approach to assisting Manchester's most vulnerable citizens.
Homelessness Taskforce Summary
Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment: Assessing Manchester's Urban Advantage
This document provides an overview of the current state of health and health-related factors among Manchester residents. This comprehensive report was developed in partnership with Catholic Medical Center and the Elliot Health System to serve as a tool that guides community level action to ensure optimal health for all Manchester residents.
The assessment identified the following community priorities for action:
Improve educational outcomes by addressing root factors, such as chronic absenteeism, literacy, and on-time graduation rates;
Address and prevent substance misuse, including excessive drinking and teen vaping;
Improve access to care by increasing prevention, such as universal home visiting for pregnant women and systems changes to prevent suicide;
Increase access to quality, affordable housing to prevent homelessness and exposure to indoor health hazards such as lead; and
Address and prevent trauma among residents from child abuse and neglect, extreme poverty, and/or mental health distress.
For more information, please reference the following:
Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment: Executive Summary
Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment: Assessing Manchester’s Urban Advantage – June 2019
Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment: Appendix
COMMUNITY INVESTORS MEETING – June 25, 2019
The City of Manchester is at a crossroads. Some neighborhoods and populations are prospering while others are epidemiologically wavering. Close to 100 City leaders and community investors met on June 25th with The Kresge Foundation, known for expanding opportunities in American cities, to learn about the prospect of funding strategies and financing models to improve neighborhood and community health in Manchester.
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COMMUNITY INVESTING ARTICLES
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Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy
We know that the livability of a neighborhood greatly impacts the health and quality of life of its residents. However, most of our spending as a nation is on health care. The Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy (NHIS) aims to transform this approach through neighborhood or place-based changes to create healthy neighborhoods and healthier choices. As a community action plan, the NHIS provides recommendations to maximize the impact of funding, increase resource sharing and partnerships for the greater good, and serve as a “roadmap to health” for the City’s children, families, and neighborhoods.
There are three overarching goals for the NHIS:
- Prevent toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences,
- Attain health equity, and
- Achieve environmental justice.
We are dedicated to making Manchester a “community of opportunity” that allows all to participate, prosper and ultimately reach their full potential. We practice the guiding principle that residents need to be part of the solution along with community partners, and together we share the responsibility of creating healthy neighborhoods. We are also ultimately committed to becoming an intergenerationally-celebrated, welcoming, inclusive and trauma-informed community. Our success will be measured when all Manchester families and residents thrive and give back to the greater good.
For strategy and priority recommendations, please view the Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy.
Manchester Community Schools Project
Since 2012, the Manchester Community Schools Project has been working to transform Beech Street Elementary and Gossler Park Elementary Schools into community schools in order to connect neighbors with one another and to needed services during weekday evenings, weekends and summer months. This approach provides educational opportunities for residents of all ages, linkages to physical and mental health services, and access to social services from food and housing through community care coordination via Community Health Workers. Leadership training, adult financial literacy and High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) education, parent workshops, health screenings, and community events are also among the types of services that are being organized through the schools. In addition to Beech Street and Gossler Park Elementary Schools, there are several partner elementary schools involved in the Project, including Bakersville, Henry Wilson, and Parker Varney. This Project has been generously funded by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Granite United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Endowment for Health, and the Cogswell Benevolent Trust.
Please review our Selected Highlights of NHIS Work Within Community Schools.