Sue's first Town Hall on 7/16 focused on Public Health. She spoke about what she learned as the Bureau Chief for Emergency Medical Services for the State of New Hampshire on the front lines of the response to SARS and H1N1 and how that experience translates to today's public health crisis.
At Sue's Town Hall on 7/23, Sue and the former Fire Chief from Concord NH, Dan Andrus, discussed the shifting roles of law enforcement and EMS in supporting the needs of marginalized communities as part of an approach to social justice here in NH.
Sue's Town Hall on 7/30 addressed "Building a NH Workforce." Sue hosted a conversation with Steve Reno, Executive Director of Leadership NH and former Chair of NH's University System, about how we can better prepare our young adults to enter the workforce, the out-migration trends NH has experienced, and barriers we can remove to reverse this trend.
"What the Expansion of Broadband Means During the Time of COVID-19" was the topic of Sue's 8/6 Town Hall with Dr. Scott Valcourt, Director of Strategic Technology and co-director of the Telehealth Practice Center of UNH. They discussed the status of Broadband today, how our needs have changed due to COVID-19, the current sources of funding dedicated to the expansion, and what our future looks like.
IMPACTS OF COVID-19
Sue's Town Hall on 8/13 focused "Community Impacts of COVID-19". Community leaders talked about the adaptations they have made to re-open in a safe manner, the need for childcare and early education, how the CARES Act and Payroll Protection has helped keep local business through this time. All panelists acknowledged that this public health emergency is far from over.
Sue's Town Hall on 8/27 was a robust discussion of climate and clean energy policy in New Hampshire with Dan Weeks, the Director of Market Development at Re-Vision Energy. As Mayor of Lebanon, Sue led the initiative for the City to adopt the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. She believes in unleashing the power of local government in the fight against climate change and supports an overarching clean energy policy for New Hampshire, including a Green New Deal.
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
On 9/3, Sue hosted a roundtable discussion with women in leadership who shared their experiences and discussed how we can break barriers and fight inequality. Moderated by Karen Liot Hill, Grafton County Treasurer and Lebanon City Councilor, together with:
*Susan Almy, Lebanon State Representative
*Bridget Labrie, Mascoma Regional District School Board Member
*Marina Liot, former Lebanon High School Council Moderator and School Board Representative
*Kate Plumley Stewart, Enfield Selectboard Chair
*Wendy Piper, Grafton County Commissioner
*Laurel Stavis, Lebanon State Representative
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
On 9/24, Sue Prentiss hosted a discussion with Elaine Frank, founder of the NH Firearms Safety Coalition. Most gun deaths in this country are suicides, and suicide rates are rising, with New Hampshire at the top of the list. Learn about the Gun Shop Project and the promising work that gun owners and public health experts are doing to prevent gun violence.