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At the Hospitals for Sunday, March 24

Published: 3/23/2019 10:22:34 PM
Modified: 3/23/2019 10:22:35 PM
Deadline approaches for Casting for Recovery participants

NEW LONDON — New London Hospital requests that participants interested in Casting for Recovery, a three-day retreat for women with breast cancer, register by Friday.

The retreat is being held at the Barbara C. Harris Center in Greenfield, N.H., from June 7-9. The event is open to women of all ages and in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, and is offered at no cost to participants. For more information, contact Catherine Bardier at 603-526-5093.

Dartmouth to host youth health summit

CONCORD — Dartmouth-Hitchcock is hosting a two-day summit focused on youth health. The summit will take place Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

On the first day of the conference, about 350 high school students will discuss challenges teenagers face, develop solutions to those challenges and celebrate their successes. The second day is open to the public, including parents, educators, legislators and anyone interested in the pressures teens face.

“Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex world,” Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health President and CEO Joanne Conroy said in a news release. “It’s gratifying and encouraging that so many of New Hampshire’s teens have committed to finding ways to navigate those complexities, and I’m really looking forward to their discussions of around many important issues. They want to help answer the questions. We owe it to them to listen.”

The idea for the Youth Summit grew out of the work of John Broderick, Dartmouth-Hitchcock senior director of public affairs. Broderick has been visiting middle and high schools around Northern New England for the past three years, sharing the story of his family’s experience with mental illness and talking with teens about their own challenges, on a campaign to “change the conversation” about the disease.

“Having spoken to thousands of young people and heard many stories of suffering, it’s time we hear these kids and respond to their needs,” Broderick said in the release. “What I’m seeing and hearing now has been hiding in plain sight for generations. It’s time for that to change, and progress, I know, is possible.”

Presenters at the summit include Upper Valley native Hannah Kearney, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medal-winning skier; actor, producer and director Jim Wahlberg; social media innovator Wendy Sue Swanson; and Ford Racing driver, coach and instructor Mike Speck.

The Friday, April 5, program “Knowledge, Empowerment, Understanding” will begin with a welcome by Gov. Chris Sununu, followed by three blocks of discussion groups. The first block will focus on mental health, including issues of addiction, eating disorders and self-harm, depression and suicide. The second block will examine issues of diversity and respect, including gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and bullying. The third block will look at timely topics including school violence, pressure for success and distracted driving.

Kearney, a native of nearby Norwich and a Hanover High School graduate, will give a keynote speech following lunch.

The afternoon session will feature a presentation, “Social Media for Good,” by Swanson. A self-described “tweetiatrician,” Swanson will speak about a new age in medicine, in which innovations in digital and social media leverage the combined wisdom of clinicians, patients, and researchers to help them collaborate more closely and build stronger relationships.

The day will end with the “Magnify Voices” film and writing festival, featuring short films and creative writing pieces about mental health issues submitted by middle and high school students from throughout the state. The goal of the festival is to advocate for and destigmatize mental health issues.

On Saturday, April 6, the programming is targeted toward adults, with the theme, “They’re Talking: Are We Listening?” The half-day event will mirror the structure of the previous day, with selected students who attended Friday’s panels facilitating the sessions alongside content experts. Perspectives shared by students will be incorporated into the program.

Later, an academic panel, “Community Engaged Research: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Community Challenges,” will be led by Aurora Drew, Ph.D., lecturer at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and Maureen Boardman, MSN, clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

For more information or to register, visit

Health Care And Rehabilitation Services announces new hires

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s community mental-health agency, has announced the appointment of five new professionals: Kimberly Watson, residential specialist in Bellows Falls; Jason Russell, behavioral interventionist in Brattleboro; Robert Schlieman III, residential specialist in Springfield; David Anderson, admission-discharge specialist in Springfield; and Ashleigh Carpenter, behavioral interventionist in Hartford.

Free kids’ dental clinic coming up in White River Junction

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vermont Department of Health is hosting a free dental clinic for children 10 years of age and younger on multiple dates in upcoming months.

The clinic offers oral health education, dental screening and fluoride varnish. Participants will get a goody bag and LISTEN Thrift Center Gift Cards. The event may count as nutrition information for WIC participants.

The clinic will be held at 118 Prospect St., Suite 300, in White River Junction from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m on Mondays April 8, May 13 and June 3; and from 9:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays May 8 and June 12. To make an appointment, call 802-295-8820.

— Complied by Kelly Burch

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