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Institute Receives $245,801 to Enhance Supports for Aging, Disabled Adults

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
September 30, 2009    

The New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice (NHIHPP) at UNH received a $245,801 grant as the first year of a three-year project from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance New Hampshire’s ServiceLink Resource Centers, which serve aging and disabled adults and their caregivers in every county in the state.

“ServiceLink Resource Centers are the entry point into the long-term care system in New Hampshire. This funding provides an opportunity to enhance services to our state’s elderly and disabled adults,” says Ned Helms, director of the NHIHPP and principle investigator on the grant.

The grant, announced last week by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, will enhance ServiceLink’s hospital discharge planning, improving the links between patients who leave the hospital and supports they may need as they return home. In addition, it aims to improve ServiceLink’s integration with disability support systems and other services.

The NHIHPP is a formal collaboration between UNH and the State of New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to create new knowledge to be used to improve population health and the health care delivery system, accomplished by conducting research, providing human and technical resources to assist state agencies, and through creation, use, and dissemination of that information.

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