New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,356,458
  • Local Health Departments: 2
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Flooding, Environmental Contamination, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018-2019: Hepatitis A Outbreak Response; 2016: PFC Contaminated Drinking Water
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $5,345,470
    FY 2020: $5,280,301
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $8,952,425
    FY 2020: $4,902,840
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 8
  • Educators: 2
  • Health Professionals: 4
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*: 14

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Information Sharing
Stories from the Field
CDC PFA Leads New Hampshire COVID-19 Case Investigation Efforts

Elizabeth Kroessler, a PHEP-funded preparedness field assignee, led the state health department team that investigated every COVID-19 case in New Hampshire in 2020. She also helped implement new contact tracing software. Investigations often were very complex. For example, one wrestling tournament resulted in 105 cases in five northeastern states. Another outbreak in a corrections facility resulted in 680 positive cases. Kroessler also developed protocols for prioritizing investigations and implementing safety practices focusing on populations at higher risk of COVID-19, residential facilities, and areas with a higher risk of community transmission.

New Hampshire Opioids
Providing Access to Naloxone Kits

Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. In 2016, New Hampshire had the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths of any U.S. state. To identify the hardest hit communities, the state health department uses PHEP funding to help track emergency department and treatment center visits. PHEP also supports the distribution of naloxone kits. Naloxone is an antidote to prevent death from opioid overdose. As of November 2018, New Hampshire has distributed more than 22,000 life-saving naloxone kits to people and families affected by opioid addiction.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 09:31 AM