DURHAM – New Hampshire PBS, in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, will host the finale of a series of virtual events to engage communities in solution-driven conversations about the employment and housing crisis. of work in the state of granite.
Even before COVID-19 hit in 2020, New Hampshire faced the reality of an aging workforce, limited housing and child care options, and, for many, limited access to a Reliable high speed internet. The problem is even more acute today.
“Communities and Consequences II” is a multiplatform project by demographer Peter Francese, writer and former agriculture commissioner Lorraine Stuart Merrill, and filmmaker Jay Childs. New Hampshire PBS is the presentation station.
The project is designed to help communities rethink the way they plan, legislate and partner to create something new and help their communities thrive.
The final “Communities and Consequences II” online engagement event will take place on October 7 from noon to 1 pm.
“The aim of the series has been to engage and inspire local communities to find their own solutions to the workforce housing crisis facing the state,” said the deputy. NHPBS President and Content Officer Dawn DeAngelis.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is the lead sponsor of the engagement initiative which has enabled a series of virtual screening and discussion events to take place since March 2021.
“As one of the largest employers in our state, these issues have a huge impact on Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and we are delighted to support a program like ‘Communities and Consequences II’ that takes a close look at both the issues and the solutions that lie ahead, ”said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is the main sponsor of the engagement initiative which has enabled a series of virtual screening and discussion events to take place since March 2021. The “Communities and Consequences II” finale will be moderated by Sally Kraft, MD, vice president of Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Communities across the state are struggling to find spaces for people of varying ages and income levels. The film and accompanying book explore the tensions between traditional New Hampshire values such as family, community, equal opportunity, local control, and taxation.
“It’s these points of tension that trigger positive change,” says filmmaker Childs, who has attended dozens of town planning, board and committee meetings as part of his research. “One thing I hope viewers take away from the film is that there are many people in communities across the state who are working to make New Hampshire more welcoming and accessible to all, despite resistance. well documented. “
Peter Francese says, “This project is about communities working together and the future of New Hampshire. We encourage everyone to read the book, watch the movie, and then get out there, get involved and make a difference.