Chamber webinar addressing health disparity in New Hampshire highlights growing need for impartiality

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CONCORD, NH (August 2020) – The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce continued its vital role providing informative and complimentary resources for both the business public and community at large throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with a recent event that opened up an important conversation about health disparity in New Hampshire. Building Healthy Communities: COVID-19 and Equity in NH, the Chamber’s August 6 webinar presented in partnership with Protect Our Care NH, included a panel of informed speakers and audience participation through the Zoom platform the webinar was hosted on.

As the state rebuilds its economy and welcomes new residents who are relocating to New Hampshire due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, building the health of communities impacts the economic health of everyone, as well as the future economic vitality of the state.

"Health equity is an important issue with both moral and financial implications for our communities,” said Tim Sink, Chamber president. “It is important that we understand the root causes of disparity and what can be done about it."

Guest panelists Trinidad Tellez, MD , NH Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Director of Office of Health Equity, Kirsten Durzy, MPH , NH DHHS’ Evaluator of Division of Public Health Services, and Jessica Santos, PhD , Brandeis University’s Director of Community-Engaged Research at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, shared compelling data about the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Hampshire’s communities of color:

  • Hispanics and Latinos make up 3.9% of our total population, but represent 13% of total COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire.
  • Black or African-Americans make up 1.4% of our total population, but represent 5.8% of our total COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire.
  • Inequalities in incomes and the geographic locations of available housing options affect the abilities of people, who were already at a disadvantage, to avoid contracting COVID-19 and to access treatment. While the average poverty rate for whites in NH is one in fourteen people, it is one in every five for Black or African American and one in six for Hispanic or Latino.


The Chamber invites members of the community to watch a free recording of the presentation available 24/7 on the Chamber’s website. Additional questions may be directed to Bryanna Marceau.

Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce - the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce - develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate, and enhances quality of life in the Capital region. One of the largest chambers in the state, it is deeply invested in the local community and dedicated to shaping competitive economic development strategy, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the region, and promoting Concord as a culturally vibrant visitor destination. For more information please visit  ConcordNHChamber.com

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