Radius Issue 7: Health and Well-Being

Letter from leadership

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Across the state, demand for health and well-being services and support has never been more important. Mental health challenges, substance abuse, chronic diseases and the pandemic are disrupting the lives of families and stressing state resources.

Recognizing this critical need, we’re re-orienting some of UNH Extension’s programmatic work to better serve the Granite State. Earlier this year, we launched the Health and Well-Being Program and the Youth Development and Education Program.

Programming in these two areas has been ongoing for the past decade through the framework of Youth and Families, but a renewed focus and added resources are bolstering the impact of these efforts.

Extension is uniquely equipped to provide support through direct outreach while contributing to systems-level change through partnerships with public health organizations, health care providers and state and federal agencies.  

We also know that healthy people need healthy communities. In this issue of Radius, you will learn about the important work of Resiliency Academy, which, in just its first year, has helped 400 New Hampshire businesses and communities with economic resiliency planning. You’ll read about ongoing assistance to ensure the well-being of our state’s farmers and the many ways we’re continuing to care for N.H.’s natural resources.


Kenneth La Valley
Vice Provost of Outreach and Engagement/Director, UNH Extension
V Provost, Univ Outrch & Engmt
Phone: (603) 862-4343
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824