DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 3, 2013

HEALTH BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Blood donations needed in January

With the holidays winding down, there is no better time than now to consider giving something that means something and doesn’t cost anything: Donate blood.

The winter months can be a challenging time for blood collection. For the month of January, the American Red Cross Blood Services is partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts. As a thank-you, each donor will receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee. The coupons are redeemable at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

There are four local blood drives next month.

Friday, Jan. 4, First Parish Congregational Church, 47 East Derry Road, E. Derry. Donor hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, sponsored by Londonderry Lions Club. Donor hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11, Promises to Keep, 199 Rockingham Road, Derry, sponsored by Derry Police Department. Donor hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25, St. Jude Parish, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. Donor hours at 1 to 7 p.m.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for donor eligibility requirements or to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

N.H. scores well

on preparedness

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services last week announced the nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health issued its annual report, “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism 2012” and New Hampshire received a score of 7 out of 10.

The report ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on public health preparedness improvements made since Sept. 11, on 10 preparedness criteria, which change from year to year. The highest score received by any state this year was an 8.

“Through a great deal of hard work on the part of our agency and our partners,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health for DHHS, “we have improved the public health and emergency preparedness and response in New Hampshire since 9/11. This report is and should be viewed as a composite of preparedness activities and planning across agencies, a snapshot if you will, but by no means is the work complete.”

For more information about preparedness activities at DHHS, visit dhhs.nh.gov. To view the entire “Ready or Not?” report, visit healthyamericans.org.