Connecting the Dots to Preventative Health: All Ages and Stages

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, not does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government. 

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Mrs. Thomas pursued her undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire in Health Management and Policy and was presented with the Department’s Alumni Recognition Award in 2008.  She completed her Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. She was selected as one of twenty national scholarship recipients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Public Health. In addition, Mrs. Thomas served in the United States Army for 16 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer and achieved the rank of Major. She is also a three-year breast cancer survivor.

9:30-10:30 Morning Keynote

Building Immunization Neighborhoods in the City of Manchester and Beyond

“Immunization neighborhoods”, as coined by APhA, involves the collaboration, coordination, and communication among immunizing and non-immunizing professionals, with the goal of meeting the immunization needs of patients, including the use of place-based approaches, to protect the community from vaccine-preventable diseases as well as increase access to health care.

Following this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Define neighborhood health and the role of immunization in achieving it.
  • Describe national and local best practices in building immunization neighborhoods.
  • Apply innovative approaches for participants to implement within their own communities.

Presented by:  Anna-Marie Thomas, MPH, Deputy Public Health Director, Manchester Health Department

A graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Mrs. Thomas was recognized by the Union Leader and the Business & Industry Association of NH as one of the State’s “Top 40 Under Forty” in 2006. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Dartmouth Medical School and frequent guest lecturer on public health issues at the University of New Hampshire. She has served on several non-profit boards, foundations and coalitions throughout New Hampshire and was presented a “Key to the City of Manchester” in 2009. In 2013, Mrs. Thomas was nominated as a “White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention” and in 2014, received the “Annual Community Leadership Award” from the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. Lastly, she was feted with the “Jack Lightfoot Voice for Children Award” from Child and Family Services of NH’s Children’s Lobby in 2015. 

Anna Thomas, MPH is a New Hampshire native and has been with the City of Manchester Health Department since 1994. In May of 2007, she was promoted to the position of Deputy Public Health Director and in this role, assists the Public Health Director in the administrative oversight of the Department with 70 full and part time staff and a total budget of over $5,000,000.00. Serving an urban community of 110,000 population, she holds a particular passion for neighborhood health improvement, resident mobilization and community development.