Leadership Lakes Region Holds All-Day Session on Health Issues

LACONIA — Leadership Lakes Region held its annual Health Issues Day to inform the class of 21 business professionals about the leading issues related to health which are impacting the Lakes Region and beyond.

The day was sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental with the Taylor Community hosting half of the day and LRGHealthcare hosting the other half. "We had a rather jam-packed agenda with tours, guest speakers and demonstrations but it all came together to make for a most informative and interesting day for our leadership class" said Leadership Lakes Vice Chair, Leo Sanfacon, himself a retired dentist.

Getting the group off on the right foot health-wise was a presentation by Tammy Lévesque, Health Educator for the Partnership for Public Health. In addition to describing the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program, she got the class to their feet for some basic movement exercises. An in-depth discussion of the Affordable Care Act by LRGH Senior VP for Financial Strategy and External Relations Henry Lipman was next.

He was followed by a panel consisting of Karen Barker, Lakes Region Food Network, Steve Whitman from PSU, Andy Howe, owner of Beans & Greens Farm and herbalist/nutrition counselor Sara Woods Kender. Their topic was Food Matters: Exploring the Relationships among Food, Health and Community. LRGH's Senior VP for Patient Care, Ellen Wolff and Stacy Sorrell, Clinical Director for Psychiatric Services, completed the morning agenda with their presentation on available psychiatric services in the Lakes Region. Both Wolff and Sorrell are themselves graduates of the Leadership Lakes Region program.

After lunch and a tour of LRGH, the group traveled to The Taylor Community where the Director of Marketing, Paul Charlton, Leadership Lakes Class of 2013, welcomed the group. Dr. Sanfacon then introduced the day's sponsor, Tom Raffio, CEO of the day's sponsor, Northeast Delta Dental. Raffio recently co-authored a leadership book with Barbara McLaughlin and former Celtics great, Dave Cowens. Raffio spoke about the leadership skills necessary to write and publish a book as well as those skills any good leader should have to value his/her people and create an atmosphere of productive team efforts in the workplace. The book is entitled "There Are No Do-Overs" and copies were given to each of the leadership class students a month earlier for them to read and discuss with Raffio. Diane Poh, also a Leadership Lakes graduate, then conducted an eye-opening Senior Sensory Simulation for the class to better understand the everyday issues facing senior adults.

"The final speakers for the day were Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health for the State of New Hampshire and Lisa Morris, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health. Ms. Morris, also a Leadership Lakes graduate, spoke about the regional plans for public health designed to complement the state plans. Dr. Montero, using his knowledge, experience and generous wit, had a power point presentation which focused on the major health issues confronting NH citizens. Charlton then concluded the day with a tour of the Taylor Community for the class. An impromptu raffle drawing was held to present one lucky class member with a Dave Cowens autographed copy of the Raffio, McLaughlin and Cowens book which Raffio donated to the class. Denise Sharlow, Executive Director of the Belknap Mill, was the lucky winner.

The next Leadership Lakes Day will be Economic Issues on May 1. Anyone interested in knowing more about Leadership Lakes or wanting to apply for the next class year is encouraged to visit the website at WWW.leadershiplakesregion.org.