N.H. Bhutanese communities recipients of $1.2M in grants

CONCORD — The Bhutanese communities of Laconia, Concord and Manchester were among the recipients of 39 grants with an aggregate value of $1.2-million awarded by the Endowment for Health, Inc. in the past nine months.
The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire received $13,869 to empower the women among their number to assume leadership roles. Women from three communities will use the funds to develop a plan for improving access health care and human services for women and children.
Kelly Laflamme, program director of the Endowment for Health, said that the grant is among several intended to foster "self-determination and empowerment" among new American families by encouraging them "to engage int he civic dialogue of their communities as well as to become active participants in the education of their children." She said that the project would also help to overcome "the social isolation and depression that newcomers often experience."
A private foundation overseen by Charitable Trust Division of the New Hampshire Department of Justice, the Endowment for Health was founded in 1999 with the proceeds from the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire, a non-profit corporation, to the Anthem Insurance Companies. Its mission is to "improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire," particularly "the vulnerable and underserved." The Endowment has total assets of $78.5-million.