Catching Up with Annie

On the road

Washington, D.C., August 19, 2019

Dear Friend,

Expanding Access to Quality Healthcare

Last week, I enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon as part of my health care listening tour. I had the pleasure of touring the facilities and listening to the doctors and staff who work tirelessly to care for their young patients. In addition, I visited with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), which provides ground and air medical transportation to communities in New Hampshire and across New England. Living in a rural community like those across the Granite State can pose a serious risk if someone experiences a medical emergency – from our cities to our rural communities, I am so grateful to have a team like DHART in New Hampshire ready to help and provide access to emergency medical care.

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At Dartmouth Hitchcock Children's Hospital
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With DHART Staff

On Wednesday, I toured New London Hospital and met with the devoted staff and leadership who provide quality service and care to all who come through their doors. Rural health facilities are critical to the health and wellbeing of Granite Staters – I look forward to bringing the perspectives of the New London Hospital staff back to DC as I work to empower care providers and improve access to quality health care for folks nationwide.

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At New London Hospital

Preventing Veteran Suicide

I deeply appreciated the opportunity to join my colleague Congressman Chris Pappas in meeting with veteran advocates and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday in Hooksett to discuss how we can help solve the rising number of suicides amongst our service members and veterans. It is our duty to ensure our brave service members have access to the mental health care they need to recover and move forward with their lives after experiencing trauma. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Meeting with Veterans in Hooksett

Addressing PFAS Contamination

I also joined Congressman Pappas on Tuesday in sitting down with folks in Litchfield whose communities have been affected by PFAS contamination and hear from experts on how we can best move forward. The proliferation of PFAS chemicals is a threat to our health and a burden on communities throughout New Hampshire and nationwide – we must listen to those who have been affected and work with the experts who are working to find solutions and ensure that Granite Staters have access to safe drinking water.

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With Rep. Pappas Discussing PFAS Contamination

Having Conversations with Granite Staters

On Wednesday, I held a grants workshop in Claremont to give Granite Staters the opportunity to speak directly with folks from the Northern Border Regional Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other organizations as they navigate and learn more about the grants process. You can read more about the workshop here

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At my Claremont Grants Workshop

It was great to hear from Granite Staters at my town hall in Pelham on Thursday, where they talked to me about what’s on their minds and the issues they care about. Having an ongoing conversation with the people of New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District is a critical part of my role as a Member of Congress. I encourage Granite Staters to continue reaching out to my office to share their thoughts and concerns.

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Taking questions at my Town Hall in Pelham

Expanding Rail in Southern New Hampshire

At the end of the week, Congressman Pappas and I met with local government officials and transportation experts to discuss and receive updates on the Capitol Corridor Project, which would extend Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service from Lowell to Southern New Hampshire. I have been a strong advocate for passenger rail in Congress by pushing for funding for grants to fund rail projects. But my work is just a small piece of the solution – we must ensure that we are coordinating between state, federal and local levels to formulate and achieve the vision best for Granite Staters.

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With Rep. Pappas Discussing Rail Expansion

Here for You

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions, concerns or ideas you have – I love hearing from you! And as always, thank you for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. I hope you have a great week!

Sincerely,