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SCHEDULE

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The 2023 Annual Conference will feature a variety of expert speakers that will explore topical and practical subjects in plenary and educational sessions throughout the Conference. Stay tuned as speakers and sessions are added to the schedule! This schedule is subject to change.

featuring
Motivational Magician Brian Miller on Tuesday, Oct. 24!

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Assembly

Registration

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Armory

Vendor Set-Up

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Bonfire (6-minute walk from the DoubleTree)

RSVP required

Welcome Reception: Sunday Night Football

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Assembly

Registration 

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Pemigewasset 

Officers Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Armory

Breakfast Buffet

sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Pemigewasset 

Welcome & Plenary

Speaker(s) TBD

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Armory

Trade Show Floor

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Contoocook 

Educational Breakout Session 1: State Government Update

Kate Horgan, Vice President, Government Relations

Jim Monahan, President, Dupont Group

NH State Senator Cindy Rosenwald

Join members of the Opioid Commission, the Retirement Commission, and the Association’s government relations team as they offer updates on a wide variety of topics that are dominating the State House this fall. Topics include: opioid settlement funds, the NH Retirement System, Medicaid rate increases, and the retained bill process. Take this opportunity to get your questions answered. 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Merrimack

Educational Breakout Session 2: A Look Ahead SFY 24-25: Medicaid Programming and Financing

Henry Lipman, Medicaid Director, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

The SFY 23 legislative session enacted historic provider rate increase $134 million+. This session will focus on the major policy changes outside of the rate increases directly affecting the future of county health care costs and services in the areas of long-term care, home and community based services, and indirectly coverages affecting the workforce and populations the counties serve in the future.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Piscataquog

Educational Breakout Session 3: Using the 9-Box Grid for Succession Development and Performance Management 

Carol Kilmister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Human Resource Consultant, Primex

Employee retention is a top management priority, particularly when the unemployment rate hovers in the low single digits. Since we can’t create employees out of thin air, let’s focus on what we can do - assess the ones that we have and determine how to keep them happy, productive, and engaged. 
 
This session will introduce participants to the 9-Box Grid as a tool for succession development and performance management. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of this tool and how to effectively assess current employees while appropriately considering next steps. 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Frost/Hawthorne

Educational Breakout Session 4: Questions and More Questions on Finding, Developing, and Preparing Leaders

Carl Weber, Director of Member and Technology Services, Primex

Why does your leadership style matter? Is your leadership example worth following? How do leaders attract, retain and engage their teams? What is the impact of misunderstanding others as a leader? It is possible to develop as a leader, and lead well when the demands of the job are so high? Let’s discover the answers to these (and many more) questions together.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Pemigewasset 

Lunch, Awards Presentations, & County Cup Round 1: Trivia

sponsored by Primex

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Contoocook 

Educational Breakout Session 5: Federal Update

Madison Lightfoot, Director of Community Engagement, Office of US Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Mark Ritacco, Chief Government Affairs Officer, National Association of Counties

Debt ceiling, potential Constitutional crisis, the war in Ukraine, and more have dominated the political scene in Washington, DC through 2023. Join representatives from NACo and the NH federal delegation offices for an update on the federal government and the biggest issues facing our counties. What paths forward exist and how will it all impact county government in New Hampshire? Take this opportunity to speak with decision-makers and have your county’s voice heard.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Merrimack

Educational Breakout Session 6: Leadership – There is No Perfect, Only Better


Ross Gibson, Director, Client Services, The Richards Group

Golfers have a great saying: “Golf is not a game of perfection!” The same can be applied to leadership; there is no end destination, just an amazing and critically important journey. In this thought-provoking, slightly provocative, and hands-on workshop, Ross Gibson, a lifelong student and applicant of leadership will facilitate about leadership, what it is, how it is different from management and how participants can move the lever towards better, more engaging leadership in their organizations, teams, and any other aspect of their lives. Ross draws from life experience, excellent mentors/role models, and extensive study of the thought leaders on leadership including Stephen Covey, Brené Brown, John Maxwell, Amy Edmondson and more.  Participants will come away with references and resource recommendations to continue their leadership journeys.  Ross will also provide what he feels are the three keys to unlocking higher and more effective skills to better leadership.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Piscataquog

Educational Breakout Session 7: It's All About You, Correctional Officers—Infection Prevention And Public Health! 

Darlene M Morse, MSN, RN, M.Ed., CIC, Infection Prevention Nurse Specialist, Healthcare Associated Infection Program, NH DHHS           
Priscilla Cassimiro, Correctional Corporal, Rockingham County Jail
Abby Dulin, MPH, Infection Prevention Liaison, Healthcare Associated Infections Program, NH DHHS
Madyn Kenney, MPH, Epidemiologist, Healthcare Associated Infections Program, NH Division of Public Health Services

Infection prevention is essential to the security portion of the correctional setting, but is often left to the medical unit within the facility. Infection prevention starts with the Officers in a correctional setting. In this presentation correctional officers will be provided real world scenarios, practice recommendations, and background information on infection prevention to keep themselves and their co-workers safe and protect the individuals in their charge. An activity that utilizes Glo Germ will occur during this session.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Frost/Hawthorne

Educational Breakout Session 8: Managing The Complexities Of NH RSA 91-A: New Hampshire’s Open Public Meetings/Records Statute

Tom Closson, Attorney at Law, PLLC

This session will explore the increasingly complex and difficult obligations that NH RSA 91-A – New Hampshire’s open public meetings/records statute – imposes on the counties.


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Armory

Refreshments with sponsors

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Frost/Hawthorne

Corrections Affiliate/Certification Board Meeting

6:00 PM

Dinner on Your Own

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

County Cup Event

Armory

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Assembly

Registration 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Assembly

Breakfast Buffet

sponsored by NH Interlocal Trust in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Pemigewasset 

Executive Committee Meeting

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Pemigewasset 

Plenary Session

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM 

Assembly

Trade Show Floor

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

Contoocook 

Educational Breakout Session 9: NH Medicaid Cost Report Process

Susan Nagy, Supervisor VII, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Program Quality And Integrity, Bureau of Program Integrity - Financial Compliance Unit
Ann Driscoll, Administrator III, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Program Quality And Integrity, Bureau of Program Integrity - Financial Compliance Unit
Christopher Buskey, Nursing Home Agency Audit Manager, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Program Quality And Integrity, Bureau of Program Integrity - Financial Compliance Unit

In this session, the panelists will review the procedure of completing a New Hampshire Medicaid Nursing Home Cost Report as well as some of the frequently asked questions that arise in the process.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Merrimack

Educational Breakout Session 10: Cyber Attack Simulation

Cori Casey, Risk Management Consultant, Primex3
Jason Sgro, Senior Partner, The ATOM Group
Richard Rossi, Cybersecurity Advisor – New Hampshire, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 
Kenneth Weeks, Chief Information Security Officer, New Hampshire Department of Information Technology 
Timothy Benitez, Resident Agent in Charge, New Hampshire, United States Secret Service 

The Town of Prudence was hit with a significant cyber-attack. Join New Hampshire cybersecurity experts to guide your group response through this incident. Attendees will learn about the importance of timely reporting, Incident Response Plans, Personally Identifiable Information, organizational response resources, and public affairs needs.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Piscataquog

Educational Breakout Session 11: Leadership and Culture: Recognizing the Opportunity and Stepping Up to the Challenge

 

Nick Manolis, Consultant, Primex3

This session establishes the connection between leadership and culture. The opportunities which present themselves for leaders to establish and maintain a positive culture and the vital importance of actually acting on those opportunities will be explored. This session will provide strategies, actions and encouragement to positively impact the workplace culture. 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Frost/Hawthorne

Educational Breakout Session 12: Consultant, Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire

Henry Herndon, Consultant, Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire

Cheshire County is the first NH community to receive local and state approvals for its Community Power program, which will be the default electricity supplier for customers in participating Cheshire Towns. Towns in Cheshire are joining into Cheshire Community Power as a streamlined model to lower electric rates and expand customer energy choices, while alleviating regulatory and administrative burdens. Cheshire County is a founding member of the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, the nonprofit power agency providing Community Power services statewide.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ballroom

Lunch, Keynote, & Awards Presentations

sponsored by HealthTrust

Brian Miller, Motivational Magician

Join us for a presentation from our keynote speaker, Motivational Magician Brian Miller! Brian works with organizations to build and strengthen connected cultures through an interactive journey that will teach you how to magically connect with anyone.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dartmouth

Commissioner's Council Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Coolidge

Nursing Home Affiliate Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Frost/Hawthorne

Educational Breakout Session 13: How to Manage Aggressive Behavior

Rick Van Wickler, Chameleon Consulting of New England 

This session examines triggers to verbal and physical aggressive behavior, a discussion on changing culture, continuums of violence, personal safety rules and guidance for “do and don’t” behaviors along with “warning signs”. We also examine critical decision-making and problem solving solutions. A participant guide is provided for attendees to follow along and refer to in order to increase retention of the material.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Assembly 

Cocktail Reception

sponsored by PrimeCare Medical

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Four Rivers Ballroom

Awards Banquet 

sponsored by The Greater Monadnock Collaborative

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