Communities and Consequences II

Rebalancing NH’s Human Ecology

Communities and Consequences II: Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology is a sequel project to 2008’s award-winning Communities and Consequences: The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology. This timely new film, book, web, and community outreach project explores the economic and social realities of workforce shortages in our state - the nation’s second oldest state in terms of median age.

That is why New Hampshire PBS and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health are presenting a series of online interactive screenings and discussions of the new documentary COMMUNITIES & CONSEQUENCES II - Rebalancing NH's Human Ecology. 


The first virtual event takes place on Monday, March 1st from 4-5:30pm in partnership with the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. The focus of the panel discussion is public policy and legislation.
The film will be followed by a Q & A discussion moderated by Matthew Houde, Vice President Government Relations – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health with Peter Francese, Demographer and author; David Juvet, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, BIA NH and Sarah Wrightsman, Executive Director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and Housing Coordinator for the Regional Economic Development Center. 

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The series continues with one-hour focused presentations through October 2021. 
March 18th 12noon – 1pm Topic: Jobs
May 20th 12 noon – 1pm Topic: Workforce Housing and Zoning
July 15th 12 noon – 1pm Topic: Compensation, Health Insurance and Family Medical Leave
October 7th 12 noon – 1pm Topic: Barriers, Solutions and Collaborations

A DISCUSSION GUIDE  is available for download here.

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The population bulge known as the baby boom is reaching social security age and beyond. The impacts of the aging of such a large demographic cohort are seen nationwide. But New Hampshire and northern New England are suffering a far more severe demographic maelstrom. Here the rapidly rising number of seniors have been accompanied by shrinking numbers of younger adults and children—an unbalancing of the region’s human ecology.

Communities and Consequences II shares stories of how people are working together to find innovative ways to create vibrant and welcoming places for people of all ages and backgrounds, and ensure a thriving future for their communities and the state.

Support for Communities & Consequences II provided by:

Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, New England Studios, LLCCathartesDTC Lawyers, PLLC, Envirovantage, Exeter Hospital, Heritage Home Service, New Hampshire REALTORS, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Anagnost Companies, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc, Orbit Group, Northeast Delta Dental, Chinburg Properties

And by these individuals: Jennifer Gomarlo, Alexander Herlihy, Charles Noon, Chris Muns,  Mandy Sliver, Nancy Belanger, Peter Francese, ValesEnd, LLC, Paula Tsetsilas, Laura Barker, Paula Bellemore.

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Communities and Consequences II

New Hampshire and northern New England are suffering a far more severe demographic maelstrom. Here the rapidly rising number of seniors have been accompanied by shrinking numbers of younger adults and children"”an unbalancing of the region's human ecology.

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Since 1990 NH has accelerated from 28th oldest state (by median age) to 2nd oldest. We must act now to rebalance the human ecology of NH. 


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Keene is a city that wants to grow.

Pelham - Web Extra

Pelham - Web Extra

Pelham's Planning Director saw a need to increase the amount of workforce housing.

Upper Valley - Web Extra

Upper Valley - Web Extra

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is helping attract more people to the region to fill jobs.


Bradford - Web Extra

Bradford - Web Extra

A look at addressing the workforce housing shortage.

Dave Hennessey - Web Extra

Dave Hennessey - Web Extra

Dave Hennessey shares his thoughts on expanding housing stock.

Sarah Wrightsman - Web Extra

Sarah Wrightsman - Web Extra

Sarah shares her insights on housing and community.

Communities and Consequences II (Preview)

Communities and Consequences II (Preview)

New Hampshire and northern New England are suffering a far more severe demographic maelstrom. Here the rapidly rising number of seniors have been accompanied by shrinking numbers of younger adults and children"”an unbalancing of the region's human ecology.

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The population bulge known as the baby boom is reaching social security age and beyond.