The members of the Healthy Monadnock Alliance share a belief that together we can work to create better health and wellness for everyone living in the Monadnock region. This is accomplished through shared goals, cross community connection, and collaboration to execute our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Membership in the Alliance is an annual commitment, and is open to any organization interested in helping advance health equity in our region.

Member Spotlight

Jon Criswell, featured with his winning design was one of eight employees who entered the two-week contest.


In an effort to encourage physical activity and lower carbon emissions, Bensonwood developed a bike to work repayment program and installed bike racks onsite. However, they did things a little differently than other worksites- “Having a metal bike rack at a wood company just didn’t seem right to us. As wood builders we thought it was only fitting to have wooden bike racks. So we held a design contest, open to all of our employees.”

– Ana Gonzalez, Human Resources.

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Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities

“The Wellness Committee at Cedarcrest Center spearheaded this initiative to create a dedicated space for employees to practice meditation, yoga, and somatic breathing: a place to OM away from Home. The yoga/meditation space invites employees to engage in yoga and meditation by providing the appropriate tools and a distraction free atmosphere.”

– Patty Farmer, Director of Development and Communications at Cedarcrest.

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Marlborough School

“The Relaxation Station provides our students with a short break from the stress of their day while giving them support to understand why they are feeling stressed and how they can learn to relax and handle the stress. It is very important that the students feel they have somewhere to go and someone with whom to connect with. When these students’ needs are met immediately the outcome is usually most effective.”

– Robin Whitney, Marlborough School Principal

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Keene Family YMCA

“The Keene Family YMCA’s alignment and partnership with Healthy Monadnock Alliance always made perfect sense for the Y. Our mission of strengthening our community and Improved Health for everyone, is what the Healthy Monadnock Alliance is all about. With the assistance of HMA the Y developed a campus wide tobacco free policy and offers free tobacco cessation to any employee that may need assistance.”

– Peter Sebert, YMCA Community Coalition Director.

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Monadnock Community Hospital

Monadnock Community Hospital is pleased to announce that they have increased their starting wage to $15 per hour, which coincides with the Livable Wage initiative through The Healthy Monadnock Alliance. “I am very pleased that we can support our employees in this way. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our community and that mission starts with supporting the health and well-being of our employees.”

– Cyndee McGuire, President and CEO Monadnock Community Hospital.

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