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NH Telehealth Alliance formed, STEM docents sought … and more
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UScellular has named Tabatha McKay area vice president/general manager of retail sales and operations for its New England Region, a newly created role to head up sales and operations of both corporate-owned and agent retail locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

The NH Telehealth Alliance has been formed in an effort to support  the  telehealth  industry in New Hampshire. The alliance’s membership includes healthcare providers, technology providers and developers, advocacy and consumer organizations working to ensure better access and cost-effective benefits of this modern health care structure based on telehealth services.

The NHTA was founded by Jim Monahan, president of The Dupont Group, a Concord-based public affairs firm with a background in healthcare policy. It will monitor developments surrounding the mid-term bridge to a new telehealth paradigm, said Monahan, including “an inventory of telehealth activities throughout the state as well as the development of an initial telehealth roadmap around which to develop telehealth public policy that fits New Hampshire’s unique needs and environment.”

Deborah Fournier, former Medicaid director for the state, is working to support the alliance’s public policy analysis with regulatory and legislative reviews, analyses, and reports on state and federal telehealth policy developments. Fournier is  health law and policy senior associate at UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice at Franklin Pierce School of Law.

Xcelerate, a programmatic recruiting software solution developed by Lebanon-based Appcast, has been named a winner in the 2021 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. Launched in May 2020, Xcelerate distributes job ads to a network of more than 10,000 job sites and helps ensure that employers’ job ads attract hirable candidates for their open jobs, Appcast said.

The STEM Docent program at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extensionis seeking volunteers to work directly with youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to encourage them to enter the STEM field. Volunteers are trained in the foundational aspects of working with youth as well as in a variety of content modules including, but not limited to, stream ecology, physics and computer science.

Programs are offered at the STEM Discovery Lab in Manchester and residents within the greater Manchester and Nashua areas are encouraged to apply. Due Covid-19, programs are currently being held online.

To apply, volunteers complete an application at or by contacting program coordinator Megan Glenn at 603-641-4391 or via email at Applications are due by Feb. 18.

Southern New Hampshire University has appointed John Jibilian as executive vice president and chief digital officer. He previously worked at Deloitte, where he led the Digital Higher Education practice for the past seven years.

A team of eight Dartmouth engineering students was recently awarded Best Technical Paper at NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The team was one of eight finalists selected from across the country to present lunar exploration technology concepts and prototypes at the BIG Idea Challenge virtual forum earlier this month.

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