About CYCC

Like other states around the country, New Hampshire is grappling with a chronic health conditions epidemic. In the Granite State, approximately 42,000 children (or 1 in 6) contend with a chronic health condition, or one out of every six. Broken down, the numbers are sobering:

  • Over 12 percent of N.H. children will suffer from asthma during their lifetimes.
  • Thirteen percent of children between grades 9 and 12 are overweight, while another 11 percent are obese. Both groups are at risk for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Approximately 75 children between infancy and age 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year.

The Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions (CYCC) is a comprehensive statewide advisory and advocacy organization. It was established to: analyze the barriers in obtaining appropriate and effective community and family-based services and support; and to advocate and collaborate at state and local levels to improve the capacities of communities to respond to the needs of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions.


The Council’s members are:
Robert Quinn, Concord, Chair
Barbara Richardson, Concord, Vice Chair
Paula Garvey, Amherst, Treasurer
Michael Dennehy, Bow, Secretary
Loretta McGrail , Rochester
Corry Hughes, Jefferson
Michael Rollo, Rollinsford
Sarah Aiken, Concord
Sheila Badger, Barnstead
Ann Emmerling, Goffstown
Sen. Andrew Hosmer, Laconia
Mariellen J. MacKay,  Nashua
Heather Gagne, Department of Education
Elizabeth Collins, RN-BC, MS ,  Health and Human Services, Special Medical Services
Laurie Fleming, RN, Derry
Joelle Martin, Milford
Lisa DeMartino, Gilford