Margaret Franckhauser, MS, MPH, RN

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    Margaret Franckhauser


NextFifty Initiative

Denver, CO

Margaret is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of NextFifty Initiative, a new grant making foundation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to transforming aging in Colorado and the United States. As the inaugural CEO, Margaret is responsible for crafting the organizational infrastructure, developing business relationships, overseeing adherence to legal guidelines, building a skilled grant making team and formulating a grantmaking structure that will positively impact aging. Prior to this, Margaret served for 19 years as Executive Director of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice - a visiting nurse, hospice and community service organization serving the rural Lakes Region of New Hampshire. In this role, she led the organization through a successful merger and expanded both services and geographic reach while leading the organization to financial and clinical success. In the year following the merger, she was named the top non-profit CEO by Business New Hampshire magazine. Her agency was also named among the top 100 home health agencies in clinical performance. Margaret has also served as a community hospital ambulatory services director, a nurse practitioner consultant in the NH Bureau of Maternal & Child Health, a nurse practitioner and Program Chief in the NH Bureau of Disease Control, a clinical nurse practitioner in the Carolinas and New Hampshire, and a visiting nurse in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. While in North Carolina, she served with the National Health Service Corps in a medically underserved coastal community. Margaret has served on numerous state and national health care and policy committees, foundations and boards including the Advanced Practice Task Force of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NH Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, the NH Governor's Health Care Task Force, the NH Adult Health Insurance Coverage Committee, the Foundation for Healthy Communities, the NH Charitable Foundation - Lakes Region, the NH Public Health Planning Advisory Committee, the Home Care Association of New Hampshire and the Endowment for Health. For six years, she was a member of the NH Board of Nursing - functioning as Vice President for three of those years. During that time she was instrumental in shaping the laws governing advanced nursing practice in that state.  Awards include the NH Nurse of the Year (2003) and NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year (1997) and the NH Nurses Association Policy Award in 2012. In 2006, her agency received the Supportive Nursing Environment Award by the NH Nurses Association - the first public health workplace ever to be granted that honor. She has twice been granted the Policy Award of the NH Homecare Association.