Archive | October, 2014

Health District Annual Meeting

The Cooperative Public Health Service celebrated its second birthday with over 50 representatives from member towns and state and regional partners at an Annual Meeting on October 30 at the Mohawk Park Restaurant in Charlemont.   Many thanks to all who attended, including member Boards of Health, Select Boards, Town Administrators, representatives from Baystate Franklin Medical Center, UMass College of Nursing, the Department of Public Health, the Communities That Care Coalition, the Opioid Task Force, local school nurses and senior center partners!     Special thanks to the band, Small Change, and to Paul, Deb and the Mohawk Park staff for a great evening.

Annual Meeting Materials:
CPHS Year in Review Slide Show2014 and a one-page version:  CPHS Year in Review Highlights
CPHS Community Health Needs Assessment 2013_14
Lyme Update 10_30_14
Opioid TF Update to CPHS 10 30 14
Health and policy memo for towns
Additional materials from the meeting will be posted here over the coming days.

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Communities That Care Speaks in DC

FRCOG Partnership For Youth Co-Coordinator Kat Allen is a speaker this week at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems, and Population Health in Washington DC.   The Forum is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its long term mission to create a culture of health in the United States.  Kat is addressing the work of the Communities That Care Coalition, and how other hospitals and communities can work together to make a measurable difference in public health outcomes.  For more on the Coalition, click here.

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak addresses the Forum

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak addresses the Forum

FRCOG's Kat Allen and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak

FRCOG’s Kat Allen and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak

MA Historical Comm. Survey and Grants

The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Fiscal Year 2015 Survey and Planning Grant cycle is underway.   For the FY 2015 round, eligible applicants will include all local historical commissions, local historic district commissions, municipal planning offices, and other public and non-profit historic preservation organizations.  For FY 2015, the MHC/Grantee match shares will be 50/50. The goal of the Survey and Planning Grant program is to support efforts to identify and plan for the protection of the significant historic buildings, structures, archaeological sites and landscapes of the Commonwealth. Potential projects include the completion of cultural resource inventories, nomination of significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places, completion of community-wide preservation plans, and other types of studies, reports, publications and projects that relate to the identification and protection of significant historic properties and sites.

Kinder Morgan responses to FRCOG

Materials from Kinder Morgan about the proposed pipeline can be found by clicking here. They include the presentation from the July 24, 2014 public meeting and a response to questions posed by the FRCOG after the meeting.

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Flu Clinic Schedule

FRCOG encourages you to get a flu shot this year!

Click here for a copy of the 2014-15 Flu Clinic Schedule s of Oct 29

Some of the clinics are simple flu clinics, others function as exercises of the regional Emergency Dispensing Site plans.  Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to bring their insurance card with them.

Representative Denise Andrews getting her flu shot at a CPHS flu clinic at Gill Elementary School last fall

Representative Denise Andrews getting her flu shot at a CPHS flu clinic at Gill Elementary School last fall