Archive | March, 2017

FRCOG Bicycle Parking Program is Taking Requests

The FRCOG Bicycle Parking Program will provide bike racks for public use free of charge to towns in Franklin County. Towns will be able to select the bike racks that they prefer.  The racks will be ordered by the FRCOG and delivered to towns on a first come, first-served basis. In order to be able to provide bike racks at no cost, the FRCOG must have a commitment from each participating town that they will be promptly installed. For information on how to receive free bike racks, see the Bicycle Parking Program information page.

This opportunity to receive bicycle racks is made possible through a contract with MassDOT, which will reimburse the FRCOG for the cost of bike racks through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.


W MA HMCC Full Coalition Meeting Registration Open

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The HMCC will hold its second full Coalition meeting this year, open to any and all health and medical
stakeholders. We will update the membership on the region’s progress towards greater health and medical preparedness/response collaboration, and host a keynote by Chad Priest, Chief Executive Officer – American Red Cross Indiana Region.

Chad Priest, MSN, JD, BSN, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Region American Red Cross. Priorto joining the Red Cross, Mr. Priest served as Indiana Universities’ School of Nursing’s Assistant Dean for Operations and Community Partnerships.

Mr. Priest also currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor to the MESH Coalition, a non-profit, public/private partnership that coordinates, supports and strengthens healthcare and related entities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of emergency and crisis events and incidents. Mr. Priest formerly served as the MESH Coalition’s Chief Executive Officer for 4 years.

Mr. Priest will present “Towards Community Resilience: The Role of Healthcare Coalitions” from his perspective as a healthcare provider in multiple professions: as a military nurse, a healthcare lawyer, and as the CEO of a non-profit crisis management organization. Through these experiences, he has come to believe that in order to maintain individual and community health you have to mix it up – both the professions, and the interactions. In our April coalition meeting, Mr. Priest will discuss the role of community health and health equity in emergency preparedness and response coordination, including its effect on patient surge, and demonstrate that not only do we all play a role in keeping people healthy, but also that by ensuring the health of all members of our community, we emerge more resilient in times of crisis.

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MassDOT is seeking input on the state Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT and the MBTA are seeking input to update the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and need your thoughts and ideas for the next CIP. Visit the newly updated CIP webpage to comment.

This year’s CIP will be focused on revising fiscal years 2018 – 2021 CIP, approved last year, and programming investments for FY2022. Additionally, improvements to the CIP process include alignment with the annual development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The three priorities for the CIP are:

• Reliability
• Modernization
• Expansion

Within each of the three priorities are sixty-two funding programs that are filled with projects addressing the most important capital needs of our transportation system.

MassDOT is accepting comments until March 17, 2017. Submit a comment or send an e-mail. If you provide an e-mail address, you will receive a response before the Draft CIP is released in May for another round of public comment and meetings.


Opioid Task Force Complementary Medicine Meeting Materials

Below are the handouts and presentations from the 3/3/17 Healthcare Solutions and Treatment & Recovery Committees joint meeting on the effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Substance Use Disorder.

Karen Adams Acupuncture Presentation to OTF 3-3-17


CAM handout 2: Further Reading on CAM for SUD

CAM handout 3: Acupuncture Evidence in Plain Language

CAM handout 1: Acupuncture Research

Citizen Corps Offers Incident Command System Training

The Franklin County Citizen Corps is hosting a two part training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System (also known as ICS 100 and 700) at the Turners Falls High School on March 20th and 27th. The classes are required for Citizen Corps members who have not yet taken them, but are open to those who want a refresher or anyone else in the community who is interested. Shelburne Fire Chief John Taylor will teach the classes in a computer lab so students can take the online FEMA exam before the end of the evening.