Click here for important information on this event: http://frcog.org/event/agent-orange-town-hall-meeting-vietnam-veterans/
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.
The FRCOG recently hosted a workshop with Attorney Joel Bard and State Rep. Steve Kulik on the many changes coming as a result of the legalization of recreational marijuana. We have collected a number of resources for towns and others on our website. Click here for a collection of useful information on the new law.
Interested in what is going on at the FRCOG? Check out the updates provided at our most recent Council meeting!
Flu season is here — do your part to build community immunity! For information on the symptoms and treatment of influenza, and information about the vaccine, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Ready to get your vaccination? The eleven towns of the Cooperative Public Health Service health district have released their regional flu clinic schedule!
To download a flyer for a particular clinic:
charlemont-hawley-flu-and-rabies (just the 10/29 date)
The Cooperative Public Health Service health district is pleased to offer three opportunities this fall for residents and businesses to improve their food safety skills and build their resumes. On October 7, the evenings of November 3,7, and 9, and during the day on January 27, CPHS Food Safety Agent Randy Crochier will teach a low-cost ServSafe, Allergen, and Chokesaver certification for people living or working in food service establishments in CPHS health district towns: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. Residents of other towns will be accommodated as space allows.
CPHS Member Boards of Health are offering these workshops to both improve food safety in their towns and build employment skills for local residents. These certifications are made possible through the support of the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Standards Program, which has awarded the health district a five year food safety grant.
Information about how to register can be found here:
Click here to read Partnership For Youth Coalition Coordinator Kat Allen’s recent My Turn in the Recorder.
Handouts from the 7/26 workshop presented by Dr. Rick Peltier of UMass Amherst and Marc Wolman of the Department of Environmental Protection are below:
Presentation by Mark Wolman, MassDEP
Presentation by Dr.Rick Peltier, UMass Amherst
Recorder article about workshop
Interested in learning a bit more about what has been happening here at the FRCOG in the last three months? Check out the updates presented to our Council members on July 21:
Public Health Nurse Lisa White recommends the following steps to “fight the bite” and avoid infection with West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”):
Applying Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Repellents with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are effective. Be sure to use these according to the instructions on the product label and note precautions for use on infants and children.
Avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.
Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Draining standing water where Mosquitoes lay their eggs. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, store wheelbarrows upside down, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Installing or repairing screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Protecting your animals. Flush water troughs at least once a week and keep horses in indoor stalls at night with lights off to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes.
Zika virus, Dengue fever, Chikungunya are other mosquito-borne diseases you can get when traveling abroad. At this time, only people traveling to places with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks or engaging in sexual activity with someone who has traveled to these places are at risk for getting these infections. For up to date information about where Zika virus is occurring: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
For more information on WNV, EEE, repellent use and other mosquito-borne illness prevention visit www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or contact Lisa White, Regional Public Health Nurse for the towns of Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne at 413-665-1400 x114.