These updates were circulated at our quarterly full Council meeting, and give information on what staff have been working on since January.
On April 7 the FRCOG was pleased to host a broad group of community based organizations, health care providers, local and state government representatives, school officials, and public health professionals for the release of the region’s first Community Health Improvement Plan, in conjunction with the release of the 2017 National County Health Rankings. The FRCOG has been working for over a year with a dozen other organizations to assess health needs, identify evidence-based interventions, and prioritize strategies.
To review the Community Health Improvement Plan, a list of the partners, and the slides from April 7, visit: http://frcog.org/program-services/regionalization-special-projects/chip/
For more information on the County Health Rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org
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: