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Massachusetts Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan Update Underway

MassDOT is currently updating the statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan. Check out MassDOT’s website to see how you can provide input and help create safe, comfortable, and convenient bike networks to advance bicycling for everyday travel.  Take a quick on-line survey to provide your input (survey link).  There is also an interactive map that allows you to enter routes, and provide comments and concerns about bicycling conditions statewide.  Here is the link to the interactive map.

 

The draft 2018-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program and 2018-2022 Capital Investment Plan are posted to MassDOT website

The Draft FFY 2018-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the federally-aided highway and transit portion of MassDOT’s FY 18-22 Capital Investment Plan (CIP), has been posted to the MassDOT website http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/planning/Main/StatewidePlans/StateTransportationImprovementProgram.aspx for public review and comment through May 30th.  With assistance from the MPOs, this marks the first year that the STIP development and programs align with the MassDOT CIP. We appreciate the cooperation in the development of your respective TIPs and this Draft FFY 2018-2022 STIP.

MassDOT to hold a Public Meeting on the Draft Capital Investment Plan in Greenfield

The Draft MassDOT & MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update for fiscal years 2018–2022 is a multi-billion dollar program that makes long-term, multi-modal investments across the Commonwealth. The CIP covers all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

MassDOT will hold a series of public meetings across the Commonwealth to present and discuss the Draft Capital Investment Plan Update. One of the meetings is scheduled for Monday, May 22nd at 5:30 p.m. at the John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA.  Please join us as we present the Draft CIP Update to seek additional public comments and answer your questions. Your participation is critical to its success!

If you are unable to attend a meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available at www.mass.gov/massdot/cip 
Public comments may be submitted by email to masscip@state.ma.us.

CIP Public Meetings Flyer

Draft 2018 Unified Planning Work Program Released for 21-Day Comment Period

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization approved the release of the Draft 2018 Unified Planning Work Program for public review and comment on April 25, 2017. There will be a  21-day comment period from Friday, April 28 through Friday, May 19, 2017. The Draft 2018 UPWP is linked below. Please provide any comments Megan Rhodes at mrhodes@frcog.orgor by mail to 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.

DRAFT Franklin 2018 UPWP

MVP Program Bidders Conference

Please join the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs this Wednesday, May 3rd at 10 AM at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Office in Greenfield for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program Bidders Conference. The purpose of the meeting is to answer your questions about the Commonwealth’s new municipal grant program.

10 to 11:30 AM Wednesday, May 3rd, 12 Olive Street, 1st floor conference room, Greenfield, MA

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) will provide support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning for resiliency.  The state will award communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans.  Communities will be able to define extreme weather and natural and climate related hazards, identify existing and future vulnerabilities and strengths, develop and prioritize actions for the community, and identify opportunities to take action to reduce risk and build resilience.

MVP certified providers will be trained in workshops across the state to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the assessment and resiliency plan using the Community Resilience Building Framework.  Towns and cities will then be able to choose the provider of their choice from a list of certified providers.

Communities who complete the MVP program will become certified as an MVP community and eligible for follow-up grant funding and other opportunities.

The RFR for communities to enroll in the grant program is posted here.

 

COG Helps Conway Assess Its Tornado Response

Regional Preparedness Program Manager Tracy Rogers assisted Conway in recovering from the tornado that struck the town on February 25th. Tracy first served in a volunteer capacity in her role as interim deputy team leader on the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team. Later, in her FRCOG role, Tracy worked with town officials to write an after action report and improvement plan assessing how well the town responded and suggesting planning and training opportunities to improve future responses.

Franklin County/North Quabbin Community Health Improvement Plan

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 

United Way’s Sandy Sayers introduces the CHIP.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center CEO Cindy Russo reviews the CHIP’s clinical care priorities.

Representative Paul Mark on legislation to improve health outcomes.


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

OTF_CAM_LiteratureReviewPres

CAM handout 2: Further Reading on CAM for SUD

CAM handout 3: Acupuncture Evidence in Plain Language

CAM handout 1: Acupuncture Research