Here are the updates we gave our Council members at their quarterly meeting on July 20 – full of information on the work of the staff and committees over the last quarter!
The flu season is beginning!
Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. When we all are vaccinated, we build community immunity that protects the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems from the terrible effects of influenza.
For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov
The Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) is offering influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at regularly scheduled wellness clinics throughout the region.
For a schedule of all CPHS scheduled flu clinics, click here:All Flu Clinics Poster 2019 September 27
Things to know: Bring your insurance cards – most forms of insurance are accepted – or, if you do not have a billable insurance, bring $20 for the fee for adults and $10 for kids. Both injectable and flu mist formulas for kids will be available this year. Regular or Senior High-Dose formulas available for those over age 65.
Contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse of FRCOG, at 413-665-1400 x114 for updated schedule and more information or visit this page regularly.
Other Town Clinics will be posted here as we get information on them.
We are pleased to announce that July 1, 2017, marked the FRCOG’s 20th birthday. In the two decades since the FRCOG Charter was enacted by vote of all 26 Franklin County towns, we have been honored to work on behalf of all of you on many diverse projects, including town accounting, brownfields redevelopment, teen substance abuse prevention, health and building inspection, and planning for healthy and vibrant communities. All summer we will be celebrating our history of working together as a region by digging into our archives to highlight what the towns of Franklin County have achieved together through the FRCOG. You can follow our daily posts of historical milestones on Facebook and on Twitter
Not on social media? You can see the posts here: 20th anniversary posts through Sept 6
Also — no big anniversary is complete without a party! Please join us on Friday, October 13 from 3-5:30 for an anniversary celebration! Click here for flyer with all the details!
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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