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connrivWe are pleased to release this season’s issue of the FRCOG Newsletter. Please let us know if you would like it emailed to you by clicking here, and read the information-packed issue here: 2015 autumn newsletter

Health District Annual Meeting

The Cooperative Public Health Service celebrated its second birthday with over 50 representatives from member towns and state and regional partners at an Annual Meeting on October 30 at the Mohawk Park Restaurant in Charlemont.   Many thanks to all who attended, including member Boards of Health, Select Boards, Town Administrators, representatives from Baystate Franklin Medical Center, UMass College of Nursing, the Department of Public Health, the Communities That Care Coalition, the Opioid Task Force, local school nurses and senior center partners!     Special thanks to the band, Small Change, and to Paul, Deb and the Mohawk Park staff for a great evening.

Annual Meeting Materials:
CPHS Year in Review Slide Show2014 and a one-page version:  CPHS Year in Review Highlights
CPHS Community Health Needs Assessment 2013_14
Lyme Update 10_30_14
Opioid TF Update to CPHS 10 30 14
Health and policy memo for towns
Additional materials from the meeting will be posted here over the coming days.

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Communities That Care Speaks in DC

FRCOG Partnership For Youth Co-Coordinator Kat Allen is a speaker this week at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems, and Population Health in Washington DC.   The Forum is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its long term mission to create a culture of health in the United States.  Kat is addressing the work of the Communities That Care Coalition, and how other hospitals and communities can work together to make a measurable difference in public health outcomes.  For more on the Coalition, click here.

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak addresses the Forum

Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak addresses the Forum

FRCOG's Kat Allen and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak

FRCOG’s Kat Allen and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak

Kinder Morgan responses to FRCOG

Materials from Kinder Morgan about the proposed pipeline can be found by clicking here. They include the presentation from the July 24, 2014 public meeting and a response to questions posed by the FRCOG after the meeting.

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Flu Clinic Schedule

FRCOG encourages you to get a flu shot this year!

Click here for a copy of the 2014-15 Flu Clinic Schedule s of Oct 29

Some of the clinics are simple flu clinics, others function as exercises of the regional Emergency Dispensing Site plans.  Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to bring their insurance card with them.

Representative Denise Andrews getting her flu shot at a CPHS flu clinic at Gill Elementary School last fall

Representative Denise Andrews getting her flu shot at a CPHS flu clinic at Gill Elementary School last fall

 

Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared

A number of recent events have forged a spirit of togetherness throughout Massachusetts. The pride and community that residents feel across the state has inspired a renewed sense of camaraderie.

The Department of Public Health and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments are excited to celebrate Emergency Preparedness Month. We’re encouraging statewide action and teamwork to prepare your family and help your neighbor. Check out this Youtube video to see how you can get yourself and your family prepared for an emergency.

Opioid Task Force presents to FRCOG Council

Task Force Coordinator Marisa Hebble takes questions from Council Members

Task Force Coordinator Marisa Hebble takes questions from Council Members

At their July meeting, FRCOG Council Members received an update from Marisa Hebble, Coordinator of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force.

To view the presentation, click here.