The winter gatherings safety poster is available in color and black and white PDFs for printing as well as a JPEG for digital sharing below.
For an archive of all the emails sent by the state on re-opening, click here
For a Franklin County data dashboard from the Public Health Institute of Western MA, click here.
For the state’s COVID data page, click here.
For the latest situation reports from the MA COVID Command Center, click here.
For the COG’s COVID Municipal Resources Page click here.
For the COG’s Board of Health COVID Resources Page click here.
For local public health COVID case management contacts (public health nurses), click here.
For the Region 1 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition, click here.
For resources and guidance for businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, click here.
To read the FRCOG’s Municipal Leader COVID-19 updates:
- July 3, 2020
- June 5, 2020
- May 3, 2020
- April 22, 2020
- April 14, 2020
- April 4, 2020
- March 27, 2020
- March 19, 2020
The murder of George Floyd and resulting international protests highlight again the dire consequences of systemic racism and inequity in our society. We all must proactively work to right centuries of wrong.
At the FRCOG, we are already involved in projects to improve racial equity. The Communities that Care Coalition, staffed by our Partnership for Youth, has a 5-year grant to address racial justice in our county’s school districts. Welcoming and Belonging Franklin County, in which we participate with the Franklin County Community Development Corporation and Greenfield Community College, among others, has received a grant to address racial equity and inclusion in our workplaces and community. The FRCOG’s research conducted to produce last year’s Community Health Needs Assessment identified troubling health disparities for people of color in our county. These inequities must be considered in all local and regional planning efforts moving forward. The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Pan Flu Planning Subcommittee has acknowledged systemic racism as a public health issue, and has recognized that domestic terrorism inflicted upon black and brown people is a Homeland Security issue. The FRCOG also works closely with our county’s first responders, and we will collaborate with them to ensure greater racial equity in our region.
Flu season is here and local boards of health and public health nurses are hard at work making plans to build community immunity!
Check out the calendar of vaccination clinics here: https://frcog.org/flu-clinic/
According to the CDC, flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
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Please check out the positions available here by visiting our Employment Page!
Members of the Boards of Health and Select Boards in the Cooperative Public Health Service health district’s eleven member towns gathered on November 29th to celebrate their sixth year of collaborating to provide high quality public health protections to residents. We were also joined by state Department of Public Health Office of Rural Health and Office of Local and Regional Health staff and a member of the Mohawk Trail Regional school staff! After dinner, speakers addressed a health topic of great concern to our region: adolescent health, especially as regards vaping and marijuana, and what local actions towns can take to protect youth. You can review the presentations here:
- From Melinda Calianos of the Tobacco Free Community Partnership: VAPE presentation for CPHS
- From Kat Allen of the Communities That Care Coalition: Marijuana Presentation to CPHS 2018
Massachusetts is in the midst of a heartbreaking crisis of addiction and overdose, and one of the most important things we can all do to prevent further deaths is reduce the stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Only 1 in 12 people people with this disorder seek treatment — can you imagine if numbers were similarly low for diabetes?
FRCOG’s staff have signed the Boston Medical Center Stigma Pledge and will work to make sure we use non-stigmatizing language. Join us!
To learn more about the Pledge, click here.
To review an “Addictionary” of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language, click here.
We were pleased to host Commissioner Kay Doyle and Director of Government Affairs David Lakeman at the FRCOG on 6/7 for a review of the final Massachusetts Adult Use Marijuana regulations.
Click here for the slides.
Other handouts at the 6/7 meeting:
- Marijuana and youth health handout — Apr 2018
- Mass Assn of Health Boards Template BOH Marijuana Regs 5 23 18
- Fire Engineering article on home growing brought by Bob Root of Hawley FD/BOS
Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects? Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.
The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities. Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.
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