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FRCOG is hiring!

Would you or someone you know like to join our team?

Please check out the positions available here by visiting our Employment Page!

 

FRCOG signs the Stigma Pledge

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.

FRCOG 2017 Annual and Town Reports Are Here!

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.

 

Franklin County Municipal Directory

The FRCOG is pleased to make available the all-new digital municipal directory, with contact information for every board and department in every town. Our thanks to town hall staff for providing the information.

Click here to access the directory.

 

Read the FRCOG Quarterly Updates!

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!

2017 JULY updates

Legal Marijuana: Municipal Options and Next Steps

Margaret Hurley, Municipal Division Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office,  joined us on September 7th for a review of what the final legislation says and what next steps are for select boards, planning boards, and boards of health. Notes from that session are here: Retail MJ Muni Info Session Notes 2017.9.7

Another great resource is the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies Recreational Marijuana Resource Page.

Flu Clinics 2018

Although the flu clinic season is over, and the district vaccinated over 1000 people, the Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) is still able to offer influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at regularly scheduled wellness clinics throughout the region.

Dates and times are during the following  walk-in clinics assisting residents of any member town  with a variety of health care needs (medication management, assessment and  monitoring of health conditions, medication information) at the following times and places:

• Every Wednesday at the Deerfield Town offices: 10 AM – 2 PM
• First Friday of each month at the Conway Town Hall on: 9 AM –12 PM.
• Second Friday of every month at Stoughton Place Housing Development in Gill: 9 AM – 11 AM
• Fourth Tuesday of every month at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center: 10:30 AM —  12:30 PM
• Second Tuesday of every month at the Charlemont Federated Church: 10:30 AM -12  PM
• Third Tuesday of every month at the Good Neighbors Food Distribution at the Charlemont Federated Church at 5 PM.

A Leyden resident gets vaccinated by Public Health Nurse Lisa White on election day, 2018.

 

The 2018 CPHS Flu Clinics were held at the following locations: 
Tuesday, September 18, 9 to 11 a.m.  South County Senior Center
Friday, October 5, 9 to 11 a.m. Conway Town Hall/Council on Aging
Tuesday, October 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Charlemont and Hawley Councils on Aging at Charlemont Federated Church
Friday, October 12, 9 to 11 a.m. Stoughton Place Apartments, Gill
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Deerfield Elementary School, South Deerfield
Wednesday, October 17, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gill Elementary School
Tuesday, October 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Senior Center, Shelburne Falls
Tuesday, October 23, 1 to 2 p.m. Highland Village Apartments, Shelburne Falls
Wednesday October 24, 5 to 7 p.m. Heath school building, 18 Jacobs Road
Monday, October 29, 6 to 8 p.m Mohawk Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road, Buckland
Tuesday, November 6, at polls: 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Leyden Town Hall
Wednesday, November 7, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Conway Grammar School

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: 

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.

Peak Month of Flu Activity
1982-1983 through 2015-2016

For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov

For more information on the CPHS, click here.

Celebrate FRCOG’s 20th Anniversary!

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!

FRCOG’s front office in the Courthouse… now the District Attorney’s office.

Our staff in the early 1990s, when we were still the Franklin County Commission.

About 2/3 of our staff in 2017!

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

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CAM handout 2: Further Reading on CAM for SUD

CAM handout 3: Acupuncture Evidence in Plain Language

CAM handout 1: Acupuncture Research