CCHI Enews
Issue: # 14
October 2013  
In This Issue
~ Coming Up!
~ MGH Incorporating Community into Strategic Plan
~ CCHI Welcomes Sarah Wakeman
~ Obesity/Cancer Connection in Chelsea Receives Mass. DPH Funding
~ Revere Launches Second Urban Trail
~ Save the Date
~ MGH Trustees Hear From Bicentennial Scholar
Coming up! Sen. Markey scheduled to address Prescription Drug Town Hall Meeting in Revere
Local and national leaders will discuss the local prescription drug misuse epidemic at a Prescription Drug Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, October 16 in Revere. All are welcomed to attend. More details here.

Check Out Our New Video
Thanks to Mass General Hospital Trustee Patty Ribakoffand video producer Jennifer Donaldson, CCHI now has a wonderful video that highlights our work.
MGH Incorporating "Community" into Strategic Plan  Mr. T
The hospital is engaged in strategic planning for the four pillars of the mission: patient care, teaching, research and community. CCHI Executive Director Joan Quinlan is chairing the community implementation planning group, whose charge is not only to plan for community health improvement, but also to incorporate community into the patient care, teaching and research missions. Stay tuned for recommendations around substance use disorders, healthy living and more.
CCHI   Welcomes  Sarah  Wakeman,   M. D.   
Please join us in welcoming Sarah Wakeman who recently joined CCHI as Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders. She will collaborate with colleagues in the community and throughout the hospital to improve systems and quality of care for patients with substance use disorders. Sarah, who also is a primary care physician at MGH Charlestown, received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. She was Chief Resident in Medicine during her training at Mass General.
Obesity / Cancer  Connection  in  Chelsea  Receives  Mass.  DPH  Funding   
The Community Health Improvement team at MGH Chelsea recently received a $40,000 Mass In Motion grant from the Mass Department of Public Health to address the connection between obesity and cancer. With this grant, the team will launch a program to help MGH Chelsea patients adopt healthy behaviors, such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being physically active. CHI and the city will distribute a walking map, and the city will make outdoor exercise easier by improving playgrounds and exercise stations at two local parks.
Revere Launches Second Urban Trail
Inspired by the success of Revere's first Urban Trail opened in 2011, the Beachmont Improvement Committee joined forces with Revere on the Move to create the Beachmont Urban Trail. This Committee is the latest example of neighborhoods and community partners taking ownership of the Health Eating/Active Living movement.
Save the Date: Disparities Forum on December 5
The MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities will celebrate its 10th  anniversary on Thursday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the O'Keeffe Auditorium. At the forum, Mass General will honor Mayor Thomas Menino for inspiring hospitals to address disparities in health care.
MGH Trustees Hear from Bicentennial Scholar
The Community Health Committee of the MGH Trustees learns about one of CCHI's six priorities at their quarterly meetings. In September, the focus was on youth development, and Bicentennial Scholar Jenny Bermudez described how the program helped her prepare for college and work toward her goal of becoming a nurse. MGH now has two cohorts of college students--with eight more to follow thanks to Partners' Community Scholarship Foundation--who have received tutoring, mentoring and internships during high school. Students receive a $5,000 annual scholarship and ongoing support while in college.
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