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Dear CHNA 18 Friends,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Many of our community friends and partners have events coming up as well as registration for groups and events happening a few weeks from now.

CHNA 18 will continue to spread the word of these important happenings through our newsletter and website. Thank you to all our CHNA 18 contributors and the resources you provide for our community.
Free Handbook

Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) is offering a free copy of their 60+ page handbook for families and caregivers!

FFDA is giving away 100 copies of our Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Families and Caregivers!

Get your copy by watching the free webinar and completing a 5-10 minute survey. Copies are going fast! Don't miss your chance to get this valuable resource for free.
Winter Events

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is pleased to present the Winter Events Calendar featuring a wide variety of educational topics presented by expert Physicians and Clinicians.

Each event is free and will be held virtually, keeping the safety and well-being of our patients and communities our top priority. 

Click here to view events and register Winter Virtual Events
Join us for a brand new online training!

Building Resilient Communities
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 09:30am - 12:30pm
Topics: Health and racial equity, built environment
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Identify how the built environment impacts heath and racial equity
2. Name ways to use the built environment for emergency preparedness
3. Name strategies to create access and amplify community voice in built environment and health equity efforts

AANE's Winter 2021 On-Demand Jody Acford Conference

Content Available February 24 - April 30, 2021

AANE is expanding its annual conference on benefits and supports for adults with Asperger and similar autism profiles! This essential conference will provide recorded presentations in both Massachusetts and New York editions. Click for Information and Registration

AANE continuously updates our calendar so you can find activities, events, and support groups that are of interest to you. Registration is required and financial assistance is available for activities that require a fee. To inquire about financial assistance or for general questions, contact or call 617-393-3824 x210.

Research Study

Are you or are you working with an older adult who is between 75 and 85 years of age? Do they have some college or less (Associate's degree or community college - not bachelor's). If so, would they be willing to be part of a research study to provide feedback on a colon cancer screening health education pamphlet?

Due to COVID, we would conduct everything via phone and postal mail. We are offering a $25 VISA gift card in exchange for their feedback. If they are interested, please call Tamara Cadet at Simmons University School of Social Work at 617-521-2925 and leave a message and we will call you back. 
Upcoming Events

January 30, 2021
Waltham High Students, it will look a little different this year, but we will be back on Zoom with tips for resumes and cover letters, interviewing and networking skills, and more! Whether you will be looking for a job or applying to colleges in 2021, or want to get a jump start on future plans, join us! Follow us on Instagram for updates starting in January: Waltham4Youth

March 16 6:30-8:30
Waltham Partnership for Youth presents: Combating Racism & Practicing Self-Care Part 2 where attendees will hear stories of experiences with racism from Waltham Youth, learn action steps of what they can do to fight for change, and deepen their learning through breakout sessions on various topics. Watch the Replay of Part 1 Here

Summer Internships 2021
Last summer we placed over 50 high school students in paid summer internships, thanks to the creativity and commitment of our employer partners. While many of the internships were virtual, they all gave students the opportunity to grow and gain valuable skills. 2021 goal: 75 internships! Will you consider joining us as an employer partner? Contact
Event Premiere

March 25th 2021:

The burden on family caregivers is rising in this country, and fast. 2017 was the first time in over a hundred years that more people died at home than in a hospital. That’s good, because home is where most people say that they want to be. But in bringing the dying home, 44 million non-professional caregivers are now working double-time and for free
in jobs for which they are completely untrained.

From the Oscar nominated director and physician who brought us Extremis, Jessica Zitter’s newest documentary,  Caregiver: A Love Story puts a human face to the toll—physical, emotional, and financial—that afflicts most family members who care for their dying loved ones at home. In 24 minutes, Bambi Fass and her husband Rick take us through the joys, and the unexpected sorrows, that can accompany a family’s journey through the end of life.
WATCH CDC Compiling COVID-19
Community Resource Guide 
WATCH CDC, a local nonprofit focused on community organizing, is doing amazing work compiling a centralized COVID-19 Resource Guide to support the Waltham community during this difficult time. The guide currently lists resources related to healthcare, food (including FREE LUNCH AND DINNER for all Waltham youth), housing, utilities, income and employment, and is being updated continuously. You can also find a list of ways to volunteer or donate during this time, and information regarding service closures and interruptions. We encourage all Waltham community members to visit this site.
If you are aware of a COVID-19 related resource that is not listed, please share with WATCH CDC at

Impact MetroWest is an initiative of the Foundation for MetroWest to bring awareness to and drive action around the strengths and challenges facing our communities here in the MetroWest region of Greater Boston.

Credible and independent data is vital to allow the entire community to learn, understand and then act together improve the quality of life for everyone.

Over 50 indicators provide insight into the trends shaping our community over the last decade across several dimensions - the economy, education, civic engagement, our health, transportation and housing systems, and more. The data serves as a report card for the region, but also acts as a spark to drive change.

We are excited to share this data with everyone and look forward to seeing how it helps all of us better understand the quality of life in our region, how it compares with Massachusetts and the nation, and how we can work together to make it even better. Click to Visit the Project
Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Keeping Older Adults Connected During COVID

Many older adults have been living with strict social distancing measures for months now. With few opportunities to leave home or host visitors, it’s all too easy for seniors to slide into social isolation.

The good news is that it’s still possible for older adults to stay connected with the people and communities that matter most to them. Your Elder Experts (YEE) is a JF&CS program that works with older adults, as well as their care partners and families, to enhance quality of life, encourage independence, and provide a safe and supportive living environment. The YEE team has put together five tips for helping older adults stay socially engaged and active. Click for More
Needham Center at The Heights (Needham's Aging Services)

Sends out daily highlights with a wide array of resources, zoom/facebook programs for free of charge, and other new and information as we go though the pandemic.

To receive the highlights, email Assistant Director of Programming and Transportation, Aicha Kelley:
Women with Infants & Children UPDATE

We are doing WIC appointments over the phone and we are loading WIC Cards with food and formula benefits remotely.

Our current Participants should call the following locations, leave a voicemail and we will return their call as soon as possible:
Framingham WIC, 508-620-1445
Marlboro WIC, 508-481-1605
Waltham WIC, 781-642-7194 

If someone HAS NEVER BEEN ON WIC BEFORE, they can call the above numbers or apply for WIC online at and we will call them to finish their appointment. 

(Massachusetts is extending its tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.)

NEW: Resources from the State of Massachusetts, now that the state eviction moratorium has ended: Covid-19-eviction diversion initiative overview
The Foundation for MetroWest, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has created two emergency funds designed for rapid response funding.

For more information on resources, grants and job opportunities, please visit our website.