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Newsletter September 2021
CHNA 18 Monthly News & Updates

Events from Community Friends & Partners

Projects & Programs


September Events
From Community Friends & Partners
Farmers Market Coupons for Brookline Residents

The Brookline Department of Public Health announces it has received a $43,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation that will help make the Brookline Farmers’ Market more accessible to low-income families.
The grant will provide 500 Brookline residents and their families with coupons to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other food products during the 2021 farmers’ market season. Individuals and families of two will receive $40 in coupons while households of three or more will receive $80 in coupons. Coupons will be valid at the Farmers’ Market through Thursday, Oct. 28.
Brookline individuals and families who reside in Brookline Housing Authority sites or whose household income meets federal poverty guidelines are eligible to participate in the program. Beginning in mid-August, staff from the Brookline Department of Public Health will schedule registration dates at the Brookline Senior Center and various BHA sites to register people who qualify for the program.
Information on the location and times to sign up for the program will be available at or by calling 617-730-2295. Coupon books for the Farmers’ Market will be distributed at the time of registration.
Dear Friends,
I hope that this message finds you and your dear ones well. 

Please invite your clients, patients, participants and others to participate in the virtual JF&CS Memory Café on Friday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. 

We will share Red Sox stories with baseball experts Jim Kenton, Mike McNulty and Ed King. The stories will be fun for all, even for those who are not baseball fans!

Please RSVP for our September 10th café by emailing Beth at or leave a voice mail message at 781-693-5628 by September 9th. (Email is preferred if possible.) I will send Zoom/call-in information to those who have RSVP’d.

All best wishes, Beth
This Fall: Our Free
Community Webinars
Hiding in Plain Sight: Gaining Awareness for Those in Need of Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Join us as we discuss ways to offer support to those around us facing a mental health and substance use challenge. Keynote Presentation: Former Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court, John Broderick, shares his moving journey of parenting a child with a mental health and substance use disorder and his efforts to address the barriers to accessing mental health support in our communities.

Hosted by the NWH Substance Use Services Council
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Empowered Health, Empowered You: Taking the Time to Take Care of You
Gain helpful insights on breast care, exercise and nutrition this three-part Lunch and Learn series focused on the well-being of women at home and in the workplace.
Hosted by the Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley
October 6, 13 & 20, 2021
Click Here to Register (registration will admit access to all sessions)

Healthcare Career Exploration Series
Explore exciting career opportunities in a hospital setting including day-in-the-life job descriptions and educational requirements Featured careers include nursing, tech positions, professional clinical roles such as child life and mental health specialists, support services and many more!

A four-night series hosted by the NWH Workforce Development Council
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Click Here to Register (registration will admit access to all sessions)

My Aging Feet are Killing Me! An Overview of the Most Common Problems Associated with the Aging Foot.
A Senior Series Event co-hosted by NWH/New England Podiatry and the Weston Council on Aging
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Heartburn & Reflux: What You Need to Know About GERD
A two-part series hosted by the Heartburn and Reflux Program at NWH
What is Heartburn and How to Prevent it with Diet and Lifestyle Changes
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Medical and Surgical Treatments for Heartburn and Reflux
Tuesday, November 23,,2021
Click Here to Register (registration will admit access to both sessions)
Whether you are a family dealing with an uncertain school year or an adult who may be experiencing increased anxiety and isolation, our staff is here to help. Our Free Online Sessions are single-session discussion groups and a great way to meet our staff and connect with the community for the first time. 
Tuesday October 5th & Thursday October 7th, 2021

Topics: Tips for effective group facilitation, how to address challenging facilitation scenarios both online and in-person.
Description:  As we transition back to in-person and hybrid meetings, how are your meetings measuring up? This training will address the functionalities of Zoom and how to use its features to help you facilitate successful and engaging online meetings, and will also expand on this to talk about how to run a hybrid meeting, where participants are joining in-person and online. It can be challenging to build connections with in-person and remote meeting participants, and this training will build skills to facilitate those connections so that everyone feels heard. In this training, you will build rapport and confidence with your meeting facilitation skills. Come prepared to participate and try on some new facilitation strategies!
October Training: Facilitating Successful Hybrid Meetings
9:30AM - 12:30PM EST Both Days
Online via Zoom

Trainers: Gina Rodriguez and Tonayo Crow, Health Resources in Action
Audience: Coalition members and leaders, public health professionals, and community members who are new to facilitating meetings.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

Practice their facilitation skills for in-person, online, and hybrid meetings.

Learn promising practices for facilitating across locations and platforms.

Discuss challenges (and solutions) to difficult meeting scenarios.
Annual Good Shepherd Institute Dinner:

Love Is Not A Zero Sum Game: Losing My Wife to Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
October 27, 2021
Join us for our Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker: Tom Keane

Last year, Tom featured two pieces in Boston Globe Magazine in January and October, respectively, that initially chronicled his experience of losing his wife to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and subsequently discussed his grief and what helped him feel less alone. “How could my wife have Alzheimer’s? She was only 56?” Keane writes, as he chronicles the 7 years from recognizing her early onset signs of confusion, to neurologists and researchers, memory care facilities, and ultimately her death.
Tom’s unguarded account of his experience as his wife’s caregiver and the decisions you have to make touch on feelings of isolation and loneliness, the continued new realities of daily life as her disease progresses, and what we make from the experience of grief. 

The Boston Marriott Newton (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA

Event Schedule: 
5:45pm Registration & Cocktail Reception
7:00pm Dinner & Evening Program
8:30pm VIP Reception

Projects & Programs
CHNA 18 Providing Mental Health Support in Waltham and Beyond

With funding from McLean Hospital, CHNA 18 has recently partnered with several organizations in Waltham to provide mental health support to people of all ages in Waltham and beyond.

Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging/Healthy Waltham: Addressing loneliness and isolation among seniors during the pandemic. 1) The Waltham Senior Civic Academy, helping Waltham seniors to learn about how government and programs work and to improve their skills as advocates. Connecting residents to leaders of government and agencies is intended to also open channels of communication and cooperation. An ultimate goal of the program is to help residents be more active in the community and to create change in policies and programs. 2) Welcome to the Digital Age, a program to provide free Chromebook computers, high-speed internet, and training for low-income Waltham seniors who want to get online. 3) Mind, Body, Spirit, a program to counter social isolation among Waltham seniors and also to help build emotional resiliency. Other supported programs include:

Five-minute video “Bursts” from well-known psychologist and therapist Jon Mattleman, MS, providing families with coping mechanisms for dealing with the isolation and stress from the pandemic.

“You are Not Alone”: Self-guided video modules developed by Ivy Watts of Ivy Watts Speaks for middle school-college age students, focusing on self-care, staying motivated, and dealing with uncertainty. 

Wraparound Waltham: Wraparound Waltham is a multi-agency collaborative led by Waltham Partnership for Youth with the objective of helping immigrant students graduate high school. Through a case management approach, they support families in accessing jobs, housing, food, health and mental health services - needs which have all increased dramatically due to COVID. The objective of Wraparound Waltham is to provide families the support they need so their children can stay focused on school.
The Metrowest Regional Coalition Resource Directory for
Suicide Prevention
LISTEN: The Troubling Trend of Suicide in Young Children. A Conversation with Jon Mattlema‪n‬.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in US elementary school–aged children, and the suicide rate in black school-aged children has increased in recent years. Learn how we can support the mental health of young children. 

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
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
Healthcare For All Newsletter

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