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Dear CHNA 18 Friends,

The air is crisp, sunset is earlier and the orchards are full. Fall is on the way! Many of our community friends and partners have events this fall - in September, as well as registration for groups and events happening in October and November.

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.
COVID-19. The Real Science - Virtual Program, Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 7:30 pm.

How can we end a pandemic? 
When will we have a vaccine I am willing to take?
Who will get it first?

Ofer Levy, MD, PHD, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Michael McGovern, Chair, Rotary International PolioPlus Program.
Thomas Tsai, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's, Hospital; Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health.

Join a panel of experts who will explain what is going on and answer your questions.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 7:30 pm

We are excited to announce that *REGISTRATION IS OPEN* for MEDA’s Virtual Conference 2020 – The Intersection of Research, Hope and Recovery in Eating Disorder Treatment!! October 21 and 22. 2 Days, 7 informative sessions, 11 thought provoking speakers AND 10.5 CE’s. For speakers, schedule and to register head over to We hope to see you there!
MEDA’s 2020 Conference will provide the latest treatment modality updates for eating disorder diagnostic criteria per the revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and how this impacts people across all populations. The conference will also highlight the need for advocacy and promotion of policies to eliminate and prevent eating disorders.
MEDA'S 2020 Conference is designed for doctors, nurses, psychologists, mental health clinicians, social workers, dietitians, other healthcare professionals, students and other professionals who focus on the treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and subclinical eating disorders. We organize the event to offer education to meet the needs of both highly experienced providers and those new to the field.
Please invite your clients, patients, participants and others to participate in the “virtual” JF&CS Memory Café on Friday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Our guest artist will be dancer Art Sullivan. Art trained with the Mark Morris Dance Company in New York and has taught dance to people of all ages, abilities, and styles. This will be a time to enjoy music and light exercise, followed by lively conversation with our Brandeis volunteers.
Those who are interested in taking part on October 2nd should email me at or leave me a voice mail message at 781-693-5628 by September 29th. (Email is preferred if possible.) I will send Zoom/call-in information to those who have RSVP’d.
Feel free to enjoy and share recordings from some of our previous café gatherings here. Thanks to Assisting Hands Home Care and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for sponsoring the JF&CS Memory Café.
Many Massachusetts memory cafés are now offering virtual programs, and we are continuously updating our directory. To learn about other virtual memory cafés, please visit the Massachusetts directory here: There is also a national virtual café directory here:
FREE! New Babies/New Moms
Bring your infant and meet other new mothers!

Next Series Starts November 6th - Register Soon

Groups for first-time moms with babies up to 6 months.
Choose a 6-week daytime series.

6 week support group for mothers with babies birth to 6 months. The group is facilitated (online) by a professional facilitator who helps guide discussions of developmental issues, expectations of oneself as a new mom, changing relationships with family members, child care options, and much more. This series will provide an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get some support
November 6 thru December 18, 2020 (no class on November 27, 2020)

And in 2021
  • January 8 thru February 12, 2021
  • March 5 thru April 9, 2021
  • May 14 thru June 18, 202

Stop the Spread
The Commonwealth continues its strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19.

If you are a resident of one of these communities, even if you have no COVID symptoms, please get tested to help stop the spread.

The Commonwealth urges residents of these communities to get tested for COVID-19:
Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Springfield, Taunton, Winthrop, and Worcester. 

This testing will be provided at no cost. Click Here for more info.
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
Last month we announced our partnership with Jon Mattleman for his new video series BURSTS.

Bursts is a series of five-minute videos, breaking apart our thoughts and feelings on the impact of the Coronavirus Epidemic.

We hope they are helpful to you - and that you will share broadly within your networks.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is excited to announce their new video series to help bring information and dialogue about domestic violence prevention into homes, schools, workplaces, community groups, and faith communities.

Check out this introduction to domestic violence video to help deepen and broaden your understanding about what domestic violence is and make sure to like REACH on Facebook (@reachma) to watch the latest videos in the series.

(Massachusetts is extending its tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.)
The Foundation for MetroWest, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has created two emergency funds designed for rapid response funding.

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill (NYT March 26, 2020, should be available to read w/out subscription)

Restaurant Strong Fund: The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Together, and with the insights of notable Boston-area chefs Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon), Ken Oringer (Little Donkey) and Chris Coombs (Boston Chops), we will be raising awareness and funds to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families. Our goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible

The Boston Foundation: COVID 19 Response Fund and other links

United Way COVID -19 Fund to will help hourly, low-wage workers weather the losses from this epidemic.

Housing Assistance: Are you Impacted by COVID-19 and Need Assistance?

Waltham's Housing Division has set up a COVID19 Emergency fund. Please call 781-314-3386 and leave your name and phone number on the voicemail and you will be contacted. Residents may also email

The goal of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to food, with a special focus on food that is produced locally and equitable access to food. The program also seeks to ensure that farmers, fisherman and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities

EOS: Community-Wide Emergency Children’s Meals Grant Program
To help ensure the nutritional safety net for children during school closures, school districts are eligible to apply for emergency grants of up to $10,000. Monies may be used for equipment and supplies necessary to increase the numbers of meals served, including mobile and delivered meal solutions. Click here for the simple application.