Join Us for the CHNA 20 
Winter General Meeting 
& Grants Showcase

Featuring Highlights from  CHNA 20's 
Strategic  Plan  and 2017 Community Grants

Friday, January 19th, 2018
9:30-11:30am |  Braintree Town Hall
1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Dr.,  Braintree MA 02184

Thank You to Our
Steering Committee Members!

As CHNA 20 looks forward to 2018, we would like to express our gratitude  to our volunteer Steering Committee members. During the past year dedicated Steering Committee members have been instrumental in bringing CHNA 20 to the high level of community engagement that we provide for our 13 communities.

Current Steering Committee members:

Robert McCrystal (CHNA 20 Chair),  BID Hospital-Milton

Melissa Horr Pond (CHNA 20 Treasurer), Quincy Planning Dept.

Kathleen Bambrick, South Shore Mental Health

Lisa Braude, BID Hospital-Milton 

Gregory A. Davis, Fallon Ambulance

Tina Dwyer, South Shore Health System

David Jones, Boston University School of Public Health

Rita MacKinnon, Bay State Community Services

Sandra McGunigle, Manet Community Health Center, Inc.

Karen Peterson, South Shore YMCA

Grace Su, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Quincy

Katelyn Szafir, South Shore YMCA

CHNA 20 would also like to thank the following individuals  who after several years of service no longer serve on the Steering Committee.

Nicholas Bulens, Town of Weymouth (former Vice Chair)
Cheryl Cates, Town of Randolph

We continue to build the capacity of our Steering Committee and welcome inquiry from interested CHNA 20 members. Please visit our website or reach out to Ashley Stockwell  for more information.

During the 2016/2017 CHNA 20 Community Grant cycle, 10 distinct grants were completed. Over the past three months we have featured the great work of several of the grantees. In our final month, we focus on those grantees that increased education and the utilization of resources to reduce health disparities.

H ealth & Wellness Resource Manual 
for the Randolph Community

Randolph Board of Health created a health and wellness resource manual that was translated into both Vietnamese and Haitian Creole. The manual has been distributed locally and online, and serves as a resource for information and services available by over 100 providers in the Randolph area. The translation of the manual increases knowledge and reduces access barriers for some of the most vulnerable populations in Randolph. This resource manual has been distributed to over 1200 students and 300 families, and is available to all Randolph residents. This project demonstrates the importance of increasing access to resources to reduce health disparities. To access electronic versions of the manual, please visit our Archived Documents page on the CHNA 20 website.

The Wellness Initiative

Youth Health Connection has expanded an evidence-based program that focuses on educating High School students about mental health, stigma and improving access to mental health resources.  The program has relied heavily on student engagement and has received positive feedback from students about the importance of mental wellness and ability to identify the physical effects of stress. This initiative was highly successful in Hull, Norwell and Weymouth and other towns are interested in participating in 2018. An unexpected outcome of the project was interest to extend the project to younger grades. This initiative is an example of the strong link between education and access to resources to reduce health disparities and stigma.

BCNC Family Connector

The Family Connector program at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center has strengthened Chinese immigrant families in the City of Quincy by ensuring they have the support, knowledge and access to resources needed to adjust to life in the United States. BCNC has provided a series of workshops on social emotional health, nutrition and wellness, and wrap-around case management services. In collaboration with South Shore Stars (SSS), BCNC has served 83 participants and will continue the partnership with SSS through a system of mutual referrals. The Family Connector project is an example of educating the community, and increasing access to resources through collaborative efforts.

For more information about these and our other funded projects, please visit the Grant Recipients page on the CHNA 20 website. 


Quincy Literacy Symposium
Brought to you by the Quincy Planning Department and the 
Thomas Crane Public Library

Wednesday, December 13th |  9:30-11:30am
Thomas Crane Public Library,  40 Washington St, Quincy


Jean C. Fahey, PhD
Director of Reading Partnership, 
South Shore Health System

Jean Rogers, M.S.Ed. 
Screen Time Program Manager, 
Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood 


Quincy Frozen 5K
Brought to you by the South Shore YMCA

Sunday, January 8th, 2018 | 9:00am
South Shore YMCA, Quincy Branch
70 Coddington St, Quincy MA

Kick off the New Year with the Y at the 7th Annual Frozen 5K Road Race through Quincy!

Runners & walkers of all ages and abilities welcome. Warm up after you run with family & friends at our post-race celebration inside the Quincy Y Briggs Family Field house, featuring family activities and more! Proceeds from the Frozen 5K Road Race will benefit the YMCA's Annual Campaign, helping to fund financial assistance to ensure Y membership, programs and services remain accessible to all. Sponsorship opportunities available. 

Online pre-registration will close on Friday, January 5th

Guiding Good Choices
Brought to you by ScituateFACTS

Workshop Dates:

Lester J. Gates Middle School, Room 2029
Signup Link: 
  • Monday, January 22nd: 9:15 - 11:00am
  • Monday, January 29th: 9:15 - 11:00am
  • Monday, February 5th: 6:30 - 8:00pm -- Evening session with children
  • Monday, February 12th: 9:15 - 11:00am 

Wampatuck Elementary School Library
Signup Link:
  • Tuesday, March 6th: 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 13th: 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 20th: 6:30 - 7:45pm -- Pizza/refusal skills session with children
  • Tuesday, March 27th: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Project Here

Project Here is an innovative collaboration between the MA Attorney General's Office, the GE Foundation, The Herren Project, Epicenter Experience, and Health Resources in Action that will make substance use prevention resources available to every public middle school in Massachusetts starting in the Fall of 2017. 

This first-of-its-kind initiative includes three main components: 
  • Registered schools will have access to an educational toolkit that educators can use to plan lessons and facilitate in-classroom discussion with students.
  • Registered schools will have access to an innovative mobile app that will provide students with a fun and educational resource to learn about substance use and healthy decision-making.
  • Through a grant-based application process, all public middle schools in Massachusetts will have an opportunity to apply for a multi-week, evidence-based prevention curriculum
Project Here resources are FREE and all public middle schools in Massachusetts are eligible to participate.

To sign up, please register at:
For questions or for more information, contact:

New Life Counseling and
Wellness Center, Inc. 

Open Access!

Every Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00pm
400 North Main Street, Randolph, MA

For more information visit:

South Shore Peer Recovery
Open Position:  Director of Peer Support Services

The Director of Peer Support Services will be responsible for managing a portfolio of services that help individuals sustain recovery from substance use disorder through assertive linkage to recovery supports, as well as support services for families. The Director will also be charged with developing and evaluating a portfolio of peer support services over time, using a peer participatory process and ongoing needs assessment. 

Please email resume to: 

Town of Cohasset, MA
Open Position: Program Director 

The full-time (40 hours/wk) Program Director will be responsible for the implementation of the federally funded Drug Free Communities grant and for the day-to-day management of the activities of a growing, community-based coalition that seeks to reduce youth substance abuse in Cohasset.

Open Position: Program Coordinator

The Town of Cohasset seeks an individual with strong organizational skills to join the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition team.  Ideal candidates will have a background in public health, prevention, social work, or youth development. Must enjoy the fast work pace of a growing coalition,working to create change and reduce substance use disorders in the community. Intimate knowledge of project management and social media are required.

Please email resume/cover letter to:

T own of Stoughton  Youth Commission
Open Position: SAPC Regional Coalition Coordinator

The Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the Stoughton Substance Use Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant, collaborating with MassTAPP and other Department of Public Health providers, and representing SAPC at regional and statewide meetings and trainings. 

Calling for Announcements for the 
January 2018 CHNA 20 Newsletter! 

Do you have any upcoming events, job openings, funding opportunities, or general news that you would like to share through the CHNA 20 newsletter? If so, email Ashley Stockwell at  or submit an event request at:  All events and/or workshops will also be added to our calendar on the CHNA 20 website. 

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 12th

We believe the path to sustainable change for the health of our communities 
lies in multi-sector, collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts that address the roots of health disparities. Serving the towns of Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Sharon, and Weymouth.
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