Blue Hills Community Health Alliance 
June 2017 Newsletter
CHNA 20 Summer Meeting
July 20,2017
9:00-11:00 AM

The Role of Race and Culture in  Social 
Determinants of Health 

Presentation and Panel Discussion

CHNA 20 Partnership Grantees Announced
$45,000 Allocated to Community Health Projects
The Blue Hills Community Health Network Alliance (CHNA 20) has awarded three partnership grants providing support to local projects aimed at improving health and wellness in our service area.  The focus of the Partnership Grant program is to provide assistance to projects that address the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and build sustainable agency partnerships. The review team considered the CHNA 20 community health priorities, Access to Care and   Chronic Disease. 
Each grantee will receive $15,000.
The rigorous review process included 21 members from various community agencies to assess many strong proposals in our catchment. After much consideration, the following three projects were chosen for funding.
Breaking Barriers - An Integrated Service Model
Bay State Community Services partnering with Manet Community Health Center
Through an integrated service model the partnership will increase access to behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorders (SUD) consultation and counseling services on-site for at-risk Manet patients. With a dedicated clinician, the integrated services at Manet will provide a supportive and safe environment, reduce the stigma of asking for help, offer immediate access to counseling, and address individual barriers to participation in BH and SUD services and treatment.
Pathways to Health at Home in Randolph
Randolph Board of Health partnering with Randolph Elder Affairs and Randolph Housing Authority
Through an integrated care model the partnership will support elders in subsidized housing facilities by providing wellness screenings and health education as well as connecting community members to agency resources. Community Health Workers (CHW) will identify patients at risk through abnormal screening results, assist participants with transportation, enroll patients in benefit programs, and provide health education. CHW will work to ensure patients receive appropriate and culturally competent medical care. CHW will assist families in identifying community resources and developing the necessary skills to improve health status, family functioning, and self-sufficiency. 
Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management Program 
Manet Community Health Center partnering with South Shore YMCA
The partnership will address the persistent and growing issue of youth obesity with a comprehensive program of primary care, nutrition counseling, and education for guardians and youth. Through collaboration with Manet, South Shore YMCA will provide access to safe, fun exercise programming for youth participants. By addressing barriers such as food insecurity, cultural differences in understanding healthy food options, and lack of access to safe exercising opportunities, the partnership will address these barriers and support efforts towards sustainable habits of health behaviors in participants.

For more information about these funded projects, please visit our website and click on the News and Updates page
 Summer Health Fair
Quincy, MA
Friday, June 23     2:00-4:00 PM

Featuring Fresh Truck
Sponsored by Quincy Family Resource Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton 

RSVP to Laureane Marquez  call: 617.313.1557


2017 Public Service Award Luncheon
A tribute to the Honorable John F. Kennan
Massachusetts General Court

Tuesday, June 27
Granite Links Golf Club
11:30 Reception
12:00 Luncheon

For more information contact
Catherine Denning at


Recognize an individual or group doing outstanding community substance misuse prevention work. 

FACTS Hero:   recognizing a total of 2-3 individuals in our region.  These individuals have been working at the community level and been instrumental in substance abuse prevention work.

Student Achievement Award : In recognition of outstanding substance use prevention work within the school or community setting by a high school student during the 2016-2017 year.


South Shore Peer Recovery Center Coordinator
Full-time position requires a unique set of skills ranging from public educator and public relations, to administrator of facilities and services, recruiter, trainer, and more.  The Coordinator will be an employee of the non-profit community organization, reporting to the Board of Directors, and working closely with a variety of volunteers and the public.
Click here for description and contact for the position

CHNA 20 Community Health Specialist 
Full-time position (32 hours) 
will work closely with CHNA 20 Steering Committee, project consultants and community partner agencies to ensure proper development, implementation and assessment of coalition activities and programs. In collaboration with MA DPH and local funders, the Community Health Specialist will help advance the coalition's ability to promote system, policy and environmental change strategies and address health disparities.  
Click here  for a description and contact for the position

Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) Coordinator Plymouth
Full-time position will work to develop, expand and maintain membership of local coalitions.
With the program Director develop and implement a strategic plan and annual work plan and establish and maintain productive and effective relationships with coalition leadership,

membership, and partner organizations.

Click here for a description and contact for the position

Thank You to Our Funders

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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