Blue Hills Community Health Alliance 
November 2016 Newsletter
New Program Available for CHNA 20 Members 

Quarterly Trainings 
Technical Assistance trainings based on the needs and requests of member organizations to help strengthen identified gaps in organizational capacity.

Open Office Hours 
Members can sign up for TA slots and receive support and resource-sharing to help them improve their programs or organizational efforts.

Best Practice Navigation
Identifying effective resources containing the latest evidence-based best practices, tools and support materials to assist organizations in honing their work.

Join us in December:
TA Training & Open Office Hours
Thursday, December 8, 10-noon
Quincy Center for Innovation
180 Old Colony Avenue

Looking Closer:Assessing What Your Population Needs

-The value and limitations of needs assessments
-Gathering relevant information
-Identifying the problem and setting goals
Community Grants
  During the 2015/2016 CHNA 20 Community Grant cycle six distinct grants were completed.  This month we highlight the great work of two more funded community grants  Youth Mental Health First Aid  and South Shore Peer Recovery.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
 Stigma, lack of awareness, and lack of knowledge are all issues that prevent people from intervening and helping those with mental illness. The lead agency,  South Shore Mental Health (SSMH) set out to increase awareness of youth mental illness as well as increase early intervention.  Youth Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based program, was used to increase participant's knowledge of how respond to youth experiencing a mental health crisis. 

Grant funding reduced participant cost for attending these trainings.
South Shore Mental Health received positive feedback from participants that there was new information learned,  increased skill development, and attendees felt greater confidence to intervene when needed. When initially submitted, the program goal  projected  250 people would be trained and certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. At the completion of the grant, South Shore Mental Health exceeded their goal and trained 300 people. Ultimately, SSMH was able to make a large impact on the community by training 300 community members to be responders to support the youth impacted by mental illness.   

South Shore Peer Recovery
South Shore Peer Recovery's (SSPR) initiative works to address the opioid epidemic in their community.  Its goal  is to increase referrals to treatment after an opioid overdose.   Instead of police using criminal justice action, the Scituate Police partner with trained recovery coaches to provide interventions and referral to treatment services. SSPR also partners with Manet Community Health Center to provide Narcan training to local families.

This program is an important demonstration of how community collaboration can be used effectively.  The number of trained recovery coaches increased from 1 to 7. By the end of just the funding period, the program's recovery coaches had reached 50 high risk individuals and placed them into treatment. These individuals came not only from Scituate but from nearby communities. A resource office to provide support space for client and family meetings was established. In addition, informational resource packets were developed, Scituate Police and School Nurses were Narcan trained, and a local community opioid informational event was held.  By collaborating with the Scituate Police and other community entities SSPR has created a first response of treatment rather than punishment allowing more individuals to receive the help they need. 
On December 14
about $2.4 Million in Funds 

As part of South Shore Hospital's critical care expansion, up to $2.4 million will be allocated to fund regional community health priorities over the next five years. 

On Wednesday, December 14  CHNA 20 will host a special webinar for members. Topics to be covered include project background and the Determination of Need/Factor 9 process for distributing funds. Members will have the opportunity to provide input into the process and on the community health priorities that should be targeted with these funds. More information, including the time of the webinar, will be sent shortly in a separate email.

CHNA 20 Behavioral Health Initiative

The Behavioral Health (BH) Initiative Subcommittee continues to  frame the next step of the project, the development of the community-based task force. The BH Task Force (TF) will utilize local qualitative, quantitative data as well as evidence-based best practices to choose the focus of a CHNA 20 BH grant. 

TF members will meet once a month from January to May/June 2017 for five or six 2 hour facilitated meetings.  There will be member "homework" of data review, etc. during the course of their work. During July/August the Task Force will be on hiatus while CHNA 20 staff writes the Request for Funding (RFA) based on TF recommendation.  Sometime in September/October TF members will reconvene to review and critique the RFA document.  The approved RFA will then sent to the CHNA 20 Steering Committee for final approval at which time the RFA will be released. 

CHNA 20 staff will begin TF recruitment in December for the first  meeting to be held in early January.  If you or your organization is interested in becoming part of the CHNA 20 Behavioral Health Initiative Task Force, please contact Arlene for more information.
Mental Health 
First Aid Training
Free 2 part training for  parents and caregivers of teens

Monday, November 28th and December 5th
6-9:00 pm

Attendance is REQUIRED at both meetings in order to receive your  Mental Health First Aid Certification
South Shore Mental Health
500 Victory Road~Marina Bay
Quincy, MA 02171

To register: Call Lisa Lloyd at 617.847.1955 or  email:

The Sharon Substance Prevention & Resource Coalition
proudly presents
Dr. Ruth Potee, MD
Under Construction: Teen/Tween Brain Development & Substance Use
Come hear Dr. Potee speak about the relationship between teen brain development, teenage risk taking, and substance use!
Wednesday, December 7   
Sharon High School Auditorium
181 Pond Street, Sharon
This event is free and open to the public.

Opportunity Quincy Symposium: A Collective Approach for Childhood Health & Wellness
When:  Wednesday, December 7th 9:00 - 12:15

Where: Quincy "Old" City Hall Lower Level Function Room, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

Why: Promote local, state, and national childhood health and wellness initiatives; Share successful implementation of such efforts; and Provide the capacity to plan together as a community and as individual organizations how to improve health and wellness outcomes in Quincy and surrounding communities.

Who: For community impact leaders who have influence on social determinants of health, i.e, socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care

(There is currently a waitlist, please email
with a request for your ticket to be released after you register for the waitlist). 

On Friday, December 9, 2016  Interfaith Social Services will hold its 19th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. All proceeds help South Shore families in need of food, mental health counseling, homelessness prevention, budget counseling and emergency assistance.

Interfaith's Feed the Hungry Gala is one of the premiere social events for Greater Boston and Massachusetts' South Shore region. The Gala features carnival-style games, door prizes, entertainment and an amazing variety of live and silent auction packages. Chefs from top Boston area restaurants host a Dine Around experience for guests while local wine and spirits distributors showcase their products. Many new surprises and fun giveaways are being planned for this year's event. The event has sold out for the past two years in a row so get your tickets today.

As part of the evening's festivities Interfaith will also present a local resident their annual Community Hero of the Year award.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Support from local businesses  is vital to Interfaith Social Services' fight against hunger. Your donation makes it possible for interfaith to feed, clothe and comfort over 20,000 hungry local residents each year.
Norfolk District Attorney's Office
2016 SBIRT* Implementation Grant

The Norfolk County DA's Office is offering
a grant to assist school based Screening, Brief Intervention & Request for Treatment (SBIRT) implementation as required by Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016. 
$2,500 is available to each Norfolk County public school district to defray the cost of SBIRT Implementation during the 2016-2017 school year.
*SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.

Caron Treatment Centers invites you to an afternoon of networking, the opportunity to meet the Caron New England Board as well as regional and corporate staff, and to learn more about Caron's recovery for life regional services. Table talks will be held to provide more information about our services and upcoming events in the area. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, December 1 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wellesley College Club  
727 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 024812 
There is no cost to attend this event, but please do RSVP at
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Dacri, Regional Vice President - New England, at (781) 371-5702 or email
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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