Blue Hills Community Health Alliance  CHNA 20
November 2017 Newsletter

Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (CHNA 20), in collaboration with  CHNA 7 MetroWest, is pleased to offer a multi-year funding opportunity to qualifying organizations within our service areas*. 

There is $120,000 available in funding in this two-year funding cycle.  Awards ranging from $15,000 - $30,000 (per year) may support programs, events and sustainable change projects that serve and benefit CHNA 7 and/or CHNA 20 communities and their residents for the project period of April 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020.

Grant Funding Priorities: 
Behavioral Health and/or  Chronic Disease

We invite proposals that address behavioral health and/or chronic disease and focus on  vulnerable populations, fostering collaboration and addressing root causes of health  disparities. 

or visit our Current Grant Opportunities   page on the CHNA 20 website. 

 Grant Information Session: RSVP Here!
Tuesday, November 28th, 10-11:15am
Canton Board of Health, 79 Pleasant St, Canton MA 02021

*This opportunity is available for all CHNA 20 towns, with priority given to the communities of Canton, Norwood, and Sharon. 

CHNA 20 Continues to Support Mental Health First Aid Community Education

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Over the past few years, CHNA 20 has proudly supported many MHFA trainings in our communities. Recently, CHNA 20 co-sponsored a training alongside the
Plymouth County Suicide Prevention Coalition (PCSPC).

Twenty-six individuals from various organizations participated in the 11/2 session at the Scituate Public Safety Complex.  CHNA 20 would like to thank Maura Weir, who generously offered to lead several CHNA 20 sponsored trainings throughout the region. 

For other ways you can help fight mental stigma go to: 


During the 2016/2017 CHNA 20 Community Grant cycle, 10 distinct projects were funded. Upcoming newsletters will highlight the work of each project.

Healthy Living for Diabetes Management
Manet Community Health Center

Manet Community Health Center partnered with Wellspring Food Pantry to increase access to nutritious food and diabetes support, prevent chronic disease, and increase awareness and utilization of the food pantry. Manet implemented a community education program which included community outreach events and a six-week chronic disease self-management course at the Hull Senior Center. Manet will continue to collaborate with Wellspring Food Pantry to improve access to healthy foods for Manet patients.This project is an example of successful collaboration to reduce health inequities. 
Narcan Training
Father Bills & MainSpring

Father Bills trained their staff in Narcan administration and purchased kits to store at their facility.  Through this project a formal collaboration was established with Manet Community Health Center, BAMSI and Brewster Ambulance. Both BAMSI and Brewster Ambulance provided free trainings and Narcan kits to Father Bills, allowing for extra funds to be put towards the purchase of manual resuscitation breathing devices to continue the project. Father Bills was able to exceed their goal of training 20 staff members and instead train 42 staff members. 

Health Imperatives
Weymouth Family Planning

The goal of the Health Imperatives project was to increase the visibility of the Weymouth Family Planning Clinic in order to increase utilization for those most in need of support for reproductive services. Through this project Health Imperatives increased use of services by 17%. They also created a stronger relationship with Father Bill's and Brockton Family Planning Clinic which increased referrals and revenue. 

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


New Life Counseling and 
Wellness Center, Inc. 

Open Access!

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

Quincy Literacy Symposium
Hosted 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 

Manet Community Health Center 

Open Enrollment
November 1, 2017 to January 23, 2018

The Open Enrollment period for anyone looking to purchase health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector or to make changes to existing coverage is November 1, 2017 to January 23, 2018. Manet's expert team of certified navigators are ready and able to assist individuals whether they need to extend coverage, make changes or apply for the first time.

Navigators are available by appointment by calling 617-376-3000. If your organization would like to host an Open Enrollment event for your clients or staff, please call 617-690-6323.  To complete your own application please call 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) or visit

CHNA 17 Report: 
Mental Health and Racial Equity

Last spring, CHNA 17 funded and coordinated an assessment on mental health and racial equity in the communities of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham and Watertown. Thirty eight African American/Black community residents and 39 service providers were interviewed and asked about their perceptions on mental health and racial equity.   A detailed report has been compiled with the findings.  

One of the most important findings from the report is the following:
Community members had much more to say about racism than providers did. Racism was described in every community, and was discussed in detail and in depth by community members, but a significant number of providers in multiple communities expressed that there might not be racially-driven differences in access to services.  Some said that they don't think people experience racism in their communities. 

A ccess to Outpatient Mental Health Services in Massachusetts
The  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is releasing the results of a comprehensive mixed-methods study, Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services in Massachusetts. The study sought to quantify the wait times for outpatient mental health office visits in Massachusetts, better understand the experiences of clients seeking an appointment, and identify facilitators and barriers to accessing mental health services. Study findings are based on primary data from multiple sources, including qualitative data from stakeholder interviews and client focus groups and quantitative data from surveys of clinicians and administrators at organizations providing outpatient mental health services.

Findings from this study are being released through a series of reports and were featured at a Foundation event held earlier today. Click here to learn more about the event.

Randolph Health and Wellness 
Resource Manuals

Created by the Randolph Board of Health, the Health and Wellness Resource Manuals include contact information and descriptions for organizations that address the following: 

Substance Use |  Mental Health |  Children and Family Services 
Dental Care |  Hospitals and Community Health Centers 
Nutrition/Fitness |  Primary Care Providers |  Vision/Eye Care 
Randolph MA Town Departments |  Immigrant Services 

Manuals are available in  EnglishHaitian, and  Vietnamese, and are available on the resources page of the CHNA 20 website.


Greater Boston Tobacco-Free 
Community Partnership

Encourage our leaders to support local legislation surrounding tobacco prevention in Quincy.

On October 19th, the Patriot Ledger published an op-ed piece written by Dr. Laura Scharf, a Quincy pediatrician.  Dr. Scharf writes about how making changes to the state's tobacco sales policies - such as raising the minimum legal sales age from 18 to 21 and banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies - will greatly benefit and protect the health of MA youth. Dr. Scharf also mentions a local ordinance that was that would implement similar policies in the City of Quincy.

Reach out to Quincy Local Leaders - city councilors, the mayor, and state Representative Ronald Mariano, who represents Quincy and is MA House Majority Leader.

For more information on the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership contact: 
Larissa Swenson, Program Coordinator 

Calling for Announcements for the 
December 2017 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: December 15th

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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