Blue Hills Community Health Alliance 
October 2017 Newsletter
On October 6th the CHNA 20 Fall General Meeting brought together 60+ coalition members representing 40+ different agencies from multiple sectors. Our keynote speaker and three panelists addressed behavioral health, stigma, trauma and cultural competency. They also shared models and practices related to their work within the community.

After an introduction from CHNA 20 Steering Committee Treasurer Melissa Pond (Quincy Planning Department), Kym Williams, CHNA 20 Program Director, highlighted the coalition's efforts to increase resources and funding opportunities around behavioral health and collaboration. Our keynote speaker, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, described initiatives his office is involved in that are dedicated to strengthening prevention efforts, reducing drug-related incarcerations and curbing opioid addiction. His presentation provided important context for the panelists to discuss risk factors associated with behavioral issues in our communities. We thank DA Morrissey for his continued leadership promoting sound and effective behavioral health policies and practices to address the growing mental health and addiction crisis both locally and throughout Massachusetts.

Daurice Cox , President and CEO of Bay State Community Services (BSCS), discussed stigma as a barrier to accessing treatment, and highlighted the importance of the language used in behavioral health conversations. Bay State's focus on addressing stigma at the individual, agency and community level is something we hope will be embraced by more of our community partners.  Sue Chandler, Executive Director of DOVE, provided insight to trauma and its impact on behavioral health, and shared DOVE's commitment to addressing the social and structural issues impacting our most vulnerable populations. South Shore Mental Health  President and CEO Antony Sheehan ended the session by pressing the importance of cultural competence, especially as it relates to addressing behavioral health. His dedication to leadership, collaboration and connectedness to culture is a model we recognize can transcend agency and community. Thank you to Daurice, Sue and Antony for their insight and continued leadership in this region. The overwhelming positive response to the presentations, with interest to increase collaborative efforts to address the root causes of behavioral health, provided the perfect platform to introduce CHNA 20's newest funding opportunity.  

Thank you to the South Shore YMCA  for hosting the event! 

Behavioral Health Grant Release
The CHNA 20 staff and steering committee were eager to release the CHNA 20 2018-2019 Behavioral Health Grant RFA at the Fall General Meeting. The grant program was introduced by Steering Committee member Greg Davis (Fallon Ambulance). With $50,000 in funds to allocate over an 18-month period, awards up to $25,000 will be given to support behavioral health efforts in the region. In line with what was discussed during the panel presentations, preference will be given to projects that focus on stigma, trauma, and cultural competence. Intent to Apply documents were due on October 20th, with an application deadline of November 15th.  


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

A Community Wide Approach to 
Improving Access to Addiction Treatment
Sharon Substance Prevention and Resource Coalition (SSPARC)

Utilizing Community Grant funding, SSPARC was able to improve access to addiction treatment and increase awareness of their Coalition. In addition to increasing their presence though enhanced marketing, SSPARC also successfully trained 13 community members from a wide range of constituencies, who are all now willing to be contacted by first responders. Furthermore, SSPARC created a partnership with the Norfolk District Attorney's office so first responders  can now contact the DA's office and send recovery coaches to homes wit h information about the Coalition.  With guaranteed continued funding, SSPARC will be able to continue to increase awareness about addiction treatment as well as continue the great work with the DA and recovery support coaches.
Mental Health First Aid Project
Enhance Asian Community on Health (EACH)

EACH, Inc. removed the language barrier for Asian residents in Quincy to access Mental Health First Aid courses and sought out to reduce stigma around mental health.  EACH was able to successfully translate the MHFA courses into Chinese and certify 12 Chinese speaking instructors (prior to this project there were no translated courses nor certified Chinese speaking instructors). Through these courses, EACH educated 150 community members on the issues of mental health and stigma surrounding mental health.  In addition, EACH, Inc. conducted several outreach activities to promote mental health education programs, which attracted interest in collaboration efforts with other organizations in Norfolk and Middlesex counties. Overall, this  project was able to improve access to mental health services by addressing linguistic and cultural barriers, and therefore help to reduce health disparities.

For more information about these funded projects, please visit our website and click on the News and Updates page. 


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Brought to you by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition 

Saturday, October 28th 10:00am - 2:00pm

We hope you'll come to the Milton Police Department's prescription drug return kiosk on Prescription Drug Takeback Day.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will have a table there, with helpful information for residents of all ages.  You can also receive a pill lock box, provided for free by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.  It is important to safeguard your pills to keep everyone safe! 

New Support Groups Starting in November!
Brought to you by the Scituate Hoarding Response Team, 
Scituate Senior Housing and MassHousing

Clutter Reduction Peer-Led Support Group
Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate

Buried in Treasures for Beginners
Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Scituate Council on Aging

For more information or to register call or email 
Laura Minier 781-378-1653
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Engaging Youth in Preventing Opioid Addiction
Presented by Words Can Work and Health Resources in Action (HRiA)

November 13 and 14, 2017 |  8:00am - 4:00pm
Partners HealthCare | 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA 02145

Fee: $999 for two-day training

In this interactive training you'll build skills and gain knowledge needed to talk with youth about the opioid crisis. You'll learn proven strategies for engaging youth in substance abuse prevention activities. You will be introduced to the latest research about fentanyl and marijuana.


Jeanne Blake: Creator and Executive Producer, Works Can Work
Laurie Jo Wallace: Managing Director for Training and Capacity Building, HRiA


The Power of Prevention:
A Summit for Adults Caring for Kids in Scituate
Hosted by the Scituate FACTS Coalition

Sunday, November 5th, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00pm
Gates Middle School | 460 First Parish Rd, Scituate MA 02066

The goal of this afternoon summit is to build skills among adults that can impact specific risk and protective factors in children.  The program will begin in the Gates Dining Commons, with an overview of the risk factors and protective factors that predict substance use disorder and other behavioral health conditions. Participants will then attend two 1-hour workshops of interest to them. Workshops and presenters:

Marijuana Facts
Dr. Kevin P. Hill, Director of Addiction Psychiatry and BID-Milton and
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

The Teen Brain | Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Problems
Shannon Mountain-Ray, Clinical Director of Social Work for the Adolescent Substance Use and Addictions Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital

College - The Other Talk | Vaping
Traci Wojciechowski, Regional Director of Caron's Student Assistance Programs

Parenting - How to Avoid "The Parental Plateau"
The Power of Relationship Building (for teachers/coaches/clergy/other adults)
Steve Maguire, M.Ed, Scituate High School Teacher

Anxiety, Stress and Substance Use Risk
Steve Howley, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

How to have a drug talk that works - Skills to guide good choices at all ages
Amy Heffernan, Wellness teacher at Gates Middle School

Absenteeism: When Your Child Avoids School
Dr. Joan Struzziero, School Psychologist for Scituate Public Schools and
Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston


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 English, Haitian, and Vietnamese, and are available on the resources page of the CHNA 20 website.


Public Listening Sessions on
Heath Care Community Benefits

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor | Conference Rooms 1&2 | Boston MA 

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General ("AGO") will be holding three public listening sessions across the Commonwealth to receive input on the AGO's Community Benefits Guidelines for Non-Profit Hospitals and HMOs ("Guidelines").  "Community Benefits" include charity care and community programs provided by hospitals and HMOs that address documented community health needs.  The Guidelines contain voluntary principles to direct hospitals and HMOs to collaborate with their communities to develop programs that address unmet needs and issue annual reports on their efforts. 

The AGO is in the process of updating these Guidelines and seeks public input. Attached are talking points that many organizations are using to advocate for changes to better align with the needs of our community.

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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