Blue Hills Community Health Alliance 
September 2016 Newsletter

CHNA 20 Fall Meeting

Join us for a
Conversation about Behavioral Health
Supporting change in our communities
Topics include:
The changing behavioral health landscape
Community attitudes and beliefs  
Using data to inform action
Taking steps to improve behavioral health
Learn about the challenges, share your ideas, and join the call to action

Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Mendoza, MD
Chief of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
Co-Chair, Ethics Support Committee, Clinical Investment Director, CHART2 grant, HPC/BIDP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Braintree Town Hall

Behavioral Health Community Conversation

The CHNA 20 Behavioral Health Initiative includes an effort to increase mental health awareness by engaging community members in conversation and fostering growth in community partnerships to complement existing mental health activities. 

Based on the concept of Mental Health Community Conversations, the first phase of the project consisted of several focus groups. Six groups came together in facilitated conversation to identify their attitudes and beliefs about mental health and share ideas about how to improve mental health access and levels of care for our community. 

CHNA 20 is now in the second phase of this project, which includes data analysis and the creation of an on-going Behavioral Health Task Force. The community conversation qualitative data, existing quantitative behavioral health data, and current best practices are currently being reviewed by CHNA 20. A CHNA 20 Steering subcommittee will create the frame work for the task force. 
Key behavioral health stakeholders will be recruited to review the data and best practices to identify gaps and needs. The Behavioral Health Task Force will make recommendations for a CHNA 20 behavioral health grant program. 

CHNA 20's October 14 Fall Meeting Conversation about Behavioral Health will highlight the results of the data collection portion of this project and the next steps for the project. We hope to see you there!
 CHNA 20 Strategic Planning

CHNA 20 has embarked on a strategic planning process to aid in future programming and funding opportunities through the DPH Determination of Need Community Health Initiatives (DoN) program.  Our goal is to further support agencies and organizations working to improve the health and well being of our 13 communities and beyond.

As we fine tune our strategy we are reaching out 
to our broader membership for feedback. Please click on the  link below to complete a short survey. Your responses to this survey are critical to our strategic planning efforts.


6th Annual Prevention of Underage Drinking and Substance Use

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Randolph, MA

Registration 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Program runs from 8 AM - 2 PM
Networking lunch included

This is a free program sponsored by South Shore Health Systems Youth Health Connection program with the generous funding from: Luminaria 2015, BlumShapiro and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.
Conference content includes: 
Awareness of stigma related to substance use 
Poster presentations 
Breakout sessions: Loved Ones Raising Loved Ones, Teen Group session "Voices Guiding Choices," and Panel of Current Issues and Trends.
Coalitions, reserve seats now! or 781-624-7849.

The Sharon Substance Prevention and Resource Coalition 
invites parents, youth over age 12, and community members to:

Alcohol, Marijuana, Opioids & Your Health
Presentation by Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S.
Dr. Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, Director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service in McLean Hospital's Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Monday, September 26, 2016
Sharon Community Center Ballroom
219 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon

6:00 P.M. Enjoy pizza & beverages
Meet local substance resource providers
6:45 - 9:00 P.M. Presentation

For more information contact:
Arlene, SSPARC Co-Chair, 781.413.5291 

Free NAMI 12 Week Family to Family Training
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness works to improve the lives of all individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses through programs of Support, Education and Advocacy.

NAMI Plymouth Area is offering a Signature Program: Family to Family, an evidenced-based practice registered with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Family to Family is a free, 12-week education course for family caregivers of people with mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder and/or Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Family to Family Classes
Saturday mornings beginning October 1 thru December 17
10 AM to 12:30 PM
Call: Kathleen Considine  508-209-1124 OR Email:

NAMI Dual Diagnosis Support Group
Do you need support on your journey toward recovery and mental health?
Every Wednesday starting September 21st
A New Way Recovery Center 
85 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169
phone 617-302-3287

Community Awareness Event 

What You Need to Know About Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Services 

October 5 from 6-8 pm

To help build community awareness about substance use resources and treatment options, Manet is hosting a community forum at Quincy High School, 100 Coddington Street.

The event is meant to help people learn about the substance use disorder treatment system and where they can go for help. Prior to the panel discussion, representatives from local organizations will be available to offer information about addiction treatment resources. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 857-403-1575 or email

Coalitions  Learning Together
A quarterly gathering of  MA substance abuse prevention coalitions

The "Promote Prevent" Bill  
Featuring State Representative Jim Cantwell

State Representative Jim Cantwell will provide an in depth look at the Promote Prevent bill that sets up a Commission to investigate and study substance abuse and mental health under one behavioral health umbrella. 

The Commission's final report (the "Promote Prevent" Plan) will include all findings and recommendations for achieving measurable outcomes in promoting behavioral health and preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral health disorders.   

When:  Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:30  am to noon
Where:  Stoughton Youth Commission
                 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton                
Registration:  Required by October 7, 2016 for this free event

For additional information please contact:
Lyn Frano, Stoughton OASIS -
Kim Noble, Youth Health Connection - 

Free Dental Screening Clinic for Seniors Age 60+

Saturday, October 15, 2016 
8:45 am to 1:00 pm

Norwood Council on Aging
275 Prospect Street
Norwood, MA 02062

To schedule your free appointment contact:
Norwood Council on Aging  781.762.1201

Organized by the Elder Dental Program, a project of community VNA in cooperation with the Neponset Valley Community Health Coalition. Grant support from the Norwood Senior Center and the MA Dental Society; and, by donations from Harbor One, Bank of Canton, and Walpole Cooperative Bank.



MA Interscholastic Athletic Association Wellness Summit

Each year the MIAA Wellness Community gathers to learn and share the most current information in the field, share best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of agencies, school communities and individuals who strive each day to bring wellness to students' lives.

Friday, October 28, 2016
Double Tree Hotel, Westborough, MA

The summit will feature concurrent workshops, resource exhibits, and awards ceremonies celebrating those who exemplify healthy life choices.

Workshop topics include:
  • Substance Abuse Prevention     
  • Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence
  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Healthy Life Choices
  • Teen Mental Health 
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Melanoma Prevention
  • Stress Relief and More!
Who should attend:Team Captains, Student Ambassadors, Student Leaders, Activity Group Officers, School Administrators, Coaches, Nurses, Wellness Coordinators, Athletic Directors, Guidance Counselors, Wellness Educators, Club Advisors, School Resource Officers, PTO's

Cost: $55 per person
Includes light breakfast, lunch and materials

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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