Greater Milford Community Health Network : CHNA 6
February 8, 2016
Dear CHNA 6 Member, 

Welcome to our monthly CHNA 6 Newsletter! We are hoping that this newsletter will provide our dedicated members with information to better connect you to our growing network. Looking forward to see you all at our next meeting, Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Milford Senior Center, from 9-11am!
CHNA 6 Updates:
In keeping with the recommendations of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, CHNA 6 is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our four priority areas: Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention and Access. Our Grants Committee is excited to review grant proposals, due February 12th ( G rant applicants: Please do NOT include 15% administrative costs). For more information on the grant process, click here. Mini-Grant information is now also available here to review! 
We need your input on topics for our upcoming meetings! We all know how busy everyone is and how many hats we all wear to help make our communities healthier, so it is important to our Steering Committee to offer the most informative and timely information at our meetings. Please take the time to complete this quick survey by Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 
Local Resources and Events: 
Our monthly newsletter will also help connect you to valuable resources and events in the area:
  • MA Substance Abuse HelplineThe Helpline is a comprehensive call center and website that provides information and referrals to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services for those struggling with addiction, people in recovery, families, friends, and service providers.
  • Hearts of Kindness: The Coalition for a Community of Caring is proud to be sponsoring, for the 5th year, a special project for Valentine's Day, "Hearts of Kindness." This project coincides with Random Act of Kindness Week.
  • Greater Milford Diaper Drive 2016The Milford Family & Community Network is collecting diapers and infant/toddler personal care items for the local food pantries in our towns. Click here for a flyer that you can change to cater to your specific agency/business. 
  • Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) Networking BreakfastJAG will be hosting its 4th annual behavioral health and substance abuse Networking Breakfast on on Wednesday, April 6th  at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. The event is free of charge and will run from 8:30 to 11:30 am. To view monthly newsletter click here
  • Mental Health Parity Training : Health Law Advocates (HLA) is conducting a free training on mental health parity at the Milford Regional Medical Center.  
Upcoming Meetings:
CHNA 6 Meetings will be held at the Ruth Anne Bleakney  Senior Center, located at 60 N. Bow St., Milford, MA 01757, from 9-11 AM. Our upcoming meetings are:
  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Friday, May 13, 2016
  • Friday, June 10, 2016
For our meeting minutes from our January 15, 2016 meeting, click here
About CHNA 6:
Greater Milford Community Health Network (CHNA 6) is one of 27 Community Health Network Areas (CHNAs) across Massachusetts. We serve the 13 communities of: Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.  CHNA 6 is a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Milford Regional Medical Center, local service agencies, schools, businesses, Boards of Health, community health centers and other health organizations, as well as other concerned citizens who are working together to build healthier communities.

For more information, visit our website: 

Chair: Ellen Freedman at
Co-Chair: Sara Huminston at