Volume 274 | July 23, 2020

Creating a Healthy Connected Cape Cod

Edition 280 | October 1, 2020
Welcome to the Barnstable County Department of Human Services'
E-Newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter is designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for 
people living and working in Barnstable County.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. MA-DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action.
The Secretary of Commerce Has Announced a Target Date of October 5, 2020 to Conclude #2020Census Self-response and Field Data Collection Operations
Cape-Wide Rental & Mortgage Assistance

We are committed to keeping our community safely housed. If you or someone you know needs help with their rent or mortgage, please tell them to contact Housing Assistance today. 
Alzheimer’s Family Support Center’s 2020 Virtual Walk & Give for Alzheimer’s Local Non-Profit Launching Virtual Fundraiser to Support All Free, All Virtual Services for Caregivers and People with Dementia 
For Immediate Release: Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks New Members

See Press Release below.
Cape Cod Healthcare Seeks Community Benefits Grant Applicants

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is pleased to release its 2021 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County.
Eversource Extends Deadline for Enhanced Small Business Energy Efficiency Offerings

In an effort to help small business owners reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment during this difficult time, Eversource has extended its offer of no-cost virtual energy assessments and enhanced incentives of up to 100 percent of the cost of common energy saving measures for small businesses. The new deadline is October 15.

Recent Testimonial Excerpt:

..."I had been working on this application for about one year. Without Tracey's patience, kindness and knowledge, I am certain my wife's acceptance and $300/month savings would not have occured."

D.F. Noonan, Sandwich

Medicare OPEN ENROLLMENT Begins Today!

Helping people navigate their insurance needs to best suit their lifestyle is something that takes experience and knowledge of the system. SHINE Regional Manager Tracey Benson is that ray of light guiding others as their insurance needs change.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT begins October 1st, 2020 thru Dec. 7, 2020. If you would like to schedule a telephonic appointment for MEDICARE Open Enrollment, please call your local COA (Council on Aging) below or the Regional SHINE office at 508-375-6762. 


  • Barnstable 508-862-4750
  • Bourne 508-759-0600 x5300
  • Brewster 508-896-2737
  • Chatham 508-945-5190
  • Dennis 508-385-5067
  • Eastham 774-801-3151
  • Falmouth 508-540-0196
  • Harwich 508-430-7550
  • Mashpee 508-539-1440
  • Orleans 508-255-6333
  • * Provincetown 508-487-7080
  • Sandwich 508-888-4737
  • Truro 508-487-2462
  • * Wellfleet 508-349-2800
  • Yarmouth 508-394-7606

* Call Regional Office 508-375-6762
Many Opportunities to Learn Something New!

Numerous opportunities to continue your education, click below to see all offerings.
Adult & Continuing Education at Upper Cape Technical School
Thinking about a career in healthcare or the trades? Explore all our courses and programs at
Calmer Choice Online Adult Mindfulness Course Beginning in October
Calmer Choice is offering two sessions of their online, 8-week program that provides skills and tools to support personal stress management and emotional health and well-being for adults during this trying time. Please email info@calmerchoice.org with questions.
October Updates, News, and Resources

Happy October! We are so excited to announce our training line up for this year. We have a mix of old favorites (facilitation, health equity) and some brand new topics as well (public health panels, environmental justice). We hope to see you at one (or more) of our virtual trainings this year!

We also wanted to share a video about who we are at CHTI. Click here or below to watch. We have some great cameos from our frequent trainer, Mo Barbosa, and our Director, Daisy Ortega, so read on to see what they have to say about our project!

Thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, our trainings are always free.
NAMI Basics, a free 6-week course for parents and family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral issues
Learn Right Question Strategy
for Mediators: A 2-Part Virtual Interactive Training Via ZOOM
Please Note: Change of Date!

The RQI (Right Question Institute) training
Learn Right Question Strategy for Mediators
will now be held on the following dates:

Session I: October 8, 2020 at 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Session II: October 15, 2020 at 2:00-3:30 p.m.
NEW Fall Webinar Schedule from the Office of AG Healey

Our goal is to inform individuals about their rights and responsibilities when they are faced with certain issues, and make them aware of the different resources our office has to help.

We also offer multiple webinars throughout the week, open to the public. You can register for these trainings by using our Eventbrite and selecting the respective date. 
The People's Law Firm Outreach Day Virtual Summit

We invite you to join the Attorney General’s Office for a deep overview of our actions and programs to assist communities and enforce worker’s rights, landlord/tenant rights, voter protection in light of upcoming elections, and much more! At this half day summit, service providers will learn about these efforts and legal assistance available and will be able to use the information to assist clients, members, constituents, and students served by their organizations. 
The People’s Law Firm Outreach Day Virtual Summit will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. JOIN US online!  
Fall Courses Available
Convenient online trainings. See descriptions below.
Transgender Social Support Group
Group is open to trans, non-binary, questioning, or other gender diverse identified people ages 18+. You do not need to be a Fenway Health patient to join, and the group is free to attend.

Group via Zoom (5:30-7:00 pm) meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Contact Ann at aburke@fenwayhealth.org 
for more information and Zoom link.
Thrive! @ CIGSYA 
The LGBTQ+ youth group Thrive for youth ages 13 to 22 has been meeting virtually every Wednesday starting at 4 as a check in. We have weekly presentations from Thrive members and members of the community. This group is a safe space to discuss Gender, sexuality and race amongst other things. One Thursday out of every month we have a discussion on Race and Culture which strives to help educate people on these topics, especially with the current Civil Rights movement that is occurring. If you are interested in joining one of our meetings or interested in presenting on a topic, please email ash@wethrive.us and include your name, the topic you are presenting and a brief description.
Have You Received Your Flu Shot?

The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October, but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season helps protect you and others, and is especially crucial now. Barnstable County Health Department offers flu shots by appointment. Call 508-375-6617 or click button below to find a vaccine near you.

Many Opportunities Available!

Click below to view all positions.

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod/ReStore is Hiring!

View position info below.
Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources
COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment: COVID-19 Updates
Food Access & Resources During
Community Agencies and Therapists Offering Telehealth Support
The Barnstable County Children's Behavioral Health Work Group has developed a list of community agencies offering telehealth support HERE.

Please email barbaradominic612@gmail.com if you have additional telehealth support that you would like listed, or if you want to update your listing. This listing will be periodically updated and distributed by Barnstable County.
Provincetown COVID-19 Resource Guide Available Online
Providing Support for Wellfleet Residents During The Pandemic
The Wellfleet Well Line (508-514-1633) is officially up and running. As a group of health care professionals, each with lifelong and varied careers, we came together to provide emotional support to the Wellfleet community during this trying time. 

We welcome the opportunity to help in any way, which includes the dissemination of updated health and safety information to the community. Having accurate information, gives us the ability to make informed decisions, it relieves anxiety and engenders trust in those in charge.
COVID-19 Test Site Locator

This map provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. All of those experiencing symptoms or those who have been in close contact recently with a COVID positive individual should seek testing.

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