October 2018

(603) 626-9500
Manchester Community Health Center,
Child Health Services at MCHC,
and the West Side Neighborhood Health Center

Brrr! October has turned cold! We hope everyone is staying warm, enjoying the brisk weather and making preparations for the winter ahead. Please take a moment to learn more about what MCHC has been up to this month!
Manchester's ground-breaking program, ACERT, created from a need to support children who are impacted by trauma, has received $800k in grant funding, over the next two years, to continue its program and to expand its efforts.

ACERT was established by the Manchester Police Department, YWCA of NH and Manchester Community Health Center. These organizations team up and visit families shortly after domestic incidents in the home, where children are involved. ACERT provides linkages to psycho-social care and support, in an effort to reduce adverse childhood effects for children who are exposed to traumatic events.
From left, Manchester police detective Michael Valenti, Katie Parent from the YWCA and Wanda Castillo from Manchester Community Health Center head out from the Manchester police station. They are part of ACERT, a team that helps children who have been exposed to traumatic events. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
The new $800k funding for ACERT is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Read the complete article in the New Hampshire Union Leader's "Beyond the Stigma" series.
The lactation rooms at three of the four MCHC sites; (clockwise from top left) Hollis, Child Health Services at MCHC & Tarrytown.
MCHC understands the challenges for working mothers and we are committed to making our workplace accommodating for our staff. 

MCHC recently received a $5,000 mini-grant to create a supportive space for working mothers of infants. 
With the funding, Sandy Bryant, a MCHC nutritionist, created private lactation rooms at all four MCHC offices. These lactation rooms provide staff with a quiet, comfortable space for breastfeeding and pumping and include a mini-fridge for storage.
"We are committed to supporting breastfeeding employees," said Alma Kurtovic, Director of Operations. "We know the transition back to work can be a challenge for new mothers and we are confident these lactation spaces will provide a private, comfortable space for nursing mothers."

The funding for this grant was provided by Keene State College’s Public Health Faculty in cooperation with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MCHC Medical Assistant, Joseph Reyes receives his annual flu shot, ahead of this year's flu season.
The seasons are changing and the cold weather has moved in. That also means it is flu season!

MCHC kicked off this year's flu season with an organization-wide clinic. Our vaccination team visited all four MCHC sites to ensure employees received their vaccinations to better protect staff and patients from influenza.

MCHC is also making sure our patients are protected and have access to the vaccine by offering flu clinics at all four locations.

The CDC recommends all children and adults receive a flu shot during the month of October to allow the vaccine time to build resistance within each person's body. The vaccine can take up to two weeks to be most effective.
There is no time to wait! Ensure your entire family is protected this season by getting your annual flu shot.
MCHC has come together with organizations around the world to be part of the Giving Tuesday movement. This year's Giving Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, November 27th.

Be sure to support a nonprofit working to improve the community like Manchester Community Health Center!
This year our #GivingTuesday goal is to raise $2,777.60 for patient eye exams and prescription glasses.

 By reaching this goal we will be able to provide prescription glasses to 10 uninsured children and 10 comprehensive eye exams to uninsured patients.

With the school year now in full swing, it is important for children to have access to regular eye exams. Vision problems impact a child's ability to successfully read, play sports, and see the board in school. Routine eye exams are a critical component of comprehensive health care for the children in our community.
A ten year old patient receives his first ever eye exam from MCPHS Optometry clinical rotation student, Stephanie McQuaid, at The Eye Care Center at MCHC.
At MCHC, children who cannot afford glasses, receive a free pair of prescription glasses and patients with no insurance have access to eye care. No cost glasses for pediatric patients and no or low-cost eye exams are made possible through grant funding and generous donations from MCHC supporters - people like YOU!

Donate to our #GivingTuesday campaign so that all children can clearly see their future!
We have been chosen again as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program!

For this round, we will be the recipients of funds raised by the sale of reusable community bags at the Hannaford located at 845 Hanover Street in Manchester throughout the entire month of November !

Every time anyone purchases either of the Community Bags at this location, MCHC receives $1!

This is a great opportunity for us and an easy way for you to show your support for Manchester Community Health Center. Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few Community Bags!

And remember to spread the word – the more bags purchased, the bigger donation to MCHC.

For more information about the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com
Thank you to SNHU Arena for their donation of tickets for some of of our pediatric patients to attend Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at the SNHU arena this November.

Thank you to Cogswell Benevolent Trust for their continued support and their donation to The Eye Care Center at MCHC.

As always, Manchester Community Health Center relies on the generosity of our community to deliver the excellent care and wraparound services that keep our patients happy and healthy.
This project is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MCHC receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.
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