June 2018

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Manchester Community Health Center,
Child Health Services at MCHC,
and the West Side Neighborhood Health Center

Can you believe it is already June - where has the first-half of the year gone? Time flies and with each passing day MCHC is working hard to meet the health needs of our patients. Take a moment to read about what we have been up to.
What motivates someone to rappel down a 300-ft building? For Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, the Associate Medical Director of pediatrics at Child Health Services at MCHC, our youngest patients are the driving force.

On June 29th Dr. DiBrigida will rappel down the 24-story Brady Sullivan building on Elm Street in Manchester as part of the Over the Edge Challenge , an annual fundraising event hosted by the United Way of Greater Nashua. All the money she raises will support children's uncompensated care at Child Health Services at MCHC.
Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, Associate Medical Director at Child Health Services at MCHC
Dr. Lisa DiBrigida practices rappelling with help from Child Health Services colleague, Susan Zankel, at Vertical Dreams in Manchester
“We are excited to hav e Dr. DiBrigida on the Granite United Way team this year. There are definitely some brave individuals who are committed to their organizations!” said Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way. “Manchester Community Health Center has been a great partner and community leader. This is a great way to have some fun together for a great cause!"

Visit the MCHC website to see how Dr. DiBrigida is physically and mentally preparing to rappel 300-ft down, and help her reach the $1,500 fundraising goal!
On June 6, 2018, MCHC and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences ( MCPHS University ) welcomed community leaders, business leaders, students, and staff for a dedication of the new Eye Care Center at MCHC.

Manchester Mayor, Joyce Craig, lead the ribbon cutting and attendees toured the eye center's exam rooms, office space, and eyeglass fitting area.

The new optometry center is a partnership between MCHC and MCPHS University aimed at providing vision services to MCHC patients ages five and older.
Eye Care Center ribbon cutting (L-R) Kris McCracken, Morris Berman, O.D., Mayor Joyce Craig, Charles F. Monahan Jr., Sylvio Dupuis, D.O., and Tom Raffio
One of the exam rooms at the Eye Care Center at MCHC.
The Eye Care Center at MCHC also serves as a clinical rotation site where fourth-year optometry students complete a 14-week rotation under the guidance of the Director of Optometry.

"We are excited to be a partner in the creation of the first FQHC optometry clinic in New Hampshire," said Kris McCracken, President and CEO at MCHC. "We believe that this new program will provide much needed access to some 16,000 high-risk residents of Manchester and the surrounding communities, while also offering an excellent educational experience and submersion into a culturally diverse setting for the students."
The Eye Care Center at MCHC would not have been possible without the support of donors like Northeast Delta Dental , Catholic Medical Center , the McIninch Foundation, and individual donors.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has recognized Manchester Community Health Center as its 2017 Partner of the Year for outstanding contributions in supporting the early detection of breast cancer.

Through the "Let No Woman Be Overlooked" program, MCHC has provided over 3,100 breast and cervical cancer screenings for local women, ensuring early detection and treatment as needed.

In partnership with DHHS, MCHC has a Community Health Worker on staff that works with women in the Manchester area to understand the importance of screenings and assists in coordinating screening appointments.
Diane Del Vecchio, COO at MCHC holds the 2017 Partner of the Year award.
" This award is a true reflection of MCHC's collaborative spirit," said Kris McCracken, MCHC's President and CEO. "Our team continues to work diligently to educate patients about the importance of these screenings, and facilitate care coordination to ensure women receive preventative care services." 
From left to right, Haley Johnston, MPH from the NH Division of Public Health Services; Kayla Putnam, MSW from Manchester Community Health Center; and Liza Draper, MA from TLC Family Resource Center.
MCHC's Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Coordinator, Kayla Putnam, MSW, was recently in Washington DC to present at the 2018 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference.

This annual conference hosted by the Administration for Children & Families and Family & Youth Services Bureau brings together public health professionals to discuss and share techniques to improve adolescent pregnancy prevention and health.

Putnam presented a poster, Using an Anonymous Question Tool to Ensure Curriculum Responsiveness & Monitor for Emerging Issues .

The poster highlights the importance of providing youth an opportunity to ask questions anonymously, which prompts educators to address topics that may not have been adequately covered previously, as well as respond to emerging issues in real time. 
MCHC's PREP Program serves 125 students in Manchester each year. This school-based initiative brings together students, behavioral health counselors, and registered nurses to focus on reducing teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and associated risk behaviors.
Thank you to the Bedford High School Key Club for the donation of summer camp supplies for pediatric patients at MCHC who will be attending camp this summer.

Thank you to the Student Nursing Association at Manchester Community College for the donation of diapers for patients in need at Child Health Services at MCHC.
Thank you to the NH Fisher Cats for donating home game tickets for MCHC patients and their families.

Thank you to the Greenspan Foundation for the donation to Child Health Services at MCHC operating costs.

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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