September 2018

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

As the seasons begin to turn, we are reminded that like the constantly changing seasons we are always modifying our services to meet the changing needs of our patients. Take a moment to see what we have been up to this past month!
Manchester Community Health Center Associate Medical Director of Pediatrics, Dr. Lisa DiBrigida has been named Pediatrician of the Year by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society

Dr. DiBrigida is a well-loved pediatrician who has served Manchester families since 1993. She joined Child Health Services at MCHC in 2003, and is now the Associate Medical Director of Pediatrics. 
Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, center, holding the Pediatrician of the Year award, with some of the team from Child Health Services at MCHC .
"My mentor and the founder of Child Health Services, Dr. Selma Deitch, received the same award 25 years ago," said Dr. DiBrigida. "That makes this very special to me, and I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition."

In her time at Child Health Services at MCHC, Dr. DiBrigida has been a champion for comprehensive integrated care. She insists that better healthcare is a coordinated team effort. 

"This award is really for our whole team," said Dr. DiBrigida. "We work together day-in and day-out to provide the best possible care for our young patients." 
MCHC staff hold some of the backpacks and supplies donated for families in need.
MCHC is dedicated to setting our patients up for success. This means success for our youngest patients with the start of a new school year! 

MCHC's annual backpack drive provided hundreds of pediatric patients with school essentials including backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, pencil cases and more. 

The backpack drive was hosted at MCHC and backpacks and supplies were donated by MCHC staff. Additional backpacks filled with supplies were donated by Granite United Way through the West Side Reads program. 
Providers and case managers distributed the donations to patients in need during routine visits to Child Health Services at MCHC. 
MCHC is dedicated to eliminating health disparities for our patients. When our team sees a gap in health equity, we work to address it - and that is exactly what Medical Assistant, Nancy Hoyt did.

Nancy recently met a young, blind patient and noticed a gap in our offerings for visually impaired patients.
Medical Assistant, Nancy Hoyt (L), and Dr. Lisa DiBrigida (R) pose with some of the new materials for visually impaired patients.
"Each child that comes in for their physical receives a book they can take home. When I met this patient, I realized we didn't have any books that he could read," said Nancy Hoyt. "Not being able to give him a book, that he could read, didn't sit well with me."

So Nancy went to work reaching out to the American Action Fund for Blind and the National Braille Press. She shared the story and requested information about materials for visually impaired children.

To Nancy's surprise, both organizations generously donated a variety of materials including, braille children's books, National Geographic magazines in braille, sensory toys, braille activity books and information and resources for parents.
"I was overjoyed by the response I received from these organizations," said Hoyt. "And I am even more excited to now have these books and toys to provide to our patients!"
This September a team from Child Health Services at MCHC presented at the 2018 NH Citizens Health Initiative Annual Symposium .

MCHC's Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, Susan Zankel, LICSW, and Case Manager Ethan Stumpo presented Better Together! Trust, Communication, Flexibility and Collaboration: How to Develop and Sustain an Integrated Practice that Builds Capacity, Increases Access for Patients and Families, and Overcomes Barriers to Care in Pediatric Primary Care.
Members of the clinical team discuss care in the team pod at Child Health Services at MCHC.
Their presentation highlighted the work of Child Health Services at MCHC to provide integrated care services to our patients. At Child Health Services at MCHC, the design of the team pod room allows for easy coordination of care and reduces the barriers to integrated care.
(L-R) Katie Parent from the YWCA, Wanda Castillo from Manchester Community Health Center and Manchester Detective Michael Valenti are part of the ACERT team (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
The ACERT team was recently highlighted in the Union Leader's, "Beyond the Stigma" column.
The ACERT team is a partnership between the Manchester Police Department, the YWCA New Hampshire and Manchester Community Health Center. ACERT works to reduce the impact of adverse childhood effects by visiting families soon after an incident is reported to the police in which children have been exposed to traumatic events such as drug overdoses, domestic violence, and other crimes.

Follow the link below to read to complete article!
We want to thank the Hannaford on Bicentennial Drive in Manchester for the donation to Manchester Community Health Center through the Hannaford fresh Cookbook fundraiser

Thank you to the American Association of University Women, Southern NH Branch for their donation to the Teen Clinic.

Thank you to Trivantus for their donation of Fisher Cats Tickets.
Thank you to everyone who supports Manchester Community Health Center by using AmazonSmile . AmazonSmile is a mirror site of Amazon.com that allows shoppers to designate a charity to receive a donation valued at 0.5% of eligible purchases.

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 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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