January 2018

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

The new year brings new resolutions and promises for the year ahead. At Manchester Community Health Center we resolve to continue to extend our work far beyond the exam room by breaking down barriers to health care that are often faced by low-income families. We provide access to quality care for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. We strive to serve Greater Manchester with high-quality primary care, behavioral health, chronic disease management and case management services to meet the needs of our patients. Happy New Year!
Open House at Child Health Services at MCHC
We are excited to announce that the renovations at Child Health Services at MCHC are complete!

On January 11th, MCHC hosted an open house at Child Health Services. Donors, community leaders, supporters, and staff gathered at the 1245 Elm Street location to celebrate the completed renovations and tour the updated facility.

Child Health Services at MCHC cares for many of MCHC's 6,500 pediatric patients. The updated facility provides a more modern and inviting environment for patients and improves staff workflow.

The transformed space includes four new exam rooms, updated plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, and an improved security system.

 The Child Health Services at MCHC transformation would not have been possible without funding from the Health Infrastructure Improvement Program (HIIP), Cogswell Benevolent Trust , the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, and generous donations from supporters. Thank you!
Top Photo (l-r): Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, Associate Medical Director, Pediatrics at MCHC, Kris McCracken, President/CEO at MCHC, Senator Lou D’Allesando, and Attorney Rich Sigel 

Middle Photo: Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, Associate Medical Director provides a tour of the provider integrated work space at Child Health Services at MCHC to open house attendees

Bottom Photo (l-r): Child Health Services at MCHC employees, Amel Khairawi, Kim Rybczyk, Kim Lovely, Anne Lucey, James Graichen, and Hari Gurung 
Internships at MCHC Provide Students with Hands-on Experience
Each year, MCHC hosts interns from local universities who are training for a variety of health care roles. These internships provide a unique perspective for students about the role federally qualified health centers, like MCHC, play in the community and equip future practitioners with skills to work within the community. 

Current MCHC Master of Social Work (MSW) intern, Emily Berman, was recently featured in the University of New Hampshire newsletter, UNH Today . The article discusses Emily's year-long internship at MCHC and the important insight Emily has gained from working in an environment that integrates primary care and behavioral health services. Check out the article using the link below!

Pictured: Social work clinical assistant professor Will Lusenhop with students Megan Noonan and Emily Berman (Photo from the University of New Hampshire)
Medication Assisted Treatment at MCHC
Provides Support for Patient Success
MCHC continues to expand the Medication Assistance Treatment program and offer individuals with substance misuse disorders in Greater Manchester a path to recovery. MCHC's treatment model treats the whole person by linking a patient's primary care doctor and behavioral health counselors together, so that they work as a team towards the patient's recovery.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), in combination with behavioral therapy and other services, is considered one of the most effective approaches to addiction treatment, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

MCHC is pleased to share feedback from a patient who has been enrolled in the MAT program since February 2015 and is achieving success in long-term recovery!

"They (MCHC) saved my life! My counselor taught me a different way of thinking, how to grow and become a better person. I feel stronger and able to love myself for the first time. I came a long way and I am very thankful for the program. My doctor and counselor are the best. I would never have done it without them." - KB 
Morning Matters Sponsorships Available
We are busy preparing for the upcoming 2018 Morning Matters event on May 17. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who have already registered as Morning Matters Sponsors. Thank you for supporting Child Health Services at MCHC!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and all funds raised at Morning Matters go to uncompensated care for children at Child Health Services, the pediatric practice of MCHC. Child Health Services at MCHC serves many of our 6,500 pediatric patients and provides care regardless of the family's ability to pay.

Please consider sponsoring Morning Matters this year. Check out the different sponsorship opportunities HERE .

If you are interested in a Morning Matters sponsorship please contact Delia Makhetha at dmakhetha@mchc-nh.org or 603.792.5091.
A Successful Season of Giving
An Annual Tradition
of Giving Back
Former Child Health Services patient, Ben Spellman, continued his annual tradition of donating toys during the holiday season. This year, Ben donated over 200 toys for our pediatric patients at Child Health Services at MCHC. Thanks Ben!
Lindner Dental Makes Our Pediatric Patients Smile
The team at Lindner Dental hand-picked, stuffed, dressed and named five amazing Build-A-Bears, which they donated to pediatric patients at Child Health Services at MCHC. Thank you, Lindner Dental !
Toys for Tots Helps
Local Families
The Southern New Hampshire Marine Toys for Tots Foundation donated holidays gifts for 41 children enrolled in the community schools program, special medical programs, and families that work with community health workers and social workers at Child Health Services at MCHC.
UnitedHealthcare Adopts Families for the Holidays
The Polaris Operations Broker & Employer Group at UnitedHealthcare donated gifts for five families enrolled in our special medical programs. The team collected donations for all family members and provided a joyous Christmas for these families in need.
E-news Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsor Manchester Community Health Center's monthly e-news for 2018 and have your organization's logo and website link featured in each monthly edition of the e-news!

Show your support for our community and get your name in front of other MCHC supporters.

For more information about how to sponsor MCHC's monthly e-news, contact Delia Makhetha at 603.792.5091 or dmakhetha@mchc-nh.org .
We Couldn't Do it Without You!
As always, Manchester Community Health Center relies on the generosity of our community to deliver the excellent care and wrap around 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 federal Health and Human Services funding and has federal Public Health Service 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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