CHNA 18 is a local coalition of public, non-profit, and private sectors working together to build healthier communities in Massachusetts through community-based prevention planning and health promotion.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES
Announcing our FREE Spring workshop series:
Question, Persuade, Refer.
The 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Presented by Minding your Mind
April 25th, Waltham Library, 9:30-11:30
Q.P.R. stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Q.P.R. is sometimes referred to as CPR for a Mental Health Crisis.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Q.P.R. learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Becoming a Mental Health Ally:
Reducing Stigma, Breaking Barriers, and Improving Access to Care.
Be a mental health ally! Help yourself and others stop the stigma and start recovery.
In collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Needham, Newton Wellesley Hospital, and Walker.
May 11, 2017, Needham Library, 9:00-12:00
2 CE's available for social workers, mental health workers and nurses.
Join our panel of experts as we explore the stigma and barriers many communities face in seeking and receiving
mental health care.
The Secret Lives of Teens
Presented by Jon Mattleman
June 7th, 2017, Needham Library, 9:30-12:00
“The Secret Lives of Teens" is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more.
Participants will leave the workshop with:
Strategies they can implement immediately
New ways of understanding teens and their behaviors
Innovative techniques for engaging teens
Confidence, courage, and new language to use with teens
Welcome to our two newest Steering Committee members!
Alyssa Kence, Community Relations Coordinator at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham and Lauren Lele,MPA, CAVS , Director of Commuity Benefits and Volunteer Services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital both joined the Steering Committee in May 2016. We are looking forward to having them represent our local hospitals on the Committee.
Congratulations to our mini grant winner!
Linda Shea, Director for the Westwood Board of Health, was the lucky raffle winner at our most recent event, "Finding Calm in a Climate of Fear". Linda won a $500 mini grant for the Board of Health and plans to use the funds to support a speaker that the Westwood Cares (drug, alcohol and mental health coalition) is hosting in October.
CHNA 18 announces new Director and Community Health Initiative
Jhana Wallace, previously the Coordinator for the CHNA, will be taking on the role of Director. As the Executive Director, Ms. Wallace will serve as the community liaison for the CHNA and lead the CHNA through a new phase of targeted community support and involvement. Ms. Wallace has a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University and over twenty years of experience in public health, including direct service, program development, and administration. We are excited to welcome her into this new role!
CHNA 18 plans to implement a professional development program in September 2016 to support agencies and organization working to improve the health of community members in our nine cities and towns and beyond. We hope to launch this new program in late Spring with an open-house event for all community members.
Stay tuned for more information!