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
nnouncing our Spring workshop series:
Coming in January 2017!
CHNA 18 presents a series of monthly, short workshops on topics related to building connections in our community. Speakers will present on topics as varied as social media (both how to use it and how it effects mental health in kids), program sustainability and networking, and mental health issues such as reducing stigma and finding resources. Click on the link above to see the schedule of workshops. Registration information will be available in mid November.
As part of this series, we are also planning a forum in May 2017 on mental health in collaboration with several CHNAs in our region. While still in the planning stages, this forum promises to be an exciting and informational event with experts from across the mental health spectrum providing real-life experiences and useful strategies and resources.
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!