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Anna Jaques Hospital

Program Name : Newburyport Farmer's Market
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital is one of two presenting sponsors of the Newburyport Farmer's Market. The annual sponsorship ensures that the community has access to healthy, affordable food choices – especially fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy can help reduce people’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, as well as help them maintain a healthy body weight. Between winter and summer markets, 40+ markets are held year round to 800-1,200 attendees. On average, there are 30-35 vendors offering fresh, local produce, meats, cheese and other locally made goods.

Program Name : WNBP Radio Show Interviews
Brief Description or Objective : Monthly WNBP radio interview with physicians and community members to provide health and wellness, and disease prevention education. Examples: Dr. Maysabel Aponte discussed common allergies and natural ways to prevent; Newburyport Mayor Donna Holladay advocated the "Lock Your Meds" prescription safeguarding campaign.

Program Name : Breast Cancer Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques hosted a free monthly breast cancer support group - whether recently diagnosed with breast cancer or are a longtime survivor. This group is where people can gather to meet and discuss their situation with others who have faced similar issues. They gave to share experiences, triumphs, challenges, and friendship. The breast cancer support group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

Program Name : Go Red for Women Day
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital celebrated February's American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women Campaign with a variety of hospital and community activities. Cardiac Rehab Clinic staff gave out American Heart Association's "red dress" pins and heart health information to staff and community; Cardiac Rehab presented the "Participant of the Year" award to a patient who has committed themselves to a heart healthy lifestyle; Cardiac Rehab hosted a table at the Newburyport Farmer's Market offering free blood pressure checks and heart health information and recipes; WNBP Radio aired a month-long PSA on Go Red for Women advocating for women to know their health risks, ways to prevent heart disease, and tips for a healthier lifestyle.

Program Name : Free Head & Neck Cancer Screenings
Brief Description or Objective : Ear, nose, throat and allergy practices offered free head and neck cancer screenings during Head and Neck Awareness Week 2015: Colden & Seymour Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy; The Offices of Dr. Hemani; The Offices of Dr. Khalil.

Program Name : Seacoast Running Festival hosted by the Salisbury Beach Partnership
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques sponsored the event, hosted CPR-certified nurses as “spotters” throughout the race course, and supported the First Aid tent for the Seacoast Running Festival on August 21-23. The festival included a 5K, 1-mile, 10-mile, and half marathon of which four runners ran on behalf of Team AJH. AJH gave out free hot/cold packs for aching bones post-race, as well.

Program Name : Northern Essex Community College 5k & Fun Run
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques supported the annual road race as a Silver Sponsor of the NECC Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run that hosted nearly 600 runners and walkers. The event brings fitness, health and community education in the spotlight at Northern Essex Community College and in Haverhill, MA. Anna Jaques sponsored the race, provided brochures, Chap Stick and sunscreen for race participant bags.

Program Name : Amesbury Council on Aging Senior Community Center 2014 Health Fair
Brief Description or Objective : On October 3, 2014, Anna Jaques Hospital hosted a table at the Amesbury Senior Community Center's Health Fair to hundreds of seniors in the area. AJH offered free blood pressure checks by Emergency Department nurses and free pedometers.

Program Name : Cancer Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : Individuals and families affected by cancer are welcomed in this free monthly support group. The group is open to anyone coping with a cancer diagnosis so that they can spend time with others facing similar situations. The group provides ongoing support, encouragement and friendship.

Program Name : Free Vein Screenings
Brief Description or Objective : On September 22, 2015 Atlantic Surgical Associates hosted a free vein screening in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital to the community. The screening also raised awareness that venous screenings are not for cosmetic reasons, but to educate that many suffer with vein problems and insufficiency. The circulation issues can lead to pain and swelling, and may worsen over time and even become life threatening. All were welcomed.

Program Name : Opportunity Works Lend-A-Hand Event
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques donated to and attended Opportunity Works' annual Lend-A-Hand fundraiser. Opportunity Works offers programs and services for adults to support adults with disabilities lead an independent lifestyle. OW is committed to empowering and changing the lives of people with developmental diseases and expanded their location in Newburyport and added another facility in Haverhill in 2015 to support throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Program Name : Yankee Homecoming Family Day
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital sponsored and participated in Newburyport Yankee Homecoming's Family Day to 300-400 children and families in Essex County. Anna Jaques featured an inflatable basketball hoop for kids to wear a pedometer, shoot hoops, and see how many steps they took. Anna Jaques did healthy giveaways including: pedometers, basketballs, sunscreen, waters and SPF Chap Stick.

Program Name : Tri For the YWCA Triathlon
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques sponsored the YWCA of Newburyport and the Tough Warrior Princesses "Tri for the Y" triathlon that included a 10-minute lap swim, 25-minute indoor spin ride and a 1.5 mile run. The YWCA and TWP’s host this event to advocate that "every body" can complete a triathlon.

Program Name : Yankee Homecoming 5k & 10M Road Race
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques sponsored the Yankee Homecoming 5k and 10M run that hosts more than 1,000 runners. 15+ Anna Jaques employees ran in the race, as well.

Program Name : Salisbury Park & Rec - Tortoise & the Hare 10k & 3M
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques sponsored Salisbury Parks & Recreation Commission's "Tortoise & Hare 10k and 3M" race, with employees running for Team AJH. Dollars raised from the yearly fundraiser directly benefited Salisbury's recreational activities for residents with no charge. The Commission funds a variety of community programs in Salisbury, including: the town's youth baseball, softball and flag football leagues and local parks and playing fields.

Program Name : Ovations For the Cure - GNOCA 5K Run/Walk
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques and Women's Health Care sponsored the Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) group's GNOCA 5k Run/Walk in Honor of Jackie Poor during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Women's Health Care hosted a team of employees walked in the events, and AJH provided free sunscreen and chap sticks.

Program Name : Newburyport Youth Soccer Association
Brief Description or Objective : Sponsorship of Newburyport Youth Soccer Association (NYSA). NYSA is a non-profit athletic community whose mission is to enrich the physical and mental lives of kids through soccer. Each year, NYSA hosts over 1,000 young players in the Newburyport to play on a soccer team.

Program Name : Newburyport PTO Spring Fever 5k & Family Fun Run
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital sponsored the Newburyport PTO Spring Fever 5k & Fun Run to more than 600 participants to support the Bresnahan Elementary School and Molin & Nock Middle Schools. Profits directly benefit programs such as after-school programs.

Program Name : WNBP Radio PSA "Health Spots"
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques created a new monthly program with WNBP radio station, "The Legends". These public service announcements, or “Health Spots” feature health updates, health prevention and awareness, community events related to health and wellness. These spots have included: cancer prevention and awareness, advocating routine check-ups and screenings, physical activity, obesity, heart health risk factors, skin cancer.

Program Name : Amesbury Chamber of Commerce's "Week of Wellness" and Health Fair
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital sponsored Amesbury Chamber of Commerce's "Week of Wellness" and Health Fair from May 15-20, 2015. The week hosted educational (and health-related) classes, free fitness classes, healthy eating demonstrations. The week was capped-off with a health fair and farmers' market where Anna Jaques nurses offered free blood pressure checks and pedometers.

Program Name : Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce's Health & Wellness Day
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital was the co-sponsor of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Wellness Day on April 11, 2015 from 10:00am-2:00pm that welcomed 300+ attendees and 60+ businesses from the Greater Newburyport area. Anna Jaques offered free blood pressure checks and free pedometers, and a “Teddy Bear Clinic” for children to not fear visiting the doctor. The event hosted fitness and nutrition specialists, health food vendors and senior living specialist. There were free fitness classes and education presentations.

Program Name : Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workout Series sponsored by AJH
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques proudly sponsored free fitness classes on the Newburyport waterfront every day of Yankee Homecoming from July 27-August 1. Free classes included: Boot Camp by Fuel Training Studio; Riverside Yoga + Massage; Yoga Center of Newburyport; Kickboxing by Latitude Sports Club Salisbury; FLOga Yoga; and CrossFit Full Potential.

Program Name : "Women's Health: Head to Toe" Infographic
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques teamed up with Women's Health Care and other specialties and practices in the hospital to feature a "Women's Health: Head to Toe" infographic that was featured in print, online, a blown-up poster board at health fairs, and at the hospital to advocate for healthy check-ups and routine screenings for women.

Program Name : Pedometer Program
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital donated pedometers to a variety of different programs and events to encourage physical activity. Examples included: Senior Health Fairs, elementary school programs, community events.

Program Name : Jeanne Geiger Walk against Domestic Violence
Brief Description or Objective : Sponsorship and participation helped support the 1,400 adults and children that the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center serves. Support of the walk enables programs such as the 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling and advocacy, legal assistance, art therapy, children’s trauma services, and emergency and transitional housing.

Program Name : Merrimac Senior Health Fair
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques participated in the Merrimac Senior Health Fair that hosted health education, screenings and free healthy lunch to the senior population in the Merrimac area. Anna Jaques offered free pedometers, re-usable tote bags, and hot/cold packs as well

Program Name : Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Insight Meditation Center
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques and the Gerrish Breast Care Center welcomed breast cancer patients – both currently in treatment and post-treatment – for a mindfulness meditation workshop in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This seminar brought together a powerful room of survivors in a positive way, while highlighting the importance of survivorship and maintaining a healthy balance.

Program Name : Managing Your Diabetes during the Holidays
Brief Description or Objective : The Anna Jaques Diabetic Outpatient Clinic welcomed people struggling with diabetes or who want to learn more to learn helpful tools to stay healthy during this time of year and all year long. Stress management and meditation, healthy eating tips with eating tips with real examples, and overall diabetes management were discussed.

Program Name : Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques sponsored Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s indoor and outdoor activities, as well as transportation for other health-related activities for the residents. This enables the Center to offer healthy activities to the senior population.

Program Name : Mammogram Reminder Cards
Brief Description or Objective : AJH featured "mammogram reminder cards" throughout the community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, advocating that the, "best prevention is early detection." The cards were featured all throughout the community in local businesses and in doctor's offices throughout the year.


Athol Memorial Hospital

Program Name : Wellness- CPR and First Aid
Brief Description or Objective : Community education focuses on providing free health education and training for vulnerable populations at locations that are easily and frequently accessed.

Program Name : Wellness- Influenza Immunizations
Brief Description or Objective : Provide Free influenza immunizations in the community to at risk populations.

Program Name : Wellness- Substance Use
Brief Description or Objective : Educate the community on safe storage and handling of medications and sharps and needles, and provide community members with a safe way to dispose of them.

Program Name : Chronic Disease Management
Brief Description or Objective : Participation in community health fairs and events to educate the community about heart disease and diabetes and offer blood pressure screenings to help residents identify and monitor risk factors.

Program Name : Nutrition
Brief Description or Objective : In conjunction with area schools, the back pack food program is offered to foster good health in and out of school time by supplementing low income at risk students with food on the weekend.

Program Name : Social Determinants of Health- Access to Health Care and Community Services
Brief Description or Objective : Provide psychosocial supports and financial counseling for individuals and families to address needs and overcome barriers to accessing healthcare. Direct support included health coverage enrollments and information and referral.

Program Name : Social Determinants of Health- Community Participation
Brief Description or Objective : Athol hospital staff actively participates in and take leadership roles on a number of organization boards and committees. The objective is to collaboratively plan and implement strategies to reduce identified health needs and gaps in services.


Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Program Name : Youth Education
Brief Description or Objective : In partnership since 2003 with public schools throughout BFMC's service area, BFMC has offered experiential programming to expose children and adolescents to the relationship between science, math and health care, and to stimulate their interest in pursuing further education in the field.

Program Name : BFMC Support Groups
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Franklin Medical Center offers several support groups for individuals and families facing specific health issues - giving them opportunities to gain the insight and knowledge needed to best address their health needs.

Program Name : Outreach to Seniors
Brief Description or Objective : To improve individual compliance with medication protocols, increase awareness of stroke signs and the importance of early treatment, promote home safety and support general wellness in the senior population of Franklin County, BFMC offers educational programs, materials and services.

Program Name : Financial Assistance Counseling
Brief Description or Objective : For more than ten years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center has provided financial counseling services to its community and patients who have concerns about their health care costs. Financial Counselors are dedicated to: identifying and meeting their client’s health care needs; providing assistance to apply for health insurance; navigating the health care industry; as well as determining eligibility for the Baystate Financial Assistance Program. They can also assist in linking their clients to health insurance and community resources. There has been an increase in providing additional community support, including assisting patients with finding a new primary care physician, providing information on behavioral health services and also contacting pharmacies to straighten out insurance issues. As the Health Connector grows in functionality, the financial counselors at Baystate Franklin are also dealing with more complex billing issues, such as escalating and tracking accounts, filing appeals and referring/coordinating with Health Care for All law pro bono lawyers for cases beyond their scope. BFMC Financial Counselors are Certified Application Counselors, which requires annual training and re-certification through the state to assist the community in applying for state and federal health care programs.

Program Name : BFMC Healthbeat
Brief Description or Objective : “Healthbeat” is a community access TV interview show featuring physicians, nurses, community leaders, and volunteers, who discuss a wide variety of healthcare and public health topics. Produced and hosted by Amy Swisher, Director of Public Affairs & Community Relations, "HealthBeat" airs a total of 65-85 times per month on cable access channels throughout Franklin County. It can be seen regularly on Greenfield Community Television Mondays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11 am; and may also be accessed anytime at www.gctv.org.

Program Name : Community Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Franklin Medical Center offers education, wellness and prevention programs to the community at large at no cost. These programs are presented by BFMC physicians, nurses and allied health staff. The programs help participants live healthier, more productive lives by offering educational opportunities and health screenings that promote disease prevention, behavior change, and healthier lifestyles.

Program Name : Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & North Quabbin
Brief Description or Objective : In 2014, Baystate Franklin Medical Center joined with other organizations and individuals in the community to address a rapidly growing incidence of heroin and other opioid use and overdoses in the community. By turns, the president of the hospital and chief medical officer co-chair the Health Solutions Committee of the Task Force with a community physician; this is the largest focus of the Task Force’s work. The hospital’s director of community relations participated on that committee and also on the strategic planning and executive committees, while more than 300 individuals became involved on the overall Task Force to take a part in addressing this critical health need. All of the hospital’s related primary care practices, its Emergency Physicians and Hospitalists, and the great majority of its specialty providers have subsequently signed the pledge and completed implementation activities. The Task Force further informed BFMC’s application for a CHART 2 grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. In FY 15, this grant will be used at the hospital, in part, to institute SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.


Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

Program Name : Emergency Medical Technician Training
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital partners with Quality EMS Educators of Worcester to offer Basic EMT Training to community members. Strained town budgets make EMS training and education a challenge for many rural fire/ambulance squads. To date over 130 community members have taken the EMT Basic Course. EMS providers are a vital part of the safety infrastructure of our community, and the first link in the chain of care for our residents. Many of the candidates that have completed this EMT course are now providing essential emergency care in the communities they live in.

Program Name : Community Health Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital offers a variety of education, wellness and prevention programs to the community at large at no cost. These various programs are presented by BMLH physicians, nurses and staff. The Community Health Education programs help participants live healthier, more productive lives by offering a variety of educational opportunities and health screenings that promote disease prevention, behavior change, and healthier lifestyles.

Program Name : BMLH Support Groups
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital offers a variety of support groups for individuals and families facing specific health issues—giving them opportunities to gain the insight and knowledge needed to best address their condition.

Program Name : Financial Assistance Counseling
Brief Description or Objective : For over ten years, Baystate Health has provided financial counseling services to inpatient and outpatient individuals who have concerns about how to pay for care. Financial Counselors are dedicated to identifying and assisting patients who are unable to pay their estimated care prior to treatments or who have large existing balances. This assistance includes linking patients to available funding sources such as Medicaid and Medicare and determining whether they are eligible for charity care or for Baystate’s Financial Assistance Program. BMLH Financial Counselors have all been trained and certified by the state as Certified Account Counselors to assist patients in applying for available state and federal programs.

Program Name : BMLH Healthbeat
Brief Description or Objective : “Healthbeat” is a community interview show featuring physicians, nurses, community leaders, and volunteers, who discuss a wide variety of health care and BMLH-related topics. Produced by Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist. Hosted by The Ware Community Television Program. "Healthbeat" airs on Ware Community Television, local cable access channel 15 throughout the day. • Cycling Safety Peter Ouellette, DPT, MEd, OCS, Physical Therapist and Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, • Cycling and Injury Prevention Peter Ouellette, DPT, MEd, OCS, Physical Therapist and Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Bay state Mary Lane Hospital. • Heart Health Program by Dr. James Cook, Cardiologist • Fit and 50 – Exercise at home for Adults (1 hour exercise program) Tri Community YMCA • Yoga for all – Tri Community YMCA • Fit Over 50 Instructor – Robyn Hillard, Tri-Community YMCA • Zumba for Kids Instructor – Christine Neslusan, Tri-Community YMCA • Let's talk about Stroke Prevention and Treatment- Kim Davis, RN, BMLH ER • Healthy Breakfast for Children and Families, WIC Program

Program Name : Emergency Department Blood Pressure Screenings
Brief Description or Objective : BMLH Emergency Department RN’s offer daily blood pressure screening and education (as appropriate) to the community. Screenings are offered daily between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am, seven days a week. There is no cost and no appointment necessary.

Program Name : Mobile Food Pantry
Brief Description or Objective : The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Pantry partners with Hillside Village and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital once a month to distribute food to our most vulnerable community members. The Mobile Food Bank provides an additional source of food to families and individuals facing hunger. The program reaches the underserved populations that don’t otherwise have access to fresh, healthy foods. This is largely due to a lack of transportation and access to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other healthy food providers. Area providers and agencies partner with BMLH & Hillside Village to volunteer at the monthly mobile pantry and provide families, children and seniors with information about access to services including WIC, SNAP, Health Insurance, Fuel Assistance and much more.

Program Name : Senior Brown Bag Program
Brief Description or Objective : The Senior Brown Bag Program helps to meet the needs by providing income qualified senior citizens with monthly supplemental bags of food. All types of food are included, from canned goods, pasta, and produce when available. Through the efforts of our Community Benefit Advisory Committee (CBAC) and Country Bank, BMLH has been able to bring the Brown Bag Program, sponsored by the Food Bank of Western MA to seniors in Ware for over a year now. Because the Brown Bag Program currently does not reach the Ware area a partnership with the Belchertown Senior Center has helped bring this supplemental food program monthly to close to 130 low-income seniors in Ware.


Baystate Medical Center

Program Name : Partners for a Healthier Community
Brief Description or Objective : Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1996 by Baystate Health, the City of Springfield and other key local stakeholders, PHC has partnered with over 100 organizations in various community benefit projects since its creation. BMC supports the core infrastructure of the PHC by donating $250,000 annually plus additional in-kind services. PHC’s mission is to build measurably healthy communities for all with equitable opportunities and resources through civic leadership, collaborative partnerships and policy advocacy. PHC does not provide direct services; rather it takes the role of neutral facilitator to promote community collaborations. In this role, PHC provides multipurpose support including, convening and partnering, health policy development, population based health program delivery and research and evaluation.

Program Name : Family Advocacy Center
Brief Description or Objective : The Baystate Family Advocacy Center provides assessment, treatment and crisis support to child abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers affected by child abuse, domestic violence and homicide in western Massachusetts.

Program Name : Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP)
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP) is a community benefit initiative of Baystate Health that provides career pathway programming to Springfield students with an expressed interest in the health care professions. BSEP courses and activities are available to high school students during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Fall and winter semesters are eight weeks in duration each and are scheduled during after-school hours. Summer semester workshops are offered throughout the summer in two or three day long sessions.

Program Name : Community Provider Integration Programs
Brief Description or Objective : The Community Provider Program Manager, an APRN, develops purposeful, innovative, health care frameworks that build institutional continuity and support capacity building infrastructure for healthier communities. Programs, initiatives and services are focused on the health needs of the community, align with movements throughout the region and have the potential to impact community through policy, system and environmental change. The APRN works collaboratively with city teams, state staff, regional managers and other initiative partners to improve the health of the population by reducing health disparities, promoting community wellness and improving access to care for the vulnerable populations.

Program Name : Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts
Brief Description or Objective : Safe Kids of Western MA strives to prevent accidental childhood injuries and death through public awareness, safety education and distribution of safety devices. Program activities include car seat safety education and inspections, bicycle safety workshops and parent seminars.

Program Name : Mason Square Community Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Identify unmet community health needs and provide outreach to underserved residents of the Mason Square community via the coordination of health education focus groups, community health forums and fairs.

Program Name : Transgender Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : In partnership with UNITY of Pioneer Valley, this support group is a peer lead and psychosocial support group for Transgender individuals, their allies and all GLBTs. The confidentiality of the meeting provides a safe environment in which to address issues related to transition, such as relationships, family, spirituality and the workplace.