On July 20 the CHNA 20 Summer Meeting brought together 51 coalition members representing 36 different agencies from multiple sectors. Our keynote speaker and four panelists addressed race, culture and the social determinants of health and shared models and practices related to their work within the community.
Nick Bulens, CHNA 20 Vice-chair and Administrative Services Coordinator, for the Town of Weymouth kicked off the meeting, highlighting the coalition’s efforts to increase resources to improve health equity. Our keynote, Barry Keppard, Director of Public Health from Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) guided members in an exercise on cultural values and identities. Barry’s slide presentation includes ways to contextualize and address health inequities at the agency and personal levels.
Melissa Pond, CHNA 20 Treasurer and Planner for the City of Quincy moderated the panel. Giles Li, Executive Director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) elaborated on how generalizations of Asian Americans, largely the “model-minority” perception, shapes the community utilizing BCNC services, typically low-income and low-educated immigrant clients.
Philip Chong, new Executive Director, Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) described what he found troubling in his experience with the global Healthcare system. The cultural norms surrounding a lack of health seeking behaviors that new immigrants bring are particularly evident in normalizing gambling behaviors, and in the slow process of breaking the stigma of mental health.
As service providers BCNC and QARI work to address health disparities affecting Asian immigrant communities, namely identification of later diseases due to lack of utilizing preventative health care and services.
From a broader perspective on addressing social determinants, Cynthia Sierra CEO for Manet Community Health Center, elaborated on how Manet is working to implement the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). Cynthia described how Manet is constantly assessing needs, to meet the changing community. Oftentimes the translator is the services provider a patient will trust the most, which informs Manet serving 26 dialects, maintaining a staff of 50 percent PCPs that speak another language.
From her work with Upstream USA, Cara Willis described how cultural misconceptions regarding reproductive care and contraceptive methods affect how women access health care. In providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, Upstream USA empowers women to make informed decisions regarding their reproductive care.
These local leaders and practitioners are actively engaged in work surrounding health equity and social determinants of health. Panelists spoke of the unique needs and barriers minority populations’ face and provided examples of current programs, practices, and ways we can move forward.
The Blue Hills Community Health Network Alliance (CHNA 20) has awarded three partnership grants providing support to local projects aimed at improving health and wellness in our service area. The focus of the Partnership Grant program is to provide assistance to projects that address the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and build sustainable agency partnerships. The review team considered the CHNA 20 community health priorities, Access to Care and Chronic Disease.
Each grantee will receive $15,000.
The rigorous review process included 21 members from various community agencies to assess many strong proposals in our catchment. After much consideration, the following three projects were chosen for funding.
Through an integrated service model the partnership will increase access to behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorders (SUD) consultation and counseling services on-site for at-risk Manet patients. With a dedicated clinician, the integrated services at Manet will provide a supportive and safe environment, reduce the stigma of asking for help, offer immediate access to counseling, and address individual barriers to participation in BH and SUD services and treatment.
Through an integrated care model the partnership will support elders in subsidized housing facilities by providing wellness screenings and health education as well as connecting community members to agency resources. Community Health Workers (CHW) will identify patients at risk through abnormal screening results, assist participants with transportation, enroll patients in benefit programs, and provide health education. CHW will work to ensure patients receive appropriate and culturally competent medical care. CHW will assist families in identifying community resources and developing the necessary skills to improve health status, family functioning, and self-sufficiency.
The partnership will address the persistent and growing issue of youth obesity with a comprehensive program of primary care, nutrition counseling, and education for guardians and youth. Through collaboration with Manet, South Shore YMCA will provide access to safe, fun exercise programming for youth participants. By addressing barriers such as food insecurity, cultural differences in understanding healthy food options, and lack of access to safe exercising opportunities, the partnership will address these barriers and support efforts towards sustainable habits of health behaviors in participants.
Amendment 529: Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)
Amendment 593: MA Food Trust Program
Amendment 461: Recovery Support Centers
Amendment 462: Access to Naloxone/NARC
Amendment 521: Childhood Lead Poising Prevention Program
Hear about programs seeking collaborators
Build potential partnerships
Network with community-based agencies
Learn more about CHNA 20's newest funding opportunity the
Community Partnership Grant *
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30 AM Light Breakfast
9:45 AM - 11:30 PM Program & Networking
Quincy Center for Innovation
3rd Floor Conference Room
180 Old Colony Avenue, Quincy
-Grants will be awarded up to $15,000 each
-Grants are to be shared between two partnering organizations
showing strong mutual collaboration at the center of applicant programs
-Funding available for projects addressing social determinants
-Preference will be given to cross-sector collaborations that bring together public health agencies with other community entities
We're opening up a unique networking opportunity at our Spring Meeting to help you find your perfect match, build potential partnerships, and create collaborative programs that will be eligible for funding under our Community Partnership Grant program.
You are invited to make a brief, 5-minute presentation outlining your big idea for a program and sharing what you are looking for in a collaborative partner. We'll follow the presentations with networking time so everyone in the room will have the chance to talk about ideas and meet potential partners!
If you're interested in making your pitch for the perfect partner at the Spring Meeting, please fill out this short application:
Click here for pitch application