Community Health Network Area 15
Committed to collaboration and capacity building to addressFood and Nutrition: Access to Healthy Food/ Obesity and Overweight Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety/ Substance Abuse Public Safety: Domestic Violence/ Isolated Residents
Save the Dates for CHNA 15 General Meetings this Fall!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
2:00 – 2:30 Networking and Refreshments
2:30 – 4:30 PM Business Meeting and Speaker
Minuteman Senior Services
26 Crosby Drive, Bedford MA
Featuring a Workshop on:
Introducing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Strategies to Young People at Home, School, and the Clinic by author and noted speaker Dr. Christopher Willard.
A 2014 study by the American Psychological Association on stress made the shocking discovery that teenagers were the most stressed-out group in America. Parents and professionals are rightly concerned about the negative long-term consequences to health, mental health and learning that inevitably follow chronic stress and our culture of “checking out” with digital distractions. Now, more than ever, parents, professionals, and young people themselves from all walks of life are desperately searching for effective skills to handle stress.
This search is just now meeting the Western world’s embrace of mindfulness, yoga, and other contemplative practices. Researchers at top research institutions from Harvard to Hopkins are finding what millions of practitioners have already known for centuries: that these practices shut down the fight/flight response, and engage the mind, body and spirit’s natural healing, learning, and creative powers to foster a lifetime of resilience to whatever stress and difficulties inevitably arise. Dr. Willard will introduce mindfulness based stress reduction strategies and will share what institutions, schools and communities are doing create an environment that supports them.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
2:00 – 2:30 Networking and Refreshments
2:30 – 4:30 PM Business Meeting and Panel
Minuteman Senior Services
26 Crosby Drive, Bedford MA
Featuring a Panel Discussion on:
Strategies to Reduce Stress Across the Lifespan
Come hear from colleagues and leaders in CHNA communities about efforts, programs and strategies being used in their communities to reduce stress in all populations.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health Network Area 15 (CHNA 15) serves the communities of Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn and is committed to building healthier communities through collaboration and capacity building.
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CHNA 15 Announces Availability of Capacity Building Grants
CHNA 15 Professional Development Scholarships Available
CHNA 15 is offering financial assistance for Professional Development. Scholarships are available for individuals in the twelve CHNA 15 communities to attend trainings/ conferences or take online courses, as well as for agencies to offer training to its staff or the community.
To apply submit the Professional Development Application Form. If funded Scholarship recipients provide a brief presentation at a CHNA 15 general meeting
Training topics should relate to the national Healthy Communities approach which emphasizes enhancement of community health and well-being.
Within Healthy Communities efforts, health is not solely access to healthcare and the absence of disease, but strengthening positive social, mental, physical, economic and environmental conditions. The focus is deliberately broad to encompass the ideals of CHNA 15 as well as the mission of members and agencies.
Scholarships are up to $300 for an individual scholarship and up to $750 for an agency or community scholarship. Agencies may apply for one agency scholarship and one individual scholarship per calendar year.
Applications are available on the CHNA 15 website or by contacting Jan Hanson, CHNA 15 Coordinator at CHNA15Coordinator@gmail.com.
CHNA 15 Releases
Community Health Assessment Report
The Northwest Suburban Health Alliance, also known as Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 15, recently held its annual meeting at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA to showcase the successful programs funded by the group during the past year. In addition to the Showcase, CHNA 15 held its 2012 Annual Meeting and celebrated the release of its Community Health Assessment Report 2011, a substantial undertaking that began in 2010 to determine the health needs of the 12 communities that comprise CHNA 15.
In releasing the Assessment Report, CHNA 15 is culminating a process designed to inform its future initiatives as well as those of its member organizations. The assessment was led by an Assessment Advisory Board comprised of volunteer members of CHNA 15. It included key informant interviews and surveys conducted with community members throughout CHNA 15. Following a review of existing data, the team focused the assessment on four priority health areas: mental health, public safety, food and nutrition, and community relationships. The interviews and surveys revealed related concerns, and allowed the group to identify priority areas to guide the work of the CHNA over the coming years.
Jan Stewart, CHNA 15 Chairperson, celebrated the report’s release and the enormous amount of work involved in conducting the assessment. “We hope that this report will focus more attention on the interrelated nature of many problems in our communities, and that it will foster more collaboration and sustainability through shared initiatives. In addition, having identified health needs in our communities, we will now work to address those needs while aiming to improve the overall health of our member communities.”
Founded in 1992, the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance, which includes the towns of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Wilmington, Winchester and the city of Woburn, works to build healthier communities through community-based prevention, planning and health promotion. CHNA 15 envisions that each and every community will be a safe and supportive environment that empowers community members to develop self-esteem and personal responsibility to make positive and healthy life choices. CHNA 15. meeting every other month and open to all citizens in the twelve communities, offers networking, trainings, local grants, scholarships and collaborative community and agency opportunities. The next General Meeting will be held September 20 at Minuteman Senior Services in Bedford, MA.
The report is available on this website by clicking on Assessment Report on the Home Page. To learn more about the CHNA and to become involved contact Jan Hanson at JHanson800@aol.com
CHNA 15 2012-2013 MiniGrant Awards
Annually CHNA 15 provides MiniGrants of up to $6,000 each for projects serving one or more communities within the CHNA 15 area. Using a Healthy Communities approach that defines physical and social health broadly and emphasizes community collaboration, proposals must be designed to enhance community health and well-being through innovative projects. Within Healthy Communities efforts, health is not merely access to healthcare and the absence of disease, but strengthening positive social, mental, physical, economic and environmental conditions conducive to health and well-being. The focus is deliberately broad to encompass the ideals of CHNA 15 as well as a member’s agency’s mission.
This year’s CHNA 15 MiniGrant recipients are Friends Helping Seniors, Inc. from Woburn Senior Center, Winchester Multicultural Network, Wilmington Public Schools, Domestic Violence Services Network, Concord Children’s Center and Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, Center for Parents and Teachers, the Town of Carlisle Health Department, Communities for Restorative Justice and Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth.
The public is invited to view projects resulting from the MiniGrants when they will be on display at the 2012 CHNA 15 Showcase in May, 2013.
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CHNA 15 2012-2013 Professional Development Scholarships are Available!
The Northwest Suburban Health Alliance, also known as CHNA 15, is offering financial assistance for Professional Development. CHNA 15 scholarships are available for individuals in the twelve CHNA 15 communities to attend trainings/ conferences or take online courses, as well as for agencies to offer training to their staffs.
To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must be a CHNA 15 Voting Member. As designated in CHNA 15 Operating Principles a Voting Member, the applicant or another representative from the applicant’s agency, must have attended two CHNA 15 meetings within the past year. If funded in whole or in part through CHNA 15, Scholarship recipients are asked to provide a brief presentation at a CHNA 15 meeting, including copies of relevant training materials and handouts.
Scholarships are available, first come, first served, and are limited in size to a maximum of $300 for an individual scholarship and $750 for an agency scholarship. Agencies may apply for one agency scholarship as well as one individual scholarship per calendar year.
The scholarship application may be found in the Forms tab of this website. To apply submit a completed an ecopy of the application to CHNA 15 Coordinator Jan Hanson at email@example.com.
coordinator Jan Hanson.
(Top row, right) Anita Scheipers, Assistant Town Administrator for town of Lincoln talks
about the importance of connecting with municipal decision makers in the Planning process.
(Middle row, left) Jan Stewart, Active Acton Consultant and Outreach Coordinator for Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth, speaks about identifying and engaging community stakeholders in the Planning Grant process as Elizabeth Thibeault, Regional Center for Healthy Communities istens.
(Middle row, right) Dan Pereira, Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Lincoln shares his thoughts about some of the potential priorities for the town of Lincoln.