Member Communities: Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood
Meeting Schedule: Steering Committee meets bimonthly, general membership has quarterly events and professional development.
Vision Statement: Our vision is to fund and support grassroots efforts to address community public health priorities while providing professional value to CHNA members.
Who we are: 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. The current focus for CHNA 18 is developing collaborations among community groups and across communities. We welcome new members to help us achieve that goal.
Needham Health Department
Bruce Cohen – Co-Chair
MA Dept of Public Health
Judy Fallows - Co-Chair
Brookline Dept. of Health
Wellesley Health Dept.
David Naparstek - Chair
Newton Health Dept.
Office of Healthy Communities
MassBay Community College
Wellesley Health Dept.
Jhana Wallace -Coordinator
What we do:
CHNA 18 provides a resource for local agencies and organizations to gather information, share ideas, and network on a regular basis. We also offer grant opportunities when funds are available. The CHNA meets regularly to plan educational and training events, identify funding sources, and identify opportunities for collaboration. Our current mini-grant partners and programs are:
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: Partnership to Address Campus Sexual Violence
Needham and Wellesley Health Departments: Healthy Living Initiative
Newton Partnership to Prevent Child Abuse: Community Partnerships for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
The West Suburban Community Health Network (CHNA 18) Announces:
How can we make our communities healthier ?
A member driven session identifying the needs and assets in our community.
Friday, October 15th, 2010www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org/home/
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington St
9:00-9:30-Registration and breakfast
9:30-11:30 Meeting program
11:30-12:00-Bonus time for networking (optional)
As you may know, CHNA 18 is charged with completing a community needs assessment, partly in order to be responsible stewards of the hospital provided funding we manage, and we can't do it without you, our community. We are gathering lots of data for the assessment and, but at this meeting we hope to have a larger discussion to creatively look at the
quality of life in our communities.
We'd like to examine the larger questions such as:
· What would make your community better?
· What are the major factors that define quality of life in your community,
and how do all of our individual priorities interconnect?
· Whose voice is critical who isn't here?
Ideally, by the end of our session, the CHNA Needs Assessment Team will have enough information to move into the next phase of the process.
You might be thinking "Sure, that sounds like a great idea, but why should I take time out of my day to go to yet another meeting? What's in it for me?"
Well, let us tell you!
· By participating in the needs assessment process, you will be having a
direct role in helping determine how the CHNA will spend funds moving forward .
· You are ensuring that the priorities of your organization/agency are included.
· You are influencing a collaborative, regional approach to public health planning.
And finally, yummy breakfast provided by the Wellesley Bakery, a gift of thanks for everyone who attends, and a chance to win an awesome prize just for showing up!
Please rsvp by replying to this announcement, or sending a separate email to email@example.com
Tentative 2009-2010 events
January or February 2010: CHNA General Membership Meeting AND potential multi-CHNA forum/workshop, more information to come
March 4, 2010: The Teen Brain and Today's Chemical Culture. 7:00 p.m. Brookline High School Auditorium.
May 2010: General Membership Meeting with workshop.
2008-2009 Scheduled Events
October 2nd 2008: "Setting Health Priorities: An open meeting with the Boards of Health in CHNA 18 and representatives from the Commissioners Office of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health". On Thursday October 2nd, CHNA 18 is hosting an open forum among the Directors of the Boards of Health from Waltham, Weston, Westwood, Needham, Dover, Brookline, Newton, Wellesley and Dedham. Geoff Wilkinson, Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in charge of community programs will also attend. Our goal is to have a conversation with anyone living in or representing agencies and organizations in the communities we encompass about local public health issues. Click here to download the flyer containing full details.
Click here to download the full calendar of events in 2008-2009
2007-2008 Scheduled Events
October 19th 2007: “Mitigating Global Climate Change: Community Strategies and Model Public Health Programs”. This Forum will bring together experts in environmental issues, public health, and community consensus building to share best practices and highlight successful local programs.
Date: Friday, October 19, 2007
Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Location: Needham Free Library
Update: The Forum was a success! Nearly 60 attendees learned about large and smaller-scale community efforts to address climate change. Participants shared ideas and met with others interested in working to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of global climate change. Speakers included:
Massachusetts Senator Paul Pacheco (D-Taunton), Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.: Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
Suzanne Condon, Director, Bureau of Environmental Health, MA Department of Public Health
Alan Balsam, PhD., M.P.H.: Director Public Health and Human Services, Brookline
Nancy Nolan, Founding Member, Lexington Global Warming Action Committee
For more information on CHNA 18 please contact:
Jhana Wallace, Coordinator
Tel: (617) 230-4487