More than 50 representatives of statewide CHNAs (Community Health Network Areas), members of hospital community benefits committees, and a variety of agency staff from across the Commonwealth, gathered for the Fourth Inter-CHNA Gathering at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, MA, on June 30, 2015.
The event provided the opportunity to honor Cathy O’Connor on her last day before retiring from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she had guided the development of CHNAs over the past 23 years. Keynote Speaker Zach Dyer, Chief of Community Health for the Worcester Division of Public Health, described the cross-sector work that he has been doing to bring together over 100 organizations to create a County Health Improvement Plan.
He was followed by a panel discussing their cross-sector work, including Barry Keppard of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Colleen Leger of the Arlington Youth Counseling Center, Marcia Picard of Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, and David Aronstein of the Boston Alliance for Community Health.
For further information about the statewide Inter-CHNA organization, contact David Aronstein at 617-279-2240 ,or Wendy Garf-Lipp at 508-324-7900, Ext. 103.