Winter Coat Drive in Plymouth

Have your kids grown out of their winter coats? Finally ready to let go of that jacket you never wear? Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth is collecting gently used coats, gloves, hats, and scarves for the upcoming winter season! We are accepting items of all sizes. Donated items will go to families in need from the Plymouth County area. Donations can be dropped off at Harbor Community Health Center- Plymouth (10 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 115, Plymouth, MA).

Plymouth Coat Drive at Harbor Health

Fresh Truck at Harbor on Thursdays

The Fresh Truck, a mobile food market selling affordable fruits and vegetables, now visits Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center on Thursdays. The weekly market is open to the community and the Fresh Truck accepts cash, credit, and EBT!

The Fresh Truck stops at Geiger Gibson Community Health Center from 11:00AM-12:00PM setting up shop at Neponset Health Center from 12:30PM-2:00PM. Check out pictures from the Fresh Truck and program flyer below:

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect women in the United States. Early detection is vital and provides the greatest possibility for successful treatment. When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100% (National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2017). A good early detection plan is one that incorporates monthly breast self- exams, routine clinical breast exams, and following guidelines and healthcare providers’ recommendations around mammograms. Additionally, although there is no known prevention method for breast cancer, there are several lifestyle factors, that are directly linked with optimum breast health. This includes the consumption of a balanced diet, routine exercise, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco products and maintaining a healthy weight.

Prevention methods, treatment, and outcomes have all improved as a result of the support and advocacy of those individuals, organizations, and public officials both locally, and on a national level. To continue to fight against breast cancer, the support cannot dissipate. It is because of the continued awareness and support gained,  that has made this a priority issue and one that has raised funds to reduce the risk of cancer, provided the infrastructure for programming, and created opportunities for groundbreaking research to evolve. There are various ways to get involved, and your participation is vital. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s continue to actively fight against breast cancer. To learn more about how to get involved, please check out the following resources:  

https://www.bcrfcure.org/
http://ww5.komen.org/
http://www.abcf.org/

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute Mammography Van will  be at Neponset Health Center on October 20, 2017. Current patients can book an appointment on the van by calling 617-282-3200.

Marissa Goldman-Halpin, MSW
Women’s Health Manager, Neponset Health Center

Harbor Community Health Center Hyannis Celebrates Annual Healthy Harvest

As summer fades to fall, Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis prepares to host its annual Healthy Harvest celebration at their Attucks Lane location on September 24th. This free event has  gotten bigger each year and next Saturday’s event is no different. With a bounce house, games, dancing, and the very popular Bubble Station returning, kids of all ages will have a blast. Free health screenings will be available for children and adults. This year’s Harvest Partner is Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan. The event is also sponsored by Caregiver Homes, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Hope Health, Neighborhood Health Plan, and the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

RSVP for FREE: http://healthyharvest16.eventbrite.com

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The Thrill, the Agony and all that

2016_1Whether one loves or hates the Olympics, or tries to simply ignore the whole thing (good luck with that), what stands out is how much that whole fabulous enterprise is about story.  The day-to-day professional sports that are part of modern living (just try to ignore them!) come with their share of story, but most of that story involves winning and losing and how much money is made and what factors will affect future winning and/or losing.  With the Olympics it is still foremost about winning (hey, this is sports!) but we also get a whole lot more backstory, which usually tends to feature a triumph-over-adversity theme, adversity arriving in any number of ways, be it poverty or ugly politics or tragic family circumstances, or straying from the good and true and finding one’s way back again, Michael Phelps and his DUI being an extremely-reported example. 

Whatever facilitates the triumph tends to be the part of the story woven with mostly common threads:  hard work, talent, luck (never mentioned but ever present nonetheless), and the timely support of others:  families, mentors, teachers, somebody providing money.  It can get pretty inspiring, which is the whole point.  At the Olympics, there is undeniably much inspiration to be found in every story of every athlete who simply qualifies for the games, and it is unfortunate we tend to only hear about those finishing in the medals, and only the American winners, at that.  It is likely many of the untold stories might be the better ones, in terms of inspiration.  Those working in Behavioral Health listen to stories all day long;  it’s a big part of the job.  Many of the stories we hear are easily as inspiring, some represent equal or even greater triumphs over adversity than those that come out of the Olympics.  You won’t hear those stories on NBC anytime soon;  the authors of those stories probably wouldn’t want that anyway.  But it would be a more inspiring world if there were more of a democracy of stories, if more of us were aware that there are far more heroes in our midst than just the talented ones we see on TV.

John Dabrowski LICSW
Neponset Health Center
Geiger Gibson Community Health Center