Sex Trafficking in Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Free Networking Breakfast at 8:30am
Greenfield Community College
1 College Drive
Dining Commons
Greenfield, MA

The purpose of this event is to:
– Define the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation
– Develop a shared language
– Share knowledge

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Sabella, an International Expert in Human Trafficking from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The event is Free and Open to the Public

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2019 NINR Director’s Lecture – Dr. Patricia W. Stone

On November 19, Dr. Patricia W. Stone will present “Informing Health Policy Through Science to Improve Healthcare for Older Adults,” from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater in the Clinical Center (Bldg. 10) on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This lecture will also be broadcast live and archived at:

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Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Centennial Professor in Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing. She earned a PhD from the University of Rochester and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University. Dr. Stone’s research aims to enhance the quality of care for older adults including preventing healthcare-associated infection and improving infection management and end-of-life care. Her program of research has contributed to policy changes, such as state and federal legislative mandates that hospitals report infections. Dr. Stone’s passion is teaching the next generation of nurse scientists how to lead interdisciplinary research teams that generate knowledge, influence health policy, and improve patient and population health.

The First Response for Veterans: Crisis Intervention and Supporting the Unique Health Care Needs of our Veterans

Statistics show veterans who have returned home from war have a notably
higher risk of suffering from mental health issues than average citizens.

The goal of this symposium is to build the capacity of our region’s emergency personnel, first responders and mental health workforce to better serve our returning veterans and their families. It is course designed for EMS, Emergency Department, First Responders, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, mental health providers, VSOs and veterans.

This event is happening on November 5, 2019 and will be a regional discussion with various speakers to engage conversation around veteran health. It will take place at the Baystate Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040.

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PCORI Research Grants – Improving Healthcare Systems

Letters of Intent, October 1.  The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will make grants to study alternative features of healthcare systems that have the greatest potential for sustained impact and replication.  Priority research areas include patients’ access to care, professional decision-making on the basis of patients’ personal values, and the efficiency of healthcare delivery.  Populations of interest include residents of rural areas, racial and ethnic minority groups, low-income groups, and individuals with low health literacy.  Any public or private research organization is eligible to apply for awards of up to $3 million for a three-year project.

Letters of Intent are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. ET.
Those selected to submit a full application will be notified by Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Full applications will be due Tuesday, January 14, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

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Food is Public Health: Oversight Hearing, September 27

When: September 27, 2019 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301

This oversight hearing will look at the impact of food insecurity and inequitable access to nutritious food on public health. Experts on the food system and its impact on public health will discuss how state, federal, and non-profit programs work together to improve the health of the Commonwealth. Topics will include food as medicine, food deserts and healthy food access, the role of agriculture in public health, and school food programming. The event will be followed by a local farm tour

For more information contact Sam Hopper at (413) 367-4656 or

This event is hosted by: Joint Committee on Public Health, Massachusetts Food Systems Caucus, Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts Farm Bureau, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, The Food Systems Collaborative, CISA, and The Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts.