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News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

During the month of February, Holyoke Health Center joined the national campaign to raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence. According to loveisrespect.org, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent abusive dating behaviors. The 2019 Teen Dating Violence Awareness National Campaign theme is "Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships".

The goal of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Campaign is to empower young people to build healthy relationships from the ground up. Throughout February, our Family Planning Project Coordinator; Glorimar Irizarry, tabled in our lobby areas to provide patients and community members with informational resources about teen dating violence and materials and tips on how to build and maintain healthy relationships. A mural was created by our patients who signed their hands in support of healthy relationships. Our employees were encouraged to wear the color orange, which symbolizes the value of human life, and asked to spread awareness about teen dating violence and supporting healthy relationships.

The Holyoke Health Center Huddles Up for Healthy Relationships!

For more information about National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, visit loveisrespect.org

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be closing at 2:30pm today, February 12th due to inclement weather.

Holyoke Health Center is pleased to announce the launch of a Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program. This residency training program will provide intensive training in both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and training in the Patient Centered Medical Home model for primary care. Holyoke Health Center has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. of Middletown, CT to develop this program. The Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) launched the nation's first formal postgraduate nurse practitioner residency training program in 2007 to support the transition from new NP to primary care provider.

"We are thrilled to partner with CHCI to launch this Nurse Practitioner Residency Program," said Alejandro Esparza Perez, MD, Holyoke Health Center's Chief Medical Officer. "This program equips new family nurse practitioners with the skills they need to care for underserved populations and assume future leadership roles in community health care."

The primary goals of this program include:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations
  • Provide new Family Nurse Practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country's Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Improve the skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners, specifically in an urban setting
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health centers

"The residency program is specifically intended for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as primary care providers in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings, specifically working with urban communities and migrant populations," said Jeanne Allen, FNP at the Holyoke Health Center. "The program includes precepted primary care sessions and quality improvement training."

Three residency slots are available for the inaugural 2019-2020 Nurse Practitioner Residency Class. The application deadline is May 31, 2019, and the residency orientation begins in August 2019. Bilingual English/Spanish candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

 

For more information about our FNP Residency Program, click here.

 

The Holyoke Health Center will close at 3PM on Friday, January 18th and will be closed on Monday, January 21st for the holiday.

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on the following days for the holidays:

Monday, December 24th

Tuesday, December 25th

Monday, December 31st

Tuesday, January 1st

 

Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.

 

Do You Feel That You or Someone You Know Has A Problem With Alcohol?

 

Holyoke Health Center now offers a team approach for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (Alcoholism, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Dependence). The programs goal is to help those who drink alcohol in an unsafe or unhealthy manner to either drink less or to stop drinking completely. Medical studies have shown that a team approach to alcohol treatment is more effective than medication alone. We've put together a team who will provide the support and guidance you need.

You must be a patient of the Holyoke or Chicopee Health Center to participate.

OUR TEAM:
  • Physician - Dr. Barry Feingold
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Therapists
  • Referral to a Psychiatrist (if needed)
  • Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
 

To make an appointment, please call (413) 420 - 2200 and ask for an Alcohol Treatment Appointment.

Or stop in Same Day Care, or the Chicopee Health Center Front Desk.


Holyoke Health Center will host a week-long event November 26th - 30th in honor of World AIDS Day. The event is part of a worldwide campaign celebrated annually on December 1st to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Throughout the week of November 26th, the Holyoke Health Center's Community Health Programs Department will host an information table in the 1st floor lobby, daily from 10AM - 4PM. The Community Health Program staff who specialize in HIV/AIDS, will provide resources to patients and community members on STI Testing and counseling, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence, and HIV Care Management. Condoms, lubricants, and giveaways will also be provided at the table.

Holyoke and Chicopee Health Center staff will be wearing red ribbons throughout the week to show support for people living with HIV. The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV.

On Friday, November 30th, the Community Health Programs Dept. will hold a private observance to remember the HIV-positive patients we've lost over the years.

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2015, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those people, about 15%, or 1 in 7, did not know they were infected.1 While we have seen many advances in treatment, there remains a great deal of work to do to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the Holyoke Health Center, we are actively working on strategies to stop the spread of HIV and support those living with HIV to lead full and healthy lives. Our strategies focus on helping patients know their HIV status, getting them into treatment early, offering PrEP, treating substance use disorder as needed, and education about harm reduction.

 

To learn more about World AIDS Day, please visit www.worldaidsday.org

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html

Holyoke Health Center will be CLOSED on
Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the holiday.

 
Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 26th.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 - The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) held a public forum hosted by the Holyoke Health Center at The Cubit on 164 Race St. in Holyoke. 

Sarang Sekhavat, the Federal Policy Director of MIRA, facilitated a community discussion about the impacts and potential responses to the proposed changes to the federal immigration ruling called "Public Charge."

Representatives from community agencies, surrounding hospitals, local public schools, advocacy groups, and community health centers attended the meeting to discuss the proposed changes.

For more information about the challenges present by the Public Charge policy, visit miracoalition.org