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"Holyoke, Mass. (July 19, 2022) -- Point32Health has awarded Holyoke Health Center a Quality Grant for $89,900 to carry out a quality improvement project to ensure that all patients at the health center receive assistance with social and environmental factors that can negatively impact their health outcomes.

 “Food insecurity, unsafe housing, lack of transportation, and poverty can dramatically affect a patient’s ability to maintain their health,” said Jay Breines, Chief Executive Officer at Holyoke Health Center. “As a community-based health center, our medical teams focus not just on symptoms, but on underlying lifestyle issues that can cause poor health.  This Quality Grant from Point32Health will improve our ability to identify and assist patients who need support around these factors.”

The Quality Grant Program was established more than 21 years ago at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and this tradition continues in 2022 under the Point32Health banner following the combination of heritage Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan networks last year. Since its inception, the Quality Grant program has funded more than 300 grants totaling more than $22 million of support to improve care delivery and reduce health care costs.

Holyoke Health Center, established in 1971, is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing affordable, community-based primary care, dental, pharmaceutical, vision, behavioral health, and other supportive health services to a primarily Latino, low-income community.

Point32Health is a leading health and wellbeing organization, delivering an ever-better health care experience to everyone in its communities. Building on the quality and nonprofit heritage of its founding organizations, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Point32Health aims at helping  people find healthier living through a broad range of tools that make navigating health and wellbeing easier."

 

Holyoke Health Center will be closed 6/20 for the Holiday. 

Holyoke Health Center & all locations will be closing at 1PM on Wednesday, June 8th for their Employee Appreciation event. 

The Holyoke and Chicopee Pharmacy will remain open regular business hours. 

 

A Day in the Life – Compliance & Risk Management, Security Team

By Carrie Matusko, RN – Director of Compliance/Risk Management

 

After our basic needs are met (food, water, shelter, clothing, sleep) what is the next thing that we, as humans, crave?  If you said Safety and Security you would be in agreement with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  According to Maslow, human actions are motivated by physiological needs.  In short, this means when our basic needs are met we are more productive.  In turn, the safer we feel the more comfortable we are in performing our daily routines and activities.

The mission of the Security Team is to help ensure all patients and visitors feel safe when they are at the health center.  Their training in non-violent de-escalation techniques help provide the best and safest outcome possible in a variety of situations including when a patient, visitor or staff member may not be at their best and are either acting out or just need help with a difficult situation they are experiencing.  Whether assisting to de-escalate a tense situation or helping people to get the assistance they need, the team works non-stop on safety items.

 

 

 

Holyoke, MA - The Beveridge Family Foundation recently awarded a $40,000 grant to Holyoke Health Center to go toward information technology improvements to improve its comprehensive community health care services.

"Keeping up with rapidly changing technology is challenging for community-based organizations," said Jay Breines, Chief Executive Officer at Holyoke Health Center. "We are honored to be a recipient of this generous grant and appreciate the Beveridge Family Foundation funding that allows us to remain competitive and continue to serve the needs of the community," he said.

Holyoke Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing affordable, community-based medical, dental and pharmacy services to a diverse, low-income community.

The Beveridge Family Foundation is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life through grant making incentives in support of programs in youth development, health, education, religion, art and environment, primarily in Hampden and Hampshire counties, Massachusetts.

More information on The Beveridge Family Foundation.

Holyoke, MA: Holyoke Health Center, located at 230 Maple Street in Holyoke, is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of their Dental Clinic satellite site at the Western Massachusetts Hospital. The Holyoke Health Center Dental Clinic at Western Massachusetts Hospital, is located at 91 E Mountain Road, in Westfield, MA. On Thursday, April 28th at 10:00am, the Holyoke Health Center hosted a grand re-opening event to showcase the newly renovated Dental Clinic and welcome back new and existing patients to our dental practice.

The Holyoke Health Center has worked in partnership with the Western Massachusetts Hospital with a dental clinic at this location for over ten years. On the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental clinic temporarily closed its door due to COVID-19 regulations and staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. During the closure of the Western Massachusetts Hospital satellite site, the Dental Clinic was renovated to include an addition dental operatory for a total of 4 operatories at this location. The renovations also included an X-ray room and additional staff offices. Grant funding was used to expand the Dental Clinic to allow for more patients and community members to be treated at this location as well as new state of the art equipment.

Dr. Deviprasad Makonahally, Dentist at the HHC Dental Clinic at Western Massachusetts Hospital, says, “I am excited to welcome patients back to our Dental Clinic, we have more operatories to serve more patients and we look forward to bringing in new community members who are in need of a dental home.”

Thank you to all that were able to attend the ribbon-cutting. It was an honor to see Westfield Mayor, Mike McCab, Senator John Velis, Chamber of Commerce's Eric Ouellette, City Council members William Onyski and Bridget Matthews-Kane, Anthony Distefano from Western Mass Hospital, and Brian Sutton from Baystate Noble Hospital.

Holyoke Health Center's Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

‼️ APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 16 ‼️ 

The program is intended for new family nurse practitioners who want to develop careers as primary care providers in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.
 
To learn more about the 12-Month Residency program or to apply, visit http://www.hhcinc.org/en/main-nav/medical/nurse-practitioner-residency-program or contact npresidency@hhcinc.org.

Holyoke, MA (April 15, 2022). Holyoke Health Center has received a grant award for $5,000 for Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0: Removing Barriers to Food Insecurity in Holyoke from the Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The funding will support the health center’s bilingual coach and resources at the Holyoke Farmer’s Market to engage low-income Hispanic residents and families in nutrition-related activities. The coach will serve as a bridge to both help residents understand and navigate the Farmers' Market and educate market-goers on nutrition, cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, and incorporating physical activity for a healthier lifestyle.

“The Holyoke Farmer’s Market will open for the summer season in just a few weeks,” said Dr. Vinny Biggs, Physician at Holyoke Health Center and director of Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0. “Holyoke is a “food desert” and there are very few opportunities for residents to purchase fresh produce. This generous grant from the Charles H. Hall Foundation positions LMHC 5-2-1-0 to help alleviate food insecurity with nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, and subsidized access to nutritious food.”

The Holyoke Farmer’s Market is a collaboration between the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and the Holyoke Food and Equity Collective to increase food access and spread awareness of food insecurity in Holyoke, MA. The market will be held every Saturday from 11am-3pm from May 22 - October 16 and is located on Race Street, between Dwight St. and Appleton St.

 

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Serving Holyoke, Chicopee, and Westfield MA, Holyoke Health Center has been providing community-based, low cost medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services in both English and Spanish for over 50 years. Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0 is a coalition of government and community-based organizations working throughout the county to tackle childhood obesity and advocate for healthy lifestyle choices. The partners include: Mass in Motion, the City of Holyoke, Nuestras Raices, Nueva Esperanza, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Holyoke Public Schools, Holyoke Medical Center, WIC, Valley Opportunity Council, Enlace de Familias, Project Bread, Springfield Food Policy, UMass Amherst, UMass Extension, Greater Holyoke YMCA, Sodexo, CISA, One Holyoke, and the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

Think about a time when you or a family member were lost or confused on how to do something that affected your daily living. Whether it was learning how to connect with a health care provider, helping take care of a sick family member, or accessing resources to help meet your most basic needs. How did you overcome this challenge? Did someone help you along the way?

In the communities we serve, many families face struggles such as these every day. They may be unaware of how to access and navigate the different resources available to them, while trying to overcome a variety of medical complexities and social barriers.

Here at the Holyoke Health Center, the Community Health Workers (CHWs) are front-line public health outreach workers who have a strong connection to the communities they serve, with an in-depth understanding of the patients’ experiences, culture, language, and needs.

We asked our CHW's to share what it's like to work with our patients in care management:

Yarlene Sanchez

My name is Yarlene Sanchez and I am a Community Health Worker at the Holyoke Health Center. Listening attentively, understanding what the needs are, working effectively to connect patients to resources and ensuring help is on the way, when most in need, is the start of building healthy relationships with the community.

My role consists of connecting our patients to financial assistance resources, transportation services, aiding their food/ housing insecurities, to employment /apartment search, and advocating for their needs. As a bilingual CHW, my role also includes translating for the Spanish speaking community. These are a few of the many other duties a CHW takes up on.

I enjoy knowing and hearing from our patients that because of the support they’ve received through our services, they can now focus on their medical needs to improve their health. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing you played part in their progress.”

Stay tuned for part two of A Day in the Life: Community Health Workers.

Holyoke Health Center has received a grant award for $22,034 through MassDevelopment's Community Health Center Grant Program. The funding will be used for a proposed new parking lot adjacent to the health center buildings to continue to offer free parking for our patients.

"We have had plans on the table for a new parking lot, as we consider it essential to offer free and safe parking to patients in a city that doesn't have many free parking options," said Marlo Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Holyoke Health Center. "we are pleased to have our proposal chosen for MassDevelopment funding, and are eager to start the project," she said.

The health center plans to repair safety hazards on the existing lot, repave the lot, enclose it with fencing, and install parking gates.

MassDevelopment is the state's development finance agency and land bank focused on stimulating economic growth in the region.