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The programs and offerings of the Newton-Wellesley Collaborative for Healthy Families and Communities (CHF&C) are supported by strategic councils funded through the generous support of our community. The councils are formed around focus areas with compelling community impact and include:
Each council has approximately 20 members. The representatives include:
Leading each council are community chairs/co-chairs, supported by the Newton-Wellesley CHF&C team. The councils meet quarterly, with specialized subcommittees that meet on an ad-hoc basis.
CHF&C councils aim to increase community awareness of important focus areas. Each council hosts an annual educational lecture, which may feature speakers or a panel discussion.
Additionally, council members identify needs and then operationalize programs to address them. For example, based on the recommendation of the Maternity Services Council, the hospital expanded services to expectant and new mothers by hiring a social worker trained in postpartum depression screening. In another example, the Elder Care Council’s research concentrated on developing new ways to collaborate in support of elder caregivers.
An important objective of the councils is to increase philanthropic support to advance these critical strategies for healthy families and communities.
“I joined NWH’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Council because I believe firmly in a community-based approach to meeting the complex needs of survivors, raising broader awareness of this scourge and helping to secure resources for NWH’s critical work in this area. I find that the council’s diverse group of health professionals, survivors, and community members allows for a comprehensive, trauma-informed approach to addressing domestic and sexual violence in all its forms.” - Sarah Perry, Chair, Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and community member
“Given conflicting information on the web and social media, there is a need for a better understanding of how our food choices and lifestyle affect our physical, mental and emotional health. As a Maternity Services Council member, I want to help women make more connections between what they are eating, how they are sleeping, moving and managing their stress with how they are feeling. The council informs women and gives them the tools to not only create a better pregnancy but also help prevent chronic health conditions in the future.” - Anne Lemons, PT, FNLP, Maternity Services Council member and community member
“Every community in Massachusetts has been impacted by substance use disorder in some way. Through my role on the Substance Use Council, I hope to help position NWH as a resource for people in our area who may be struggling with this disease. Engaging other philanthropists in this mission is vital so that we can raise awareness and expand services to combat substance use, helping patients on their path to recovery.”- Alicia Abad, Substance Use Council member and community member
Co-chairs: Ernie Glickman and Don Perrin
The Cardiovascular Council is a group of community and health care leaders who are united through their passion to create a heart healthy community. Cardiovascular disease is widespread in the communities that Newton-Wellesley serves. Its damaging effects can often be managed, reduced or, even, eliminated through appropriate treatments, procedures or lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. Council members evaluate the impact of existing community resources. Additionally, they discuss the potential of supplementary supports that could be interwoven to optimize hospital and municipal programs. The council works to advance initiatives and education by emphasizing:
Chair: Sarah Perry
The Domestic and Sexual Violence Council is a group of survivors, advocates, community members, and healthcare providers, all lending their skills to ensure robust healthcare and community-based responses to violence and abuse. The council is currently focused on enhancing access for survivors who face linguistic and cultural barriers. As a result of the council’s work, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is now funding expanded services to immigrant, Latinx, and Spanish-speaking survivors of partner abuse through REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. In addition, the council is drafting both written and web-based materials in multiple languages. Further efforts include:
Co-chairs: Thomas Cunningham, MD and Ellen Leiter, RN
The Elder Care Council is a group of compassionate community members united in their concern to address the health and wellness needs of our elders. These devoted volunteers look for ways in which the community can collaborate to optimize care. The care needs of our elders are unique and require tailored strategies. The council explores solutions and evaluates options through the lens of elders themselves, health care providers, home caregivers, municipal professionals and others. The council respects the goals of our community elders and values services and programs designed to increase independence, safety and happiness throughout life. They examine many elements of physical and emotional well-being. Recently, the council has had a focus on health and wellness programs, many in collaboration with area senior centers, including:
Co-chairs: Erin Kelly and Anne Steer
The Maternity Services Council is a group of volunteer leaders, drawn from the community and hospital staff, who share a special interest in improving Maternity Services during pregnancy and after delivery with a special mission to increase awareness and improve treatment of pregnancy-related depression. The council evaluates strategies on how best to meet the needs of women and families, engaging related community and hospital services to enhance care. All council members recognize the need to provide leadership, guidance, build awareness and offer philanthropic support to help strengthen services for new mothers and families. Members also investigate approaches to screening for depression. Importantly, the council helped establish:
Co-chairs: Ann Ingram and Steve Sullivan
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Palliative Care Council is a group of individuals who have an interest in palliative care and a willingness to help support and build awareness for the NWH Palliative Care Division. Individuals who sit on the Palliative Care Council offer a range of experience, making them well suited to provide hospital leadership with feedback on its vision. Council members provide strategic leadership, counsel, expertise and philanthropic support with the goal of increasing access to palliative care at NWH for patients and their families. The council is particularly focused on:
Co-chairs: Anne Hall and Brenda Haynes, MD
The Resilience Council is a group of volunteer leaders who have a specific interest in improving the impact of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) within the community. All members demonstrate a willingness to help build awareness and provide philanthropic support to help strengthen, expand and increase access to mental health care at NWH for children and their families. The members of the Resilience Council champion CAPS as a high-priority area of NWH and enhance the work of the Resilience Project, which is dedicated to helping local schools manage the mental health and wellness of their students. Additional current topics of interest include:
Co-chairs: Alicia Abad and Carol McMullen
The Substance Use Council is a group of highly committed individuals willing to offer their expertise and support to arrest the spread of what has become a serious threat to community health and wellness. In recent years, concerns about substance use have escalated nationally and regionally. Its effects can be insidious, with long-term damage to individuals, families and communities. Council members represent both clinical and societal perspectives. As a group, they discuss ways in which to provide critical services at the time of greatest impact, embedding treatment and preventive care throughout our community. Some approaches the council is currently evaluating include:
Chair: Beth Downie
The Workforce Development Council comprises hospital and community leaders and individuals who are devoted to improving career opportunities, especially for area youth. By developing our regional workforce, we not only expand potential career options for both youth and adults, we also enhance family financial security and, importantly, provide a ready pool of talent for local businesses. A strong local economy can positively and more broadly impact health and wellness. Some of the council’s key initiatives include:
To learn more about our Councils or for membership inquiries, please contact Michael Jellinek, MD, Medical Director at email@example.com
The CHF&C is a Newton-Wellesley Hospital philanthropy driven initiative that is committed to weaving the hospital into the social fabric of the communities it services. Donations in support of the collaborative and the work of specific councils can be made by visiting our donation page.
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