Edition 297 | June 3, 2021
E-Newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter is designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for 
people living and working in Barnstable County.
AGO Pride Month Free Educational Trainings, June 7-30th

This June, the Attorney General’s Community Engagement Division is honoring Pride Month by offering “Know Your Rights” educational virtual presentations to our LGBTQ+ communities, its friends, and allies. We aim to ensure that communities across the Commonwealth are provided with information and resources to protect themselves from all sort of discrimination, fraud, abuse, or acts of hate.
Landlord & Tenant Rights | Civil Rights/Hate Crimes | Consumer Rights | Workers’ Rights
If you would like to host a private training with us for your clients, staff or community members, please contact our team at: AGOCommunityEngagement@mass.gov
HEALing Communities News Release - CHART Team Mobile Clinic Providing Substance Use Disorder Services 

Please see press release below on behalf of the HEALing Communities Study, a collaborative effort to curb opioid use and deaths on the Upper Cape. This release is about the CHART Team Mobile Clinic, providing substance use disorder services.
Photo: CHART Team members in front of the mobile clinic.   
Legal Notice: Request for Proposals for Title IIIB & Title IIID Federal Grants

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. is soliciting proposals for the Title III B & D funds received from the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, for the delivery of services to elders and caregivers in Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties (with the exception of Gosnold). Grants will be awarded through a competitive proposal review process, to support and extend comprehensive and coordinated services enabling persons age 60 and over and/or their caregivers, to remain living in their homes and communities. Proposals must support or extend (1) access to services, (2) in-home services, and/or (3) legal services. In addition, separate funding is available for Title IIID evidence based programs which promote good health and well-being. Individual grant awards not to exceed $10,000 (except for the legal services grant). 
Multiple Available Positions!

Since 1966, our organization has been growing to meet the needs of people with disabilities and their families throughout Greater Plymouth, Upper Cape Cod, and surrounding communities. 
We have full and part-time positions available, as well as daytime, evening, and overnight positions. Clinical and administrative positions are available as well. If helping people is your passion and purpose, apply today and start making a lasting difference in people’s lives!
Come Grow With Us! - We're Hiring Now!

Presently interviewing for the following positions!

  • Direct Support Professionals– Residential, Orleans
  • Direct Support Professionals – Behavioral Specialist – Orleans
  • Direct Support Professionals – Eastham
  • Developmental Specialist/Case Manager – Eastham
  • $1,000 SIGN ON BONUS!

EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer 
We Are Hiring, Two Positions Open!

Go to https://www.capecodcouncilofchurches.org/ for details. Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts by June 11.

Chef/Program Director for Faith Family Kitchen
Direct and Implement the mission of Faith Family Kitchen, to alleviate hunger by serving without judgement those in need of regular, free nutritious meals. Faith Family Kitchen, which is a program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, operates in partnership with Faith Assembly of God Church, Hyannis, MA.

Program Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families
Direct and implement the mission of Covenant to Care, which exists to create partnerships between local foster care families, Cape and Islands faith communities and the broader Cape and Islands community to support foster families and the children in their care. Covenant to Care for Foster Families (CCFF) is a collaboration between the Cape Cod Council of Churches and the Cape and Islands Department of Children and Families (DCF). 
Join MHSA for our next Webinar - A Place to Live: The Blueprint, June 9, 11-12pm

Join the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) as we embark on our latest endeavor to increase housing inventory by bringing innovative housing models to scale across the Commonwealth for medically complex people experiencing recurrent or long-term homelessness. Learn about the process and planning of embracing micro-units to end homelessness.

This free webinar will feature insights from key decision-makers and experts who inspired the state’s first modular constructed housing for medically complex people experiencing recurrent or long-term homelessness, and how it is becoming a reality. We will discuss the goals of A Place to Live and what we hope to achieve through modular construction and other alternative housing solutions, the perspectives of local leadership and collaboration process across partners to achieve this success, and the road ahead to realize our vision. 
It's Worth a Shot: Community Conversations about Vaccines, June 9, 7-8pm

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cape nonprofit, Team Maureen, are partnering to offer a free event all about vaccines on June 9th from 7-8pm. The Zoom meeting will include stories from local residents about their experiences with vaccine preventable disease, followed by Dr. Richard Moriarty, who will discuss vaccine development, school vaccination requirements, and helpful information about vaccine-preventable diseases like Whooping Cough, HPV, Flu, and COVID-19. Breakout groups by region will follow the presentations, with local doctors, nurses, school nurses and public health workers available to answer questions and talk about local issues and local vaccine availability. All are welcome, but the content will be particularly helpful for parents of school-aged children. Portuguese translation will be available. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Welch (kelly@TeamMaureen.org; 508.566.3610)
CHNA27: Save the Date June 10, 9-10:30am

Topic: Cape and Islands Travel, Tourism and COVID-19

Special guest Senator Julian Cyr
Free Workshop: Learn How to effectively Engage in Town Housing Decisions, June 16, 6-7:30pm via Zoom

Community support is critical to addressing the Cape's housing crisis. The Municipal Engagement Initiative (MEI) is a program of CHAPA designed to support citizen advocates as they work with town officials to implement housing solutions. The workshop will provide an overview of tools and planning strategies for building lasting housing coalitions, many of which are available for free on CHAPA's website.
CHAPA will provide examples of successful housing coalitions and projects, and participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples from their town as well. Housing Assistance will be hosting follow-up meetings for residents interested in building active coalitions.
In a few short years, the MEI initiative has paid off in a number of Massachusetts communities where local groups, including Housing for All in Acton, Housing Medford, Livable Newton, and Amherst Affordable Housing Coalition, were instrumental in passing desperately needed housing ordinances.
Organizing into a coalition makes it easier for residents to engage with towns on housing policy on a consistent basis. It's not always clear to individual residents who in town government they can ask about the status of housing initiatives, which board or committee meeting or public hearing they should be attending, or how to organize people to talk through the complex issues and ideas before items get to an official public hearing or vote. The coalition pulls people and the conversation together.
via Zoom

Topics: Public health policy for coalitions

State laws and policies can sometimes be hard to find and understand, so what are ways we can make this information more accessible to the communities they impact? If you are new to public health or coalition work, this training will help walk you through how to find public policy information in the Massachusetts State House, how policy can be used to support our work, and the ways in which coalitions can empower themselves to engage with their local policymakers in ways that work for their coalition and its members. 
4th Annual Yogis Unit for RecoveryBuild - Harwich Community Center, June 27, 11-12:30pm

Join us for an outdoor yoga class taught by Yogis Unite for RecoveryBuild creators Stephanie Briody & Jill Abraham, and guest teachers Leigh Alberti, Talia Arone, Pat Clancy, Jennifer Plusch, Ayanna Parrent, Jessica Riley-Norton. (COVID guidelines will be followed).
Free Webinar, Adult Depression: Getting on the Path to Wellness as a Family Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 to 8:30pm

In this webinar, Dr. Christine M. Crawford discusses the causes and symptoms of depression in adults, practical ways that caregivers can support a loved one in getting help and accessing treatment, and how caregivers can support their families during episodes of depression. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs.
Educational Opportunities Offered by the Corporate and Professional Education at CCCC
Please be sure to check out their extensive variety of class offerings.
You Don't Need to Travel Far to Receive High-Quality Education/Training That Will Position You for Success in the Technical Trades or a Career in an Allied Health Field

Several programs prepare the student for licensure in various industries. In order to meet the needs of students, we also offer several courses online. Here at UCT you will find over 500 exciting career and enrichment courses ranging from health careers, computers, technical trades, business, legal, culinary, wellness and fun courses!
Thrive! at CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Now Have Monday Events  

The LGBTQ + group Thrive is for folks ages 13-22. We recently switched our weekly events to Mondays at 4pm. Join us virtually or for special in person gatherings with proper COVID-19 protocols. Please feel free to join anytime! For details email kgarcia@WeThrive.us and check out our social media platforms:

Instagram: @cigsya
Twitter: @thriveatcigsya 
Available Food Resources

The Barnstable County Cooperative Extension and Department of Human Services has compiled information on programs and sites in Barnstable County where prepared meals and pre-bagged groceries and supplies are available for pick-up.
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 
Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.
Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources

COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
COVID 19 Survival Kit Series - Sponsored by NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands

In early 2020, when COVID 19 hit hard, NAMI Cape Cod & the Islands developed an 8-part Survival Tool Kit Series, based on the research of Bruce Perry, renowned child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The kit was developed as a guide to review, over the fall and winter months, some essential tools to help us deal with stress of the COVID 19 pandemic. These tools apply to those of all ages--children, adolescents, young adults, adults and elders. Each month highlights a new topic and provides tools to help manage this crisis and identify resources such as web videos, articles, discussions and more we have found helpful. In the month of February we are highlighting part 4 of the series which focuses on “Screen Time”. To access the tool kit click website button below. We want everyone to be safe and healthy during this pandemic. 

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