Newsline Volume 32, Number 4

MassCARE Update

red heart with a stethoscope behind itThe MassCARE program successfully completed a great workshop series on "Matters of the Heart." It was a two part series. The first part was held in Framingham, and the second in Lawrence. The Women of Healing Our Community Collaborative's (HOCC) Women's Health Educational Leadership (WHEL) team assisted with facilitating these workshops. They educated women from around the region on cardiac wellness, stroke and high blood pressure prevention, and healthy and unhealthy relationships. MassCARE will be conducting another workshop in May on self-expression and self-wellness.

The MassCARE program is also pleased to announce the hiring of Peers for several sites around the state. At the Family Health Center Worcester, 2 part-time Peers have been hired. Ms. Maria Velentin will act as the youth Peer while Ms. Doreen Maldonado will act as the Peer for adult women. At the Greater Lawrence Health Center, Ms. Rose Mary Bruno will work with the youth, and Ms. Sharon Rivera with the women. At the Lowell Community Health Center Ms. Lisette Nuamah was hired for the youth, and Ms. Aixa Almonte for the women. Lastly, Ms. Minerva Stanton will act as the Peer for women at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. MassCARE is currently in the hiring process for youth Peers in Brockton and in Springfield, and for an adult Peer in Springfield (at the Caring Health Center).

A two-day training was held for all Peers on February 23rd and 24th. Additionally the Peers recently attended MassCARE's first quarterly Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting with the Department of Public Health (DPH). MassCARE is very excited about the Peers being a part of the program. They will be assisting patients from their health centers, as well as aiding MassCARE in planning and conducting the year's upcoming workshops and events.