Happy Spring! Here’s the May Foothills Community Food calendar, which lists hours for local food pantries as well as community meals. If you work at a food pantry or a meal site and are interested in supporting local food insecurity efforts by connecting with others leading similar work, please email Holly Stuhr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for reliable information about the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out this presentation by two medical professionals who have been at the center of Stephens Memorial Hospital’s community vaccination clinic. Stephen Charles, Director of Pharmacy at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and Bonnie Roth, Senior Director of Practice Operations at Western Maine Health, delivered the presentation in mid-March. While there are new developments around the virus and the vaccine all of the time, the information is still valid.
According to recent data, Oxford County lags behind Maine’s counties in terms of people who have received their first vaccination and their final dose. Our adults over 70 (for whom the virus poses a serious threat) are far less vaccinated than those elsewhere in the state. We hope that this information from local medical experts helps to build confidence in vaccination as a safe and effective tool for protecting the health of our community members and helping us to move towards life beyond the pandemic.
This presentation was originally given at a Zoom gathering hosted by SeniorsPlus, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, and the Oxford County Wellness Collaborative. The three agencies partnered to host a series of calls for older adults to connect around important topics.
Our January Coalition meeting actually got postponed a week and was pushed into early February, but the topic remained the same: local substance use assessment. HOH staff member Brendan Schauffler shared data about local substance use trends and led a conversation to identify what concerns attendees had about substance use in our communities. This conversation was one of several that HOH conducted as part of regular assessment work, in order to inform the way our prevention work is delivered.
Presentation slides can be found here: Assessment presentation 1-26-21