Nurse's Updates

HEADS Up Race to be Human Event
May 17. 2022.  It's hard to talk about the impact of racism on mental and societal health when the unthinkable has happened.  Again.   The tragic mass shooting of 13 people, 11 of whom were African American, at a Buffalo Supermarket followed by a mass shooting at a Los Angeles Taiwanese Church in one weekend have left many of us overwhelmed.  We...
School Nurse Day 2022
May 11, 2022:  Today is National School Nurse Day.  We know that we could not do what we do without the tremendous support shown to us by all HPS families and staff.  We especially acknowledge all of the nurses during "Nurse Appreciation Week" (we nurses like to claim an entire week for our profession).  Several Nursing Assistants, LPNs, RNs, and Advanced Practice Nurse...
May 16 Narcan Training
May 10, 2022:  Our friends at the Easthampton Health Department, Hampshire Hope, and the Healthy Youth Coaltion are sponsoring a free virtual Community Narcan (naloxone) Training on Monday, May 16.  Considering joining in on this helpful opportunity to learn how to save a life.  More details are available in the attached flyer.  
Race to be Human:  HEADS Up Screening
May 3:  Join our friends at *HEADS Up and ** HEART at a community screening plus panel presentation of Race to be Human at 6:30 pm at Hatfield Elementary School.  A brief panel presentation of local speakers will immediately follow. More information to follow!    *Hatfield Embraces Acceptance & Dismantles Stigma: an all-volunteer organization...
Children's Mental Health Acceptance Week
April 29:  Our friends at HEADS Up invite students in grades 4-12 to create a work of art celebrating a famous person who has shown courage in living with their mental health challenge.  All entries will be featured at upcoming HEADS Up events with prizes to be awarded to one winning entry from each school to be judged by a panel of volunteers from HEADS Up. Entries may be...
Apr. 28.  While local and statewide case rates, including a few cases recently reported to both schools, have continued to incrementally rise, the hospitalization rates have (thankfully!) continued to stay relatively low:  a testament to the value of vaccinations.  All eligible persons are encouraged to schedule their Covid Vaccinations and/or Boosters for waning immunity. ...
Hampshire Collaborative SPIFFY Flyer
April 26, 2022:  SPIFFY (the Strategic Planning Initiative For Families & Youth of Hampshire County) is seeking parent / caregiver opinions related to youth substance use and mental health to inform future prevention work.   Please see the flyer in this post for further info.  
April 15:  The arrival of milder temperatures is inspiring all of us to spend more time in the great outdoors.  Here are some helpful reminders to help us keep ourselves healthy: * Tick-Borne Disease Prevention.  Experts have predicted higher than usual tick activity in our region this Spring.  * If you haven't already done so, this is a good time to...
April 5, 2022.  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the expiration dates on the iHealth  brand rapid antigen Covid test kits has been extended by three months.  Additional information is available through the MA Dept. of Public Health website Home Test Info Page. The free iHealth kits continue to be available through the DESE...
March 23, 2022.   We’ve come a long way since the WHO declared that SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID, had become a global pandemic in March, 2020.  Since then, the ongoing development and accessibility of personal and public health measures have greatly reduced serious illness from viral transmission here in the U.S.  However, we also recognize that many...

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