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Flu Vaccine is Your Best Shot to Protect Against Flu

Now is the Time to Roll up Your Sleeve!

Flu Vaccine is Your Best Shot to Protect Against Flu

Fall brings cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and football games. It also means another flu season is upon us. Last yearís was rough. The CDC classified 2017-2018 a high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness, high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the United States for an extended period. While itís not possible to predict how severe the upcoming season will be, we know that the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is a flu vaccine.

Read more about the flu and why you should get vaccinated.
Content Source: CDC & National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases

Manet Patients: Make an appointment to get a flu shot today. Call 617-376-3000 or use the Patient Portal.

Cardiology Services Coming to Manet

Dr. Katy Bockstall

Manet is happy to announce that Dr. Katy Bockstall will begin seeing adult cardiology patients at our North Quincy site this month.

Dr. Bockstall is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jessica Chao

Dr. Bockstall's arrival is just the latest development resulting from Manet's clinical partnership with Boston Medical Center. Earlier this year, Dr. Jessica Chao, a pediatric neurologist, joined Manet, seeing patients age 2-22 for diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurologic syndromes, including headache, seizures, concussions, ADHD, as well as evaluation for developmental delay and autism and IMPACT testing for concussions.

Manet is also collaborating with the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center to offer comprehensive, integrated care for young adults affected by substance use. This program adds to Manet's Medication Assisted Treatment program for substance use disorders offered at all sites. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 857-403-0815.

We’ve added extra hours at our North Quincy site for your convenience!

We’re now open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday!

The site is open 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. All Manet sites offer evening hours and our North Quincy, Hull and Taunton sites are open Saturdays. Click here for all Manet locations and hours.

We’ve added extra hours at our North Quincy site for your convenience!

We’re now open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday!

Our Family is Growing!

Dr. Joshua Okallo, Family Medicine, has returned to his duties as lead provider at Manet's Snug Harbor site after the birth of his second child. Committed to caring for families in Germantown, he is accepting new patients of all ages.

Proud papa!

Dr. Joshua Okallo, Family Medicine, has returned to his duties as lead provider at Manet's Snug Harbor site after the birth of his second child. Committed to caring for families in Germantown, he is accepting new patients of all ages.

See you soon! 

Charlette Hines, FNP-BC, is returning to Manet this month after the birth of her third child. Team Taunton looks forward to welcoming her back!

See you soon!

Charlette Hines, FNP-BC, is returning to Manet this month after the birth of her third child. Team Taunton looks forward to welcoming her back!

Teamwork in action!

Tanya Peaslee, PA-C, is on leave as she awaits her new arrival, but her family medicine patients in Hull are in the capable hands of Carol McGurl, FNP-C and Dr. Charles Bell. McGurl and Bell will be taking care of pediatric patients at Manet's Hull site for the next few months.

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Manet Community Health Center Awarded $355K to Expand Substance Use and Behavioral

Manet Community Health Center (Manet) today announced that it is the recipient of a $355,750 Fiscal Year 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  

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Upcoming Events

Fresh Truck Mobile Market

Fresh Truck Mobile Market

Fresh Truck is a non-profit mobile market carrying affordable fresh fruits and vegetables!

First 1OO people get $1O of FREE food. We accept cash, credit, and EBT.

Friday, October 26, 2018
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Manet Community Health Center
110 West Squantum Street, North Quincy


Walgreens Flu Clinics

Walgreens Flu Clinics

Walgreens Pharmacy is partnering with Manet to provide flu shots at two locations in Germantown. Everyone is welcome. A Manet navigator will also be on site to assist anyone with health insurance questions or connection to primary care.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Quincy Housing Authority
26 Figurehead Lane, Quincy

Friday, October 19, 2018
8:00-10:00 a.m.
Germantown Neighborhood Center
366 Palmer Street, Quincy


Fair Foods at Manet

Fair Foods at Manet NQ

Every other Wednesday. Upcoming dates:

October 17, 31 & November 14
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Manet Community Health Center
110 West Squantum Street, North Quincy

Fair Foods comes to Manet every other week with an assortment of fruits, vegetables and other produce. A full bag is $2. Some $1 items available.

In the Community

Manet's Elizete Shepherd, community health worker/ Portuguese interpreter, with friends at the Brazilian Day Festival in Weymouth.

Manet's Elizete Shepherd, community health worker/ Portuguese interpreter, with friends at the Brazilian Day Festival in Weymouth.

Prevention specialist Jaimie Sprague manned Manet's booth for the Endless Summer Waterfront Festival at Nantasket Beach in Hull.

Prevention specialist Jaimie Sprague manned Manet's booth for the Endless Summer Waterfront Festival at Nantasket Beach in Hull.

Manet reps were on hand for the opening of the beautiful new Hancock Adams Common. Congratulations to the City of Quincy!

Manet reps were on hand for the opening of the beautiful new Hancock Adams Common. Congratulations to the City of Quincy!

Are you registered?

Register to vote!

Why register to vote?

Voting is important to promote access to quality health care, strong schools, safe and healthy neighborhoods and employment opportunities. All elections have an impact on all of us.

Dates to remember:

October 17, 2018 - last date to register for general elections

November 6, 2018 - general elections

Find out all you need to know about voting here.

Ream Akkeh, FNP-C Joins Manet, North Quincy

Ream Akkeh joins Manet, North Quincy

Manet is pleased to welcome Ream Akkeh, FNP-C to our family medicine team in North Quincy.

A family nurse practitioner, Ream earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.

She also has extensive experience as a registered nurse working on the coronary intensive care unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT and in the cardiovascular telemetry unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, as well as volunteer posts in Togo, West Africa.

In addition to her considerable clinical skills, Ream has an arsenal of language capabilities to assist her in caring for Manet's multicultural patient population. She is fluent in Arabic, French and Italian.

To make an appointment with Ream, call 617-376-3000.

Posted August 24, 2018

Manet Receives Quality Awards

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,352 community health centers across the U.S. These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. Health centers must use these funds to build upon their achievements to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the value of health care delivery in the communities they serve. Of the 39 Massachusetts health centers to receive Quality Awards, Manet ranked 8th and received awards in the following categories:

  • Enhancing Access to Care Award, which recognizes health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2016 and 2017.
  • Addressing Health Disparities Award, which recognizes health centers that met, exceeded, or made at least a 10% improvement toward Healthy People 2020 goals across different racial/ethnic groups.
  • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Award, which recognizes health centers that utilized HIT systems to increase access to care and advance quality of care.

"Continuous improvement is just that continuous," says Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra. "We are always seeking to be and to do better for the health center and our patients. This award comes from the persistence and thoughtfulness of each staff member, across sites and across departments with the able guidance and leadership of our Performance Improvement Team led by Rob Shiner, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Misbah Mohammed, Quality Manager." 

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Posted August 24, 2018

Start the School Year Off Right!

Start the School Year Off Right!

New backpack and lunchbox, check. Pens, paper and notebooks, check. As the summer winds down, you may be ticking off items on your back-to-school checklist, but before the school buses start rolling, make sure to check these important health-related items off your list, too!

Back-to-school check-up and sports physical

In addition to any general health concerns, a thorough physical exam will also address any emotional, developmental, or social concerns. It is also a good chance to address important questions, especially with teenagers, including adolescent issues of drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression. Sports physicals include screening for injuries, underlying heart and breathing problems, as well as other health issues that can be dangerous to your student athlete. They may be done at the same time—just be sure to bring your school form along.

Immunizations and vaccinations

Getting children and teens ready to go back to school is the perfect time to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations. Vaccination protects students from diseases and keeps them healthy. Starting in kindergarten and through 12th grade, students in Massachusetts must stay up to date on vaccines for DTaP/Tdap, polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella. Ask your provider for an up-to-date immunization list and keep it in a safe place to bring to each appointment.

Eye Exam

Many children struggle needlessly with vision problems simply because they don’t know they have one. For a child in school, vision correction can make all the difference in their academic performance as well as their ability to play sports and interact with others. A comprehensive eye exam from an eye care professional will ensure that children are seeing and feeling their best.

Ease back into a normal sleep schedule

Summertime is a fun and carefree time for kids, and although they might argue, it's important that they get plenty of sleep. Keep them active during the day and start bedtime 5-10 minutes earlier each night to make the transition easier come September.

Calm first-day jitters

For lots of kids, especially those entering kindergarten or a new school for the first time, the first day can seem scary. Parents and caregivers can help ease these worries by openly discussing what they can expect on day one, helping to pack their backpack in advance, and reading stories about going back to school. Reassure them that being nervous is normal, and they will forget about it in no time!

To make an appointment for a back-to-school physical or eye exam, call 617-376-3000.

Posted August 24, 2018

Hear why our patients love Manet!

Creating Healthier South Shore Communities

Joint Commission's Seal of Approval Manet Community Health Center
Manet has earned
The Joint Commission's
Gold Seal of Approval™

Manet Community Health Center serves the broad preventive and primary care needs of the residents of the South Shore region through pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine. Founded in 1979, Manet has five practice sites and a diverse staff who are committed to ensuring that our patients enjoy access to all levels of the health care system. One of our priorities is providing services for the medically underserved.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and deemed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

 

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers DEAP
   
National Association of Community Health Centers FQHC
   
NCQA Recognized Practice Health Center Advocacy Network
   
PCMH PRIME Certified PCMH PRIME Certified

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Manet offers urgent and routine medical appointments on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our North Quincy and Hull locations. All of our Quincy and Hull sites also offer evening hours. Call 617-376-3000 for an appointment. To reach an on-call provider after office hours, Manet patients can call 617-376-3000 or their preferred site. For medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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