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New Year's Resolution: Don't Let the Flu Get You!

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's last weekly flu  report  of 2017, rates of flu-like illness are on the rise.

"We are seeing an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms at our sites, and in most cases we advise people with symptoms to stay home, rest and avoid contact with other people," says Dr. Lily Yung, Manet's Chief Medical Officer. "However, we may prescribe antiviral drugs for people who are at a higher risk for complications from the flu, such as the very young and very old, pregnant women or those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease or heart disease. If a patient is in a high risk group or is very ill, it's probably best to be seen by his or her health care provider."

Didn't get a flu shot yet? It's not too late – there’s still time to protect yourself and your family from the serious illnesses that flu can cause. Make that your New Year’s resolution and heed the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect yourself and others from the flu.

Take Three Actions to Fight The Flu Infographic

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, but half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it.The Vision Center at Manet's North Quincy location is equipped with the latest eye health technology and is open to the community. Get a healthy start this year by learning about glaucoma and then call the Manet Vision Center to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam! 

Look Who's New at Manet!

Lucille Cassis
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Manet is pleased to welcome Lucille Cassis as its first chief philanthropy officer. In this role, she will help to garner resources and support for the vision, mission, goals and needs of the health center and serve as the liaison to the Manet Community Health Foundation Board.

Previously, she served as chief development officer for Father Bill’s & Mainspring, and has held positions at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth (formerly Jordan Hospital) and Neighborhood Health Plan.

Cassis holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College. Cassis is a member of the MA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Leadership South Shore, the steering committee of the South Shore Chamber’s Non-Profit Affinity Group, and the Quincy Lion’s Club.

Contact Lucille via email at lcassis@manetchc.org or direct dial 857-403-0416.


Tim Comeaux, LICSW, LADC1
Director of Behavioral Health Services

Manet also welcomes Tim Comeaux as Director of Behavioral Services, another first for the health center! Tim comes to Manet with more than 13 years of community health center and behavioral health integration experience. At Manet, he will lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive clinical service model that integrates behavioral health services (mental health, substance use disorders) within primary care across Manet’s five locations, and he will provide behavioral health services to patients.

Most recently, Tim served as director of the Family Health Care Center at SSTAR, an addiction services and health care organization serving Southeastern Massachusetts. He has also served as director of HIV service and assistant director of social services at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and has practiced as a clinical social worker.

Tim is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC1) with a Master’s in social work from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

Contact Tim via email at tcomeaux@manetchc.org or direct dial 774-406-5418.


Misbah Mohammed, Quality Manager

Misbah Mohammed comes to Manet from Boston Medical Center where she served as project manager and project specialist for acute care and trauma surgery. Prior to that, she was at Partners Health Care Center for Connected Health, where she served as a research analyst/project manager.

Fluent in Spanish and published in the areas of mobile health and diabetes, Mohammed is motivated to improve access for vulnerable patient populations. She brings her clinical operations and quality improvement experience to Manet, utilizing LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies to create workflow efficiencies.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX and holds a Master of Public Health, Health Policy & Management from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Contact Misbah at mmohammed@manetchc.org.

Break the Habit

Freshstart® Smoking Cessation Program
Sponsored by Morton Hospital

January 2018 Series
Tuesdays (Jan 2, Jan 9, Jan 16 and Jan 23)
1 pm - 2 pm

Manet Community Health Center
1 Washington Street, Taunton, MA 02780

To register for this free program, call 508-828-7444.
Registration is required, as space is limited.

Open Enrollment Deadline is Approaching!

Open enrollment is here! November 1, 2017 to January 23, 2018. 617-376-3000

The Open Enrollment period for anyone looking to purchase health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector or to make changes to existing coverage is coming to an end on January 23, 2018. Manet's expert team of certified navigators are ready and able to assist individuals whether they need to extend coverage, make changes or apply for the first time.

Navigators are available by appointment by calling 617-376-3000. Please bring to your appointment: proof of income, proof of identity, and proof of citizenship or immigration status, and social security number, if available.

If your organization would like to host an Open Enrollment event for your clients or staff, please call 617-690-6323 or send us an email .

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Free Financial Wellness Series

Free Financial Wellness Series

Manet is proud to partner with Liberty Bay Credit Union to bring our patient community a series of FREE financial education seminars that cover a variety of topics. Their experts are here to help you achieve your short and long term financial goals. Seminars will be offered at various times at all our locations starting January 2018.

Seminar topics to include:

• Saving & borrowing
• Improving your credit score
• Homebuying
• College funding
• And more!

Upcoming Saving and Borrowing Workshop:

  • North Quincy | Thursday, January 11; 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Houghs Neck | Tuesday, January 23; 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Snug Harbor | Monday, January 29; 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Taunton | Saturday, February 17; 10:00am-11:00am
  • Hull | Wednesday, March 7; 12:00pm-1:00pm

For additional workshops, to learn more, or to register, visit: LBCU.org/Manet

Manet Welcomes New Family Medicine Providers, Expands Obstetrics Service

Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome three new providers -- MaryAnn Dakkak, MD, Angela Chu, MD and Ivy Opoku-Mensah, FNP -- to its practice sites in North Quincy, 110 West Squantum Street, and Houghs Neck, 1193 Sea Street, supplementing the health center’s prenatal care and women’s health services and adding obstetrics to its roster.

“These three excellent providers will be an asset to our family medicine program and to our patients, who will benefit from their expert care,” says Manet’s Chief Medical Officer Lily Yung, MD. “We are especially excited to now be able to offer obstetrical services with Dr. Dakkak, in collaboration with Boston Medical Center (BMC), providing our patients and families continuity from prenatal care through delivery and after.”

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Qiao Angela Chu, MD
Qiao Angela Chu, MD
MaryAnn Dakkak, MD
MaryAnn Dakkak, MD
Ivy Opoku-Mensah, FNP-BC
Ivy Opoku-Mensah, FNP-BC

Upcoming Events

Taunton Opens Doors to Recovery Drop-in Center

Baptist Church of All Nations
61 Winthrop Street
Taunton, MA

2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Are you or a loved one trying to deal with a substance abuse disorder? It can be confusing and lonely. We can help.


Fair Foods at Manet

Fair Foods at Manet NQ

Every other Wednesday. Upcoming dates:

  • January 10, 2018
  • January 25, 2018

2:30-3:30 p.m.

at 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.


Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative

Click here to see what classes are offered this fall!

Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative

The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative is offering a variety free wellness classes to help you get and stay healthy.

Classes include Nutrition, Falls Prevention, Smoking Cessation and Chronic Disease Management.(high blood pressure/ diabetes). Visit the website for class times, locations and registration information:

www.quincyweymouthwellness.org

Hear why our patients love Manet!

Manet, North Quincy earns national recognition for Patient-Centered care

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home

 

Manet's North Quincy practice site has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Manet, North Quincy has demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. In 2014, all of Manet's Quincy and Hull sites attained recognition. They are currently in the process of applying for renewal, and Manet's Taunton site, which opened in 2014, is applying for its first recognition.

NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

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

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Manet Community Health Center, Inc. • Administrative Offices
110 West Squantum Street, North Quincy, MA 02171
Phone: (617) 376-3000 • info@manetchc.org

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b,
and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

©2018 Manet Community Health Center, Inc.

 

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