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Key Informant Interviewees

A number of Key Informants have volunteered to respond to a series of questions about the health of the community. Click on any of the names below to hear each person or persons talk about their view of our health challenges as well as our resources and ideas for things we can do to improve our health. Any of the eight factors that contribute to health as defined by the Population Health Institute that were mentioned by the Informants are listed below their names.

Michael Aguiar, Director of Youth Services at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, ftalks about efforts to prevent substance use and abuse among young people (8:02)

  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 6: Community Safety and Violence Prevention

Craig Altemose of Better Futures talks about the impact of the Brayton Point Power Station on the health of residents in Southeastern Massachusetts (1:12)

  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure)

Al Araujo discusses the health needs of people with mental health and substance abuse issues (12:17)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 6: Community Safety and Violence Prevention

John Arcuri, MD, Director of Emergency Services, Saint Anne's Hospital talks about what brings people to the Emergency Service and how who comes in provides an indicator of what is missing in the human services treatment system (32:05)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 6: Community Safety and Violence Prevention
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Two WIC moms talk about their experiences using the services of the Women, Infants and Children Program at the HealthFirst Family Care Center (9:31)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing
  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

Lee Leblanc Corrigan from Citizens for Citizens Family Planning describes the health concerns of the youth that she counsels, including their concerns about pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted diseases (8:08)

  • Factor 3: Sexual Activity and Infectious Diseases
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Registered Nurse Rose Marie Couto and Registered Dietitian Laurie Hammontree, both of Saint Anne's Hospital, comment on their experiences in preventing and treating diabetes (13:19)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing
  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

Helena DaSilva Huges, Executive Director of the Immigrant Assistance Center, talks about the challenges of improving the health status of immigrants to our area (15:52)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Liz Dennehy, Fall River City Planner, talks about the role that the Planning Department can and has played to create a healthier communtiy through the development of parks, bicycle paths and other projects (4:47

  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

Ray Hague, Director of Veterans' Services for the City of Fall River, talks about the health issues among veterans in our area (4:28)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Bob Hitt, Director of the HIV/AIDS Program at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources talks about the ongoing issues associated with HIV/AIDS in the community (10:10)

  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 3: Sexual Activity and Infectious Diseases
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care

Glenda Izzaguerre of Senator Keating's Office talks about the health status of Latino immigrants (3:06)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Rita Lebeau, of the Fall River Housing Authority, talks about the challenges of improving the health status of seniors in public housing (7:14)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Matt and Josh from Project Success talk about their own thoughts about staying healthy as well as those of their friends, including diet, exercise, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs (10:11)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 6: Community Safety and Violence Prevention

Rosa Medeiros of the First Step Inn and Mary Camara of Community Development offer their prespective on the health of homeless individuals and the resources available to them (7:14)

  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

 



Betty Nunes, Community Outreach Worker for the HealthFirst Family Care Dental Program, talks about the challenges of improving the community's oral health (4:50)

  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care

Nancy Paull, Executive Director of Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, talks about the impact of substance abuse on the health of the population in Greater Fall River (6:35)

  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Annemarie Sharkey, Coordinator for the 2013 Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge, talks about efforts to improve the fitness and nutrition of area residents (4:140

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise

 

Renee and Connie, residents of Somerset, share their perceptions of the health concerns and opportunities in their town.

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 2: Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

Elizabeth Sousa, Protective Worker for Bristol Elder Services, talks about health concerns especially among Latino elders (14:27)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 4: Access to Quality Dental, Health and Mental Health Care
  • Factor 5: Education, Employment, Income and Disability
  • Factor 6: Community Safety and Violence Prevention
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing

Henry Vaillaincourt, MD, Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Fall River, discusses the health status of the community (7:53)

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 7: Family, Cultural and Social Support and Housing
  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

Westport town residents comment on a variety of health concerns in the town and offer some recommendations on how to improve the health of the residents.

  • Factor 1: Diet and Exercise
  • Factor 8: Environment and Infrastructure

 

Jamila Wade of SER-Jobs talks about her experience of recovering from homelessness at the Homeless Connect event at Bristol Community College a range of  recreation programs (3:39)

  • Factor 7: Family, Cultureal and Social Support and Housing