Minutes for the Meeting of November 14, 2003


Kim Chouinard

Bea Medeiros

Sue Sterrett

Michael Coughlin

Marcia Picard

BJ Valente

Pat Fanning

Paul Quinn

Dr. David Weed

Joan Gancarski

Gladys Rosofsky

Denise Wright

Irene Martins

Karen Statster


A meeting of Partners for a Healthier Community was held on Friday, November 14, 2003 at South Coast Hospital. Chairperson Karen Scott Statser called the meeting to order at 8:40 AM.


The minutes of the October 12, 2003 Steering Committee were circulated in advance.

VOTED to approve the Minutes of the October 12, 2003 meeting of Partners for a Healthier Community as circulated.

Financial Report

The Financial report for November, 2003 was presented.

VOTED to approve the Financial Report for November, 2003 as presented.

Nominating Committee

BJ Valente and Denise Wright have been working on organizing our annual election of officers. They have been reviewing our bi-laws, but interpreting this can be confusing. The Nomination Committee will be identifying the general membership and preparing a mailing. Further information will follow at our December 12th meeting.


Access to Health Care

The group is working on the barriers to health care survey. The PCP video is in its final stages of editing and will be available for distribution in the near future. This video will be distributed to local waiting rooms. Letters went out trying to recruit new members.

Healthy Lifestyles

The screening for tenth graders is completed at Durfee. The physical education grant is moving along slowly. Once space is figured out, things should progress much quicker. The summer lunch in the park program was discussed, as they will be focusing on more nutritious selections. The focus of the committee seems to be heading in the area of nutrition.

Healthy Youth

The group is working on rejuvenating membership. Several people have expressed interest in joining. There is no particular focus yet for the upcoming year other than participation in the poster contest and youth forum. Copies of SouthCoast Hospital’s video Aftershocks II was available for distribution. This video deals with violence among youth. Copies are available through BJ Valente at FSA and through the hospital.

Health City Initiative

The summit meeting is being planned for March.

Legislative Breakfast

Thanks to all for your hard work planning this event. It was very well organized and went very well. A special thanks to Lorraine Rosa for her expertise and hard work. The breakfast was well attended, and mostly all in attendance paid. The information tables provided not only financial help but a great opportunity for people to network. About 10 legislators were there, and all had the same message "call". They are expressing to people to call their offices when there are specific issues that arise.


Synergy will be having its annual meeting on November 21st in Plymouth. The fee is $25.00 for the day with Loretta Laroche as a featured speaker. The committee has agreed to sponsor this event with a $500 contribution.

Health First is having a fundraiser featuring Loretta Laroche on November 19th. Tickets are $25.00 available through Health First or the Chamber of Commerce.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m. The next meeting for Partners for a Healthier Community will be held on Friday, December 12, 2003 – Jackson Conference Room – Charlton Memorial Hospital

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