Minutes for the Meeting of May 9, 2003

Present: Ellen Banach, Gladys Rosofsky, Michael Coughlin, Karen Statser, Pat Fanning, Sue Sterrett, Joan Gancarski, Billie Jane Valente, Mark Nussman, David Weed, Marcia Picard    

A meeting of Partners for a Healthier Community was held on Friday, May 9, 2003 at South Coast Hospital. Chairperson Karen Scott Statser called the meeting to order at 8:40 AM.


The minutes of the April 11, 2003 Steering Committee were circulated in advance.

VOTED to approve the Minutes of the April 11, 2003 meeting of Partners for a Healthier Community as circulated.

Financial Report

Financial report for April was not available. It is expected that there were not many changes in the month. We will review both April and May reports at the June meeting.


Access to Health Care

No report from access to health care. They are currently working on co-chairs for the upcoming year. At this time, the video has not been fully completed. We anticipate that when it is finished, it will be beneficial to the community.

Healthy Lifestyles

The group met last week with only a handful able to attend. All topic-related material was postponed until the next meeting. They are still awaiting word on the General Mills grant. Members are attending the Healthy Heart Initiative and will report back to the group.

Healthy Youth

The Mayor’s Youth Summit is Saturday, May 17th from 9 – 5 at Bristol Community College. Youth ages 15 through 21 will be attending. We do not know at this time exactly how many will be there. There have been problems getting local business donations so we may take $200.00 out of the budget to purchase significant first and second prizes. Youth will be allowed to use their bus passes for this day, and we will be providing tickets for those who do not have bus basses. This will save quite a bit of money. We expect this to be a very full day. The youth will break up into groups and a panel will take this information back to the group. We have commitments from the Mayor, Superintendent and the Chief of Police. Some teachers are offering incentives for attendance such as absence passes, extra credit for summary reports.

We have confirmation that Heritage State Park will be open for the poster contest. We will be negotiating the fee with them. Our meeting is from 8:30 – 9:30 with the awards ceremony from 10 – 11. All are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony.

Health City Initiative

The Initiative is moving along nicely. The two groups, Outreach and Vision to Action both met last week.

The outreach group is focusing on organizing a series of dialogues asking specific groups what they vision a healthy Fall River to be and what they feel they can do to accomplish this. The goal is to reach about 1,000 individuals. This will be presented on large panels that will probably be stationed at City Hall but it is portable. The groups will be developing a logo for the Initiative and youth will have a chance to give their ideas. The Vision to Access group will select and prioritize activities and move forward. They are currently brainstorming ways to prioritize the importance of the activities and what is actually doable.

Regional Center for Healthy Communities

The Center is fully funded and operating at its current level. They are trying to hire two full time professionals to fill the vacancies. The Brockton library is being overseen by retired seniors. The New Bedford DA’s office is overseeing that collection.


We will be taking a new group photo at the meeting on June 13th at Heritage State Park.

It will be cost-effective and convenient for all if minutes are e-mailed. We will send a notice asking those who did not attend if they would like their minutes e-mailed or postal mail.

Southcoast is currently going through the DON process with DPH for mobile MRI services. DPH requires that a percentage of all capitol expenditures from the service are set up as community linkage funds. Southcoast expects that this will be a tremendous amount of money over the next five years and would like to coordinate with both the Fall River and New Bedford CHNA’s to plan how this money will be spent. This will start with a three month planning phase to develop projects, tasks and responsibilities. There will be a two month feedback period and then an implementation stage. All are interested in having a joint planning session with both CHNA groups and Southcoast representatives. There will be representatives from each workgroup present. As our group does not meet in the summer months, this will be a good time to start this. Southcoast will plan to facilitate a meeting for June.

A motion was made that we respond to South Eastern Mass MRI for funds we have received. A short letter thanking them for their support and how we have used their funds will be sent. We may consider inviting representatives from their organization to our legislative breakfast next year.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 am. The next meeting for the Partners for a Healthier Community will be held on Friday, June 13, 2003 at Heritage State Park

If you would like all future Steering Committee Minutes to be sent to you via e-mail, please send your e-mail address to Jennifer Sylvia at www.frfsa.org.

Unless she hears otherwise, all minutes will continue to be mailed.


Our next meeting will be 6/13/03 at Heritage State Park from 8:30 – 9:30.

We will be taking a new group photo. All are encouraged to stay for the poster contest awards from 10:00 – 11:00.

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