Intuitive Eating: Guidance from

By Annie Schwartz, MS, RDN, LDN Typically, New Year’s resolutions revolve around a renewed resolve to embark on a new diet or exercise regimen, but as the reality of our busy lives sets in, our resolve inevitably breaks down over time, and we’re back to our old...

SAD? CHP Nutrition Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Chrissy Garner MS, CNS, LDN, CPT The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that’s related to changing seasons and longer nights. Typically, symptoms begin to worsen around the fall and peak during the winter....

By the Numbers Fall 2020

By The Numbers: Late Summer – Early Fall 2020 Snapshot of how we are serving the community 492 COVID-19 tests 996 Flu shots 3,190 TeleHealth visits 5,839 Telephone appointments 2,453 New baby/well-child visits 1,385 Diabetes care 3,199 Hypertension...
Letter from Lia Fall 2020

Letter from Lia Fall 2020

Friends, Pandemic fatigue is upon us. Winter is coming and COVID-19 levels are rising in many areas. Many of us are hurting financially and emotionally. We are weary. But we can take care of one another, pull together, and stay the course. We can do the simple work of...

Fall 2020 Village Food Donation Pick-up

Housatonic Food Train: Village Food Donation Pick-up Helps Fill CHP Food Shelves On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, neighbors in Housatonic village leave groceries outside their doors for pick-up by a Housatonic Food Train volunteer. Vehicles are packed to the...

Gifts & Grants Fall 2020

Insurance Enrollment Program Expansion CHP has received a grant from the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (the “Health Connector”) for the Massachusetts Navigator Program. The grant provides $150,000 over two years, and expands CHP’s current...

Donor Spotlight Fall 2020: Jane Braus

Donor Builds a Giving Spirit in her Adopted Community Jane Braus has invested much of her life’s work in supporting and volunteering for causes that inspire her. The Planned Parenthood organization and the United Nations Association have been recipients of her...

2020 CHP Employee of the Year: Mary Feuer

Mary Feuer was recently named CHP Employee of the Year. For 29 years, the assistant director of CHP Family Services has rarely had a day on the job that matched any other. One day, Mary is crawling under CHP’s mobile health unit to adjust the jacks securing the...

Group Medical Visits

CHP Group Medical Visits CHP clinicians recently shifted the group medical visit model virtually.  Clinicians and participants agree. It may be different, but online health care is a benefit, especially to those with transportation issues or concerns with interacting...

CHP partnered with Berkshire Waldorf School

CHP partnered with Berkshire Waldorf School CHP partnered with Berkshire Waldorf School in early May for a food drive/distribution at their campus in Great Barrington.  School board member, Dan Schaeffer, contacted CHP early during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching out...

Letter from Lia: Humbled and Heartened

We have been humbled and heartened. Friends, In recent months, we have been humbled and heartened by COVID-19: humbled by the power of a pandemic to up-end our personal and professional lives. Yet we are heartened by the outpouring of community generosity that has...

Donor Spotlight Carolann Strickling

Donor Spotlight: Carolann Strickling –Organization Ink – A Culture of Caring Once each month, Carolann Strickling heads to the BJ’s store and loads up on food and other items for clients of CHP Family Services. For the past two years, her business —...

Mission Moment Summer News 2020

Mission Moment  — Our community… “Community” is at the core of the CHP mission. And now more than ever, our relationship with our community is our “mission moment.” Our mission, “to improve the health of people throughout the Berkshires by delivering exceptional...

Gifts & Grants Summer News 2020

Gifts & Grants Family Support and Kindergarten Readiness Programming Community Health Programs has received significant support for family services and kindergarten readiness programming from state and local funders. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education...
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

This week, Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, a global campaign to support, raise awareness and engage in conversations about breastfeeding. At Community Health Programs (CHP) and Barrington OB/GYN (BOG), we strive to help our patients feel informed and supported...

Open Wide: A Special Family Finds Great Dental Care

When Tim Hathaway’s dental appointment shows up on her calendar, CHP dental hygienist Kristabel Vargas lights up. He is a longtime patient, and Kristabel has a special fondness for him and for other dental patients who have special needs. Tim has Down syndrome. People...

Crowd Sourcing for Good – and For CHP

“We give annually to causes that mean something to our personal network of connections.” Leisl and Kevin Moriarty of Lenox have taken a more personalized approach to their annual giving. Each year, via social media, they query friends and family from all over the...

Why Giving is Good for Us — and You

While CHP depends your financial gifts to support our programs and services not covered by our main income sources, what we welcome most is the spirit behind the giving. The donor who gives $25 every single year, without fail, is as important to us as the donor who...

Together, We Are Making A Difference

A Message of Gratitude: Summer 2019 Greetings, After many busy months deepening the reach of our services, I am grateful to see concrete evidence that we are making a difference. Within a few short weeks of opening our dental center in North Adams, our waiting list...

Mission Moment: Breathe Easier with Childhood Asthma

Education is the key to childhood asthma. “I love working with patients and families together, we have such a broad scope of people here, patients that come from every socioeconomic background. I especially like working with families that need more education and...

Donor Spotlight: Lynne Carlotto

Supporting CHP throughout the years “I stay connected to CHP because it is so important to our community. Ultimately, I am grateful that all of these people have carried on Dr. Whitfield’s vision. Our neighbors need CHP and we are there. I want to do my part in making...
Donor Spotlight: Nick Boraski

Donor Spotlight: Nick Boraski

With their three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren launched and making big marks in the world, Nicholas Boraski and his late wife Ruth were always mindful of other people’s children, those less fortunate, those with limited access to...

Donor Spotlight: Michelle Derr

Michelle Derr: Director of Family Services & WIC Growing Up, Giving Back at CHP When a young mom shows up at Family Services, stressed by parenting, work challenges, a grocery shortage or a housing problem, Michelle Derr can say, “I know how you feel” – and she...
Jewish Women’s Foundation Supports CHP Parent Education

Jewish Women’s Foundation Supports CHP Parent Education

The Jewish Women’s Federation of the Berkshires has awarded a $2,800 grant to CHP for parent education.  The funds support the CHP workshop “Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.” These workshops, two hours each, help parents support their own...
Donor Spotlight: Catherine B. Miller

Donor Spotlight: Catherine B. Miller

Catherine B. Miller “There are two things I have a passion for: education and health. No one should be denied either. CHP provides both.” ~ Catherine Miller What is your history with Community Health Programs?I was on the board during three pivotal periods in CHP’s...
CHP Event Welcomes U.S. Representative Neal

CHP Event Welcomes U.S. Representative Neal

Pictured, from left, CHP Board President Christopher Phillips, CEO Lia Spiliotes, Congressman Richard Neal, CHP Board Vice President Brian Drake, and CHP Board Member Chuck Leach of Lee Bank, an event sponsor. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal joined Community Health Programs...

New Dentist Joins CHP Neighborhood Dental

CHP welcomes Dr. Vandana Sethi to the staff of CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield. Sethi joined the Pittsfield practice after completing Berkshire Medical Center’s dental residency program at CHP Neighborhood Health Center. She earned her bachelor of dental...

Children’s Attic – Another terrific sale!

The Children’s Attic consignment sale in May was a great success, grossing over $20,000 to support Family Services programs at CHP.  The Children’s Attic sale will take place once a year going forward. We would like to thank Salisbury Bank for its overwhelming support...

Reach Out & Read! Where great stories begin …

  As part of the national Reach Out & Read program for more than 15 years, Community Health Programs last year gave out 1,000 books to children ages 6 months to age 5.  We are committed to supporting families in the Berkshires and beyond by keeping this Reach...

MountainOne Gift Expands Patient Access in North Adams

CHP is grateful for a gift from MountainOne that allowed us to equip two patient rooms at CHP North Adams Family Medicine. This gift will enhance the patient-doctor experience and allow CHP to care for more patients. Thank you, MountainOne!  

Massachusetts Bankers Association Contributes $5K

Thank you, bankers — and thank you, Mountain One! Community Health Programs has received a $5,000 donation from the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) Charitable Foundation to support CHP’s health care and family support services in Berkshire County. CHP...
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