Lee Family Practice Under Construction Sept. 28-Oct. 11

Lee Family Practice Under Construction Sept. 28-Oct. 11

Construction to expand and improve the Lee Family Practice facility will require temporary closure of the practice, Sept. 27-Oct. 11. During this time, the office will be closed for patient visits, but staff will continue to care for patients in the CHP Mobile Health...
CHP Names Nutritionist Devyn Renzi to Care Team 

CHP Names Nutritionist Devyn Renzi to Care Team 

Devyn Renzi—the newest member of CHP’s nutrition team. Devyn Renzi, CNS, LDN,  has joined the CHP nutrition team and is now seeing patients at CHP practices in  CHP Neighborhood Center, Lee Family Practice, and Barrington OB/GYN. She is also available via...
CHP Annual Board Reorganization

CHP Annual Board Reorganization

The CHP Board welcomes new member Erik Bruun, elects Brian Drake as board president and Celia Clancy as vice president in the annual board reorganization.

Children’s Attic is Back! Consignment Sale runs September 10 & 11

Children’s Attic is Back! Consignment Sale runs September 10 & 11

After a 3-year hiatus, Berkshire County’s original tent sale of children’s clothing and accessories is back! The Children’s Attic Consignment Sale returns Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, and sellers are invited to sign up to participate. “Now is the time to sign...
CHP Rolling Out Covid Vaccines for Young Children

CHP Rolling Out Covid Vaccines for Young Children

Community Health Programs is now offering Covid-19 pediatric vaccines for children between 6 months through age 4. These vaccines have been clinically tested and approved for use in young children to prevent serious illness and hospitalization from Covid-19. Full...

CEO Lia Spiliotes Stepping Down After 7 Years Growing CHP

Community Health Programs CEO Lia Spiliotes, who has led CHP since 2015 in its doubling of CHP patient numbers and expansion of health and family services in the Berkshires, has announced she is stepping down from CHP. In a statement to staff and colleagues, Spiliotes said she intends to refocus on family health priorities in Boston and New York. She stated she is also turning her professional attention to broader advocacy efforts around public and economic policy related to community health. […]

Lee Family Practice Welcomes New FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner Terrance “TC” Clarke has joined CHP Lee Family Practice. He will provide primary care for adults, and he has a special interest in caring for patients who may be struggling with substance use disorders. Clarke earned his master’s...

CHP Names New Dentists in Pittsfield, North Adams

Two dentists have joined Community Health Programs dental practices in Pittsfield and North Adams. Dr. Ankineedu Babu Dasari is a dentist at CHP North Adams Family Dental, where he sees patients of all ages. A graduate of Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences in...

Donor Spotlight: Ward’s Nursery Family

There’s a special family behind Ward’s Nursery – the Ward family, of course – and they are among CHP’s treasured financial supporters in the community. Greg, Eva and Sam Ward are regulars on the CHP donor rolls because they believe in CHP’s promise of accessible...

Safe Haven: Local motel partners with CHP

Kashmira Madhuwala’s immigrant experience brought her from her home in Gujarat, India to a series of stops in Chicago and Northern Berkshire. Finally, in2012 she took a job in Great Barrington, at a motel owned by her uncle. Soon, she met and married Krunal, and they...

CHP Names Behavioral Health Director

Sherri-Lee Ryanmann has been named as Community Health Programs’ director of behavioral health. A licensed independent clinical social worker, Ms. Ryanmann earned her master’s in social work from the State University of New York/Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public...

New Funding Helps Complete Phase 1 of CHP Dental Expansion Project

With the addition of clinical space in North Adams, Community Health Programs has completed the first phase of its countywide dental expansion project, and design work is now under way for a new dental practice facility in Adams. These steps are part of CHP’s...

CHP Names New Board Members: Arlene Schiff and Katherine Westgate

The Community Health Programs board of trustees has named two new members: Arlene D. Schiff and Katherine Westgate. A resident of Lenox, Schiff is the national director of LIFE & LEGACY® a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which assists organizations in...

CHP Names New Clinicians in Pittsfield, Great Barrington

Community Health Programs has named three new clinicians to CHP practices in Pittsfield and Great Barrington.  Susan Ray-Lamond, M.D., has joined CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield. A longtime pediatrician in the Hampshire County area, she owned and operated her...

Dentist Joins CHP Neighborhood Dental

Community Health Programs has named Dr. Alexandre Dias to the CHP dental team. He will be based at CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield. Dr. Dias’ appointment reflects CHP’s plan to expand its dental health network in Berkshire County, in order to...

CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Honored by Health Quality Group

CHP Berkshire Pediatrics  in Pittsfield has been selected to receive a 2021 Massachusetts Health Quality Partner (MHQP) Experience Award. Berkshire Pediatrics received the award in the category of patient-provider communications. MHQP introduced this award program in...

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....

CHP Launches Dental Practice Expansion

Community Health Programs is launching a $6 million, multi-year expansion of its dental care services, in order to serve more area residents who rely on MassHealth (Medicaid) coverage to pay for their oral health care. Just over 25,000 Berkshire County residents...
Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 23; CHP Available to Assist

Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 23; CHP Available to Assist

The deadline for enrollment in state-subsidized ACA health insurance plans is Jan. 23, and the Community Health Program enrollment team is available to assist customers with the enrollment process. Unlike in previous years, the Open Enrollment period will not be...

CHP Names Director of Dental Medicine

Community Health Programs has named John W. Brazill, D.M.D. as director of dental medicine. Dr. Brazill will oversee CHP’s dental practices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington. He will also see patients at CHP North Adams Family Dental. A dentist for more...
Donor Spotlight: Foundations of Support 

Donor Spotlight: Foundations of Support 

Peter Spina of Denver and sister Michelle Schmidt of Boston. Both grew up in Lenox, and their family foundation is a generous CHP contributor.   Peter Spina and his sister Michelle Schmidt have left the Berkshires to live in Denver (Peter) and the Boston area...
Physician Joins CHP Berkshire Pediatrics

Physician Joins CHP Berkshire Pediatrics

Dr. Laura Need has joined the pediatric care team at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Wellesley College, Dr. Need practiced at Yogman Pediatric Associates P.C./Mount Auburn Pediatrics in Cambridge before moving to the...
CHP Offers 11/18 Developmental Screening for Young Children

CHP Offers 11/18 Developmental Screening for Young Children

CHP Family Services invites parents with young children to participate in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, a free developmental screening tool for children up to age 6. The ASQ will be offered Nov. 18, 10:30-noon at the Stockbridge Library. To register, email...

RFP: Community Health Programs Mobile Health Unit

Purpose Community Health Programs (CHP) requests proposals from qualified contractors for the design, construction, staff training and delivery of one (1) new Mobile Health Unit (MHU). CHP intends to award a one-time contract to the Contractor whose proposal is...
Dentist Joins Great Barrington Family Dental

Dentist Joins Great Barrington Family Dental

CHP welcomes Dr. Taphaphene Young to the dental team at Great Barrington Family Dental, where she is caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Young received her doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, a...

In the News: Farm to ‘Able’

Farm to ‘Able’: CHP Nutrition Club provides access to local people with an eye toward pregnant, new moms and people with diabetes Berkshire Eagle, Sept. 1, 2021, by Francesca Paris Read online or below “At CHP in Great Barrington, qualifying clients...
Nutritionist Joins CHP at Lee, Great Barrington Practices

Nutritionist Joins CHP at Lee, Great Barrington Practices

Community Health Programs has named Annie Schwartz, MS, RDN, LDN, to its nutrition team. She is seeing clients at CHP Lee Family Practice and Great Barrington Health Center. She has a particular interest in working with people seeking to resolve disordered...
CEO Message: On Track at Family Services

CEO Message: On Track at Family Services

Friends, This summer, we have some important reasons to celebrate, and to thank you for your ongoing financial support for CHP. CHP is on track for in-person services for some of our most important clientele: children and families. Our Family Services facility in...
Patient Appreciation: Emerging from Covid-19 with a CHP Tag Team

Patient Appreciation: Emerging from Covid-19 with a CHP Tag Team

The isolation of Covid-19 was hard on Isabelle Conlon. An engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston, she headed home in the spring as the pandemic set in, to live with her parents in Lenox. She was safe at home with family, but still, Covid tripped an...
CHP On the Road: The Essence of Community Health

CHP On the Road: The Essence of Community Health

CHP has been a rolling health care operation since 1975. We haven’t run out of gas yet. By Kathleen Floyd, FNP If our community had been faced with a Covid-19 crisis in the 1970s, local community health leaders would have been the first to mobilize. They would have...
CHP Names Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to Berkshire Pediatrics

CHP Names Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to Berkshire Pediatrics

CHP Berkshire Pediatrics has named a psychiatric nurse practitioner to the Pittsfield practice, reflecting an expansion of CHP’s behavioral health services for children. Kimberly Loring, PMHNP-BC, has worked most recently as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the...
Psychotherapist Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

Psychotherapist Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

Rachel Duvall, LICSW, has been named to Community Health Programs’ behavioral health team. She will be based at CHP Lee Family Practice. Most recently employed as a psychotherapist/social worker with Counseling Center in the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Duvall provides...
Dr. Yaman Kana Named CHP Associate Dental Director

Dr. Yaman Kana Named CHP Associate Dental Director

Dr. Yaman Kana has been named associate dental director at Community Health Programs. Kana will continue to practice dentistry as he assists with oversight of CHP’s dental practices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and North Adams. He earned his doctor of dental...
In the News: Boston Globe Features CHP Mobile Health Unit

In the News: Boston Globe Features CHP Mobile Health Unit

The Boston Globe prominently featured the outreach work of CHP Mobile Health Unit prominently in its June 12 edition, in a story covering vaccine incentives and efforts to get doses to those who need them, but have trouble getting them. With a Globe subscription, the...
Donor Spotlight: Rick Gregg

Donor Spotlight: Rick Gregg

Rick Gregg’s commitment to Community Health Programs stretches back 25 years, when he became a patient of Lee Family Practice. Back then, before the independent practice merged with CHP, its doctors were caring for patients and running the business. This type of...
CEO Message: There is power in numbers when we all step up.

CEO Message: There is power in numbers when we all step up.

What a year it has been! As we reconnect with family and friends, we are all humbled by how Covid-19 has changed our experience and response to serious, contagious disease, and how as a region, we truly support each other in time of need. At CHP, we are so grateful...

ParentChild+ Program: Strengthening Local Families

When Jackie Schultz and Jared Brunner and their kids moved to the area several years ago, they had no connections. They lived in an isolated town, cut off from neighbors and other parents. The couple worked opposite job shifts to care for the children, including an...

In the News: ‘Berkshire vaccines go mobile’

The following article and slideshow appear in The Berkshire Eagle. By Francesca Paris Photography by Stephanie Zollshan Four minutes before the start of a pop-up vaccine clinic in a Great Barrington parking lot, Community Health Programs staff huddle inside the bright...
Grants Help Area Residents Facing Economic Challenges

Grants Help Area Residents Facing Economic Challenges

  A series of new grants is bulking up CHP Family Services’ coffers to help area residents facing harsh financial challenges, including troubles caused by Covid-19. Awards from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Food...
Nutrition News: Understanding Insulin

Nutrition News: Understanding Insulin

Do you understand insulin and what does it do to the body? If you don’t have diabetes, insulin helps regulate blood sugar levels.  After you eat, carbohydrates break down into glucose, a sugar that is the body’s primary source of energy, and glucose then...
Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 23; CHP Available to Assist

ACA Open Enrollment Extended Through 5/23; CHP Can Help

With the state’s extension of the Open Enrollment period for health insurance sign-up until May 23, Community Health Programs’ insurance counselors remain in high gear to help with applications to the MA Health Connector program. Since the annual Open Enrollment...
Mission Moment: Helping a Family Stay Insured

Mission Moment: Helping a Family Stay Insured

Since relocating from North Carolina to Dalton 10 years ago, Mecca Brophy and her family have faced some challenges with job security and health insurance. Through a food bank referral, Mecca found her way to CHP, where health insurance experts assist people in...
Our 2021 Plan: Hope and Recovery

Our 2021 Plan: Hope and Recovery

Friends, On a February day, we can cut branches  from a forsythia bush, bring them indoors to a water vase, and watch them blossom into a spray of yellow and the promise of a new season. This month offers another reason for hope: the promise of a shot in the arm. It...
On the Air: Dr. Stephen Alsdorf on WAMC’s Medical Monday

On the Air: Dr. Stephen Alsdorf on WAMC’s Medical Monday

WAMC’s Medical Monday program featured CHP’s Dr. Stephen Alsdorf on Feb. 1. With program host Ray Graf, Dr. Alsdorf fielded call-in questions for about an hour, on topics ranging from healthy lifestyle habits to Covid-19 vaccines, Covid recovery and much...
Pediatrician Joins CHP Berkshire Pediatrics

Pediatrician Joins CHP Berkshire Pediatrics

Keturah Baker, M.D., has joined the pediatric team at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield. She completed her pediatric residency in 2020 at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, where she was pediatric chief resident and earned distinction as Resident of the Year. She...
Dentist Joins CHP Family Dental Center in Great Barrington

Dentist Joins CHP Family Dental Center in Great Barrington

Lina El-Kashef, D.D.S, has joined the dental medicine team at CHP Family Dental Center in Great Barrington. A 2019 graduate of the Texas A & M College of Dentistry, she most recently worked in private dental practices in Texas before relocating to the Northeast...
CHP Now Leads Berkshire Baby Box Program

CHP Now Leads Berkshire Baby Box Program

The volunteer founder and president of the Berkshire Baby Box program has passed off her successful new-parent outreach program to Community Health Programs, as of Jan. 1. The transition comes after distribution of more than 1,000 baby boxes to Berkshire families over...
Open Enrollment Season: Tips for Staying Insured in 2021

Open Enrollment Season: Tips for Staying Insured in 2021

If you don’t have health insurance through your job, Open Enrollment season is just for you. If you need to renew an existing plan, Open Enrollment season applies to you as well. CHP can help. To help understand your 2021 ACA insurance options, listen to William...
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...
On the Radio: Open Enrollment Talk with Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

On the Radio: Open Enrollment Talk with Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

For his weekly talk program on WSBS radio, State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli invited Octavio Hernandez of CHP to talk about the current Open Enrollment period for health insurance. LISTEN Massachusetts residents have until Jan. 23, 2021 to renew their annual health...

CHP Names Director of Behavioral Health

Community Health Programs (CHP) has named Mary A. Fierro, PhD, LICSW, as director of behavioral health for the countywide health care network. She divides her time between administrative duties and client appointments. Fierro has most recently worked in private...
Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 23; CHP Available to Assist

Health Insurance Enrollment Staff Expands at CHP

‘Pre-enrollment’ service through Oct. 31, 2020,  helps consumers get prepared for health insurance Open Enrollment period  Community Health Programs has received a state grant to expand its insurance enrollment team to assist more area residents. The two-year,...

Now More Than Ever: Get Your Flu Shot

By Christopher Sprowl, MD, and Jacqueline Jones, MD With COVID-19 infections on the rise in many states, and with winter coming, we all need to roll up our sleeves for a flu shot. COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory infections, with similar symptoms. Each, if...
FNP Rita Willey Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

FNP Rita Willey Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

Family Nurse Practitioner Rita Willey has joined the clinical care team at CHP Lee Family Practice. Willey has practiced since 2012 at Fairview Medical in Great Barrington. She previously worked at Northern Berkshire Family Medicine; earlier, as a registered nurse,...

Mary Feuer Named CHP Employee of the Year 

For 29 years, the assistant director of CHP Family Services has rarely had one day on the job that matched any other. One day, Mary Feuer is crawling under CHP’s mobile health van to adjust the jacks securing the van wheelchair lift. Another day she is working well...
Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Lee Family Practice

CHP Lee Family Practice has added a new family nurse practitioner to its clinical team. Janell Hostetler, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, will see patients of all ages. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University in...
Commentary: Community Health Centers Lead in Healing

Commentary: Community Health Centers Lead in Healing

By Lia Spiliotes In recent months our lives have been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stressed our nation’s health care system to the brink. The tragic police-involved deaths of Black Americans have demanded a broad reckoning about racial injustice...
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...

Medical Monday: COVID-19 and LGBTQ Health Care

Dr. Jeremy Stoepker was invited for a return visit to WAMC’s “Medical Monday” on Aug. 3, 2020 to talk about COVID-19 and LGBTQ health care. He spoke with program host Jackie Orchard and fielded calls from listeners. Dr. Stoepker is a family medicine...
Joe Kennedy, Congressman and Senate Candidate, Visits CHP

Joe Kennedy, Congressman and Senate Candidate, Visits CHP

Joe Kennedy, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate visited Community Health Programs on Monday, Aug. 3 and met with CHP leadership to learn about the health center’s role in Berkshire County, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. “CHP...

Dr. Jill Samale Returns to CHP Barrington OB/GYN

Community Health Programs welcomes Dr. Jill Samale in her return to the staff of CHP Barrington OB/GYN. Dr. Samale provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecology care to women of all ages. She is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital’s...

New Dentist Joins CHP

A New Dentist, Yaman M. Kana, D.D.S, has joined the CHP dental staff. He is seeing patients at both CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield and North Adams Family Medical & Dental. Dr. Kana received his dental education at Ovidius University of Constanta in...
Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?

Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?

By Linda Moro, LICSW Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble...

On the Air: CHP Pediatrician on WAMC’s Medical Monday

Dr. Jackie Jones of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics appeared on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s “Medical Monday” program on June 1. Dr. Jones and program host Ray Graf fielded phone calls about CHP’s work providing pediatric care during COVID-19, and...
Letter from Lia: COVID-19’s Silver Lining

Letter from Lia: COVID-19’s Silver Lining

Dear Friends, These last few months have upended our lives dramatically. Many of us have experienced direct impacts of COVID-19: job loss, illness, financial trouble, and food and housing insecurity. This crisis tests us, our families, friends and neighbors. Yet...
Certified Nurse Midwife Joins Barrington OB/GYN

Certified Nurse Midwife Joins Barrington OB/GYN

CHP Barrington OB/GYN welcomes a new certified nurse midwife to the Great Barrington women’s health care practice. Gretchen Chase-Rey, CNM, has worked since 2015 as a certified nurse midwife, practicing at a federally qualified health center in Flint, Michigan...
Parent or Caregiver? Support for Coping with COVID-19

Parent or Caregiver? Support for Coping with COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has unsettled all of us, and children may be experiencing anxiety. If you are a parent or child caregiver, being prepared and communicating important age-appropriate information can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties in yourself and those...
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