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Initiatives

Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative

The purpose of the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC) is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and non-fatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings throughout the 32 municipalities in Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Public Health Alliance

The mission of the Berkshire Public Health Alliance (BPHA) is to promote, preserve and enhance Berkshire County’s public health by meeting community needs, improving capabilities and providing equitable access to affordable public health services

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planning

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission acts as a fiduciary agent for emergency planning and response activities.

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Projects

Berkshire County Boards of Health Association (BCBOHA) Support Services

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) staff will continue to provide services to Berkshire County Boards of Health Association (BCBOHA) programs such as Septic Installer Certification Courses, Chokesaver to restaurants and other educational and other programs/services and support as needed and requested by the Berkshire County Boards of Health and the BCBOHA Executive Committee.

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Berkshire Early Childhood Community Circle (BE3C)

This BE3C project is basing its collaborative work on the shared belief that when we as a community prioritize the health and wellbeing of Women and Girls of Color, that the wellbeing of all people will improve. With this knowledge, the BE3C partners, aided by BOAPC and WOCHE, will build a new way of doing substance misuse prevention planning: By creating a culturally-responsive, safe space where community members can come together to share knowledge, stories, and experiences, build new relationships, and create tools to address the identified needs of Girls of Color ages 5-11 in the community of Pittsfield.

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Berkshire Public Health Alliance Shared Services

This grant is designed to encourage municipalities to share public health services and build toward a more comprehensive set of shared public health services. It will allow the Berkshire Public Health Alliance to hire a full-time Public Health Nurse, an Administrative Manager and at least a part-time Inspector.

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COVID After Action Strategic Planning for Western MA

BRPC Public Health staff, funded by the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) will conduct a strategic planning process to determine the scope of a COVID After Action Report (AAR) for Western Mass responders. BRPC will work with the WRHSAC Pan Flu/Planning Subcommittee, as well as with targeted respondents in order to develop a plan and scope of services for the AAR consultant.

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Community Health Improvement Plan

This grant will support the County Health Initiative (CHI) in developing and implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Berkshire County.

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Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and Partners will participate in technical assistance meetings with Northampton Health Department to engage in capacity building, infrastructure, education co-learning and program development.

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FDA Food Safety Best Practices for Retail Inspections

BRPC staff and Berkshire Public Health Alliance inspectors will provide a research report on best practices and strategies for small, rural communities in meeting FDA Standard 3 (utilization of HACCP principles to control risk factors in a retail food inspection program). BRPC staff, inspectors and members will complete a model set of plans, policies and procedures that consider local risk factors for Alliance members to adopt which will meet Standard 3. BRPC will work with one or more communities to modify, adopt and implement written policies that meet Standard 3 and update their online assessment information.

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Food Safety Comprehensive Strategic Plan - Egremont

The Alliance members and staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment of its current food safety program, including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; identify objectives and priorities; develop a list of doable new projects and goals and then outline the needed resources, realistic timelines, reports, milestones, and collaborations.

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Food Safety Retail Standards

These grants will allow the assessment or re-assessments of a Berkshire County municipality in accordance with FDA Food Safety Standards.

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Food Safety Retail Standards Re-assessment - Adams

Berkshire Public Health Alliance staff will assist the Town of Adams in completing a re-assessment of all nine FDA Retail Program Standards and developing a work-plan for any missing elements.

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Food Safety Retail Standards Re-assessment - Egremont

Berkshire Public Health Alliance staff will assist the Town of Egremont in completing a re-assessment of all nine FDA Retail Program Standards and developing a work-plan for any missing elements.

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Food Safety Retail Standards Re-assessment - Sheffield

Berkshire Public Health Alliance staff will assist the Town of Sheffield in completing a re-assessment of all nine FDA Retail Program Standards and developing a work-plan for any missing elements.

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From Parent to Advocate: Webinar

A webinar that will be accessible on the Berkshire Overdose Addiction Prevention Collaborative's (BOAPC) website. This webinar will teach parents how to become an advocate for their child with substance use disorder.

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Local Health Support — Covid-19 Contact Tracing

This grant will allow the Berkshire Public Health Alliance to hire an epidemiologist and 1.7 Community Health Workers (CHW) to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing and other associated tasks.

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Medical Reserve Corps—Berkshire

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in coordination with the Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps Advisory Group (MAG) serves as the fiduciary for the Berkshire Medical Reserve Corps (BMRC). The Berkshire MRC's mission is to build resilient and healthy communities by recruiting, training and deploying MRC volunteers.

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Medical Reserve Corps—Franklin

Fairview Hospital, under an agreement with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), acting as fiscal host for Berkshire County Boards of Health Association (BCBOHA) acting as the Berkshire County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition will administer the Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps, as well as the Berkshire County Medical Reserve Corps.

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Opioid Abuse Prevention

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), through the Berkshire Public Health Alliance is coordinating the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative. The purpose of the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC) is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and non-fatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings throughout the 32 municipalities in Berkshire County.

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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

The four-county Western Massachusetts collaboration will transform the systems serving emerging adults to prevent opioid misuse, address the needs of young adults currently addicted to opioids, and increase their health outcomes as they transition into adulthood.

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Overdose Data to Action Pilots

This grant supports post-overdose engagement pilots in Northern Berkshire and Pittsfield, as well as comprehensive harm reduction policy work county-wide.

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Pittsfield Grey to Green

These project funds are provided through the Massachusetts Healthy Community Fund and are committed to removing barriers to health, incuding structural and institutional racism, poverty and other power inbalances, through community-centered policies, systems and environmental changes approaches. The Pittsfield Grey to Green Project will engage the community and prioritize green planning in a social and racial justice context. Partners include Habitat for Humanity and Working Cities, 18 Degrees and the City of Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Youth Prevention Connection

The Pittsfield Youth Prevention Connection (PYPC) planning initiative will build on current regional prevention, community engagement and capacity work to develop such a coalition, to perform assessment activities, identify capacity building or infrastructure development priorities, and planning for future implementation, increasing readiness and capacity to apply all five steps of SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework and put into place a comprehensive set of evidence-based prevention programs and policies.

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Prevention and Treatment of Hepatitis C

This funding is to support public health activities related to the prevention and treatment of hepatitis C. BOAPC will reconvene the county-wide heaptitis C working group, work with clinical partners to engage more physicians/clinical partners in providing treatement for hepatitis c, and will take part/help facilitate 2 webinars related to the HCV care contiunuum and health equity (as it relates to HCV). An additional focus this year is making connections between the Berkshire County House of Correction and clinical partners.

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planning

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) acts as the fiduciary agent for the Berkshire Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition. Public Health Emergency Preparedness Funding supports local Boards of Health in Berkshire County to prepare for emergencies and disasters from a public health perspective. Berkshire County Boards of Health Association (BCBOHA) acts as the emergency preparedness coalition for Berkshire County.

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Regional Food Safety Strategic Plan and Inspections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing funding to the Berkshire Public Health Alliance to develop a five-year strategic plan on improving food safety in Berkshire County, improving the Board of Health Online Permitting program, training on food safety inspectors.

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Regional Public Health Inspection Program

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is serving as the fiduciary agent to the Berkshire Public Health Alliance to implement a regional Public Health Inspectional Program in selected Alliance towns.

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Regional Public Health Nursing Program

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is serving as the fiduciary agent to the Berkshire Public Health Alliance to implement a regional Public Health Nursing Program in selected Alliance towns.

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