April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Center has partnered with local businesses in the community to give a hand in spreading awareness. This year’s campaign goals are to increase awareness surrounding sexual abuse and provide prevention materials and presentations to schools and the community throughout Coos County.
Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted and every eight minutes, that victim is a child. To raise awareness, Response has partnered with local manicurists in Berlin, Lancaster, and Colebrook using the color teal in conjunction with the sexual assault awareness ribbon to create a fun way to promote awareness and start the conversation. To participate in this campaign stop in at your local manicurists to make an appointment or to gather outreach materials. The manicurists who have partnered with Response are:
• Cheryl Goupil at Nail Garden, Berlin, (603) 752-1001.
• Tanya at Hair Zone, Berlin, (603) 752-9663.
• Denise Bissonette at Shear Perfection, Lancaster, (603) 788-2891.
• Andrea Dauphinais at Country Roots, Colebrook, (603) 237-4700.
For more information, contact Response in Berlin by calling (603) 752-5679, Groveton (603) 636-1747 or the 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-866-662-4220.
BERLIN — Positive Solutions for Families, a program through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health), is being offered at Brown School in Berlin, for parents of children up to 5 years old. The program offers ways to help understand a child’s challenging behavior, gain strategies to help children learn appropriate behavior and provide support to a child’s social and emotional skills. The free six-week workshop series begins on Thursday, April 6, from 5:50 to 7 p.m. Parents who enroll in this program are provided childcare and a light dinner.
"This is an exceptional workshop and a great opportunity for families here in the North Country to take part in," said Jen Buteau, Family Resource Center family support director.
Buteau has been trained through the Project LAUNCH initiative in Manchester and will be a facilitator along with Ann Tenney from Northern Human Services for the free six-week workshop series.
For information or to the opportunity to enroll in the Positive Solutions for Families workshop, contact The Family Resource Center at (603) 466-5190 ext. 322. The FRC is North Country non-profit with a mission to build healthier families and strong community connections through their Family Support or Project Youth Afterschool programs.
BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Michael Peterson, FACHE, AVH president. “This recognition is a reflection of the patient focus of our providers, nurses, employees and volunteers.”
Androscoggin Valley Hospital, which has received this recognition six of the past seven years, scored in the top 100 of critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. The index is considered the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study, and its results are the basis for many of rural health-care awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.
“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s Index was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based health care. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”
For more information about Androscoggin Valley Hospital visit www.avhnh.org.