Tag Archives: Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

Calling all grandparent caregivers! Sawyer Free library hosting a fascinating program with community partners just for you

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libary Childrens Services Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:30-7pm 

“Opening Doors, Opening Hearts: Grandparents raising Grandchildren Cape Ann: Guest speakers Deborah Doucette author of Raising our Children’s Children: Room in the Heart and Colleen Pritoni, Director of Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.”

This original & innovative event is hosted by Sawyer Free Library Childrens Services in collaboration with community partners like: Cape Ann Museum,  Cape Ann YMCA, Senior Care, The Open Door, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, WIC, Pathways, NS MVP, and Backyard Growers.


Community Stuff – Gloucester Better Together – 10/23/13

Gloucester Better Together
Your Community – Your conversation – You’re Needed

You are invited for a FREE light dinner and relaxed evening of community conversation while participating in a World Café

 When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Light dinner, Music, & Mingling,  5:00 5:45 pm
Community Café Conversation, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester

Free Event, Bring your Family,  All ages Welcome, Childcare available onsite.

RSVP appreciated, but walk-in are welcome ckreitman@gloucester-ma.gov  or 978 281-0908 sponsored by Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, with special thanks to the Gloucester Council on Aging.

Together we can build on existing relationships, programs, and energy within Gloucester to strengthen our community and connect our neighbors and families.

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative Sponsors Local Film Fest This Saturday At Cape Ann Community Cinema

Join Healthy Gloucester Collaborative this Saturday 1/26/2013  at 2:30 PM at the Cape Ann Community Cinema for a great afternoon of award winning and local films!! Suitable and FREE for ages 8-18!! Print out and bring the Film Fest flier to get a free gift when you come!! Make sure to bring cash for their yummy snacks to enjoy on their comfy couches!!

To print out your free tickets, click the title of this post and there will be a print button directly below the graphic. Click and print.


Gloucester Medications Disposal Program at the Health Expo


Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets: Keep Youth Safe and Protect a Clean Water Supply

Bring Your Unwanted and/or Expired Medications for Safe Disposal

Where: The Gloucester Health Expo- Gloucester High School

When: This Saturday March 26th 10-12pm

For more info on what to bring / not to bring please visit http://healthygloucester.org/programsevents

Kathy Day MassCALL2, Opiate Coordinator

Substance Abuse Prevention Services Health Department, City of Gloucester

Gloucester / Cape Ann Chapter of Learn to Cope Meets Weekly

Hi Joey –

I am hoping you can post the attached flyer for the Gloucester / Cape Ann Chapter of Learn to Cope. Learn to Cope is confidential peer led support group for family members struggling with a loved one’s addiction to opiates (oxycontin, heroin, percocet, vicodin etc.) and/or other drugs. It’s a very special group and a tremendous community resource. Members get support and learn practical life saving skills such as how to recognize and respond to an overdose, how to get trained in nasal Narcan and use it if needed to reverse an overdose, how to navigate the treatment system etc. Our hope is that more people who are struggling with a loved one’s addiction realize they are not alone, and that there is hope. For more info go to www.learn2cope.org. The group meets Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the lower level of the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St. Brought to you by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.

Wishing the community a safe holiday season.

Many thanks for all you do.

Kathy Day

click the flyer to view full size-


Council on Aging, TRIAD, and Healthy Gloucester Collaborative Youth and Senior Event November 16th

Hi Joey,

I was hoping you could post the attached flier for an upcoming Youth and Senior event on Tuesday November 16th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm sponsored by Council on Aging, TRIAD, and Healthy Gloucester Collaborative. Free transporation offered by CATA.  Joanne Peterson founder of Learn to Cope is going to talk about the importance of "Talking with Your Teen: It’s Never Too Soon". In addition to Joanne there will be music, activiites, and food. For more info people can go to healthygloucester.org or call Joan Whitney at 866-964-4602.

We haven’t met in person but you provided amazing coverage of the Fishing Familes and Friends Health & Safety Day I helped to coordinate last April.  I am working on a state grant through Substance Abuse Prevention Services at the Gloucester Health Dept. to help reduce death associated with opiate use (herion and prescription drugs). We call it the Gloucester Overdose Prevention Project.

Thanks for all you do!!!

Kathy Day

MassCALL2, Opiate Coordinator

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

Health Department, City of Gloucester





Gloucester /Boston, MA. Steve W. Derr Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, community, public health and law enforcement partners recently announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th, from 8AM to 12PM. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“As we know all too well in New England, prescription drug abuse destroys people’s lives. Medication in out homes that is no longer needed becomes an unnecessary hazard to the ones we love,” said Special Agent Derr.

This initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Rates of prescription drug in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away- both potential safety and health hazards.

Essex County’s “Operation Med Sweep”, led by the DEA, Essex County District Attorney’s Office and in partnership with Gloucester’s Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, takes place with the nationwide program September 25th.

Cape Ann medication collection sites:

Saturday, September 25, 8AM -12PM

Gloucester: Rose Baker Senior Center
Essex: Essex Police Station
Rockport: Rockport Police Station

The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, a group dedicated to reducing substance abuse in teens and promoting healthy communities, has been working on this issue on the North Shore for some time already. The Collaborative introduced a model drug disposal program including a 24/7 drug drop-off site at the Police Department over a year ago and has successfully collected many unwanted or expired medications from community members.

For more information on “Operation Med Sweep” or other Healthy Gloucester Collaborative initiatives, please contact: Joan Whitney, Director, Substance Abuse Prevention Services, GHD, 866-964-4602. This event will be sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, a community coalition supported by Substance Abuse Prevention Services, Gloucester Health Department and partnering agencies.

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative