On Monday, March 13, Manet had the distinct honor to welcome U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to our North Quincy practice site for a roundtable discussion and tour about the local impact of and efforts to stem the opioid epidemic and the programs that Manet offers to assist those struggling with substance use disorders.
Senator Warren opened the dialogue by acknowledging that health centers are happy, vital places that provide critical services to communities, and she noted the importance of integrating treatment and prevention for substance use disorders into primary care with access to behavioral health options because, she said, "integrated care increases the chance of success."
The dialogue included state senators John Keenen and Walter Timilty, state representatives Tackey Chan and Bruce Ayers, Mayor Thomas Koch, Manet board members, primary care providers, staff and patients and representatives from community organizations, including Bay State Community Services, South Shore Mental Health, Quincy Police Department, South Shore Health System, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.
Manet CEO Cynthia Sierra set the scene by explaining the important role that community health centers play nationwide, serving 1 in 7 Medicaid beneficiaries, almost 1 in 3 individuals in poverty and 1 in 5 low income and uninsured, and locally with Manet serving nearly 16,000 patients at five sites in Quincy, Hull and Taunton. She also noted the devastating impact of substance use, noting that three to four people die each day in Massachusetts as a result of the opioid crisis.
"As a health center, we recognize a struggle that touches so many of us – and our staff are at the ready," she said.
Most impactful were the stories from patients Seana and Scott, who receive their primary care at Manet and also participate in Manet's Medication Assisted Treatment program. After years of struggling with addiction, they have both been clean for two years and are the parents of a healthy, happy three-month old boy. Seana says that being able to receive treatment as part of her regular primary care is important to them.
In closing, Senator Warren said that the dialogue underscored the fact that the opioid crisis touches real people. "How grateful I am for the work you all do every day," she said, "You make me proud to be from Massachusetts."
For more information on Manet programming for substance use treatment, support and prevention, please call Kim Kroeger 857-403-1575 or Corinne Sieben, RN 857-403-0765.
Manet Community Health Center and health centers across the country need help from our local staffs, patients, residents and community partners to educate our elected officials about the importance of funding community health centers. In short, WE NEED YOU!
Please sign up as a health center advocate at www.hcadvocacy.org and remember to select Manet as your health center. You will have the option of recieving advocacy updates and alerts. And help us spread the word!
A Message to Patients and Staff from our CEO
At Manet, we proudly serve and openly welcome patients that may have been raised here or have come to the United States from other countries around the world. As well, we are honored to employ the finest staff that have grown up locally and have come to us internationally.
Manet, among the ranks of federally qualified health centers for close to 40 years, exists to provide unfettered access to primary care and supportive services for any individual or family that needs our care.
For our patients, our immigrant community and our staff it may be a concerning, destabilizing and worrisome time with the recent events. We will work together as a team to identify and disseminate additional resources for our patients and as needed additional training for staff. To this end, please reach out to your leaders as you need to—they are in service to you and each other. Further, thank you to our managers and leaders for their sensitivity and attention to these concerns.
In closing, Manet embodies the mission of our founders and the tenets of the National Health Center program continue to ground us.
And, as our inspiration, our core values remain and serve as our guide:
We believe that everyone should have access to high quality, comprehensive health care and supportive social services that are delivered in a timely manner, with compassion and understanding regardless of ability to pay.
We will assist our patients and their families in achieving their optimal level of health and wellness.
We believe we play an important role in reducing health disparities and insuring parity and equality in health care.
Thank you for all you do to ensure the vitality and meaning of the Manet Mission,
Cynthia H. Sierra, Chief Executive Officer
Manet Community Health Center
Fair Foods - $2 bags of fruits & veggies!
Manet is partnering with Fair Foods to offer affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to our patients, employees and the community.
Every other Wednesday, Fair Foods will be selling $2 bags of fruits and veggies at our North Quincy site, 100 West Squantum Street. Everyone is welcome!
Ruth Jones (Director of Nursing, Quincy Health Dept.) discusses eye health with Dr. Jeanne Hopkins (Optometrist, Manet's Vision Center) and Annie Smith (CPO, Manet's Vision Center).
Meals on Wheels—A Lifeline for Seniors
Do you know someone who could benefit this holiday season?
Meal preparation is something most of us do every day without much thought or effort, but for some seniors it can be a difficult or impossible chore, particularly for those who are recovering from surgery or illness or who can't get to the market on a regular basis.
Manet Community Health Center, in partnership with South Shore Elder Services, offers a vital Meals on Wheels and catered lunch program to help support seniors in need.
Need help finding affordable health coverage that fits you and your family's needs? Ask us. We can help! It's free, confidential and we speak your language. For more information, call the Manet Navigation Hotline at 857-403-1557 or email email@example.com.
Our Navigators are also offering assistance out in community settings during enrollment season.
In Their Own Words
Hear what Manet providers, staff and patients have to say about Manet’s unparalleled compassionate care.
Welcome to Manet Community Health Center
Luiz & Elizete
Dr. Shiner & Lea
Lily Yung, MD, and the Manet Adult medicine practice team were presented with The Barbara A. Morris Award for Distinguished Service for their commitment to Manet and the communities it serves. Patient Gwendolyn Franks explains why Dr. Yung and her team earned the honor.
Creating Healthier South Shore
Communities for 36 Years
Manet has earned
Gold Seal of Approval™
Manet Community Health Center serves the broad preventive and primary care needs of the residents of the South Shore region through pediatrics,
family medicine, and internal medicine.
Founded in 1979, Manet has five practice sites
and a diverse staff who are committed to ensuring that our patients enjoy access
to all levels of the health care system. One of our priorities is providing
services for the medically underserved.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and deemed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
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Here When You Need Us!
Manet offers urgent and routine medical appointments on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our North Quincy and Hull locations. All of our Quincy and Hull sites also offer evening hours.
Call 617-376-3000 for an appointment. To reach an on-call provider after office hours, Manet patients can call 617-376-3000 or their preferred site. For medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
At Manet Community Health Center, we believe that everyone has the right to accessible, high quality and compassionate health care close to home. By supporting our mission, you are not just making a difference in the lives of thousands of patients in Quincy, Hull and Taunton and surrounding communities who call Manet their medical home; you are making a difference in our community. Please consider giving your support today!
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