It's the start of a new year, and if you've made some New Year's Resolutions you are not alone. According Brain Statistic and Marist Poll, more than 40 percent of Americans make these annual pledges. However, only about half of those who make resolutions end up sticking with them. So what's the key to making your resolutions stick?
"Choosing to make positive changes in our lives is a good thing -- whether you are committing to losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, drinking less, sleeping more or just being a better person -- but it is important to set goals that are attainable," says Katie Cooney, ANP-BC. "Patients often come in with lofty plans, but I tell them that it's better to work toward any lifestyle change one step at a time rather than trying to make sweeping changes that will leave you feeling overwhelmed or set you up for failure. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year and incorporate them into your everyday life."
Resolutions can be a family affair
"Kids ages 7-12 are at the ideal stage to learn to make resolutions," says Charlette Hines, FNP-BC. "Making resolutions with your children can be a fun opportunity for growth and family bonding, as long as resulotuions are realistic and age appropriate."
It's important for kids to take ownership of their goals, but parents and caregivers can help by going over the positive things the children accomplished in the past then asking what they would like to accomplish or improve to make their life better or happier in the coming year. It's fine to check in periodically to see how they are doing and help them break down goals into easy steps, but don't nag. "The point is to keep it positive."
Cooney and Hines discussed New Year's Resolutions with Quincy Access Television's Joe Catalano on Friday's Currently in Quincy. Watch QATV Channel 8 for the replay or listen to the podcast.
We're Here to Keep You Healthy in 2017
Make your health a priority this year and let us help! Manet has a wide range of programs and services designed to get and keep you and your family healthy throughout the year. Here are a few ideas to help start your New Year on the right foot:
Get Your Eyes Examined
Regular eye exams are important for people of all ages, from children to seniors, and especially for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes." It's easier than ever to get your eyes checked at Manet's Vision Center. The Vision Center is located on the first floor at Manet, North Quincy, 110 West Squatnum Street, and it's open to everyone (not only Manet patients). The Vision Center accepts most major vision plans, including EyeMed, Davis Vision, Opticare, Spectra, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Call 857-403-1550 or 617-376-3000 to make your appointment today!
Schedule Your Annual Physical
The new year marks a chance to start taking better care of your body and mind, and getting a physical can be a great place to start.
During a routine health exam, your health care provider can screen for problems and diseases, like cervical cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes before they start or become problematic.
A physical exam is a good time to discuss with your provider your lifestyle choices that may impact your health. For adults this may include smoking, drinking, exercise habits or stress management techniques. For children, this includes all of the home, school and social risk factors that may impact the health and development of the child.
"It's our job to work hand-in-hand with patients to help them take charge of their physical and mental well-being,” says Lily Yung, MD, Manet's Chief Medical Officer. " We want patients to feel empowered to ask us questions and w e are happy to clarify any misconceptions patients may have. That's why it is important for patients to find a provider with whom they are comfortable and have a good rapport. A good, trusting patient/provider relationship will ultimately benefit the patient's health.”
Dr. Yung recommends that all children and adults get a physical at least once a year. However, some people may have to visit the doctor more frequently based on their different risk factors or disease processes.
Manet's experienced and caring primary care providers are accepting new pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. To make an appointment, call 617-376-3000.
Dr. Okallo to Give Keynote at MLK Breakfast
Manet family medicine physician Joshua Okallo, MD, will be the keynote speaker for the Germantown Neighborhood Center/South Shore YMCA celebration breakfast to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King. Dr. Okallo will share some of his own experiences and messages of inspiration at the family-friendly event on Monday, January 16 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Germantown Neighborhood Center.
More Providers to Serve Patients at Manet, Taunton
There will be some new faces at Manet's practice site in Taunton starting this month. Gregory Smith, MD, and Charlette Hines, FNP-BC, will begin seeing patients two days a week at Manet, Taunton, and Jessica Chen, MD, will see patients one day a week. Soon to come -- Bill Brandon, MD, will join them to round out the Taunton team, which also includes Christine Basile, FNP-C. Stay tuned for more!
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!
It's Open Enrollment Time and Manet is Here to Help!
We'll Get You Covered!
Open Enrollment is now under way and runs through Jan. 31, 2017. During this period, those without insurance can apply for coverage and current Health Connector members can make changes to their coverage.
Manet's certified Navigators are available to assist individuals and families find plans that are right for them. In addition to helping patient's at Manet, our Navigators will be at open enrollment events in partnership with commuity organizations throughout our service area. To make an appointment with a Manet Navigator or to find out more about our open enrollment events, call 857-403-1557.
Manet Welcomes New Practice Manager
Manet is pleased to welcome Kevin Silva, who has (re)joined the team to serve as Practice Manager for Manet's five sites in Quincy, Hull and Taunton. Kevin will work closely with all members of the practice team to help ensure an outstanding patient experience for all Manet patients.
Some of you may recognize Kevin from his days as part of the Manet Development team. Most recently, he was Manager of Operations for five Health Express locations. He also serves as a firefighter/paramedic for theTown of Cohasset.
Thanks to the Quincy Housing Authority for the beautiful new sign at our Snug Harbor site! The sign, dedicated in memory of longtime QHA staffer Deborah J. Williamson, looks even nicer alongside the wonderful art display by Carolina Aragón on loan from the artist to the QHA. "High Tide" is an abstracted marsh landscape inspired by a marsh during high tide when the grasses are flooded by water and speaks of the region's changing shoreline. A Community Development Block Grant from the City of Quincy funded the new sign, as well as other improvements, inlcuding installation of new floors, removal of window grates and improved access for the disabled at the Snug Harbor site, which are currently under way.
Donations Help to Spread Warmth and Cheer
As the cold weather was approaching, Manet pediatrician Charles Bell, MD worried that some of his patients wouldn't have winter coats to keep them warm, so he organized a coat drive, mobilizing Manet staff to donate new and gently used children's coats to be distributed to children and families in need. The drive netted a closet full of children's coats in sizes from toddler to young adult. Information is available at the front desks of our Quincy sites.
Manet also received a slew of colorful and cozy handmade hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in an assortment of sizes and styles for our patients and families. The beautiful cold weather accessories were made by volunteers and donated through the joint program of Caps for Kids from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with Dana-Farber's Mammography Van.
Thanks to Barnes & Noble in Braintree for donating hundreds of childrens books to our Manet sites as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together. Each child receives a book at their yearly exam.
Become a Health Center Advocate
Manet has been a strong advocate on behalf of our nation's health centers since our inception nearly 37 years ago. Please consider becoming a Health Center Advocate, too. Sign up and become an advocate! Be sure to select Manet Community Health Center as your health center and indicate your connection (Employee, Board Member, Patient, Volunteer, Community Partner, etc.).
Meet Our Newest Manet Providers!
Shiun-ru Jessica Chen
Dr. Chen specializes in Internal Medicine and will see adult patients at our sites in Taunton and North Quincy.
Dr. Chen earned her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Chen has a special interest in helping patients with anxiety and depression. “I find it very rewarding to help patients who are struggling with these issues,” she says. “It takes patience, good listening skills and empathy, but it is very rewarding to be able to help patients see things from a different perspective.”
Dr. Chen speaks fluent Mandarin and is proficient in French.
To make an appointment with Dr. Chen, call Manet, Taunton,1 Washington St., at
508-822-5500 or Manet, North Quincy,, 110 West Squantum Street, at 617-376-3000.
Tanya Bibby, PA-C
Tanya Bibby, PA-C is a certified physician assistant and will sees family medicine patients of all ages at Manet’s practice site in Hull.
A native of Hingham and current resident of Hull, Bibby earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where she received a Graduate Scholar Award. She completed her clinical rotations at hospitals in and around New York City. She received her Bachelor Science in Exercise and Health Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Bibby is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants. She also is certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life support and Pediatric Advance Life Support and she is an ACSM Certified Personal trainer.
To make an appointment at Manet, Hull, 180 George Washington Boulevard,
Charlette Hines, FNP-BC
Charlette Hines, FNP-BC is a certified family nurse practitioner and she will see patients of all ages at Manet’s practice sites in Taunton and Houghs Neck.
Hines has a strong background in community health, working as a project coordinator for the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a health educator at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute on a number of community-based research programs. Her work there brought her to community health centers and sparked her interest in nursing.
“I love working with community-based populations,” she said, “and I saw how the community health center providers have a real stake in improving their patients’ health and improving the health of the community. I have a strong interest in finding ways to mitigate health disparities and working with underserved populations, helping them develop healthy strategies through education.”
Hines earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Regis College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Neuroscience from Williams College. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
To make an appointment with Hines, call Manet, Taunton, 1 Washington Street, at 508-822-5500 or Manet, Houghs Neck, 1193 Sea Street, Quincy, at 617-471-8683.
Manet Community Health Center is pleased to welcome Kathleen Cooney, RN, MSN, AGCPNP-BC to our primary care provider team in Snug Harbor!
A certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Kathleen earned her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
She has experience as a registered nurse in a variety of inpatient hospital settings and sees the switch to a community health center as "a great opportunity to learn a lot and help people who need it the most." To schedule an appointment with Kathleen, call 617-471-4715.
Kathleen McDevitt, FNP, joins Manet, North Quincy.
Kathleen McDevitt is a certified family nurse practitioner and sees patients of all ages at Manet’s North Quincy site. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston
Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston.
Kathleen is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Her clinical interests are
Family Medicine and Adolescent Health.
Charles Bell, MD, pediatrics specialist, joins Manet, Hull and North Quincy.
Charles Bell, MD, joined the Manet team in February 2016. Dr. Bell specializes in pediatrics and sees patients from newborn to age 23 at Manet’s Hull and North Quincy sites.
Dr. Bell earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at George W. Hubbard Hospital, also in Nashville. He was the recipient of a four-year National Health Service Corps scholarship and has experience working with diverse populations. He has a special interest in adolescent medicine, obesity in children and screening for teen depression.
Gregory Smith, MD, joins Manet, Hull.
Dr. Smith specializes in internal medicine and has been practicing on the South Shore since 1987. He earned his Medical Degree at the University of Rome in Rome, Italy and completed his internship and residency at St. Michael's Medical Center in New Jersey. Active in his community, Dr. Smith plays ice hockey with the South Coastal Men's Hockey League and is a member of Friends of Hanover Music, which supports music education in the Hanover school system. His personal interests include international travel, history, science and technology. He speaks fluent Italian and understands Spanish and Danish.
He is accepting new adult patients in Hull. To book an appointment, call 781-925-4550.
Jennifer Sabir, MD Now Seeing Patients at Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor
Jennifer Sabir, MD, has relocated from Manet, Hull and is now seeing patients at Manet's Houghs Neck and Snug Harbor practice sites in Quincy, where she began her career at Manet in 2005. Dr. Sabir specializes in Family Medicine and sees patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call 617-471-8683 or 617-471-4715.
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.
Workshops Offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative
The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative offers a variety of free wellness programs for residents of Quincy and Weymouth—focusing on hypertension, falls in the elderly, tobacco use and substance abuse. These programs are conducted by trained experts and are held in a multitude of clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth.
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, these programs are conducted by trained experts in clinical and community settings in Quincy and Weymouth. And now you have more ways to stay connected and find out about these great programs! Visit our new website, www.QuincyWeymouthWellness.org, and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QuincyWeymouthWellness.
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.
Ready to Quit Smoking?
Manet Offers New Tobacco Cessation Services
Counseling and nicotine replacement therapy can double your odds of success at quitting smoking. Meet with our Wellness/Tobacco Counselor, Jennifer Turpel, to get started. Appointments are available for registered Manet patients at these locations and times:
We're launching a new Tobacco Cessation Support Group at Manet North Quincy in January 2015. Watch for details here and on Manet's Facebook page.
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.
Translate This Page To:
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.
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!
Support the Manet Mission, make a tax-deductible donation.