Community Health Programs

Health + Wellness

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All programs are held at CMC/DH, 580-590 Court St., Keene, NH unless otherwise noted. All programs require registration and are free, unless otherwise noted.

If special accommodations are required for you to attend any of our programs, please call The Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice at (603) 354-5460.

PLEASE NOTE: To register for Prenatal and Parent Education Programs, call (603) 354-5454 ext. 8388 or click here to register online.

Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation!

Jennifer McCalley, MSW, ACHP-SW Program Coordinator, Honoring Care Decisions
What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes? Advance care planning is a process that helps any adult at any state of health think about your values and goals; consider health care choices you may have to make in the future; talk about your choices with your doctor and your loved ones; and make or update a written plan for the future (advance directive). Join us in thought-provoking conversation to help make your wishes know. Learn vocabulary, reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive. You will have the opportunity to complete or update your advance directive if you are ready or sign up for a 1:1 meeting with a trained facilitator for a more in depth conversation.
Choose a date:
Tuesday, July 25 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Room 2
Wednesday, August 23 3:00-4:30 p.m. North Conference Room 2
Thursday, September 26 12:00-1:30 p.m. North Conference Room 2
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Resilient Living Book Club: Self-Compassion

Jennifer Begley and Tom Stearns, Ph.D.
It’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” In her book, Neff offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. This book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with emotional struggles, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living. Please come prepared having read the book.
Tuesday, August 15 5:30-7:30 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1 and 2
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What’s Your Green Dot?

Carolyn Crane, Green Dot Trainer
What can you do to end violence in our community? We all play a role in preventing personal violence. Join us for this overview of the Green Dot Program to learn more about how you can become part of the solution and how to recognize the behaviors that may constitute sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking as well as how to effectively intervene.
Tuesday, August 15 5:30-7:00 p.m. Auditorium A
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"Cholesterol Park"

Rudy Fedrizzi, MD, CMC/DH Center for Population Health
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Cheshire County is no different with more than 150 residents of the Monadnock region dying each year from heart disease and stroke. However, it is important to know that many of these conditions are preventable. By eating healthier foods, being more physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol, and following medical advice, including taking medications correctly, you can extend the length and quality of your life. Join us for this fun-filled game designed to raise your health and well-being by setting simple health goals and working in partnership with your healthcare provider. Participants will receive an informative health guide to take home that reinforces the game’s activities.
Thursday, August 17 3:00-4:30 p.m. North Conference Room 2
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Bedtime Blues

Jamie Champney, Certified Human Behavior Specialist
Are most nights a challenge to get your children to settle down and go to bed? If so, you are not alone. Technology, busy schedules, societal and social demands, and work commitments are all barriers to a consistent and successful bed time routine. This session will provide helpful ways and strategies to create calm, soothing environment to help guide you toward creating and maintaining a bedtime routine for your family.
Tuesday, August 22 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Room 1
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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

Melissa Grenier, Regional Manager, Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter
During the stages of dementia, the person diagnosed often will experience changes in behavior that can be confusing for a caregiver. Behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. Attendees will learn to identify common triggers for behavior changes, assess and identify challenging behaviors, and understand strategies to address common behaviors.
Thursday, September 14 10:00-11:30 a.m. Auditorium A
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Compassionate Parenting

Sherry Jennings—Early Childhood Educator; Conversation Coach; Nonviolent Communication Facilitator
Would you like to model for your children the peace and compassion you want them to bring to the world? There are skills to be learned to bring these dreams into reality, to transform challenging moments into ones filled with joy, calm, hope, and caring. Join us to learn new ways to speak and listen compassionately so that you can create the harmony, connection, and aliveness in your family.
Tuesday, September 19 5:00-6:30 p.m. Auditorium A
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Green Dot Bystander Training

Carolyn Crane, Green Dot Trainer
Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy, supported by a research grant from the Centers for Disease Control, being implemented in Keene to reduce the incidence of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by engaging individuals as leaders and active bystanders who step in, speak up, and interrupt potential acts of violence.
This 5 hour Bystander Training is designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. Appropriate for anyone age 16 and over, the training uses video, role-plays, and other exercises to maximize the level of engagement of participants and help them apply the concepts in the curriculum to their own lives and practice the skills they need to be proactive bystanders. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Saturday, September 23 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. North Conference Room 1
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Senior Medicare Patrol

Kim Lauer, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Counselor, Monadnock ServiceLink
Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse can all result in higher out-of-pocket costs. Learn how to protect, detect and report suspected errors, fraud or abuse to protect you and other people from becoming victims and help save Medicare dollars.
Thursday, September 28 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1&2
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First Steps in Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator and Exercise Physiologist, CMC/DH
During this free one hour informative program learn what steps can be taken to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Practical tips are provided.
Choose a date:
Monday, September 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Central Conference Room 6
Monday, October 23, 4:30-5:00 p.m., North Conference Room 2
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How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally!

Patti Schuman, RDN, LD, CDE, CMC/DH
Did you know that high blood pressure can silently damage your heart, brain and kidneys for years? Learn how to choose and prepare nutritious foods that taste good while increasing your chances of lowering or eliminating the need for blood pressure medication.
Thursday, September 21, 1:00-2:00p.m. Central Conference Room 6
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