Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Public Health Nurses Cheryl McAvenia from Holbrook, Jean McGinty from Randolph, Patricia Neal from Randolph and Dov Yoffe from Avon gather with Avon Public Health Agent Kathleen Waldron to prepare for the screening seminar
AVON, MA – The Avon Council on Aging and Civic Center ended up being the place to be on Thursday, August 16th as nearly 60 local seniors came together to take part in first-of-a-kind senior health screening seminar hosted by a new Avon, Holbrook and Randolph public health nursing initiative.
“We had great participation from residents in each community,” said Kathleen Waldron, Avon Health Agent and one of the program’s organizers. “It really showed that there’s significant value in bringing our three towns together to better-meet the public health needs of our residents.”
The screenings, which included bone density, blood pressure and glucose testing for local residents, was made possible by a $46,000 state Community Compact Grant secured for the three towns by the Norfolk County Commissioners to create more regional public health nursing services for local residents. As part of the initiative, local officials have been placing a particular emphasis on helping to prioritize senior wellness initiatives, combating the opiate epidemic and responding to the influx of tuberculosis cases, among other goals.
Identifying and supporting regional initiatives have long been priorities for Norfolk County leaders, organizers added.
“The Norfolk County Commissioners are proud that this regional initiative continues to have an impact for the towns of Avon, Holbrook and Randolph, as well as their residents, and we’re excited about the example that it provides for more enhanced regional opportunities in the months and years to come,” said Francis W. O’Brien, Chairman of the Norfolk County Commissioners.