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Cape Cod Healthcare Awards Barnstable County ‘Ask a Public Health Nurse Program’ $3K to Help Expand Services 

Barnstable County Regional Government of Cape Cod 

Media Contacts: 
Deirdre Arvidson, Public Health Nurse |508-375-6617| 
Sonja Sheasley, Communications Coordinator|508-375-6896|  

public health nurses program Barnstable MA, November 26, 2019 – On behalf of the Department of Health and Environment, Barnstable County is pleased to announce that Cape Cod Healthcare has awarded the Public Health Nursing Division $3,000 for outreach to vulnerable and underserved populations in FY20.  Funds will be used for activities conducted by the “Ask a Public Health Nurse” initiative. 

The Barnstable County Public Health Nursing Division developed the ‘Ask a Public Health Nurse’ initiative in 2012 when it received a grant from United Way to provide services to consumers at food pantries.  Nurses currently spend about 70 hours per month administering the program and are stationed at one of 22 participating sites to offer blood pressure readings, glucose screenings, health information, flu shots, and other health resources.  The grant from Cape Cod Healthcare will help expand the program by at least two more sites on Cape Cod.  

[su_quote]Barnstable County Public Health Nurse Deirdre Arvidson, who directs this program, said “By working with food pantries and other partner organizations, this program helps us reach individuals in communities across Cape Cod who might not otherwise have regular access to health screenings, and other health promotion and disease prevention messages.”  [/su_quote]

Current participating sites are: 

Location   Address  Days  Hours 
A Baby Center  81 Willow Ave., Hyannis  1st & 2nd Monday  10-1 
Bourne Food Pantry  20 Commerce Park Rd., Pocasset  2nd & 4th Tuesday  9-11 
Brewster COA  1673 Main St., Brewster  2nd & 4th Monday  9:45-11:15 
Centerville Library  585 Main St., Centerville  3rd Thurs  10-11 
Chatham Community Center  Main St., Chatham  1st & 3rd Wed  9-11 
Cromwell Court  Hyannis  2nd & 4th Tuesday  1-4 
Eastham COA  1405 Nauset Rd., Eastham  1st Wednesday  12-2 
Eastham Library  190 Samoset Rd., Eastham  1st Tuesday  10-12 
Falmouth Eats Together  Various churches in Falmouth  usually 1st & 3rd
Falmouth Service Center  611 Gifford St., Falmouth
1st & 3rd Thursday
Harwich Family Pantry  133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich  Tuesdays  9:30-11:30 
Mashpee Food Pantry  Rte. 151 & Jobs Fishing Rd., 
Christ the King Church 
2nd & 3rd Wed  10-12 
Orleans Food Pantry  Methodist Church, Orleans  1st & 3rd Monday  9:30-11:30 
Provincetown Town Soup Kitchen  Methodist Church  
20 Shank Painter Rd. Nov – April 
2nd & 4th Friday  11-2:30 
Salvation Army  100 North St., Hyannis  2nd & 4th Monday  11:30-12:30 
Sandwich Food Pantry  331 Cotuit Rd., Sandwich  3rd Wednesday  10-12 
St. David’s, S. Yarmouth  205 Old Main St., S Yarmouth  3rd Wednesday  1-3 
Veterans Outreach  247 Stevens St., Suite E, Hyannis  First Thursday  9-1 
Wellfleet Community Dinner  United Methodist Church  1st & 3rd Tuesday  5-7 
WIC, HYANNIS  Rte. 132, Hyannis  3rd Wednesday  1-4 
Yarmouth Food Pantry  845 Main St., S. Yarmouth  3rd Tues & Thurs  5:30-6:30 
YMCA  2245 Iyanough Rd., W. Barnstable  1st & 3rd Tues  8:30-11:30