Wednesday, August 5, 2020
According to the M.V. Youth Task Force (MVYTF), over half of Martha’s Vineyard high school students have tried vaping, and the figures increase every year. Theresa Manning of the MVYTF stated, “This whole thing happened so quickly, but no...
There are many misconceptions about food insecurity. “It’s not synonymous with starvation,” Kayte Morris, executive director of the Island Food Pantry, said. “It really comes down to not knowing how you’re going to fill the cupboards for the week,...
What brought you to MVH, Dr. Donahue? I have been coming to the Island for years, working here in various positions before I went to med school. I volunteered a few summers at Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard, so I...
The Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Regulation (Lead Law) requires all children to be screened for lead poisoning multiple times through the age of three. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), every child must have...
Dr. Stevens, how long have you been practicing at MVH? I moved to the Island permanently in 2014 and practiced off-Island for a year prior to joining MVH pediatrics in 2015. Prior to moving here, I was a partner/owner of...
Dr. Dacher, what originally brought you to Martha’s Vineyard? In the 1970s I moved to Boston to complete my internal medicine residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now known as Brigham and Women’s Hospital). I traveled to the Island...
“Western medicine defines health as the absence of disease,” Dr. Elliott Dacher, founder of the Meditation and Mindfulness program, says. Regardless of whether you have a disease or not, wellness has come to mean leading the best possible life...
What brought you to MVH? I first came to the Vineyard in 1995 as a PT student for an internship at Windemere. I spent 12 weeks here, and during that time I met my husband and fell in love with...
Statistics show that falls are a leading cause of injury for people age 65 and older. “A significant percentage of seniors have balance issues,” Marcela Pouliot, physical therapist at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, says, “Falling is such a prevalent issue,...
When people think of tick-borne illnesses, they most often think of Lyme disease, but there are other possibilities as well. While nowhere near as common as Lyme disease, tularemia is something that Islanders should be aware of. Tularemia comes from...
Merrie Beth, when did you come to MVH? I was first hired as a seasonal hospitalist at MVH in the summer of 2008. Later, I was asked to be the first full-time year-round hospitalist.  How would you describe your role as...
“Though strokes can and do occur to people of any age, the risk of stroke increases with advanced age,” Mike Spiro, nurse manager, ER at MVH, said. “Given our aging population on the Island, strokes are quite common.” According...
Nancy, what is your role at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital? I am an RN CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse) in the emergency room. What brought you here originally? I fell in love with the Island after vacationing here, and I took a permanent position...
This month, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will be conducting the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a way to take a snapshot of the many factors that contribute to the community health of the Island. Every three years, nonprofit...
How long have you been at the hospital, Karen? I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and I’ve been here since 2002. Prior to coming here I was at the Boston Medical Center, and the Yale New Haven Hospital. Looking at...
How long have you been at the hospital, Martha? I came to work here five years ago. Prior to that I was a clinical manager in pediatric ER trauma in Florida. What’s a typical day like for you? I work with all...
According to Dr. Steven Feder, primary care medical director at MVH, there’s been an uptick in measles in recent years. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that about 300 to 350 cases of measles were reported...
National Healthcare Decisions Day exists “to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning end-of-life decisions.” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is partnering with Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard to help educate the community about...
Dr. Ellen McMahon: Family medicine physician at MVH physician group, medical director of Windemere, and vice-chair of the medical executive committee What are your responsibilities? I work most days with our team to try to help our patients get the primary...
Peter, how long have you been at the hospital? I’ve been here for six years now. What brought you here? We visited the Island one summer, and six months later I drove off the Island Home to my new home. Previously, I...

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 36.6 percent of Vineyard students reporting vaping in 2018.
  • That figure is up 9 percent since 2016.
  • 15 percent of students have vaped on school property.
  • The most commonly consumed vapor substances are vape juice with nicotine (40 percent) and marijuana (18.8 percent).

Source: Martha’s Vineyard Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2018 Highlights

 

Resources:

High school video: Don’t Vape to Escape” 

Mass.gov site:  bit.ly/massgovvaping 

M.V. Community Services: bit.ly/mvfamservices

Beginning Jan. 15, a peer-to-peer group will be held, facilitated by M.V. Community Services recovery coach Rebecca Jamieson. Call 508-693-7900, ext. 401, for information.

 

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