Anne Fine: Northampton Health Department a terrific partner

Published: 8/31/2021 3:28:20 PM

I am a family nurse practitioner who, since March of 2020, has worked on various aspect of caring for patients during this pandemic and leading the vaccination efforts of the Hilltown Community Health Center.

I thank the Gazette for its Aug. 28 article supporting the pop-up clinic at the Cummington Fair last weekend. It was rewarding to vaccinate members of our community who have been hesitant to get a vaccine until now. Their reasons were varied, but being present showed that it is just important to get out into the community and make it easy.

I just wanted to state again, particularly because they were not mentioned in the Gazette’s front-page article Monday morning, that the Hilltown Community Health Center has partnered throughout this pandemic with the Northampton Health Department. Director Merridith O’Leary and her remarkable team of nurses, outreach coordinator, and volunteers made possible HCHC’s vaccination efforts throughout the Hilltowns.

The Northampton Health Department has been a generous leader in doing all that is possible to contain the COVID pandemic.

Thank you for letting me give praise where praise is due.

Anne Fine

Nurse Practitioner, COVID Vaccination Clinic Director, Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc.

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