Friday, May 28, 2010

10th annual Community Health Day

COMMUNITY COUNTS: From left, Roger Pasinski, MD, MGH Revere medical director, Jacobson; Bernice MacIntyre, MGH Revere Marketing/Operations liaison; and Jellinek

FOR 10 YEARS, the MGH Revere HealthCare Center's Community Health Day has provided the opportunity to celebrate community health efforts and educate center staff, patients and community members. This year's event featured Michael Jellinek, MD, chief of the MGH Child Psychiatry Service and president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, who presented "Adolescent Self-Esteem – The Complex Path to Teen Success."

"Self-esteem is at the root of many issues child psychiatrists see," said Jellinek, who discussed the role of self-esteem in an individual's healthy psychological development. He detailed ways for adults to encourage self-esteem in children and teenagers, including setting reasonable expectations for success and providing opportunities for children and teens to succeed autonomously.

At the close of the event, Debra Jacobson, administrative director of the health center, presented the Revere Community Health Award to Jay Picariello, Revere Fire Department captain, for his leadership and support of anti-drug abuse efforts in the community. Picariello successfully advocated for Revere firefighters to carry intranasal Naloxone, a resource which has enabled them to save several lives by preventing opioid overdoses.