Category Archives: health

5th New Life 5k Trail Run 5/7

From Tod Dimmick –

The 5th New Life 5k Trail Run hits the trails on May 7th

New Life is excited to host its 5th annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between.

To celebrate being back in person after two years of virtual runs, New Life has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to provide live music on race day. Also, the Furniture Matters club of Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children 4-10 years old.

Trail Run registration is open at An “early bird” discount registration of $25 is available until April 23; after that registration will be $30 between April 24 to May 5; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 7:30 on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:00, and the Trail Run starts at 9:30, with live music to follow. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need. “The funds we raise go directly to helping those coming out of homelessness to furnish their new homes,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of the New Life Furniture Bank.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit

COVID restrictions ending 5/29

  Breaking News from the MMA  

State to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, ease mask-wearing rules by May 29

Saying that the state will likely meet a key vaccination goal by early June, Gov. Charlie Baker announced today that the state will lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions — including allowing for full capacity for industries and removing gathering limits — and adopt new federal guidance on mask wearing on May 29.

In a press conference Monday morning, Baker said that the state is now “safer, smarter and better equipped in this fight,” and is in a position to accelerate its full reopening and to rescind its current mask order. He said that the state expects to meet its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million people by the first week of June. …

New Life 5k – now virtual only

From Tod Dimmick – “update – the race organizers just learned from the state that, unfortunately, the in-person component of the New Life 5k won’t be possible this year.”

UCC Medfield enters the New Life 5k

UCC Medfield has entered a team in the New Life 5k Trail Run since the event began. Rich Frank, an organizer of the team, says that the church is a passionate supporter of the mission of New Life Furniture Bank of MA. “Our team (and church) members love New Life Furniture Bank,” he said. “The largest portion of our annual giving budget is directed towards housing/homelessness, and we have several ministries that serve those experiencing homelessness. New Life serves a critical need… and we’ve witnessed just how impactful that experience can be.”

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, New Life found a way to safely serve almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

To Frank, the big picture is important. He says, “New Life helps restore dignity to and removes a tremendous burden from their clients.”

The 5k organizers have learned that the in person component will not be possible this year.  As a result, the 2021 New Life 5k will be entirely virtual, and entrants can run or walk their own 5k between now and May 8th (Just like last year!).

New Life 5k registration and information is available at There are discounts for teams of four or more, and new teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30. T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit

Other teams participating this year include Team Babson, Yates, Walk Ins Welcome, Soles of Medfield, Eliot Church XC, and others.

UCC Medfield welcomes new runners on the team. If you’d like to know more, email Rich Frank at “We’re open to have anyone join our team,” he says.

Town mask campaign

Look for the new signs, and think about upgrading your mask –

Really helpful article in the Globe today about masks –


Q: Cloth masks are relatively inexpensive. How much do some of these upgrades cost?

Srikrishna: The Envo mask, which I personally have been using quite a bit and fits like a sleep apnea mask, is $79. It’s reusable for three to four months and has replacement filters for $2, and is now sold with a valve cover. 3M’s Elastomeric mask costs about $30 and has filters for $7 or $8, and these may last up to a year. The Fire Department of New York is using them. SoftSeal masks have a gel seal but are still disposable, and they cost between $7 and $16. And Fix The Mask is a flexible brace or harness that you put over a regular surgical mask and it forms a tight seal and provides a really good fit throughout the face. They cost about $15 each.

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The raising of the funds to renew the Interface Referral Service annual membership (off of the town’s property taxes) was championed by MCSP stalwart Andreea Cazacu Hagood, MD.

This from the Medfield Patch –

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is proud to announce the renewal of Interface Referral Service for 2020-2021.

By Colleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User Badge
Dec 18, 2020 9:00 pm ET|Updated Dec 18, 2020 9:02 pm ET
  • Referral and Resource Card. (Courtesy photo)
Interface Referral and Resource Card.
Interface Referral and Resource Card.

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is proud to announce successfully funding the renewal of Interface Referral Service for the Town of Medfield for 2020-2021. In a year as emotionally trying as 2020, MCSP hopes to increase the awareness of this valuable service for any resident of Medfield.

The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from an extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.

MCSP would like to thank the following organizations for their support and generous contributions that allow for the continued service: Norwood Hospital/Steward Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, and CHNA7 – Community Health Coalition of Metrowest.

In addition to the aforementioned health partners, there are others to thank. Several local businesses and many community members have supported programming that raises funds for the coalition; others have shown their support by making donations. Special thanks to long time supporters: Tracy Buckley of Medfield Yoga Studio, Burning Wheel Yoga, and Karen Johnson.

MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization administered by Medfield Outreach. For more information, visit To donate, visit the Medfield Foundation’s Network for Good page. When making a donation through Network for Good, please be sure to include the name of the coalition (Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention) in the designation of the online form.

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention welcomes you to join monthly meetings and learn more about what we do! If you’re interested please email to be added to MCSP’s email list. Be sure to check out our social media and website at and

Melissa Coughlin, RN & BOH member on Medfield services related to COVID-19

Read Melissa Coughlin’s full Medfield Patch article here

Melissa is both a nurse at a downtown hospital and a member of the Town of Medfield’s Board of Health. The Board of Health has been providing our town historically unprecedented, diligent services this past year because of COVID-19.


The Board of Health is asking that residents follow the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance in order to most safely celebrate Halloween amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With these guidelines in mind, the Board of Health recommends you keep Halloween activities outside, maintain social distancing, wear a protective face mask (instead of, or in addition to, a costume mask), and maintain good hand washing. As a reminder, any Halloween activities are subject to Governor Baker’s order on gathering size limits

MA Department of Public Health Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween 

The Center for Disease Control has offered guidance on low, moderate, and high-risk activities: Center for Disease Control Guidance

37 confirmed 1 active


July 02, 2020 05:32 PM

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 37 confirmed 1 active Read on

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36 confirmed 0 active


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June 25, 2020 04:32 PM

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 36 confirmed 0 active Read on

March 11, 2020 01:15 PM

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Melissa Coughlin, RN reflects

The following letter from Melissa Coughlin, RN, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurse and a Town of Medfield Board of Health member, appeared in the Medfield Patch –

Thank you Medfield

Today I reflected on all that we have been through and I am proud of us, Medfield.

I need to say, Thank You.

We still have a long uncharted road ahead of us, so it too early to say thank you. I do not think so. Would saying a premature thank you cause any harm? I think not. I believe it is never untimely to share appreciation and love.

So here it goes. On April 1st I sat in front of my laptop terrified for our future. I typed out this plea, “APRIL 2020 will define how this pandemic plays out. THIS MONTH. Please help by making the decision you will be proud to talk about in 10 years, 20 years, and 30 years from now. This is it; we are here. No second chances”

Today I reflected on this statement. So much has happened in the past two and a half months. I am left with an enormous sense of gratitude and pride for this town, my friends, my family, and my colleagues.

In April, we were prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. We were debriefed about how to triage patients by a certain metric to see who would get the ventilator and who would not. As health care workers, we did not get an extra point if it came down to it. They told us this. We lost sleep, we lost weight, we lost time with our loved ones. We were forging into the unknown. We were scared.

You cheered for us. You made us lunches. You dropped off signs that said “HOPE”. You paraded down our streets and honked your horns. You sent us cards. You sent us coffee. You sent us gifts. You took our pictures because we did not know what tomorrow would bring. You gave us an invisible armor that we will never forget. You gave us confidence to face the uncertainties and the fears.

You did what we all thought was impossible. You quarantined. You stayed in your homes. You survived over 60 cancelled school days. You home schooled. You became teachers and teachers became known as heroes that they have always been. You did not get to be in that play that you had worked so hard for. You postponed weddings. You cancelled trips. You missed COA events. You graduated from your cars! You did it.

You learned about ZOOM. You learned to a new way to communicate. You learned what an empty calendar feels like. You learned to have dinner around the table. You learned about few new Netflix’s shows. You learned to watch sunsets from the tailgates of your cars. You learned to slow down.

You made it possible for us to gather our PPE, make room for our ICU patients, and most importantly you made it possible to have enough ventilators so we never had to decide if that healthcare worker would or would not get one.

Medfield continues to hold onto to one of the lowest number of cases in the MetroWest because of you.

As I said, we still have a new and unfamiliar road ahead of us, but I believe its okay to stop and reflect. Look at what we have done! We have done what once felt impossible.

We are writing the town’s history books Medfield, and I am proud of the story we are telling. What the next chapters will look like continue to be up to us. Let us maintain behaviors that we will have the privilege to talk about in the years to come.

*I am a Medfield Board of Health Member, a bedside nurse at The Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, and a Medfield “townie”. This article is my opinion and not that of the BOH or the BWH*