As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.
Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.
On Thursday afternoon, Houle joined Cluett, doctors from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and officials from Aircast to discuss the grant, which is enabling SVMC Orthopedics to adopt Dartmouth-Hitchcock's GreenCare Model, a data-gathering research program DHMC has been using since 2011.
MCLA President James F. Birge said that after hearing from the Berkshire health care community about the need for health care educators and specialized health workers, he knew the college had to fast-track its already developing plan for new health care-oriented biology majors.
Community Health Programs has opened its renovated offices on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and hopes to add new doctors to its North County practice.
Members of 1Berkshire and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce got to tour the new offices at a joint chamber event on Wednesday catered by Bounti-Fare and Kelly's Package Store. CHP moved into the former 3rd North wing of the hospital last December.