FirstStop MV is an Island-wide reference guide to support the health and wellness of our community by connecting people to information and critical resources for Islanders of all ages. Search the online database by category or keyword search in order to locate a service provider or other resource that may be able to help you or your loved ones. You may also call the FirstStop MV office at 774-549-0555 to speak with a staff person who can give you information about how to locate services.
In the fall of 2013, the Dukes County Health Council invited a group of medical and nursing students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School to Martha’s Vineyard through UMass’s “Rural Scholars” program. The Rural Scholars were commissioned to study demographic projections and future needs of the Island’s aging population.
The Rural Scholars identified as a top priority the creation of an Island-wide, centralized web-based information and referral system to serve caregivers (on and off Island), providers, and seniors.
Following the study’s results and recommendations, the Dukes County Health Council formed the Healthy Aging Task Force (now Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard).
Led by the Information and Resource working group of the Healthy Aging Task Force, community members, providers, and caregivers spent the next two years working together to develop and launch FirstStop MV.
FirstStop MV moved to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services in the Fall of 2016 to eliminate duplicative services, consolidate administrative functions and support staff under the umbrella of an existing non-profit agency. In August 2017, FirstStop MV expanded to become an Island-wide social service referral resource for Islanders of all ages.