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Economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

U.S. News & World Report, October 14, 2019
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. Read more »

An innovative program that helps civilly committed kick drugs

Boston Globe, October 14, 2019
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi didn't go into law enforcement to help people addicted to drugs. But setting those with substance use disorder on a path to recovery has become one of his life's passions. Read more »

Mock safe injection site to give people look at how they may work in Bay State (features MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center)

Boston Fox 25, October 13, 2019
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. - It's the opportunity to see what a safe injection site might look like here in Massachusetts. This week, Charlestown MGH Health Center is creating a mock supervised safe injection facility to give people a firsthand look of what they might look like here in the Bay State. Read more »

Mercy Medical Center says it may be 'forced out' of Cigna network by Tuesday, October 13, 2019
SPRINGFIELD - Mercy Medical Center warned that current reimbursement rates from Cigna insurance run the risk of “pushing Mercy out of network" by Tuesday. The warning came in an ad in The Sunday Republican in which Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer at Mercy, said hospital leaders and Cigna "have been in negotiations for months over the rates that Mercy receives for the care provided to Cigna’s commercial insurance members." Read more »

Using mindfulness as a tool to help fight the opioid crisis

EurekAlert!, October 11, 2019
BOSTON - Boston Medical Center (BMC) was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve function for chronic lower back pain (cLBP) using a non-pharmacologic approach. One of the most common conditions treated in primary care is cLBP, yet treatment remains unsatisfactory for many patients. Read more »

BMC chosen for national demonstration to advance care models for people with complex needs

EurekAlert!, October 11, 2019
Boston - The Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center has been chosen to participate in Advancing Integrated Models - AIM, a multi-site demonstration promoting innovative, person-centered strategies to improve care for adults and children with complex health and social needs. Made possible with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), AIM will assist health system and provider organizations in designing and piloting new approaches to integrate care for people with complex needs with a focus on improving health outcomes and fostering health equity. Read more »

NEW Health names Jason Aluia to Health Center Board

Patch, October 10, 2019
Mr. Aluia is a lifelong resident of the North End and has served as an active board member to the health center for the last four years. Read more »

Massachusetts hospital to close ED in November, shut down in 2020

Beckers Hospital Review, October 9, 2019
Union Hospital in Lynn, Mass., will close its emergency department in November and open an urgent care center in the space. The hospital will close in 2020. Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Union Hospital's parent company, announced in 2015 that it would close the hospital and consolidate some services in the area. Union Hospital's ED will close Nov. 3, the same day a new ED will open roughly five miles away at Salem (Mass.) Hospital. Both hospitals are part of Partners' North Shore Medical Center. Read more »

Massachusetts residents paying more out of pocket for health care, report finds, October 8, 2019
Individuals in Massachusetts are spending more and more money out of pocket to pay for their health care, according to the Center for Health Information and Analysis' annual report, which is being released Tuesday. Read more »

EBNHC honors Board Chair Rita Sorrento

Eastie Times, October 4, 2019
The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) last week honored its longtime Board Chair Rita Sorrento by dedicating its new Neighborhood PACE facility in Revere in her name. Read more »

Harvard Street Health Center to mark 50th year with gala on Friday night

Dorchester Reporter, October 2, 2019
As Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala event on Friday evening, it will herald a half century of providing care to residents along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor and impacting thousands of lives. Residents of the neighborhood rely on the health center for everything from dental appointments to flu shots. But perhaps no resident has felt the center's impact as personally as Chef Lee. Read more »

Boston Mayor releases plan to tackle food insecurity by 2030

Patch, October 2, 2019
BOSTON - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the release of his Food Access Agenda to assess existing food access initiatives and deliver actionable recommendations to fill gaps. The Agenda will guide the City's work to ensure everyone has equitable access to affordable, fresh, healthy, and culturally-connected foods and end food insecurity in Boston by 2030. Read more »