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Amid doctor shortage, Berkshire health organizations highlight nurse practitioners

Berkshire Eagle News, June 21, 2016
A shortage of primary care physicians has become an issue nationally, regionally and locally. Berkshire County health care institutions are finding different ways to deal with this dilemma. Read more »

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services

HRSA Newsroom, June 16, 2016
Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Read more »

Make it stop

Boston Globe editorial, June 16, 2016
Greed, legislative cowardice, advanced technology — that is how we got here. The United States has been pummeled by gun violence since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004. This year, mass shootings have already claimed 61 lives. One class of gun, semiautomatic rifles, is largely responsible. But this nation cannot be a hostage of fear. We can make it stop. Read more »

In a safe space, medical professionals monitor what's really happening during a drug high

WBUR, June 15, 2016
They arrive on their own, worried about what was really in that bag of heroin. Some are carried in, slumped between two friends. Others are lifted off the sidewalk or asphalt of a nearby alley and rolled in a wheelchair to what's known as SPOT, or the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Read more »

Rep. Joe Kennedy III: Real mental health reform must move beyond margins

Herald News, June 7, 2016
Community health centers that say even if they could afford to hire 200 new mental health professionals, their caseloads would be full within the week. Insurance companies that refuse to approve mental health coverage on weekends, leaving patients in emergency rooms for several days. Read more »