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Duffy Health Center, Housing Assistance Corp. receive Cornerstone Award

Cape Cod Times, January 29, 2019
Duffy Health Center and the Housing Assistance Corp. were awarded the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance Cornerstone Award on Dec. 11 for their collaboration on housing people who are experiencing homelessness and living with disabilities, according to a statement by the organization. Read more »

Remaking health care by redefining 'good health'

CommonWealth, Opinion by Lia Spiliotes, Community Health Prorams, January 20, 2019
LAST MONTH'S FEDERAL COURT ruling declaring that Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional was yet another alarm-raiser for Obamacare customers around the country. Again, in the delicate realm of subsidized insurance, ACA customers were asking: Should I reapply? Is the ACA dead? Will my coverage be canceled? Read more »

Beth Israel Lahey Health announces new organization for five-hospital merger

Bonston Business Journal, January 18, 2019
Beth Israel Lahey Health, fresh off a merger, has said they're combining five health systems into four departments. The health system is also now detailing the new appointments behind the integrated entity. Read more »

Study links more marketing of opioids to more overdose deaths

WBUR, January 18, 2019
Researchers at Boston Medical Center have published what they claim is the first evidence that increased marketing of opioids is tied to more overdose deaths. The study, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, looked county by county across the United States between 2013 and 2015. It found that where pharmaceutical companies spent more on meals, travel and speaking fees for doctors, there were more opioid prescriptions — and more fatal overdoses. Read more »

Duffy Health Center staffer recognized by Mass. Housing & Shelter Alliance

Cape Cod Today, January 14, 2019
Boston, MA: On December 11, 2018, Arlene Crosby, Outreach Case Manager at Duffy Health Center, was presented with the Ed O'Neil Award by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) at their Annual Meeting. Arlene was joined by her children and colleagues to receive the award, which was presented by MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn and the family of Ed O'Neil. Read more »

Grant helps Kennedy CHC improve access to dermatology care

Worcester Telegram, January 13, 2019
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center led a collaboration of local community health centers aimed at improving access to dermatology care for low-income patients within Massachusetts. Other participating community health centers included: Family Health Center of Worcester, Harbor Health Services, Charles River Community Health Center, Lynn Community Health Center, Manet Community Health Center, and South Boston Community Health Center. Read more »

Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access

Boston Globe, January 13, 2019
Need an X-ray and stitches to go along with your burrito and office supplies? Urgent care centers, walk-in clinics that treat a range of pressing medical issues, are proliferating in crowded shopping centers and along busy roads across the state, especially in affluent suburbs. One 2-mile stretch of Route 9 will soon have four urgent care centers, the newest next to a Chipotle and a Staples in Natick. Chestnut Hill has three within a 15-minute drive, and Cambridge, four. Read more »

New England Health Centers ramp up efforts, provide quality healthcare to trans community

Rainbow Times, January 12, 2019
Like many transgender people, Terry often found themself at a loss when accessing high-quality healthcare services that recognized and affirmed their identity. Terry, who asked not to be identified by their legal name, uses plural pronouns (they, them, and their) and said that culturally competent care for trans people is often lacking. Read more »

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center takes over management of MetroWest Meds From Natick VNA

Framingham Source, January 10, 2019
FRAMINGHAM - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) announced today, January 10, it has assumed the management of MetroWest Meds, a prescription drug assistance program previously managed by the Natick VNA. Read more »

Gun discussions, drug treatment on Mayor Walsh's health care agenda

Bonston Business Journal, January 10, 2019
Mayor Martin Walsh's health care priorities for the next two years include getting doctors to help prevent gun violence and expanding access to substance abuse treatment, according to a legislative package unveiled Thursday. Read more »

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey gives $3 million to address social factors that affect health, January 8, 2019
While these things are not typically thought of as health care, they do have a significant impact on people's health. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced $3 million in grants to 13 community organizations that address things like housing, hunger and other societal factors that affect someone’s health. Healey announced the grants at an event at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Read more »

Massachusetts hospitals get compliance guidelines for offering meds to opioid addicts

Beckers Hospital Review, January 7, 2019
After a 2018 state law required about 80 Massachusetts hospitals and satellite emergency rooms to offer opioid-addicted patients medication, hospitals are receiving guidelines to help with prescribing practices, public radio station WBUR reports. Read more »