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Newsroom - December 2016

National study documents the value of family-provided medical care for children with special health care needs

US Newswire, December 28, 2016
About half of U.S. children with special health care needs - 5.6 million children - receive medical care from uncompensated family members worth billions of dollars, finds a large national study led by Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Southern California (USC). Read more »

Sometimes, a dog is the best medicine (features Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program)

Boston Globe, December 21, 2016
"Hey, my babies!" A small woman, her hair cropped close to her head, her pajamas swimming on her sunken frame, bounded into the airy atrium. She made a beeline for a pair of labs — one blond, one black — so happy to see her that their tails seemed to be wagging them. Read more »

Health Center's Lori Berry retiring

Lynn Daily Item, December 15, 2016
LYNN — Lori Berry, chief executive officer of the Lynn Community Health Center, announced her plans for retirement on Wednesday.The nonprofit, multicultural, community health center is located in the heart of the city. It prides itself on developing new initiatives that result in high-impact, low cost health care. The mission aligns with a career goal Berry set for herself decades ago. Read more »

Mass. jobless rate doesn’t tell the full story

Lynn Daily Item, December 15, 2016
The Massachusetts unemployment rate plummeted to 2.9 percent in November, the lowest level since January 2001. Hundreds of thousands of workers have rejoined the labor force since the Great Recession, and some businesses, such as restaurants and health care providers, are now struggling to fill open positions. Read more »

CHP's Food Bank: Trying to stop 'spiraling poverty' with food and help

Berkshire Edge, December 7, 2016
Great Barrington — The food won’t be handed out until noon, but Ginny Dawson is first in line two hours earlier to make sure she gets what she needs to feed herself and her family. Read more »

US health spending rises at fastest rate in eight years

Boston Globe, December 2, 2016
Health care spending accelerated nationally last year as more Americans obtained insurance and received medical care, according to a new federal study that could become ammunition in the upcoming fight over President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to scrap the Affordable Care Act. Read more »

Opioids' hold on parents takes toll on kids.

Boston Globe, December 2, 2016
It was the night after Thanksgiving. The little boy, not quite 3, wore no socks, despite the cold. He sat on his unconscious mother’s lap in the idling car, a spray of vomit dried on the window, according to the police. His father was slumped on the steering wheel, his seat belt wrapped around his arm like a tourniquet Read more »

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