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Trump nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General

New York Times, June 29, 2017
President Trump has nominated Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the health commissioner for Indiana and a strong advocate of needle exchanges to avoid the spread of disease, to be surgeon general of the United States. Read more »

New Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Jerome Adams, led Indiana's fight against HIV

NBC News, June 29, 2017
Dr. Jerome Adams, a needle exchange advocate who helped lead Indiana’s battle against an HIV epidemic, was nominated Thursday to be U.S. Surgeon General. Read more »

Health bill is in doubt as some GOP senators withhold support

Boston Globe, June 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Read more »

Why Susan Collins won't vote yes on health care bill even after delay

Boston Globe, June 27, 2017
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced Monday night that she would vote against a procedural motion on the Senate health care repeal bill and said that unless the bill changed significantly she would vote against the bill itself. Read more »

Sick and afraid, some immigrants forgo medical care

New York Times, June 27, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. — Dr. Luke Smith drove slowly through the unlit streets of a neighborhood filled with immigrants, searching for an address among small houses with windows ribbed by iron bars. Pharmacy bags lay at his feet. His mission: to deliver medication to patients too frightened to pick up their prescriptions. Read more »

Q&A: What does the Senate health bill mean for me?

NPR, June 27, 2017
Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own coverage, and their family's: Will my pre-existing condition be covered? Will my premiums go up or down? Read more »

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, a fresh look at the emergence of personalized medicine

Healthcare Informatics, June 23, 2017
How might the shift towards personalized medicine and towards precision medicine—two related but different concepts-impact cancer care within the United States healthcare system? That question was explored in some depth during a presentation entitled, “Using Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine to Build a Patient-Centered Strategy," the first presentation given on June 15, during the Health IT Summit in Boston, held at Boston's Revere Hotel, and sponsored by Healthcare Informatics. Read more »

Health center at Worcester East Middle School to offer access to medical care

Worcester Telegram, June 22, 2017
WORCESTER - The School Department, in collaboration with other local organizations, will be opening a new school-based health center at Worcester East Middle School next school year, adding to a growing list of health clinics at schools across the city. Read more »

Eye On education: Siblings project modeled after Facebook founder's program (features Codman Sq HC)

CBS Boston, June 19, 2017
BOSTON (CBS) - Two Boston schools, one charter and one traditional, have teamed up with the health centers nearby to make sure younger siblings are school-ready before they even walk through the door in September, and there’s an interesting connection to Facebook. Read more »

Advocates come out to support Sanchez's bill to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

Jamaica Plain News, June 15, 2017
A diverse coalition of community advocates, health care professionals and public officials testified at a State House hearing on June 14 to support legislation seeking to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Read more »

Greater New Bedford Health Center names new CEO

SouthCoast Today, June 15, 2017
NEW BEDFORD - It took a little over a year, but the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center has found their new CEO: former Alosa Health CEO Cheryl Bartlett. Read more »

Mass is 2nd in nation for child well-being

Worcester Business Journal, June 14, 2017
Massachusetts ranks second in the nation for child well-being, but federal budget cuts and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could change that, according to new data. Read more »

Boston Medical Center, Head Start partner to prevent maternal depression

News Release, June 14, 2017
BOSTON - Boston Medical Center (BMC), in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development's (ABCD) Head Start program, has helped mothers experience a 40 percent reduction in the emergence of clinically significant depressive symptom episodes. Read more »

Massachusetts makes opioid reversal drug available to health centers

Channel 7 News WHDH Boston, June 12, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it is providing 10 community health centers in Massachusetts with doses of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Read more »

Pediatricians are treating opioid addicts, and it's working

Boston Globe, June 12, 2017
Dr. Jason Reynolds still thinks about the girl he could not save. The teenager was homeless and shooting heroin. Once, she ended up in a hospital with a severe skin infection, a common consequence of injecting drugs. She received treatment for the infection, but not for her obvious addiction, and was referred to Reynolds, her Wareham pediatrician. Read more »

State makes opioid reversal drug available to health centers

NBC Channel 10, June 11, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it is providing 10 community health centers in Massachusetts with doses of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Read more »

Families trusted this hospital chain to care for their relatives. It systematically failed them

Boston Globe, June 10, 2017
When state inspectors walked into the Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital at 5 a.m. in April of last year, they found a heart-wrenching scene. Children slept on bare, plastic mattresses in filthy rooms; dust and dirt collected in the corners. When the young patients woke up, staff sat them in front of a television. Read more »

State provides more Naloxone to 10 community health centers

Cape Cod News, June 9, 2017
HYANNIS –The state has announced that it is providing $100,000 in naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, to 10 community health centers as part of increasing public awareness about the important role of the overdose reversal drug in saving lives. Read more »

Community Health Center appoints Addiction Program Manager

CapeNews.Net, June 9, 2017
The Community Health Center of Cape Cod, which has its main offices in Mashpee as well as offices in Bourne and Falmouth, has appointed licensed social worker Yvonne Nickerson as its addictions program manager. Read more »

State taps 18 provider groups for MassHealth overhaul

North End Waterfront News, June 8, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker's administration said Thursday that it has chosen 18 networks of health care providers and insurers, from Boston to the Berkshires to launch the biggest redesign of the state Medicaid program in more than two decades. Read more »

Trump wants to kill federal arts funding. What difference would that make? (Features Codman Square Health Center's Clemente Course)

Washington Post Magazine, June 8, 2017
Excerpt: "What do you see here?" asks the Harvard historian, moonlighting in a basement classroom of the Codman Square Health Center, in a working-class section of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He keeps asking simple questions like that, which make the answers seem not so obvious, which reminds the students — nearly all middle-aged black women — of Socrates, whom they read last semester. They are looking at photographs taken by the crusading journalist Jacob Riis more than a century ago, pictures of immigrants crammed into tenements in Lower Manhattan. Read more »

NEW Health CEO Honored by Massachusetts Community Health Center Officials

North End Waterfront News, June 8, 2017
Members of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and other community health officials across the state gathered last night at Il Molo restaurant in the North End to honor NEW Health CEO, Jim Luisi. Luisi has been elected as the board chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC); he's set to be inaugurated at a ceremony in San Diego in August. Read more »

BU medical students dispense food, health care, compassion in East Boston (features BHCHP)

Boston Globe, June 6, 2017
The man said he was having chest pains, and his breathing was clearly labored. He wanted to talk to a doctor. The big tent in the parking lot of an East Boston shopping mall seemed like an odd place for such a request, but he was a repeat visitor. It was Thursday night, and his medical friends were in the neighborhood for their weekly visit. Read more »