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Newsroom - August 2018

Outer Cape Health receives $1 million pledge from Tom and Trish Kennedy

Cape Cod Today, August 30, 2018
HARWICH PORT, MA – Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) today announced that Tom and Trish Kennedy of Brewster have pledged a one-million-dollar gift to the community health center’s capital campaign—Enhancing Spaces, Impacting Lives. Read more »

Grant enables Boston-area center to mobilize data in diabetes treatment

Health Data Management, August 29, 2018
An award from a recent grant program will enable Dimock Center to scale up information technology tools to better treat patients with diabetes. Read more »

Rx For Health: A place to call home

Health Affairs, August 27, 2018
In a time when more than half a million people in the United States nightly face homelessness, health care leaders across the country have an opportunity to make a difference on this growing issue. Read more »

Year over year opioid-related overdose deaths decline in Massachusetts; opioid prescriptions fall 30 percent

SAMPAN, August 27, 2018
BOSTON (August 24, 2018) - Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts have fallen steadily over the past three quarters even as the presence of fentanyl in overdose deaths reached an all-time high. The presence of fentanyl in the toxicology of those who died from opioid-related overdose deaths rose to nearly 90 percent in 2018, underscoring its impact as the driving force behind the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, according to the latest quarterly opioid-related deaths report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Read more »

Inside an addiction-treatment clinic where walk-ins are welcome (features SSTAR Family HealthCare Center)

Boston Globe, August 20, 2018
FALL RIVER — At a wooden table still damp from the previous night's rain, Adam Carreira smokes a cigarette and talks about how he’s breaking his mother’s heart. His story will sound familiar to anyone aware of the opioid crisis gripping New England and the nation: He sniffed painkillers with his friends as a teenager, got hooked, and moved on to injecting heroin. Read more »

Family Health Center receives top quality awards

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 17, 2018
WORCESTER – Family Health Center of Worcester was awarded the top two quality grant awards, given to a small percentage of community health centers across the country, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. Read more »

Dr James Taylor, founding member of the EBNHC, dies

East Boston Times, August 16, 2018
Dr. James Taylor, M.D., who was a revered and respected figure in the healthcare field both in East Boston and nationally, has died. Read more »

HHS awards $125 million to support community health center quality improvement (includes $3.7 million for MA federally-funded health centers), August 15, 2018
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Read more »

Our nation's community health care centers need our support

The Hill, Op-Ed, August 14, 2018
Imagine being sick but lacking access to a primary care doctor. Consider needing a dentist or mental health practitioner but having no specialists available in your neighborhood. It's a reality for 90 million Americans living in medically underserved communities across the country. Read more »

Baystate Health gets $750K grant to expand asthma program, August 14, 2018
SPRINGFIELD - A Baystate Health partnership formed to served MassHealth enrollees through the model of an Accountable Care Organization has been awarded a $750,000 state grant to expand in-home asthma services through an area pilot program. Read more »

Number of urgent care facilities surging in Massachusetts, August 14, 2018
The number of urgent care facilities in Massachusetts is surging, creating new opportunities for cost savings in health care, according to a new study by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Read more »

Joe Kennedy III visits Milford for National Health Center Week

MetroWest Daily News, August 6, 2018
MILFORD - To recognize National Health Center Week, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Monday visited a local health center named after his great-uncle, Ted. Read more »

Opioids have sparked an HIV outbreak in Massachusetts

Huff Post, August 6, 2018
LOWELL, Mass. ― For many public health experts, Massachusetts’ near-universal health insurance coverage makes it the gold standard for access to care. It’s the last place in the country where you’d expect to find a spike in HIV cases alarming enough to pique the interest of the federal government. Read more »