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Newsroom - August 2019

Report flags "hot-spot" regions with high uninsurance rates

State House News Service, August 20, 2019
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON - A new report out Tuesday flags "priority" areas with the greatest concentrations of people without health insurance in Massachusetts, suggesting strategies to reach those who remain uncovered despite the state's low uninsurance rate of 2.7 percent. Read more »

HHS awards $107 million to support health center quality improvement

HHS Newsroom, August 20, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across nearly all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these awards to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the health care they provide. Read more »

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Boston Globe, August 18, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) - Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Read more »

Boston Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital collaborate to create housing stability in Boston

SAMPAN, August 15, 2019
Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will invest nearly $3 million over three years into housing stability through the Innovative Stable Housing Initiative (ISHI), a pilot project with the goal to identify, assess, and fund strategic approaches to increase housing stability for Greater Boston's most vulnerable populations. Read more »

Community health centers offer a model of how to fix ailing US system

Boston Globe Letter to Editor, August 9, 2019
Cheers to Dr. Michael Apkon ("What level of disparity in health care are we willing to tolerate?" Opinion, Aug. 1) It's time for Americans to demand action to fix our broken health care system. But we need not look to other countries for a better way. We already have a model solution. Read more »

Congressman Neal, Mayor Morse visit Holyoke Health Center

WWLP Springfield, August 9, 2019
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is National Health Center Week and Congressman Richard Neal was in Holyoke to honor the occasion. Read more »

On its 40th anniversary, Codman Square Health Center honors Gross, Pressley

Boston Globe, August 9, 2019
Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday night by honoring US Representative Ayanna Pressley and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. Read more »

HHS awards nearly $400 million to combat the opioid crisis

HRSA Newsroom, August 8, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation's opioid crisis. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services. Read more »

Community health centers: A role model for addressing social needs

BMC HealthCity Newsletter, August 7, 2019
Long before the social determinants of health became a catchphrase and a rallying cry in healthcare, community health centers (CHCs) were on the case. Read more »

Local health centers provide valuable services

Cape Cod Times op-ed, August 5, 2019
The health centers of the Cape and Islands will be celebrating National Health Center Week beginning today. The week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s community health centers over the past five decades. Read more »