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Newsroom - September 2016

State Department of Public Health recommends approval of Children's Hospital expansion

Boston Globe, September 30, 2016
The state Department of Public Health is recommending approval of Boston Children’s Hospital’s plan to expand its campus, despite concerns that the move would raise medical costs. Read more »

Millions in US leaving poverty, census data show

Boston Globe, September 26, 2016
NEW YORK — Not that long ago, Alex Caicedo was stuck working a series of odd jobs. He could make $21 an hour at the Johnny Rockets food stand at FedEx Field when the Washington Redskins were playing, but the work was spotty. Read more »

$3b drive to end diseases apt to tap Boston area's talent

Boston Globe, September 26, 2016
It set the Longwood Medical Area and Kendall Square abuzz last week: not a medical breakthrough or the latest big-money biotech deal, but the audacious announcement by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, his Quincy-bred wife, that they would commit $3 billion to the bold goal of beating all diseases into submission by the end of the century. Read more »

How to close Boston's 'stubbornly large' homeownership gap?

WBUR Radio Boston, September 22, 2016
Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it's a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called "A Nation Engaged," we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans. Read more »

How community partnerships can help end food insecurity

Health Affairs, September 21, 2016
In our previous post, we describe how the policy climate has begun to change in a way that may allow stronger partnerships between medical and hunger-relief organizations. Here, in part two, we take a close look at how the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) has developed a scalable model that community health centers might use to address food insecurity (FI) in their communities. Read more »

Where medical specialists are scarce, a push to train primary physicians to do the job

Boston Globe STAT, September 13, 2016
AS VEGAS, N.M. — The nurse practitioner with the graying, braided ponytail and metal-rimmed glasses was, frankly, a little rattled. He was sitting in a clinic, facing a webcam perched atop a small computer screen. It showed a conference room in Albuquerque where a group of medical specialists sat facing him. They had a tall task: find a way to help him save his patient. Read more »

Public shaming of overdosed adults by police department's Facebook post is 'morally repugnant'

Boston Globe STAT Op-Ed, September 12, 2016
I’m going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn’t fun. When I needed a fix — and when I was using, I always needed a fix — I felt as if my skin was shot through with electricity. I used to scratch myself so violently that it looked as if my back had been raked by a tiger’s claw. When I scored some drugs, that didn’t mean I was going to go and party. Instead, it gave me a few hours reprieve from being bathed in anguish and anxiety Read more »

Hack-a-thon yields ideas to combat opioid crisis

Boston Globe, September 12, 2016
Nineteen teams pitched ideas — ranging from mobile treatment vans to wristbands that monitor for overdoses then distribute medicine to stop them — to combat the country’s rising opioid epidemic during the final leg of a three-day opioid hack-a-thon on Sunday. Read more »

Is Children’s $1b project really necessary?

Boston Globe, September 12, 2016
A serene stretch of trees and grass at Boston Children’s Hospital soon could be replaced by an 11-story glass building with state-of-the-art facilities to treat the sickest of kids. The plan has drawn fire because Children’s would build over the beloved Prouty Garden. But beyond that fight is a more fundamental debate: Is the expansion really necessary? Read more »

Lowell Community Health Center expands

PCDC, September 8, 2016
Lowell, MA—Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) closed today on financing for a $27 million expansion that will renovate 65,000 square feet at 101 Jackson Street, adjacent to its main center at 161 Jackson Street. Through this expansion, Lowell CHC will establish new dental and vision services and expand existing medical services. Read more »

How Boston stamped out a TB outbreak thanks to bartenders and barbers (features Boston Health Care for the Homeless and role of community health workers)

Boston Globe STAT, September 2, 2016
BOSTON — The nurses of Boston City Hospital weren’t in the habit of stopping by the bar on their way into work. But that was where they began finding themselves every morning, starting in the mid-1980s. Read more »

CVS to pay Massachusetts $795K, tighten policies for opioids

ABC News, September 1, 2016
CVS Health Corp. has agreed to pay Massachusetts $795,000 and will tighten its policies for dispensing opioids following an investigation into its drug prescription practices, Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday. Read more »