Newsroom - October 2020

League Statement Regarding Trump Administration's Executive Order on Diversity & Inclusion Training

Boston Globe, October 30, 2020
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League) strenuously opposes the White House's September 22nd Executive Order prohibiting the federal government and federal grantees from carrying out trainings that address systemic racism and bias in the workplace. Read more »

Hunt steps away from pioneer role in nurturing health centers

Dorchester Reporter, October 29, 2020
James W. Hunt, Jr. of Dorchester, the executive director of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, announced last Friday that he will retire in December after more than four decades working with and leading the health care group. Read more »

Former NAACP pres. will lead advocacy for MA health centers

Bay State Banner, October 29, 2020
The first-ever community health center opened its doors in 1965 in Columbia Point, beginning a history of bringing primary care to the underserved. More than 50 years later, support for community health centers remains crucial, especially during health emergencies like COVID-19. In Massachusetts, Michael Curry will be leading the charge in 2021 as the new president of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Read more »

After 41 years, Hunt stepping down as head of Mass. League of Community Health Centers

Boston Globe, October 22, 2020
James W. Hunt Jr., a leader in the national movement to bring high-quality, low-cost health care to underserved neighborhoods, is retiring after 41 years as chief executive of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Read more »

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

Boston Globe, October 21, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) - US health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters. Read more »

Colder than Antarctica in winter: super cooling concerns for the possible first COVID-19 vaccine

Boston Globe, October 20, 2020
The race to create safe and effective vaccines against the coronavirus is facing another complex challenge: how to safely deliver tens of millions of doses to all corners of the world while ensuring they remain in super cold storage until ready for use. Read more »

54 million people in America face food insecurity during the pandemic. It could have dire consequences for their health

AAMC, October 15, 2020
When the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Revere HealthCare Center opened its therapeutic food pantry in January 2020, the plan was to start off with a three-month, 10-patient pilot program. The pantry would provide plenty of plant-based, healthy food to the patients, all of whom had nutrition-dependent chronic diseases, like diabetes and obesity, and were food insecure, meaning they lacked enough food to live a healthy and active life. Read more »

Manny Lopes Named Massachusetts Health Council Health Care Star

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, October 15, 2020
The Massachusetts Health Council (MHC) has named East Boston Neighborhood Health Center President and CEO Manny Lopes as a 2020 Health Care Star. Lopes will be honored at the MHC’s 100th Anniversary Virtual Gala on October 27. Read more »

Coronavirus Risk Map: Mass. Average in Red Zone, Along With 63 Cities and Towns

NBC Boston, October 15, 2020
Massachusetts' latest weekly data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the updated community-level risk assessment map, shows 63 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting COVID-19, a new high and an increase of 23 since last week. Read more »

Here's everything Mass. is doing to prepare for a fall-winter COVID surge

NBC Boston, October 14, 2020
Expecting a rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that Massachusetts is prepared for the next stage of the months-long fight against coronavirus. Read more »

The Affordable Care Act and coverage for Massachusetts residents is at risk

Boston Globe, October 14, 2020
Dave was laid off from his hotel job in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he lost his health insurance too. Read more »

Worcester's Kennedy Community Health set 'to meet moment', October 11, 2020
WORCESTER - Stephen Kerrigan embraces challenges. Read more »

Community Health Center announces Sandwich expansion plans

Cape Cod Newsletter, October 09, 2020
SANDWICH - The Community Health Center of Cape Cod has announced that they are planning to expand their services into Sandwich. Read more »

Boston Public Schools' reopening plans paused as city's COVID-19 rate climbs

WCVB, October 07, 2020
Boston - Boston Public Schools' reopening plans were paused Wednesday after the city's COVID-19 positive test rate climbed over 4%. Read more »

Baker Forms Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Group to prepare for Massachusetts distribution

CBS Boston, October 07, 2020
BOSTON (CBS/AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced the formation of an advisory group Wednesday to help the state prepare to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one becomes available. Read more »

CDC says coronavirus can spread indoors in updated guidance

Boston Globe, October 05, 2020
The top U.S. public health agency said Monday that the coronavirus can spread more than 6 feet through the air, especially in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. Read more »

Trump administration to renew coronavirus emergency declaration

Politico, October 02, 2020
The Trump administration is renewing the public health emergency declaration for the coronavirus, ensuring key resources for fighting the pathogen will be in place well past Election Day. Read more »