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Newsroom - December 2020

Over half of Massachusetts high risk communities for COVID-19

Western Mass News, December 28, 2020
(AP) -- More than half the cities and towns in the state are now listed as at high risk for the coronavirus. Read more »

H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

The New York Times, December 28, 2020
Dr. H. Jack Geiger, who ran away to Harlem as a teenager and emerged a lifelong civil rights activist, helping to bring medical care and services to impoverished regions and to start two antiwar doctors groups that shared in Nobel Peace Prizes, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 95. Read more »

The need for primary care teams

Boston Globe, December 28, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden is pledging that his first job as president will be to stop the COVID-19 pandemic that is devastating, disrupting, and ending too many American lives. He has already named his coronavirus task force. Read more »

Vaccine rollout earmarks additional doses for hard-hit Mass. communities. But delivering on that could be a challenge

Boston Globe, December 22, 2020
When Governor Charlie Baker announced a sweeping plan to dispense millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Massachusetts residents, he pledged a commitment to equitable distribution. Read more »

Study Finds Permanent Supportive Housing Reduces MassHealth Costs For People Who Were Homeless

WBUR, December 22, 2020
Providing permanent housing with support services to people who've been chronically homeless reduces health care costs in the first year, according to a new study released Tuesday. Read more »

Prioritizing Farmworkers and Other Essential Food Workers for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Migrant Clinicians Network, December 21, 2020
Yesterday, the Center for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that essential workers, including food and farm workers, receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the next distribution phase. Read more »

'Victory.' Health care workers in East Boston among the first in Massachusetts to get Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

Boston Globe, December 21, 2020
Health care workers at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center were believed to be among the first in Massachusetts to receive a vaccine developed by Moderna, a biotech company based across the river in Cambridge. Read more »

Family of Tuskegee Syphilis Study participant say they will take COVID-19 vaccine but understand the distrust

ABC News, December 17, 2020
Lillie Tyson Head and her daughter, Carmen Head Thornton, have reason to be skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more »

FDA Says Extra Doses From Vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Used

U.S. News, December 16, 2020
THE U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that extra doses from vials of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine can be used after reports of vaccine doses being thrown away by pharmacists due to labeling confusion. Read more »

The Safe Communities Act is not only about immigration. It will protect public health

WBUR, December 16, 2020
Why would the medical community be concerned with legislation that would end state and local involvement in immigration enforcement in Massachusetts? The answer is simple: its a public health imperative. Thats why we must pass the Safe Communities Act into law. Read more »

As COVID-19 surges, swabbers carry on and on and on

Boston Globe, December 16, 2020
They have worked in tents, weathering the sweltering heat, lightning, and now snow. They have faced seemingly endless lines of sometimes frustrated and frightened people seeking COVID-19 tests. They are the ones who have had to tell people it may be days before they receive their results. Read more »

What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Across New England

NECN, December 12, 2020
As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, a vaccine is on the horizon, and Gov. Charlie Baker gave details Wednesday on Massachusetts plan to roll it out. Read more »

Community Health Centers Will Play 'Critical Role' In Getting Buy-In For Coronavirus Vaccine In Underserved Communities

GBH, December 10, 2020
Tonight, we heard about how one community health center in Boston has made sure testing and other resources are available to communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Read more »

Majority of Mass. residents are open to vaccine, new poll shows. Black and Latino residents are most hesitant

Boston Globe, December 8, 2020
The majority of Massachusetts residents plan to get a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, but Black and Latino residents are more hesitant because of longstanding distrust of the government on health care issues, a new poll has found. Read more »

Jim Hunt and the Mass. League of Community Health Centers

CommonWealth, December 7, 2020
Jim Hunt says community health centers got their start in Massachusetts because of the old axiom that all politics is local. Read more »

Massachusetts again opening COVID-19 recovery sites as cases surge

The Associated Press, December 3, 2020
Massachusetts public health officials are planning to open another facility to help house residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need a safe and therapeutic space to recover while isolating from others. Read more »

New Commonwealth Fund awards $100K to Worcester groups, targeting support for children of color

Worcester Business Journal, December 3, 2020
The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, a fund established this year by senior-level Black and brown corporate executives in Massachusetts, announced its first round of grant funding Friday, including $100,000 distributed between Family Health Center of Worcester and African Community Education, also based in Worcester. Read more »