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Sen. Warren returns to New Bedford, touting $3.9M for waterfront vaccines

WGBH, March 31, 2021
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her first visit to New Bedford in more than two years on Wednesday, touring a new federally funded vaccination center and expressing gratitude to essential workers in the food sector. Read more »

Pop Up COVID Vaccine Clinics Are A Hit Among People Sometimes Considered Vaccine Hesitant

WGBH, March 31, 2021
Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan will lead the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, which debuted Monday with roughly $2 billion in revenues and assets Read more »

Elizabeth Warren Visits the Covid-19 Vaccination Site at the Methuen Health Center

Lowellsun.com, March 30, 2021
Methuen, MA. – MARCH 28: Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to members of various units of the Massachusetts National Guard who were assisting in giving the vaccinations or were working in support rolls, Methuen Health Center, Monday, March 27, 2021 in Methuen Massachusetts. Read more »

The former head of the Dimock Center in Roxbury is launching a nonprofit in Boston with a bold mission to overhaul the oral health care system

Boston Globe, March 29, 2021
Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan will lead the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, which debuted Monday with roughly $2 billion in revenues and assets Read more »

The good news has been piling up for Lowell Community Health Center

Lowellsun.com, March 26, 2021
Last week, the health center learned it was invited to the federal Community Health Center Vaccination Program, which provides additional vaccines, separate from state allocations, for traditionally underserved communities. Read more »

Elizabeth Warren Visits the Covid-19 Vaccination Site at the Methuen Health Center

Lowellsun.com, March 30, 2021
Methuen, MA. – MARCH 28: Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to members of various units of the Massachusetts National Guard who were assisting in giving the vaccinations or were working in support rolls, Methuen Health Center, Monday, March 27, 2021 in Methuen Massachusetts. Read more »

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will be partnering with Lyft

Masslive.com, March 25, 2021
Blue Cross Blue Shield has pledged $1 million to fund the Lyft rides Read more »

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services by a narrow vote of 50-49

NPR, March 18, 2021
The first Latino to lead HHS, Becerra will oversee all the federal health agencies Read more »

Whittier Street Health Center Launches Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination With Community-Based Groups in Communities of Color in Boston

wshc.org, March 16, 2021
Through this partnership, WSHC’s Mobile Health Vans will bring life-saving vaccines directly to Boston’s hard-hit BIPOC communities Read more »

All 52 Mass. community-health centers to share $4M in grants for vaccine efforts

Boston Business Journal, March 16, 2021
The state's community-health centers are aiming to increase their vaccination efforts, and $4.35 million in grant money from seven local philanthropic organizations should help. Read more »

Tackling vaccine hesitancy in Massachusetts, one conversation at a time

WBUR, March 14, 2021
The blue bus stands out on this narrow street running through a neighborhood of subsidized housing in Revere. If you miss the banner announcing "Vaccine Information" or the mounted TV scrolling through vaccine FAQs or the table stocked with masks and hand sanitizer, maybe this announcement will catch your attention. Read more »

Telemedicine can address historic structural inequities

Boston Globe, March 13, 2021
America's response to the coronavirus pandemic is showing that we can begin to address racism's impact on Americans' health by changing how we access primary care - and telemedicine is pointing the way. Read more »

Early COVID-19 vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching People of Color

KFF, March 11, 2021
More than half of those who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through a community health center were people of color, than are overall vaccination efforts, finds a new KFF analysis. Read more »

Massachusetts is extending a free COVID-19 testing program

MSN, March 10, 2021
The free testing program at more than 35 locations across the state was scheduled to end on March 31 - but will now continue through the end of June. Read more »

Pandemic's racial disparities persist in vaccine rollout

New York Times, March 5, 2021
Communities of color, which have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, have also received a smaller shared of available vaccines. Read more »

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us. is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19

KFF.ORG, March 4, 2021
W.Kamau Bell Joins Black Doctors, Nurses and Researchers to Dispel Misinformation and Provide Accessible Facts in this Video Series to be Featured on YouTube Read more »

Black and Brown communities 'are dying,' says community Hhealth centers head

GBH News, March 4, 2021
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers has called for more transparency in the state's vaccine equity efforts and said that more needs to be done to get vaccines into the arms of the state's low-income residents, who tend to also be at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19. Read more »

Deploying to a hesitant community near you: 'Trusted messengers'

GBH News, March 4, 2021
On a chilly Sunday afternoon outside the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Rachael Williams greeted passersby with an offering of free masks, hand sanitizer and, if needed, baby food. The care packages served as an ice breaker so she could strike up a conversation with the person about getting vaccinated. Read more »

Health officials say age requirements for COVID vaccine leaving Black, Latino communities behind

NBC News, March 3, 2021
NBC News’ Dasha Burns goes to Boston to see why vaccine eligibility requirements meant to target the most vulnerable are leaving some of those hardest hit by COVID-19 behind. Read more »

Fewer getting tested for COVID-19, which is a problem, experts say

Boston Globe, March 3, 2021
After a winter of long lines, frustrated test-takers, and extended wait times for results, some COVID-19 testing centers in the Boston area say they are now experiencing an eerie quiet. Read more »

Boston neighborhoods hit hardest by virus have lowest vaccination rates

Boston Globe, March 2, 2021
The Boston neighborhoods with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates - East Boston, Mattapan, and Dorchester. Read more »

Johnson & Johnson vaccine deepens concerns over racial and geographic inequities

Washington Post, March 1, 2021
The nation has a third weapon to wield against the coronavirus, and this one doesn't need to be kept frozen or followed by a booster shot. Read more »

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