BHCHP Blog: A View from the Bridge

Welcome to BHCHP's blog, A View from the Bridge! This is a place for us to share our work with you, our supporters, partners, neighbors and friends. Check back often for stories and updates from our patients, staff, volunteers, donors, supporters and partners, or subscribe via email below.

BHCHP has participated in planning Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance event for the past six years and this year sponsored the event as well. This year, BHCHP hosted our own Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) event for the first time. TDOR is a global, annual event to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

These days, if you wander into Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s headquarters on what used to be a quiet Saturday morning, the main lobby is buzzing with activity. Tables decked out in purple tablecloths offer health information and related giveaways. Women of all ages are chatting, sipping coffee, doing crafts, getting hand massages and acupuncture treatments, watching movies and playing a BINGO game that imparts lessons about women’s health between shouts of “BINGO!” Beyond the lobby, in exam rooms, women are seeing providers for their medical and behavioral health issues or case managers for any number of non-medical needs. It’s a health fair, coffee talk, crafting session and walk-in clinic, all rolled into one. Welcome to HER Saturday, the foundation of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Women’s Health Initiative. HER stands for Health. Empowerment. Resources.

By Mike Bradley

I learned about Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) by chance, listening to the radio while driving to work about six years ago. A reporter was interviewing a Boston doctor, Jim O’Connell, who had dedicated his career to serving the homeless on the streets of Boston.

When I got to work that morning I made a contribution to BHCHP  – how could I not back that story?

An important part of honoring our patients is sharing the story of our work with the world. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know more of our patients, as well as the hardworking staff who deliver this high-quality, compassionate care every day.

Since April 2016 when BHCHP opened our Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT) in a former conference room, at least 10% of our visitors have immediately sought treatment for their disease. Here, at SPOT, the only program of its kind in the country, we provide medical monitoring following opioid use to prevent fatal overdose and promote access to long term treatment.

On February 12th, 2017, over 500 people came together for the first annual Winter Walk in Boston. BHCHP was honored to be one of the 5 partner organizations to work with the Winter Walk and benefit from its inaugural efforts. Along with Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Brookview House, Pine Street Inn, and Y2Y Harvard Square, we shared in this special event.