Crisis Spurring Creativity in Dealing with Opiate Addiction
NBC Boston

Chad Barboza grasped the bar, looked upward, and lifted the weights onto his shoulders. 

On May 16, Barboza worked out in the CrossFit training session at Phoenix Multisport in Roxbury, a nonprofit open to people who have been sober for at least 48 hours, to work out. 

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The JAMA Network

Approximately 44% of homeless adults are hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected. Historically, homeless and marginally housed (HMH) adults have faced barriers to HCV treatment. New, interferon-free therapies have excellent cure rates and improved tolerability, reducing barriers for treatment.  To our knowledge, no published studies have documented the treatment of HMH populations with these therapies.The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) began treating HMH adults with oral agents in 2014.

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CBS Evening News

Dr. Jim O’Connell went to Harvard Medical School at the age of 30. After finishing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was on his way to an oncology fellowship when the city of Boston received a grant, along with 18 other cities, to improve their health care system for the homeless.

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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.

Spare Change News

The first Winter Walk took place Sunday, Feb. 12 seeking to address the needs of Boston’s homeless community and share the real stories and struggles of this population.

As we trudge through the coldest month of the year, thankful for many luxuries we deem standard commodities, our city’s homeless individuals are faced with the terrible reality of New England’s harsh winter weather.

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The Heights
After Jim O’Connell finished Harvard Medical School and completed a residency at Mass General Hospital, he spent two months washing people’s feet.

On Thursday night, O’Connell, founding physician and current president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), gave a lecture as part of the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series on his experiences as a health care provider to Boston’s homeless population.

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

For a homeless person who’s cold or hungry or intoxicated, the emergency room is often the first place they’ll think to go to find warmth, a sandwich, or a place to spend the night.

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NEJM Journal Watch

I met Jon Harris, PA-C, during his days as a PA student at Northeastern University and was immediately impressed. He excelled in my course, and I knew that he was destined to be an impactful clinician. He previously had graduated from Columbia University with a degree in environmental sciences and spent several years working in the nonprofit, nonmedical community. On a friend’s advice, he started volunteering as an EMT in rural Vermont and quickly found a love for medicine.

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Jennifer Brody
The Kraft Center for Community Health
Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, Kraft Practitioner alumna (Class of 2014), Internal Medicine physician and Director of HIV Services at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), recently completed an interview with the Kraft Center, offering insight into her reasons for practicing in community health, a summary of the Kraft program's impact on her own career, and updates from her post-Kraft experience.
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