When people think of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, they typically consider our medical or behavioral health work on the street or in over 40 shelter or hospital locations in Boston. Case management is one of the vital parts of our work that focuses on supporting the important social circumstances of our patients, which can be critical to their overall good health.

The Boston Globe

Dr. Jennifer Brody, director of HIV services for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, speaks about the uptick in HIV rates among those injecting drugs.

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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.

Modern Healthcare

$1 million is slated to go toward the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to help individuals with complex medical problems maintain their housing.

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The Boston Globe

Boston Medical Center is embarking on a significant new initiative to tackle one of its patients’ most daunting problems: a lack of stable housing. The hospital’s 11 new investments in housing, announced Thursday, include $1 million for the Pine Street Inn and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to create a housing-stabilization program for individuals with complex medical problems.

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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.

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s often an addict’s most frequent choice to get high, a public bathroom. Recovering heroin addict Richard Guido knows something about that.

“Bathrooms are a safe zone.  Once you lock it you have water, a mirror,” said Guido.

At Boston Health Care for the Homeless, a walk-in clinic offering medical services, it was becoming too frequent a place for addicts to overdose until electrician John King came up with a sensor system that’s been saving lives.

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 Andover electrician designs restroom alarm to help prevent opioid ODs _ The Heroin Crisis_ A Special Report _ eagletribune
Eagle-Tribune

An Andover electrician came to understand the opioid crisis in a deeper way because a longtime client of his that serves the homeless had several patients a week overdosing in their public restrooms. So they asked him for help. The result? That client hasn’t had a bathroom overdose in months since the electrician’s restroom alarm system was installed.

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The Boston Globe

At the New England Center and Home for Veterans, BHCHP staffer Sharon Morrison encourages patients and those who work at the center bringing in photos of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from every conflict going back to World War II to decorate the walls of the center.

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Wicked Local Needham

While thousands of men and women in Boston struggle to survive with no place to call home, one Needham resident is using an unconventional tool to help them: a dog.

Once a week for the past three years, Suzanne Bossert has brought her therapy dog to visit patients at the Barbara McInnis House, a recuperative facility for homeless people run by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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