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Public Health Post

We—a team of researchers from Boston University School of Public Health, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs—are conducting a longitudinal study of homeless people and the health advantages that may accrue from a mobile phone and health-related text messaging intervention. While our study is not yet completed, we have seen death and adversity come too often to our participants. To date, our sample of sixty-four has experienced at least five incarcerations, five deaths, one stroke, and one attempted suicide.

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In mid-March 2018, a lapse in security led to a possible breach of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of patients of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP’s) clinic at St. Francis House (SFH) in Boston. BHCHP’s comprehensive investigation found no evidence of access to protected health information of patients.

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Muse

While most of us can relate to some level of addiction—be it sugar, caffeine, nicotine or alcohol—we can't fathom what it's like to be homeless. We thought the creative brief gave us a solid clue. It didn't. That is, until our team started working on our campaign to raise awareness for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's latest innovation.

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Wicked Local Watertown

Watertown resident Maggie Beiser is fighting to eliminate hepatitis C in Boston’s homeless population. A new drug has made the chronic illness curable. A nurse practitioner, Beiser is working with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) to create better access to this treatment for her patients.

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ContagionLive

“Sleeping rough” earns its moniker. And now, a new long-term study comparing mortality among homeless who reside in shelters with that of those who opt to sleep on the street proves just how hazardous the latter is to health—and not just for the people directly affected by it.

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Metro West Daily News

In a warehouse on Bishop Street, boxes are overflowing with unopened packages of tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. In another room, containers filled with new bras are organized by size. “This was just supposed to be something I do on the side,” said Kate Sanetra-Butler, looking around the hundreds of collected products.

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Medical Xpress

Mortality rates for unsheltered homeless adults are higher than those for the general adult population and sheltered homeless adults, according to a study published online July 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Newsweek

Homeless adults who live and sleep on park benches, in the corners of alleyways and under bridges are three times more likely to die than those who live in shelters and 10 times more likely to die than the general population, researchers found in a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Boston 25 News

A ten-year study of Boston’s homeless population showed those living on the streets – as opposed to those staying in shelters – had a far higher mortality rate. The study, published in May, was authored by Dr. Jill Roncarati of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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The Boston Globe

Homeless people living on the street in Boston had a death rate nearly three times higher than those living in shelters and almost 10 times higher than the general Massachusetts population, a new study has found.

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