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Belmontonian

We are all acutely aware of the effects of this cold time of year – and the homeless amongst us even more so. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is an amazing agency, caring for those less fortunate in so many ways. Now, they have teamed up with the BOSTON RED SOX to address one of those needs: clean, warm socks. The lack of the ability to keep feet warm and protected leads to many cases of frostbite and amputation  – sad realities that are so easily preventable through distributing clean socks to those in need.

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Beacon Hill Times

About sixty BHCA members and neighbors attended Dr. Jim O’Connell’s talk, Health Care in the Streets – Lessons from Three Decades of Caring for Boston’s Rough Sleepers, at the BHCA last Thursday night.

Dr. Jim’s passion for his mission was evident in his talk and in the pictures he shared of his work through the years. The Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, founded by Dr. O’Connell in 1985, provides compassionate and dignified healthcare to Boston’s homeless men, women and children both on the streets and in his clinic at MGH.

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Mass Live

A new federal program will repay up to $75,000 in student loans for health care clinicians who treat drug addiction in underserved areas.

“The goal is to ensure that sites that provide evidence-based care have the workforce to deliver care,” said Israil Ali, director of the Division of National Health Service Corps, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency that is overseeing the program.

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dkbmed

HIV diagnosis and linkage to care for people without a diagnosis of HIV, or who are diagnosed but not engaged in care, is a stated objective of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. There are unique challenges and barriers to improving these outcomes in high-risk populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who inject drugs (PWIDs).

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Rewire News

“People who are experiencing homelessness are not always prioritized in terms of good [hospital] discharge planning,” Dobbins told Rewire.News. “Part of that is because there are not a lot of options for a safe place to discharge them from the hospital. [The cases have] raised awareness about … [the fact that] the shelter or the street is not a humane or appropriate place to do that.”

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Business Wire

Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) today announced Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Lynn Community Health Center, and Upham’s Corner Health Center as the recipients of its first-ever Consumer Centered Innovations in Quality Program awards. The program, designed to promote collaborative quality improvement approaches between primary care practices and their patients, identifies innovative projects that can help improve overall patient care and services for those with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs, including members of CCA’s two health plans. In total, $150,000 was awarded to the three organizations.

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The Lowell Sun

Joanne Guarino was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Merrimack Valley Substance Use Disorder Symposium at UTEC in Lowell, a free event that brought together more than 350 people from area public safety agencies, health care organizations, recovery groups and more.

An Everett resident, Guarino's life turned around after being homeless for three decades.

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The Boston Globe

The quiet waiting room at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is transformed into a buzz of activity every Saturday, offering women, most of whom are homeless, free medical care and welcoming them to a day of fun — with haircuts, facials, arts and crafts, and board games.

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Wicked Local Dover

100 care kits will be donated to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for its clientele. Care Kits will include scarves, hats, gloves, socks, snacks and personal care products. Volunteers will then create a handwritten holiday card to be included in each Care Kit.

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Science Direct

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths among adolescents in the United States continue to increase, but little is known about adolescents who experience opioid-related non-fatal overdose (NFOD). Our objective was to describe (1) the characteristics of adolescents aged 11–17 who experienced NFOD and (2) their receipt of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in the 12 months following NFOD, compared with adults.

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