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The Boston Globe

More than 1,000 people registered to walk in the third annual Winter Walk, according to organizers. The crowd gathered in Copley Plaza early Sunday morning in an effort to raise money and awareness for people experiencing homelessness.

Ari Barbanell, the event’s executive director, said the walk takes place in February to demonstrate the hardships that homeless individuals face during the winter.

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Business Wire

The Recuperative Care Pilot Program was based on the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program started in 1985. This program experienced 50% lower odds of early re-admission or death, 1 less inpatient day, and $1,740 less inpatient charges at 90 days. A similar program in Orange County, CA experienced an annual cost savings of $7 Million and an 84% reduction in Emergency Department visits.

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Wicked Local Belmont

Dr. David Alper is accepting sock donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at his office, 1 Oak Ave., Belmont.

Alper will donate all sock donations to Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, an agency that cares for homeless individuals. For every two pairs of socks donated, Alper will add an additional pair. Boston Healthcare for the Homeless will be contacted as donations come in and the donations will then be distributed to the people they serve.

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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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