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Should pediatricians ask parents if they're poor?

NPR, May 18, 2016
A single question asked at an annual checkup - whether parents have trouble making ends meet - could help pediatricians identify children at risk for serious health problems associated with poverty and the chronic levels of stress that often accompany it. Read more »

Rates of uninsured in Mass. fall to new low

Boston Globe, May 18, 2016
The rate of people without health insurance in Massachusetts fell to a new low last year, according to a federal survey. The report released Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics said 2.5 percent of people in the state were uninsured in 2015, down from 2.6 percent a year earlier. That is a historic low for Massachusetts, federal officials said. Read more »

Four innovative ideas for fixing the opioid crisis (highlights Boston Health Care for the Homeless)

Boston Globe, May 11, 2016
The Massachusetts opioid crisis grew even more deadly in 2015, with 1,379 confirmed overdose deaths — up 41 percent in just two years. A community response requires help on multiple levels, from innovative law enforcement approaches to paying from treatment. These four people and programs are among those across the state answering the call. Read more »

GE's charitable arm details plans around $15M Boston health care donation

Boston Business Journal, May 5, 2016
The $50 million gift from the GE Foundation to Massachusetts has been outlined in broad strokes — $25 million to schools, $10 million to diversity initiatives and $15 million to community health centers. Read more »

HHS awards over $260 million to health centers nationwide to build and renovate facilities to serve more patients

HRSA Newsroom, May 4, 2016
SToday, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations. Read more »

Massachusetts programs awarded grants to stop homeless

WWLP 22 News, May 3, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $8-million on Tuesday to stop homelessness in Massachusetts. Read more »

Sudders, Bharel discuss release of 2015 opioid death numbers

WBUR, May 2, 2016
BOSTON - There is still no sign that Massachusetts' opioid epidemic is slowing. New numbers released Monday show that 1,379 people died from unintentional opioid overdoses in the state in 2015. And that number is expected to top 1,500 once all death investigations are complete. Read more »

Mass. opioid crisis continued to worsen in 2015

WBUR, May 2, 2016
BOSTON - Exacerbated by the potent painkiller fentanyl, the opioid crisis in Massachusetts continued to worsen in 2015, with more people dying of overdoses, according to the latest quarterly snapshot from the state Department of Public Health. Read more »

Heroin, prescription opioids form especially toxic mix in Mass.

Boston Globe, May 2, 2016
The Massachusetts heroin epidemic is unlike any other in the United States. The overdose rate in the state is more than twice the national average. And deaths from prescription opioids like OxyContin are only slightly less harrowing. Read more »

New CEO named at Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell Sun, May 2, 2016
LOWELL -- Lowell Community Health Center has named a top Johns Hopkins University adviser as its new CEO, ending a search to replace outgoing 18-year leader Dorcas Grigg-Saito. Read more »