Health care

New director takes helm at Geiger Gibson Center

Lou BradyLou BradyDorchester's Geiger Gibson Community Health Center has a new executive director.  Read more

Reports: Mass. insured still struggle with costs

Associated Press
Oct. 29, 2008

While more Massachusetts residents are insured now, many still struggle to keep up with health care costs, according to two new reports released Thursday.

A poll by The Boston Globe and the Blue Cross Blue Shield found that 97 percent of adults in Massachusetts have health insurance, but even with coverage many have trouble paying health care bills. One-third of those polled said the cost of care remains their biggest health concern.  Read more

Free flu shots available locally

With flu season fast approaching, the Boston Public Health Commission recommends flu shots for the following groups considered most at-risk for infection and serious illness, including children aged 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older and those of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.  Read more

Savin Hill survivor gears up for Breast Cancer walk, calls mammograms a must

The American Cancer Society will host its "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk this Sunday along Boston's Charles River. The annual fundraising event, designed to support research into the cause and cure of breast cancer, begins at 8 a.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, and continues in a rolling two hour start until 10 a.m. The walk is expected to attract thousands of walkers from among cancer survivors and their families and friends.  Read more

Life expectancy rises for city, but racial gaps remain

Bostonians may be living longer, but deep disparities continue to exist between whites and minorities, the Boston Public Health Commission said in a report this week.

Bostonians born between 2004 and 2006 can expect to live about 78 years, but broken down, blacks can expect to live 74 years, while whites can expect to live almost 79 years and Latinos 81 years, according to the commission's Health of Boston report. Life expectancy for the Asian population couldn't be calculated due to the small number of deaths.  Read more

Study scopes out health gaps by village

Researchers have developed a new methodology that they hope will be used by state and local health departments to track health disparities by neighborhood village - as in Savin Hill, Uphams Corner or Franklin Field - with the hope of encouraging more effective public policy.  Read more

Some see flu outbreak in city neighborhoods

Martine Louis
Feb. 13, 2008

Boston residents have flocked to some local health facilities at an alarming rate in recent weeks, with symptoms of fevers, body aches and fatigue. Dr. Joe Bresee and Center for Disease Control spokesperson Curtis Allen confirmed there was a recent influenza epidemic in the U.S. during a Feb. 8 CDC conference, and that the situation in Massachusetts called for concern.  Read more

Health centers back Menino against CVS clinics

Community health center leaders are just as opposed to CVS stores opening mini-clinics as Mayor Thomas Menino, but that isn't the end of it. Regional leaders are exploring opening their own versions.

State regulators last week approved rules establishing "limited service clinics," which they said would allow for quick, convenient care for minor ailments.

Menino blasted the decision, saying in a statement: "People need continuous care, and this type of for-profit facility is ignoring the standards and measures needed for quality care."  Read more

Health centers appeal to uninsured

Seven of Dorchester's health centers are banding together this week in a bid to get residents signed up for health insurance before the Dec. 31 deadline. From Codman Square to Upham's Corner, Dorchester residents will be able to enroll in state health plans on-site Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents who don't have health insurance after the end of the month will get hit with a $219 fine when they file their tax return in the spring. That fine will go up substantially in ensuing months.  Read more

Free clinics aimed at battling flu onset

Influenza starts to make its presence known in October and November. For some - especially senior citizens and health care workers - the dangers are especially acute.

Vaccines are available and, once again this year, a number of opportunities are available to get free flu shots in the neighborhood.

Caritas Carney Hospital will have two clinics inside the hospital next month. The first is on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at the hospital's basement level medical clinic. A second clinic is set at Carney on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-6 p.m. in the Area C basement.  Read more