public health

The flu watch: Delays and concerns

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 29, 2009

While many health care providers are waiting for additional shipments of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines, Dorchester has yet to experience large numbers of influenza-like cases this fall.

Still, if the flu season mirrors the spring incidence rate, the number of cases could rise significantly. As a result officials at most health care facilities in Dorchester are advising residents to get both vaccines when they are available.  Read more

Haitian elders find unique care at Geneva center

Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 9, 2009

The Geneva Avenue Elderly Housing organization held an open house late last month for a new Haitian Adult Day Health Center, the first of its kind for Kit Clark Senior Services, which provides numerous health care options for seniors across Massachusetts.  Read more

City preps for second bout of swine flu

With Boston expecting another hit of the swine flu virus this fall, local health centers are working to set up flu clinics to vaccinate residents for both the novel virus and the seasonal flu.

“Everybody is prepared in case things go badly in the community,” said Edward Grimes, head of the Uphams Corner Health Center. “The first time was a surprise as all of us experienced.”  Read more

Experts: Minorities suffer from persistent disparities in care

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jun. 12, 2009

The cost of care, access to specialists and inadequate medical equipment are among the numerous barriers to health care for minorities and people with disabilities, advocates for vulnerable communities said Tuesday.

“Injustice and disparities are alive and well in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), testifying before the Committee on Public Health, which took testimony on 19 bills aimed at narrowing the gap between access to and quality of care for minorities.  Read more

Officials alarmed by rise in black infant deaths

Public health officials at both the local and state level are fretting over new statistics that show wide discrepancies in infant mortality rates between white and black Bostonians.

"It's been a concern of ours for a long time," said Maia BrodyField, chief of staff to the Boston Public Health Commission. "Specifically for infant deaths, it's that it really does serve as an indicator of a population as a whole."  Read more