BHCHP Blog: A View from the Bridge

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A boisterous congrats to Agnes and we could not be more thrilled or proud of all she has accomplished for BHCHP and those we serve throughout these past 25 years. 

Diana Aycinena, RN, BHCHP’s Director of Case Management (pictured above, right with Abby Ward to her left), recently left our program to move closer to her family in California’s Bay Area. Diana spent her last few months at BHCHP on the COVID front lines managing care in our MASH-style medical tents that housed many of our COVID patients. 

In honor Fathers’ Day, we’ve decided to highlight a few of our many dedicated staff members who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic (and also happen to be loving fathers!)


The history of Pride is a complex and layered history, one with many starting points, but a famous origin point often cited is that of the Stonewall Uprising, which centered a Black transgender woman, Marsha P. Johnson. At Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, we have been diligent about ensuring that our high-quality care is accessible to all people, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are overrepresented among the population experiencing homelessness.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program stands in solidarity with black and brown communities in denouncing the racism that, throughout history and into the present moment, has devalued their lives and led to the horrific killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others. As a program dedicated to providing compassionate healing to the most vulnerable, and centering the dignity of human life, we speak out against this grave injustice.


Please note: A portion of this interview ran in an e-newsletter from Bombas. All questions, courtesy of Bombas. 

1. What drew you to street medicine?

The following are remarks given by Cheryl Kane, RN from BHCHP at the Nursing Convocation Connell School of Nursing at Boston College May 17th 2009. We feel her inspiring words about being a nurse still ring true today.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Sam Ciarocco was the Clinical Operations Manager for our Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) program.