BHCHP Blog: A View from the Bridge

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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.

Originally from Seal Beach, CA and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Haylie Butler is a second year AmeriCorps member at BHCHP.

Dear Friends,

The following narrative was written by Barb Boylan, a volunteer at our weekly HER Saturday clinics.  Barb runs the watercolor table activity for the patients. HER Saturday is a weekly women-only clinic and stands for Health Empowerment and Resources.

People who are transgender and people experiencing homelessness are two of society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. There is ample evidence that many in the transgender community are stigmatized and victims of prejudice and violence in many aspects of their lives, affecting their ability to access health care, housing, education, and employment