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Illumination Foundation (IF) and hundreds of local advocates for the homeless came together at a presentation and panel surrounding the growing homelessness population throughout Southern California. Robert Watts, CEO of National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and Dr. James J. O'Connell, Founder and President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, two nationally recognized experts in the field, presented their perspective on the issue.

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The Daily Telescope

Dr. James J. O'Connell, Founder and President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Robert Watts, CEO of National Health Care for the Homeless Council, two of the most influential advocates for the homeless will share their innovative perspective as California's housing instability hits an all-time high. Watts and O'Connell were among the first in the country to begin addressing health care needs first and applying an integrative approach to help the most vulnerable homeless.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A panel with both speakers and additional advocates for our most vulnerable homeless neighbors. Pooja Bhalla, Executive Vice President Of Programs at Illumination Foundation, and Dr. Geeta Grover, Pediatric Behaviorist at CHOC and UC Irvine Health, will accompany the two speakers in the panel.

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Annals of Internal Medicine

BHCHP's Chief Medical Officer, Jessie M. Gaeta, MD and Project Manager Melanie Racine, MPH, write about overdose fatalities and supervised injection facilities.

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On Jan. 23, 2017, Philadelphia city officials announced their support for supervised drug injection sites to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, which has led to increased rates of infectious disease transmissions such as hepatitis C and HIV.

Additionally, there has been a marked increase in overdose fatalities related to opioid use, according to a recently published editorial by Jessie M. Gaeta, MD, and Melanie Racine, MPH, from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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Comcast Newsmakers

In part 2 of Jenny Johnson's conversation with Dr. Jim O'Connell, they discuss re-opening the long island bridge, challenges caring for the homeless, and advice on interacting with this population.

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Comcast Newsmakers

Jenny Johnson of Dining Playbook speaks with Dr. Jim O'Connell on Caring for the Homeless Population

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The BASIS

Dr. James O’Connell, President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, contributed this op-ed as part of our Special Series on Addiction and Homelessness. Dr. O’Connell is the author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor.

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North End Waterfront

The growing opioid epidemic continues to devastate many families each day in the Commonwealth. The following programs seek to assist those struggling with addiction.

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Athena Insight

Transitional care from hospital to home is especially challenging when patients have no home. Shelters for homeless people often have a shortage of beds, are not prepared to care for post-acute patients, and often require that clients leave for the day. The result is that recently discharged homeless patients are often readmitted in a cycle of costly, ineffective care.

In 1985, the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) set aside 25 beds at a local shelter for homeless patients needing transitional care. The essential need for the service led BHCHP to the establish Barbara McInnis House in 1993, named for a beloved registered nurse who dedicated decades to caring for Boston's homeless population.

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The Boston Globe

Another prominent Boston-area business leader is stepping up to address the state’s opioid crisis.

The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital — funded by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family’s charitable foundation — on Tuesday rolled out a specially equipped mobile van, dubbed CareZone, to bring health services to Boston residents who are struggling with addiction. The van will rotate between two locations in the city, one in the Dudley Square area and the other close to North Station.

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