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Tufts Now; Julie Flaherty

As a data manager at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Leah Shaw, A16, MG17 (MPH), typically uses her background in epidemiology and biostatistics to support HIV and Hepatitis C initiatives. But when the pandemic hit Boston in early March, it was all hands on deck. At Boston Hope, the field hospital set up in part to shelter homeless people who had tested positive for COVID-19, Shaw donned layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) to work with patients, doing everything from making beds to serving meals.

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Felice J Freyer

“We are still seeing a lot of overdoses,” said Dr. Jessie M. Gaeta, chief medical officer for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “We’re also worried that the percentage of them that are fatal are higher, just from our anecdotal experience. . . . Right now, we’re hearing about more of our patients dying than we’re used to seeing.”

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Andrew Huff; Generocity

When I worked at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, part of my role involved outreach at Common Cathedral, a homeless street ministry that gathered weekly on the Boston Commons.

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MGH Institute of Health Professions

The homeless are among the most vulnerable populations and a community that is among the most susceptible to contracting COVID-19. Harrison Keyes is making sure they are receiving the same care as the rest of Boston’s population.

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Portland Press Herald; Mike Lowe

When Raef, 25, first began to consider the care kits, she reached out to her mentor, Dr. Jennifer Tan, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program. “We worked together to identify the items that would be most helpful,” Raef said.

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MassLive; Patrick Johnson

“Offering low threshold, low barrier access to treatment, clinical care and harm reduction services is crucial,” said Deirdre Calvert, Director of DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. “These vans will provide additional access and help us to connect with individuals we’ve been unable to reach before.”

Other agencies named in the grant are Boston Health Care for the Homeless in Boston, Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and Stanley Street Treatment and Resources in New Bedford. The Kraft Family Foundation has donated the vans in Worcester and Springfield.

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MGH Institute for Health Professions

The city’s largest homeless organization cares for more than 11,000 people each year, meaning there is certainly enough need for Keyes’ commitment. “This type of work can wear on you sometimes,” he readily admitted, “but I do this because it is worthwhile.”

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WebMD; Lisa Marshall

In Boston, the city and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts teamed up with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to transform the glistening downtown convention center into a 500-bed field hospital for COVID-positive individuals with no homes.

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WBUR; Lynn Jolicoeur

A small percentage of the 700-plus adults in Boston's homeless community who've tested positive have been hospitalized, according to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Eleven have died.

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