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Lynn Jolicoeur; WBUR

"[Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's] doctors and nurses will staff the quarantine tents. On Tuesday, they started performing coronavirus tests in another tent behind their South End clinic and the Woods Mullen shelter. Before then, people had to get tested at hospitals.

 

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Erin Tiernan; Boston Herald

“This is the time to set up a process for when it does hit because it feels inevitable to me. It feels like an avalanche is headed our way,” said Dr. James O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which is overseeing the program.

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Emily Shapiro; ABC News

Dr. James O'Connell, the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program thinks "it's inevitable" that coronavirus will hit the homeless community.

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Laila Kearney; Reuters

“As we’ve seen with tuberculosis, norovirus, and so many others, infections spread really quickly through the shelter system,” said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP).

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Felice J Freyer; Boston Globe

Last week, Dr. Jennifer K. Brody, director of HIV services at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, alerted colleagues in the area to the seven new cases. That prompted the state Department of Public Health to initiate its investigation and put out an alert on Wednesday.

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Felice J Freyer; Boston Globe

The “medical observation and monitoring services” plan was inspired by the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, or SPOT, at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, according to the state’s request for proposals.

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Jessie Gaeta, MD

BHCHP Chief Medical Officer, Jessie Gaeta, MD, recently wrote a moving essay for the JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, "A Pitiful Sanctuary."  The piece talks about her experience reversing overdoses in BHCHP bathrooms and her sadness at not being able to do more to help these patients and relieve their psychic pain.

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WHDH Channel 7

Fans attending a Boston Red Sox game this weekend are encouraged to bring new, white athletic socks to Fenway as a donation to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

The 14th annual “Sox for Socks” drive will kick off Friday and will last through Sunday as the Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels.

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Care Message

“Care Zone” Van Takes on Opioid Addiction

Massachusetts is seeing a new approach to combating the opioid crisis thanks to a project in partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. The Care Zone van, which provides medical evaluations and prescriptions for people dealing with drug addiction, houses a veteran outreach worker, a physician, and a case manager to make drug treatment just as available as the drugs. The van, donated by Ford Motors, costs $160,000 to outfit and organizers hope to expand the program later this year. 

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