Health & Environment

February is “National Kids Dental Health Month”

  February is “National Kids Dental Health Month.” Here are some guidelines for good dental health for your child: Ages 4—24 months: • Every child should have their first dental appointment before age 1. • You should wash their gums with a wash cloth after each feeding. • You can brush new teeth with a Read More…

Health & Environment

Advocates on “Red Alert” to Save Funding for Community Health Centers

Today, hundreds of advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congress and demand a fix to the Health Center Funding Cliff. Many more coworkers, board members and patients across the country joined them in solidarity by wearing red for the Red Alert for Community Health Centers campaign, organized by the National Association of Community Read More…

Health & Environment

Learn to Spot the Differences Between Cold and Flu

During winter months, many people typically experience cold and flu symptoms. It’s important to know the signs of each one to better help recover. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a chart to help educate people on the differences between the two. The chart below details the difference between the cold and flu Read More…

Health & Environment

New Local Addiction Program Announced

The growing opioid epidemic continues to devastate many families each day in the Commonwealth. The following programs seek to assist those struggling with addiction. The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital seeks to better engage with individuals struggling with addiction and complex health conditions who are not well connected to health care Read More…

Health & Environment

CDC Recommendations For Staying Safe During Extremely Cold Weather

It’s winter in New England and the temperature has dropped low. The CDC has provided a list of tips for how to protect yourself against the cold. Try to stay indoors during extremely cold weather. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips below to protect your health and safety.  Take Read More…

Community Health & Environment

Celebrate Hand Washing Awareness in December

    December is a great time to spread awareness about the importance of hand washing. Hand washing is the most important step you can take to avoid getting sick and stopping the spread of germs. There are 5 steps to hand washing: 1. Wet under running water. 2. Lather with soap. 3. Scrub for Read More…

Health & Environment

Nation Observes Great American Smokeout on November 16

Today is the Great American Smokeout; The Great American Smokeout happens every year on the third Thursday of November.  The first Smokeout was in California in 1976. It became a national event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, in 1977. Since its inception, the event has helped to change laws related to smoking. The Great American Smokeout Read More…

Health & Environment

Nation Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic Read More…

Community

Emergency Preparedness Month Good Time to Make or Review Plans

September is “Emergency Preparedness Month,” it’s a good time to review or make a safety plan. Everyone should have an emergency family plan; plans are needed for all emergencies – not just for a terror emergency. There are weather emergencies such as hurricane or blizzard and emergencies related to loss of power or water. Your Read More…

Commentaries Health & Environment

Fiscal Cliff Threatens To Cut Federal Funds to Community Health Centers by Seventy Percent

NEW Health in the North End has joined community health centers across the country in waiting with bated breath as Members of Congress work to fix the federal funding cliff that could result in a loss of 70% of health center funding across the United States if a solution is not found by September 30. Read More…