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CHA Receives Humanism in Medicine Award from Gold Foundation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community health system, was honored at the Golden Thread Gala , which weaves together science and the human side of health care. At the event, held on October 27th at the WGBH studios in Boston, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation presented CHA with its Humanism in Medicine Award for providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to diverse communities in the Boston metropolitan area. “We are proud to honor one of our great Boston collabora...
CHA Researchers Find Medicaid Coverage Improves Access to Care
Medicaid coverage improves access to health care and chronic disease control: AJPH study States that do not expand Medicaid miss an important opportunity to improve their population’s health, say Harvard Medical School researchers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Low-income Americans with Medicaid insurance have more awareness and better treatment of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, than their uninsured counterparts, a group of Harvard Medical School researchers said today. People with Medicaid are als...
Cambridge Health Alliance Names David Bor, MD as First Chief Academic Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named David Bor, MD as its first ever Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Bor previously served as CHA’s chief of medicine for 21 years during which time he trained, mentored, and recruited hundreds of providers and current leaders. This inaugural position will be vital as CHA strengthens its teaching and research programs. Since joining ...
CHA Researcher: Access to Private Psychiatrists is Scant
New study by Harvard Medical School/CHA researchers finds limited access to outpatient psychiatric care in three major U.S. cities
Cambridge, Mass. – A new study from Harvard Medical School researchers and others, published online today by Psychiatric Services , has found that access to private outpatient psychiatric care in the Boston, Chicago, and Houston metropolitan areas is severely limited, even for those with private insurance or who are willing to pay “out of pocket.” Using the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) online database of in-network providers, the authors identified and called 120 psychiatrists in each of these three me...
CHA Psychologist Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship
Cambridge, Mass. – Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, ABPP, chief of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program. Dr. Leary, who also serves as an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is one of seven individuals chosen for the year-long r...
CHA/Harvard Researchers Find Psychology Grad Students Get Scant Teaching on Medical Ethics and Torture
Cambridge, Mass. – U.S. graduate students in psychology receive little instruction in military medical ethics and are largely unaware of their duties under the Geneva Conventions despite both the longstanding ties between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the military and the fact that psychologists were the architects of the “enhanced interrogation” programs used at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and elsewhere. Those are some of the findings of a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School/C...
CHA Physicians Receive Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, Mass. – C ambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physicians Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Danny McCormick, MD, MPH, have been named recipients of the 2013-2014 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award presented by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Gaufberg, an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at HMS, and Dr. McCormick, an associate professor of medicine at HMS, were recently honored at the annual Excellence in Me...
CHA Psychologist James Barrett, PhD, Wins Harvard Medical School Fellowship
Recognized for Efforts to Help At-Risk Youth in Cambridge
Cambridge, Mass. – James Barrett, PhD, a staff psychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded the Dr. Lynne Reid/Drs. Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship from Harvard Medical School. The award, one of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowships for Scholars in Medicine, aims to enhance the quality and diversity of Harvard Medical School faculty at all ranks. Dr. Barrett specializes in making mental health ...
CHA Hosts National Symposium to Celebrate HMS-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship
More than 100 Cambridge Health Alliance physicians, medical education leaders, and current and former students convened for a reunion and national education symposium to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the  Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship (CIC). The CIC program is an  innovative redesign of medical students’  third-year clerkship experience at CHA that has been important and influential  nationwide and  worldwide at pressing clinical educatio...
Commitment to Patients Endures in Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship
Cambridge, Mass. – Research released today demonstrates longer-term successes of redesigning medical education. A new study of the  Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship (CIC), a transformative medical education model based at Harvard-affiliated health system Cambridge Health Alliance, shows that the CIC model drives increased levels of patient-centeredness that endure for years beyond the students’ tenure in the program. Published online in the journal Medical Education , the study...
State Legislators Learn How CHA Trains the Next Generation of Physicians
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) welcomed a group of state legislators, political staffers, and policy leaders to its Cambridge Hospital campus on March 25 as part of Project Medical Education (PME), an event organized by the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals .  PME, a national initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges ,  educates policy makers on the critical role of graduate medical education, as participants visit teaching hospitals in Boston for one day and ...
Cambridge Health Alliance Researchers Receive Grant to Examine Health Care Reform in Massachusetts
Study will focus on impact on uninsured and under-insured
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A group of researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community healthcare system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, recently received a grant from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) to research uninsurance and under-insurance within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The JSI Training and Research Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Policy and Research also receive...
New Study Led by CHA Researcher Highlights Effect of Breastfeeding on Women’s Health
Cambridge, Mass. — A new study led by a Harvard Medical School researcher has found that low breastfeeding rates in the U.S. may cause as many as 5,000 cases of breast cancer, nearly 54,000 cases of hypertension, and almost 14,000 heart attacks each year. The study, published online today by Obstetrics & Gynecology , is the first-ever cost analysis exploring the impact of breastfeeding on maternal health. The analysis used sophisticated models to compare the effect of current breastfeeding rates in ...
Partners HealthCare Honors CHA Pediatrician Jill Kasper, MD, for Teaching and Mentoring
Somerville, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) pediatrician Jill Kasper, MD, has won the 2013 Primary Care Award for Teaching and Mentoring presented by Partners HealthCare. The award recognizes those committed to mentoring the next generation of primary care clinicians, particularly younger clinicians as they progress along their career paths. “Dr. Kasper is a thoughtful, patient-centered provider who, in a relatively short but already distinguished career, has set the standard for primary care pr...
Cambridge Health Alliance Physician Wins Harvard Teaching Award
Cambridge , Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician Marie-Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD, has been awarded the Harvard Medical School (HMS) 2013 Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Since 1982, this honor has been bestowed on HMS’s most outstanding teachers, a highly select group of the School's leading medical educators. Dr. Jean-Baptiste received the prize in recognition of her outstanding teaching, both in CHA’s primary care clerkship and its HMS-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship...
New Study Finds Black and Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Complete Substance Abuse Treatment
Somerville , Mass. — Roughly half of all black and Hispanic patients who enter publicly funded alcohol treatment programs complete treatment compared to 62 percent of white patients, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. Comparable disparities were also identified for drug treatment program completion rates. The study, published in the latest issue of Health Affairs , shows that completion disparities among racia...
Three Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Appointed to Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care Faculty
Cambridge, MA… Three physicians from Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a leading provider of primary care in the Boston area, have been appointed to the Center for Primary Care, created in 2010 by Harvard Medical School (HMS) to address the current crisis in primary care with innovative solutions. “We are growing in leaps and bounds, underscoring the urgency of the Center’s work and the need for innovation and change in primary care,” said Russell Phillips, MD, Director of the Center for P...
Programs for Treating Addiction in Doctors Pose Ethical Issues According to Harvard Researchers
Cambridge , MA … State physician health programs (PHPs) play a key role in helping doctors with substance abuse problems. But the current PHP system is inconsistent and prone to potential conflicts of interest and ethical issues according to an article which will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine and has just been released online.  The article points out "substantial variability in states' PHP policies and practices, often raising serious ethical and managerial...
New Study Finds Common Hospital Noises Disrupt Patient Sleep, Affect Cardiovascular Function
Cambridge , MA … In the hospital it is not only direct patient care, but also the environment that contributes to recovery. A critical component of a healing environment is a peaceful space for a patient to get enough sleep. However, according to a new study by researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital, there are certain noises in a common hospital setting that can disrupt sleep. Such disruption can negatively affect brain acti...
CHA Researcher Finds Scientific Evidence Does Not Support Sale of DMAA in Supplements
Cambridge , MA … The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warning letters to 10 supplement companies for selling the amphetamine-like drug dimethylamylamine (DMAA). According to a new report by a Harvard Medical School researcher, there is no scientific evidence that DMAA is safe or effective to support its sale as a supplement. The report, published online today by the Archives of Internal Medicine , comes as companies have less than 10 days to provide the FDA with evidence of DMAA’s...
Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatrist Provides Tools to Decode Challenging Student Behavior in New Book
Cambridge , MA … Children with behavioral challenges often fail in school, wasting too much time in detention and suspensions and falling behind in academics, never mastering the skills they need to make adequate progress. Classroom teachers encounter these challenging students on a daily basis, and they can be highly disruptive to a classroom, interfering with other students’ learning as well as draining a teacher’s energy and time. In The Behavior Code (Harvard Education Press, publication date: April...
Landmark Study Finds Harvard Clerkship Improves Students’ Learning and Commitment to Patients
Cambridge , MA … New research released today upends prevailing notions of medical education and points to a better way to teach and learn. Published online today by Academic Medicine , the study marks one of the most significant developments in medical education in over 100 years, since the Flexner Report of 1910 instituted fundamental standards and principles across U.S. and Canadian universities. The study, the most comprehensive of its kind, reported data from the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Int...
Cambridge Health Alliance Researcher Margarita Alegria, PhD, Elected to the Institute of Medicine
Somerville, MA...Margarita Alegria, PhD, director of Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was named this week to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Alegria was one of 65 new members and five foreign associates appointed at the IOM's annual meeting. Dr. Alegria is a leading expert on disparities...