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CHA Researchers Discuss Racial and Ethnic Disparities at Mass. Health Policy Forum
12/15/2014
Margarita Alegr í a , PhD, director, and Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH, senior scientist, both of CHA's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and Harvard Medical School, presented their findings from a new report titled “The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts” at a Massachusetts Health Policy Forum summit on December 11. They explored the underlying factors that contribute to disparities in behavioral health treatment and sha...
 
 
CHA Wins National Award for Video Interpreting Achievements
4/21/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been recognized by Amerinet, a leading national healthcare solutions organization, as an Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Financial and Operational Improvement. Through this annual awards program, Amerinet recognizes its members for their outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, co...
 
CHA's Victims of Violence Program Receives Victim Service “Innovations” Award
4/10/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable advancements in victim rights and services in the state. The Victims of Violence (VOV) Program received this year’s “Innovations” award for its work in developing mental health services to assist crime victims and communities recover from violence.   ...
 
CHA Researchers Test Intervention to Support Patients’ Voice in Mental Health Treatment
4/10/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Training patients to take a more active role in their mental health care, both on their own and when talking to a mental health provider, may be an effective way to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, according to a new study from  Harvard Medical School researchers published online by JAMA Psychiatry . Over the past decade, a growing body of research has demonstrated that more confident and better informed patients tend to be healthier, get higher quality care and report being...
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County Honors Cambridge Health Alliance
3/31/2014
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, is the recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County’s 2013 Community Partner Award. CHA has collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County (BGCMC) for several years in an effort to connect underserved youth with health and wellness programs that foster critical skills and values. The award recognizes ...
 
State Legislators Learn How CHA Trains the Next Generation of Physicians
3/31/2014
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 ...
 
CHA Dental Program Honored for Pediatric Clinic That Helps the Underserved
2/24/2014
In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, celebrated every February, the  American Dental Association recently presented the ACTION dental program, an initiative of CHA and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, with the Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes dental school student programs that demonstrate excellence in providing services to underserved populations within the U.S. ACTION (Action for Children and Teens in Oral Health Need) is a ...
 
CHA Medical Interpreter Named 2014 Interpreter of the Year
1/28/2014
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) medical interpreter Cira Vicente has won the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) 2014 Interpreter of the Year Award. The award, which is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious prize for medical interpreters, recognizes an outstanding interpreter and role model whose professionalism and accomplishments have made a difference in advocating for the profession and for the patients who require interpreters all over the world.  Ms. Vi...
 
CHA Chief Resident Nominated for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award
11/14/2013
Rachael Bedard, MD, a chief resident in CHA's Internal Medicine residency, is one of five finalists selected for the prestigious Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award presented by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare . The award was established in 1999 to honor healthcare professionals who demonstrate extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and families. CHA’s Haitian Mental Health Team won the award in 2010. "Rachael stands out among physicians for her kindness to ...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013
7/17/2013
Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. CHA earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, ...
 
CHA Union Square Family Health Center Recognized as National Model of Innovative Primary Care Practice
6/27/2013
Somerville, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance’s  Union Square Family Health center is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute, who have teamed up on a new initiative to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers. The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project identifies primary ca...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Primary Care Practices Awarded Highest Level Recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance
3/18/2013
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region, announced today that four of its primary care practices have been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 program. Cambridge Family Health, Cambridge Family Health North, Broadway Health Center in Somerville, and the Malden Family Medicine Center received Level 3 Recognition, th...
 
Cambridge Receives Roadmaps to Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Celebration of Its Efforts to Improve Health
2/21/2013
Cambridge , Mass. - Cambridge is one of six inaugural winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize . The prize honors outstanding community partnerships across the United States which are helping residents live healthier lives. The community has received a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its efforts and was honored on Feb. 20 at an event held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. The city of Cambridge will celebrate this achievement...
 
New Study Finds Black and Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Complete Substance Abuse Treatment
1/7/2013
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...
 
National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health Honors Cambridge Health Alliance Researcher
6/23/2011
Cambridge, MA... Margarita Alegra, PhD, Director of Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Hispanic Mental Health Research, Advocacy and Leadership Award from the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health. Honored for her many contributions to the Latino community and the mental health arena, Dr. Alegra has long been a champion of researching disparities in mental health and substance abuse services, with the goal...
 
New Study Finds Patient Navigation Increases Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Ethnically Diverse Patients
5/23/2011
Cambridge, MA... A new study has found that targeting patient navigation to black and non-English speaking patients may be one approach to reducing disparities in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The findings appear in the May 23 issue of the  Archives of Internal Medicine . Colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., is preventable through screening. Nevertheless, about 40 percent of eligible adults in the U.S. and more foreign-born U.S. residents are overdue for CRC...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance's Department of Psychiatry Wins Harvard Medical School Diversity Award
5/5/2011
Cambridge, MA... The Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has been named the recipient of the 2010 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award presented by Harvard Medical School (HMS). This marks the first time an entire group of faculty has won the award, which recognizes those who have made significant achievements to help HMS become a more diverse and inclusive community. CHA's Department of Psychiatry was honored for fostering an environment that supports and promotes diversity for f...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Surgeon Arundhati Ghosh Wins Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School
4/4/2011
Cambridge, MA... Cambridge Health Alliance staff surgeon Arundhati Ghosh, MD, is a recipient of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) 2010-2011 Young Mentor Award. Sponsored by the HMS Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, this honor is bestowed on select individuals for their exceptional mentoring efforts, which are a critical part of medical education. The Young Mentor Award reflects Dr. Ghosh's longstanding commitment to the education and mentorship of HMS's medical students. In addition to serv...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Physician Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Receives Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School
7/16/2009
Cambridge, MA... Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced today that Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, a staff physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is a recipient of the 2008-2009 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at HMS sponsors the award, which was recently presented at the thirteenth annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Tosteson Medical Education Center at HMS. Dr. Woolhandler teaches clinical med...
 
Men's Health Report Reveals Health Disparities in Cambridge
6/30/2008
Media Contact:  David Cecere, Cambridge Health Alliance, Telephone: 617-503-8428 (office) 617-921-9613 (cell) Email:  dcecere@challiance.org Men's Health Report Reveals Health Disparities in Cambridge Cambridge, MA ...The Cambridge Public Health Department released a report today on health disparities between the sexes and among different groups of men. "This is the most comprehensive report on health disparities ever produced by the public health department," said Dennis D. Keefe, Chief Execu...
 
CHA and Collaborators Receive Grant to Curb Disparities for Men of Color
10/12/2007
Cambridge, MA - Dennis D. Keefe, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and Commissioner of Health and Hospitals for the City of Cambridge, and Barbara Kibler, Executive Director of The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH), are pleased to announce funding from the Federal Office of Minority Health. The unique partnership that they have formed has been awarded $250,000 annually for three years with MFNH as the lead grantee. The grant's consortium will be called Men's Community Health Connections. Th...
 
Harvard Researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance Find U.S. Latinos are Underutilizing Mental Health Services
1/11/2007
Objectives:  The authors examined correlates and rates of past-year mental health service use in a national sample of Latinos residing in the United States. Methods:  The authors used data from the National Latino and Asian American Study ( www.multiculturalmentalhealth.org/nlaas.asp ),  a national epidemiological household survey of Latinos. Results:  Cultural factors such as nativity, language, age at migration, years of residence in the United States, and generational status were ...
 
Harvard Researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance Identify Key Factors in Psychiatric Disorders Across Latino Subgroups
1/11/2007
Objectives:  The authors examined the prevalence of depressive, anxiety, and substance use disorders among Latinos residing in the United States. Methods:  The authors used data from the National Latino and Asian American Study ( www.multiculturalmentalhealth.org/nlaas.asp ), a national epidemiological household survey of Latinos. They calculated weighted prevalence rates of lifetime and past-year psychiatric disorders across different sociodemographic, ethnic, and immigration groups. Results:...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees attracts distinguished and diverse appointees.
8/15/2005
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