Although Massachusetts has historically ranked high in its overall immunization rates — 50 percent of all residents received vaccines in 2015-16 flu season — that percentage dropped from 55 percent the year before. The lowest rates of vaccination are in residents 18-49 — 40 percent for the 2015-16 season, but vaccine rates for all age groups (except young children) dropped slightly as well.
Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as high as 49,300. Only 25 percent of medical school graduates enter the primary care field; many head straight to higher-paid medical specialties.
The resolution reads: "The Massachusetts Medical Society asserts that enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, in all its dimensions, including health care, is a basic human right. The provision of health care services, as well as optimizing the social determinants of health is an ethical obligation of a civilized society.
You should go because prevention, health screening and early detection of red flags can have lifelong impact on you, your family, your finances, your work life and play time. Preventive health care is like putting a roof on your house.
The North Adams Family Medical and Dental Center practice is accepting new patients, and appointments can be made by calling 413-664-4088. The practice accepts nearly all health insurance, including Berkshire-Fallon and other plans.
Greylock's gift provides funding support for a new social worker who will coordinate pediatric behavioral health for existing patients of CHP Berkshire Pediatrics. Other personnel will be added as this program grows.
Gina Nickels-Nelson, who practices at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield, has authored "Adolescent Ownership of Asthma Health: A Concept Analysis," which is now published in Wiley Nursing Forum, an academic nursing journal. Nickels-Nelson is a candidate for a doctor of nursing practice degree at the University of Texas at Tyler.
We now ask patients about housing stability, transportation access, family relationships, caregiving challenges, friendships, food security. We know, and research shows, that these stressors impact health. But are we prepared for the patients' answers?
For many of us, the path to good health is not an easy one. Procrastination, family obligations, work demands and lack of time and energy are just a few reasons that can halt best intentions in their tracks.
Awards were given to the practices that ranked highest in each of 11 performance categories, as well as an overall performance category determined by the practices with the best-in-class results across multiple categories. CHP Great Barrington Health Center received recognition for distinction in Empowering Patient Self Care.
Goewey is the shelter director at the Elizabeth Freeman Women's Center, where she has also worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor and advocate. She is the former executive director of the Council on Aging in Sheffield and worked in municipal finance and administrative roles for several towns in Berkshire County.
Garner is a clinical nutritionist and wellness educator with expertise in medical nutrition counseling, fitness and health education. She places emphasis on integrative nutrition, program design and practical methods for implementing dietary changes.
CHP enrollment specialists can assist income-eligible residents who are renewing their insurance and those who are applying for first-time coverage. CHP specialists are available to assist anyone, not only CHP patients.
Berkowitz holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a second master's degree in neuroscience and behavior from UMass-Amherst, as well as a B.S. in biology from UMass-Amherst.
Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, based in Pittsfield, where he focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds' appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council's board of directors and the board of Multi-Cultural Bridge.