Awards from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Gilson Family Foundation will help CHP Family Services answer a range of client needs.
The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative has established vaccination sites in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Community College Field House, in Great Barrington at the WEB Du Bois Middle School and in North Adams at St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s Parish Center.
In the early months of COVID-19, mammography numbers declined dramatically in the U.S. as hospitals and health care facilities suspended elective and preventive medical care to reduce virus transmission. Now, with more awareness of how to prevent COVID-19 transmission, mammograms and other diagnostic care are being offered again in safe surroundings.
Janell Hostetler will see patients of all ages. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University in Illinois, and she is board-certified in family health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory infections, with similar symptoms. Each, if serious, can damage the lungs and pose deadly risks for people with underlying conditions. Each can be spread by an asymptomatic infected person exhaling droplets. None of us can afford to be infected with both viruses.
For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1981 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Pride-Boone most recently worked as locum tenens physician with the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque, N.M., and at pediatric practices in Plattsburgh and Brooklyn.
Most recently the director of patient relations at Berkshire Medical Center, Gariepy has also worked as program director at Childcare of the Berkshires and at The Brien Center as a human rights representative and case manager.
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.