BHS Provider Profile: Dr. Elisabeth Berger

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Dr. Elisabeth Berger
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Elisabeth Berger has joined Berkshire Family Practice Associates in North Adams, a Berkshire Health Systems affiliate.
 
Berger is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with a passion for accessible community-based care. She is partnered with Dr. Catherine Keating and Tiffany Poplaski, Family Nurse Practitioner at Berkshire Family Practice in North Adams.
 
Dr. Berger received her medical degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty in collaboration with Columbia University and completed her residency in primary care and social internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.
 
She received her master's degree in public health from the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University with a focus on migrant and refugee populations.
 
Prior to medical school, she lived and worked in rural Haiti with Partners In Health, where she implemented programs focused on HIV, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and pediatric malnutrition. She has worked with Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and Physicians for Human Rights, where she helped to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive health-care programming in resource-poor settings. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors at Tapestry Health, a community-based nonprofit advocacy organization providing sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, and WIC services at clinical sites across Western Massachusetts.
 
Dr. Berger joined Berkshire Medical Center's Hospitalist Department in 2017 and now is excited to be with Berkshire Family Practice Associates in North Adams in her transition to community primary care. Her interests include health systems strengthening, community-health workers, harm reduction and health-equity activism. An enthusiastic flower farmer, maple syrup maker and hiker, she lives with her family in Williamstown.
 
Dr. Berger is currently accepting new patients at Berkshire Family Practice Associates, located on the North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center. To make an appointment, call 413-664-5550.
 




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Mass MoCA, North Adams Seek Study on Downtown Connections

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Getting people from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to the downtown has been a goal since the museum opened more than two decades ago. 
 
But despite bringing in millions of dollars every year, the massive museum's ability to revive Main Street has been tepid at best. 
 
Now the city and museum are "thinking big" on a federal grant to see if they can make a connection that's frustrated past arts and community leaders for years. 
 
"I think you all are aware that it's not enough to just put up a sign that says downtown's that way in the hopes that a global audience will find their way there," said Jenny Wright, the museum's director of strategic communications and advancement. "There are actual physical and psychological barriers that put Mass MoCA on one side and downtown on the other side of the highway. We're bifurcated by infrastructure."
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