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Jun 21
Boston Public Health Commission Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages Six Months and Older

BOSTON – June 21, 2022 – The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced it is recommending that all Boston children and infants ages 6-months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. BPHC's recommendation follows recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending COVID-19 vaccines.  

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which consists of three pediatric doses, is available for children ages 6-months to 5-years old. The Moderna mRNA vaccine, consisting of two pediatric doses, is available for those ages 6-months to 5-years old. COVID-19 vaccines are already available to those ages 5 and up. Ensuring your child is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations is the most effective way to keep them safe at summer camps, family outings, and other in person gatherings. 

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, parents will be able to find clinics and make appointments at the state's Vax Finder website. Parents who prefer to have their child vaccinated by their pediatrician should call their provider's office directly. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and no insurance or ID is required. 

"Many parents and caregivers have been anxiously awaiting approval of COVID-19 vaccination for the under 5 age group after two very difficult years of worrying about the health and safety of their children," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "Some parents may be uncertain about getting their child vaccinated because there is so much information to consider. The vaccines are safe and protective against serious illness in this age group. Parents with questions or concerns should talk to their child's pediatrician to get the facts about the vaccine."    

Of all the mitigation and prevention measures, COVID-19 vaccines provide the most protection against the virus across all age groups. The FDA's evaluation and analysis of the safety, effectiveness and manufacturing of these vaccines for this age group was rigorous and comprehensive. The vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe infection that can result in hospitalization and death. Although COVID-19 is often milder in children, children can become seriously ill. They can also transmit COVID-19 to family members who may be at greater risk for severe illness or death.  

BPHC also remains concerned about the significant racial disparities in child vaccination uptake. Currently, only 27% of Black children ages 5-11 and 34% of Latinx children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated, as compared to 71% of white children in the same age range. BPHC will continue to work closely with community partners to ensure vaccines and information are accessible as these new pediatric doses roll out, and support the state and providers in offering vaccines to this new age group.  

For more information about these vaccines, please refer to the CDC and DPH websites.  

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Jun 17
Latest information on Monkeypox.

For more information on monkey pox in Massachusetts and what is being done, go to: Monkeypox Fact Sheet 


 




Jun 15
BPHC Lifts Public Health Advisory at Jamaica Pond

BOSTON – June 15, 2022-- At the recommendation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the public health advisory issued by the Boston Public Health Commission for Jamaica Pond on May 23, 2022, due to a suspected algal bloom has been lifted. The pond is now re-opened for recreational activities including fishing and boating. Swimming is generally not allowed on Jamaica Pond.

The lifting of the advisory follows two weeks of consecutive tests of the pond water which demonstrated algal cell counts below the state's safe limit. DPH generally recommends that recreational water advisories can be lifted when two consecutive weekly samples show algal cell counts below the safe limit of 70,000 cells/milliliter of water. 

Analysis of testing of samples taken from the pond on June 7 and June 14 support the conclusion of DPH that Jamaica Pond is no longer experiencing a harmful algae bloom. On June 7, the level was 15,000 cells/milliliter and on June 14, the level had dropped to 9,200 cells/milliliter. 

All signs that were posted will be removed from the perimeter of the pond by June 16.    

For more information, please contact the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-530-0186. 

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Jun 15
MAYOR WU AND BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION ANNOUNCE DR. KEVIN SIMON AS THE FIRST CHIEF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OFFICER

BOSTON – Thursday, June 9, 2022 – In an important step in the ongoing work to meet Bostonians' health needs, address longstanding gaps in access, and elevate mental and behavioral health as a Citywide priority. Mayor Michelle Wu and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), today announce Kevin M. Simon, M.D., as BPHC's first-ever Chief Behavioral Health Officer. Dr. Simon will provide leadership and oversight in developing and implementing a comprehensive behavioral health agenda for the City through a public health lens. Dr. Simon's initial focus will be on immediate and long-term strategies to support youth mental health.

"Bostonians, especially our young people, are experiencing a mental health crisis that requires an urgent, wrap-around public health approach," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "By investing in a new Chief Behavioral Health Officer, we are prioritizing building an equitable and coordinated citywide response to the increasing mental and behavioral health needs of our residents. Dr. Simon's expertise and vision is unmatched, and we are thrilled to see him step into this leadership role."  

Raised as the son of Haitian parents in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Simon has lived in Boston for over four years. Currently, Dr. Simon is an Assistant in Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Policy at Harvard University, and the Medical Director of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, a child welfare and community behavioral health agency. Clinically, he practices as a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist caring for youth, young adults, and families through the Adolescent Substance Use & Addiction Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital. 

"Our young people are facing enormous challenges impacting their health and well-being. Many families cannot access, afford, or navigate the maze we call our mental and behavioral health systems. I have dedicated my career to caring for, observing, thinking, and writing about people experiencing mental and behavioral health struggles while advocating for improvements in our care systems. Persons and families going through those struggles will continue to be my priority," said Dr. Kevin Simon. "I am eager to build on Mayor Wu and Dr. Ojikutu's leadership, commitment, and vision to urgently address our youth mental health crisis and develop sustainable community-driven solutions that meet the needs of our City's youth."

As a researcher, Dr. Simon has received federal funding for work focused on the intersections of mental health, substance use, and justice involvement. These include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Physician-Scientist program in Substance Abuse K12 award funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the REACH (Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare) program at Yale School of Medicine funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He completed clinical fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School and a residency in Adult Psychiatry at Grady Hospital and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL, after attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, for college.

"Mental and behavioral health are among Boston residents' most urgent health needs, particularly children and adolescents. The public health crises of racism and COVID-19 have exacerbated the persistent mental and behavioral health disparities our residents face," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "With Dr. Simon's expertise, BPHC will develop strategies to ensure long-term, sustainable solutions to our communities' unmet needs."

Mayor Wu has prioritized efforts to improve equitable access to mental and behavioral health care by proposing several investments in this work in her FY23 budget. Dr. Simon will collaborate with community partners and City agencies and departments. He will drive the development of ambitious, innovative prevention and response models for mental health and substance use that promote whole wellness. These efforts will strive to address historical systemic racial inequities through a comprehensive and coordinated citywide response in Boston.

His clinical work and research, particularly with youth, will support and expand BPHC's existing efforts around behavioral health, including trauma response, child, adolescent, and family interventions. His expertise in addiction will bolster ongoing measures to address persons experiencing substance use disorders and those experiencing homelessness. In addition, Dr. Simon will thoughtfully guide efforts to enhance our workforce resilience.

Dr. Simon started in this role at the beginning of the month. More information about Dr. Simon's published research, writings, and background are available on his website.


About Boston Public Health Commission

BPHC, one of the oldest health departments in the United States, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston. Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission's more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Initiatives Bureau; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services. To learn more, visit the BPHC website at www.bphc.org.

 

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Jun 01
BPHC Recommendations fo COVID-19 Safety During Graduation Season

​For this season's graduations and large events, the Boston Public Health Commission recommends:

Vaccination: Attendees should be strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated and boosted prior to the event. Please consider sending reminder communications prior to the event.

Respiratory etiquette and masking: Attendees should be strongly encouraged or required to wear face masks during indoor events. We strongly recommend that individuals at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease, such as seniors, those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, and those who are not fully vaccinated, use masks during indoor events given current COVID-19 community levels. Limiting consumption of food and beverages during events, particularly those that are hosted indoors, may help to minimize mask removals. Medical grade face masks should be made available during the event for attendees. Hand sanitizer should be readily available.

Testing: Attendees should be encouraged to test with 1) Rapid at-home test the day of the graduation OR 2) PCR testing within 24-48 hours of the graduation. Rapid at-home testing kits should be made available to families and staff.

  • Test for COVID-19 at least 5 days after an exposure or attending a large indoor event, such as a graduation---or sooner if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19--to prevent onward transmission.

Ventilation:

  • All events be held outdoors whenever feasible
    • If indoors, use as large a space as possible with as much ventilation (fresh outdoor air, not recirculated). Please open windows whenever feasible to maximize ventilation. Tents with more than two sides count as 'indoors'.

Symptom screening

    • Attendees should be reminded to self-screen for symptoms on the day of event and to stay home if they are feeling sick and/or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Please consider adding signage in the entrance to this effect.

Physical distancing

    • Consider offering dual virtual/in-person options and limiting number of attendees to diminish crowding
    • Distance between audience members and students who are graduating whenever feasible



May 26
Boston Public Health Commission Welcomes New Board Members

BOSTON – May 26, 2022—The Boston City Council has voted to approve Dr. Sandro Galea and Gregory Wilmot to the Boston Board of Health. Both new members were appointed by Mayor Wu. The Council also voted to reappoint Phillomin Laptiste and Guale Valdez to serve another term on the Board.

"Dr. Sandro Galea and Gregory Wilmot will bring the necessary experience to the Board of Health to ensure our public health policy is responsive to the needs of all Bostonians. I am grateful to Manny Lopes and Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak for their service to our city," said Mayor Michelle Wu.

Mayor Wu has appointed Dr. Sandro Galea to serve as the Chairperson of the Board. Galea is a physician and epidemiologist currently serving as dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. Galea's research on social determinants of health, mental health, and trauma has been published extensively in peer reviewed medical and academic journals and publications. He is one of the most cited scholars in the social sciences field. He holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, as well as graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. Galea is being appointed to a seat formerly held by Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and President of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

"I am deeply honored by Mayor Wu's appointment to the Board of Health, and I look forward to serving the city of Boston during this challenging time," said Dr. Galea.

Greg Wilmot is the President and CEO of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. His appointment fills the community health center board seat that was recently vacated by Manny Lopes. East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is one of the largest community health centers in Massachusetts, and Wilmot oversees its over $200 million operating revenue and nearly 1,500 staff members. Wilmot has strong experience in health care leadership and administration. Prior to his role with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, he served in senior management roles with AllWays Health Partners, the Boston Medical Center, and as a senior advisor to Governor Deval Patrick's Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Sandro Galea and Greg Wilmot joining the Board of Health. Both are outstanding leaders who add significant management, health communications, and academic rigor to the conversation about the future of public health in Boston. I look forward to working with them to guide and enhance the Commission's work," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

The Board of Health serves an important role in helping the Boston Public Health Commission achieve its health goals for the city. Throughout the Commission's history, agency staff have relied on the leadership of the Board to provide valuable agenda setting, oversight, guidance, and policy development functions. The Board's support is particularly important as BPHC leads the response and recovery from COVID-19, works to eliminate health inequities in Boston, and strengthen mental and behavioral health interventions and resources available to residents.  

The next Boston Board of Health meeting is set for June 8.

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About the Board of Health & Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, which functions as Boston's health department, was established by a special act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1995. The Board of the Boston Public Health Commission, which serves as the Board of Health for the City of Boston is governed by the Boston Public Health Act of 1995, Chapter 147 of the Acts of 1995. The Act grants the Board the powers and duties of boards of health under Massachusetts law, including the authority to adopt, amend and repeal reasonable health regulations. The powers of the Commission are exercised by or under the supervision of the seven-member board which is appointed by the Mayor. 


May 25
Boston Public Health Commission Urges Residents to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Safely

BOSTON—May 25, 2022—With high rates of community transmission in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is urging residents to take all necessary COVID-related precautions to ensure they can celebrate the holiday weekend safely among friends and family. BPHC is also notifying residents that COVID-19 boosters are now available for children ages 5-11. Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a bulletin announcing that COVID-19 booster doses could be provided for those over the age of 5.  

The latest data indicate that the risk for COVID-19 remains high. The amount of virus in local wastewater continues to be significantly elevated. Community positivity is at 11 percent and the city is averaging 54.2 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, a slight decrease over the last two weeks. Despite this promising sign, all the data suggest a higher likelihood of COVID-19 transmission during large in-person gatherings this weekend.   

"The beginning of summer is an exciting time and after two very difficult years, everyone is eager to gather. However, the risk of COVID-19 transmission is currently high," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "Wear a mask indoors, get tested, particularly prior to gatherings, stay home if you are ill and reach out to your health care provider for treatment if you test positive. Take all the necessary precautions, because you can't go to Red Sox games, or go to the beach, or host cookouts if you're sick with COVID-19."

BPHC urges everybody to take all necessary COVID-19 precautions to ensure a safe Memorial Day Weekend by: 

  • Gathering outside as often as possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission; 
  • Also keep windows open for proper ventilation 
  • Testing for COVID-19 before and after attending gatherings, especially if you will be around high-risk individuals, such as seniors, those who are immunocompromised, and those who are unvaccinated; 
  • Wearing well-fitted, high-quality masks indoors, including on public transportation;
  • Staying home if you're sick or test positive for COVID-19; and  
  • Staying up to date on your vaccinations, either by beginning your primary series, completing your primary series, or getting a booster dose.  
    • COVID-19 boosters are now available for those ages 5-11.The CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 should contact a health care provider immediately to ask about antiviral treatments. Antivirals are now much more available and are highly effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization. The State is offering a free program where residents can have Paxlovid, an oral antiviral COVID-19 treatment, sent to them for free, or available for pharmacy pick-up, via telehealth appointments. For more information visit the Mayor's Health Line, or call 617-534-5050. Consultations are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. Those without a health care provider can contact the Gothams Self-Referral Treatment Line at 508-213-1380, from Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm to access COVID-19 anti-viral treatments, as well.  

There are many resources available to Boston residents to ensure their health and wellbeing. PCR testing sites are open across the city with limited wait times, and results are usually available within 24-hours. To find a testing site near you, visit boston.gov/covid19-testing. At-home rapid antigen testing kits are also widely available for purchase at pharmacies. Free, walk-in vaccine clinics are also operating throughout Boston, with first and second doses available for everyone ages 5 and older, as well as booster doses for those ages 12 and up. For more information about vaccine clinics, visit boston.gov/covid19-vaccine.  

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May 23
HEALTH ADVISORY: Jamaica Pond Closed Due to Suspected Algal Bloom

BOSTON – May 23, 22—The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has issued a public health advisory for Jamaica Pond due to a suspected bloom of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Based on initial visual inspection of the pond, it appears likely that Jamaica Pond is experiencing a harmful algae bloom. These blooms may produce toxins that can make people and pets sick. Park visitors are urged to avoid contact with the water and any areas of algae concentration, even on shore. 

Jamaica Pond is temporarily closed to water activities.

During the closure, park visitors cannot:

  • Swim, fish, boat or engage in other recreational activities on or in the water
  • Allow dogs to swim in or drink the water 

If you, your child, or your dog comes in contact with the water or an algae bloom, rinse off immediately. 

Blue-green algae can form harmful blooms in lakes, ponds, and rivers that make the water murky, and can sometimes make the water look like pea soup or paint. The current suspected bloom in Jamaica Pond appears like a dull green discoloration that could be confused as otherwise safe pond water. Blue-green algae blooms can produce toxins that may make people and pets sick. Toxins may be present within the algae cells or in the water. 

For humans, the primary concern is ingestion of water containing blue-green algae while swimming.  Direct skin contact with the blue-green algae and inhalation of water droplets containing blue-green algae or toxins is a secondary concern. For dogs, the primary concern is the ingestion of water containing blue-green algae or scum that has washed ashore or gotten onto their skin or fur. 

Contact may cause skin and eye irritation, and inhalation can cause respiratory irritation and exacerbate pre-existing respiratory conditions. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. Ingestion of blue-green algae can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea. If the blue-green algae are producing toxin(s), the health effects can be more serious, especially for small pets due to their smaller body weights. Ingestion of the toxins can cause acute gastrointestinal distress and, depending on the specific toxin, can affect the functioning of the liver, kidneys, and/or neurological systems and in severe cases can result in death. 

Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog has been around an algae bloom and shows symptoms such as vomiting, staggering, drooling, or convulsions. These symptoms present themselves soon after exposure. Dogs have been known to eat the scum that washes ashore and/or lick scum out of their fur. In Massachusetts and in many other states, canine deaths have been documented due to the ingestion of harmful algae. 

 When will this advisory be lifted? 

Algae blooms may last for weeks in the summer or may disappear quite quickly. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will coordinate with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) over the coming weeks. DPH water sampling will determine when the advisory can be lifted. DPH recommends that the recreational water advisory not be lifted until two consecutive weekly samples show algal cell counts below the safe limit of 70,000 cells/milliliter of water. 


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information, please call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050. 

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May 19
Boston Public Health Commission Offers Guidance on COVID-19 Testing, Urges Residents to Keep Up with Prevention Measures

BOSTON – May 19, 2022 – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue a weeks-long increase, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), is urging residents to keep up with COVID-19 best practices that have proven highly effective at lowering the spread of virus and reducing hospitalizations and death.  

The Boston Public Health Commission strongly recommends residents: 

  • Wear high-quality, well-fitting masks indoors and on public transportation; 
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters; 
  • Stay home if you feel sick; 
  • Ensure proper indoor ventilation by opening windows when possible; 
  • Gather outdoors as the weather warms, instead of indoors; 
  • Test for COVID-19; and 
  • Contact your health care provider about anti-viral treatment if diagnosed with COVID-19.  

According to the latest data, Boston is averaging 61 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day and community positivity is now at 11.5 percent. Increased COVID-19 transmission throughout Boston has made it critical for residents to keep up with effective prevention and mitigation strategies, especially testing.   

"We have noted a significant increase in both COVID-19 cases and in hospitalizations. COVID-19 testing remains a critical tool to decrease the risk of transmission to others, particularly those who are older, immunocompromised, and unvaccinated. They remain at high risk for severe illness," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "We need to decrease onward transmission to others. Please test prior to gatherings, wear a well-fitted mask in indoor settings, including public transportation, and stay home if you are sick."

You should test for COVID-19 if you:  

  • Are sick or experiencing symptoms;  
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19;  
  • Recently attended an indoor gathering or plan on attending an indoor gathering; or 
  • Will be around individuals at risk for severe illness, such as the immunocompromised and the unvaccinated.  

BPHC supports several free walk-in testing sites in communities throughout Boston, all of which provide PCR-testing and results that are usually available withing 24-hours. More information about locations and hours of operation can be found by visiting boston.gov/covid19-testing. 

At-home rapid testing kits are also available for purchase at retailers. Here are some helpful tips for using a rapid test: 

  • Rapid tests are very accurate; however, timing of the test is key, and tests can be falsely negative as your viral load is starting to rise, even if you are infected with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms.  
  • If you test negative using a rapid at-home antigen test but are still symptomatic, BPHC recommends the following: 
    • Take a PCR test to confirm the negative result and isolate in the meantime.  
    • Repeat an at-home antigen test in 24-48 hours and continue isolation.  
    • While waiting for the results of your PCR test or repeat testing, stay home until symptoms resolve and consult your physician to see if additional testing is needed.   
    • Bear in mind that if the PCR test comes back negative, but you are still symptomatic, it means you are sick with something other than COVID-19, and you should still isolate from others and take proper precautions to not spread your illness.  
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for a minimum five days, regardless of vaccination status. However, there are individuals who may remain infectious after. BPHC strongly recommends that individuals who seek to exit isolation before Day 11: 
    • Obtain negative COVID-19 test result on or after Day 5 
    • Wear a mask around others while indoors for a total of 10 days after their first positive test 
    • Isolation can be discontinued when symptoms improve, and you receive a negative rapid test result on or after day five of the isolation period.  

BPHC's full isolation guidance is available online.  

If you are unable to isolate for the full period, wear a well-fitted mask around others and avoid close contact with individuals as much as possible.  

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician to explore their COVID treatment options. Antiviral medications are now available for prescription and are effective at treating COVID-19. The state government recently announced a new program enabling residents to access Paxlovid, a highly effective COVID-19 treatment, via free telehealth appointments. BPHC strongly encourages all Massachusetts residents to utilize this valuable resource. More information about the program can be found on the Mayor's Health Line website or by calling 617-534-5050.  

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May 13
Boston Public Health Commission distributes $1.5 million to 34 community-based organizations impacted by COVID-19

BOSTON—May 13--2022The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has awarded $1.5 million in funding to 34 community-based organizations that are working to address social determinants of health. The funding, from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will support the local organization's general operation costs to offset losses from the pandemic and stabilize these critical organizations and resources. The funding was approved by the Boston City Council in 2021 and distributed in 2022. 

"Many community-based organizations suffered financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the need for their services grew during the past two years," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "BPHC is proud to support organizations that are meeting the urgent needs of their communities and advancing our shared mission to build a healthier Boston."  

BPHC awarded funding to community-based organizations working on a wide range of issues that impact Bostonians' health and wellness, such as food access and security, and safe and affordable housing, and other social determinants of health. Social determinants of health influence access to resources and opportunities and impact people's health.  

The following 34 awardees are from a mix of types and sizes of organizations, and awards range from $20,000- $50,000 in financial support:   

  1. About Fresh 
  2. All Dorchester Sports & Leadership 
  3. Bikes Not Bombs 
  4. Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 
  5. Boston Food Forest Coalition 
  6. Caribbean Integration Community Development, Inc. 
  7. Community Servings 
  8. East Boston Community Soup Kitchen 
  9. Eastie Farm 
  10. Ecumenical Social Action Committee  
  11. Fathers' UpLift 
  12. Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center 
  13. Health Leads 
  14. Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción 
  15. Lovin' Spoonfuls 
  16. Madison Park Development Corporation 
  17. Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition 
  18. No Books No Ball Basketball Program 
  19. NOAH 
  20. Project RIGHT 
  21. Sociedad Latina 
  22. Somali Development Center  
  23. South End Soccer  
  24. Southwest Boston Senior Services d/b/a Ethos 
  25. Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center 
  26. St. Stephen's Youth Programs 
  27. The Centre for Faith, Art, and Justice  
  28. The Community Builders 
  29. The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc 
  30. Union Capital Boston  
  31. Urban Edge 
  32. Urban Revival Inc. dba City Life/Vida Urbana 
  33. Women's Lunch Place 
  34. Youth Enrichment Services 

ABOUT THE BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION 
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country's oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs.  It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston. Public service and access to quality health care for all Boston residents are its cornerstone.  The Commission's more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services.   

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