We were thrilled to have State Representatives Michael Moran and Kevin Honan, as well as Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo officiate our ribbon cutting ceremony on January 11, to celebrate the opening of our retail pharmacy in Brighton.
With this opening, our pharmacy is able to serve the community-at-large, including people who are not patients of the health center. People who live and work near our Brighton health center can now access our pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled and get advice from our pharmacists in a convenient location and with a neighborhood family-friendly atmosphere. Come check us out!
(Photo from left to right: Representative Michael Moran, CRCH Board Chair Julie Moran, CRCH Board Member Caroline Grossman, Executive Director Elizabeth Browne, Medical Director Elizabeth Molina, Head of Pharmacy Hinal Patel, HR Director Vlad Stevens, Representative Kevin Honan, City Councilor Mark Ciommo)
Dana Farber, the leading cancer prevention, treatment and research facility in the area, has been an important partner of ours since 2002. As a patient-centered medical home, CRCH is happy to be able to offer screening mammograms to our patients through Dana Farber’s van service, so that our patients can access this important service right at the health center that they know and trust. Read more about our collaborative work with Dana Farber on pages 8 to 10 of their newest Community Benefit brochure.
We want to extend our gratitude to all of our supporters and donors who made generous contributions to CRCH through our year-end fundraising campaign. We are happy to report that we have had an increase in the number of donations in 2016. Thanks for your support and a great start to 2017!
The Affordable Care Act not only affects healthcare coverage, it also touches upon public health and other social issues like food insecurity and hunger. The president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank writes about this, and also about CRCH being GBFB’s first community health center partner to address food insecurity in this Boston Globe article. For the community that we serve, food insecurity and lack of access to healthy food are among the top five most urgent needs, as shown in our 2015 assessment. Our partnership with GBFB to offer our monthly Mobile Market will continue to address this need.
CRCH has been busy giving out free flu vaccines this winter season at both our Brighton and Waltham locations. With help from community partners like St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and volunteers from the Boston Medical Reserve Corps, we have already given out over 340 flu shot vaccines!
Missed our earlier flu clinics? Don’t worry, you can come by in January on these dates:
During this time of thanks, and peace, Charles River Community Health is hosting a food drive at both of our main locations: 495 Western Ave., Brighton and 564 Main ST., Waltham. Please consider bringing in donations of non-perishable food for our patients, so that they may be able to enjoy the holidays. While all donations are welcome, click here for a flyer listing some of the items that are culturally appropriate for our patients.
Thank you for spreading the cheer & Happy Holidays!