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Boston Medical Center Tackling the Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes with a tangible end in sight, assessing its aftermath is only beginning. In its wake is a plethora of pressing matters, many of which have been amplified by COVID-19. “A big, bright light is now shining on all these inequities that existed prior to COVID,” notes Michelle Durham, MD, MPH, child and adult psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center. One issue in particular holds youth and adolescents in its grip: a longstanding mental health crisis worsened by the pandemic. Read the full article featuring Dr. Durham on bmc.org.

Dr. Michelle Durham Testifies at U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on Mental Health Care in America: Addressing Root Causes and Identifying Policy Solutions

Dr. Michelle Durham testified in front of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at a hearing on "Mental Health Care in America: Addressing Root Causes and Identifying Policy Solutions." Read or watch her full testimony here.

June 15th is Community Health Worker Day!

We recently interviewed community health workers at four TEAM UP health centers about their work. For Community Health Worker Day, we’d like to share some of their comments to recognize their tremendous dedication to each other and to the families they serve. Each of them highlighted team collaboration, their personal connection to the work, and what community health work means to them. These interviews provide a glimpse into their individual motivations and approaches to the work.

Community Health Worker Film shared at APHA Public Health Film Festival

This film, shared at the American Public Health Association's 2020 Public Health Film Festival, interviews Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Family Partners (FPs) at Codman Square Health Center, Lowell Community Health Center, and The Dimock Center. The goal of the film is to increase awareness of the much needed role that CHWs and FPs play in addressing social, cultural, linguistic, and operational barriers to care.

BRANCH Report

BRANCH (Building Resilience And Nurturing CHildren) is a brief trauma-informed, extended screening and assessment intervention developed for integrated behavioral health clinicians who practice in primary care pediatric settings. This report provides a summary of BRANCH’s development and implementation during the period of September 2017-May 2020.