"Health Center Heroes" Celebrated August 12-18

posted on: 8/10/2018 3:03:55 PM


During the week of August 12-18 2018, community health centers across the country will be celebrating National Health Center Week; annual event meant to bring awareness to community health centers across the country, and to highlight all they do for their host communities. The week is organized by the National Association of community health centers. This year's theme is "health center heroes;" Many health centers will be holding events throughout the week.

1 in 12 Americans get their care from one of the 1,400 health centers across the nation. They serve more than 25 million patients in areas from primary care, behavioral health, dental, vision, pharmacy, and more. Anyone can visit a community health center, but they specialize in the care of low-income citizens, many of which would not be able to receive care otherwise.

NEW Health will be hosting it's annual North End Jamboree on August 16, an event with kids from the Nazzaro Center summer program. Please take a moment to view the graphic below for more information on America’s health centers, and their great positive impact on healthcare.



NEW Health Wins Health Center Bocce Tournament

posted on: 7/20/2018 9:28:28 AM


On Thursday, July 19, North End Waterfront Health Center (NEW Health) won the annual state-wide health center bocce tournament, hosted by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC). The tournament is open to all health centers from across the state. The event was well-attended and enjoyed a crowd of participants, as well as passers-by.

This year over 20 teams participated in the tournament, which was held at the courts in Langone Park. The NEW Health team defeated six opponents in sudden elimination on their way to claim the first place title. The NEW Health team was made up of CEO, Jim Luisi, Ron Menditto, Robert Tanso, and Zach Goodale.

This is the second time in three years that NEW Health has come away with first place honors; they last won the tournament in 2016.


West Nile Virus Discovered in Jamaica Plain

posted on: 7/10/2018 10:58:45 AM


West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito pool in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.  WNV has been detected in Boston every year since 2000 during the summer and fall months (June-November). WNV in people is rare. Most people are at low risk of developing the disease. Those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing severe illness.

Most people who get WNV have no symptoms. Those few who develop symptoms will have headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and body aches. There is no specific treatment for WNV and most people recover on their own.

To protect yourself from WNV, be sure to use insect repellent when outside and limit your time outdoors between dusk and dawn. When you are outdoors, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and socks. Check that your window and door screens don’t have holes in them. Items that collect water such as flower pots, birdbaths, and garbage cans should be emptied of water at least once a week.

For more information about WNV, go to the Boston Public Health Commission website at www.bphc.org or call them at 617- 534-5611. Visit northendwaterfronthealth.org for more health and wellness information.


Tips for Beating the Summer Heat

posted on: 7/5/2018 10:27:13 AM


It is important to beat the heat and stay cool during these hot and humid days of summer. This is the kind of weather that can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion when you don’t take proper care of yourself. There are several important things to remember that will keep you healthy:

  • Drink plenty of cool, nonalcoholic fluids.
  • Stay in the shade, in air conditioning or near a fan.
  • If you don’t have a fan or air conditioning, spend time in a public cooling space (Nazzaro Center).
  • If you have to be out in the sun, wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Don’t exercise when it is hot and humid.
  • Wear light colored and loose fitting clothes.
  • Don’t plan activities during the hottest part of the day.

Warning signs or symptoms of heat related problems that should be taken seriously are:

  • Weakness.
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Chest pain.
  • Lack of energy and appetite.

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, call your health care provider immediately. For more health assistance and information, visit northendwaterfronthealth.org.


NEW Health and NEAD Host Annual Drug Awareness Day for North End Students

posted on: 6/18/2018 2:55:51 PM


On Wednesday, June 6, North End Waterfront Health (NEW Health) held their annual drug awareness day for students and teachers at the Saint John and Eliot Schools. The aim of the event is to make students aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and to stress the importance of making good choices. Over one hundred 6th, 7th and 8th grade students attended the event hosted by Saint John’s School.

The 2 hour program began with an introduction from NEAD President John Romano and NEW Health Executive Director James Luisi and consisted of a speaking program which featured members of NEW Health’s substance addiction recovery program. Event speakers also included Massachusetts State Representative, Aaron Michlewitz; Assistant District Attorney, Greg Hennings; Steven Siciliano of the Suffolk County Probation Office; Boston Police Officer, Teddy Boyle and members of Boston’s undercover drug police squad; and NEW Health physician, Dr. Martha McLoughlin

Each speaker spoke about the dangers associated with drug and alcohol use from his or her own life or professional perspective, and all made it clear that making good choices matters. The NEW Health recovery group – led by NEW Health recovery coach, Lorraine Fitzgerald – told true stories about their personal struggles with addiction. Other speakers detailed the duties of their jobs in relation to drug and alcohol use.

Following the presentations, the kids were gifted with special bags donated by North End Against Drugs and NEW Health filled with information about staying away from the use of drugs and alcohol. The bags were also filled with various other goodies for the kids.

Special thank you to those in attendance who helped make the day possible: Mary Wright, Zach Goodale, Maria Bova, Luisa Siniscalchi, Ann Fitzgerald and other members of the NEW Health staff and North End Against Drugs board who could not be in attendance.


Suicide Rates at Thirty Year High in U.S.

posted on: 6/11/2018 11:41:48 AM


Several high-profile cases of suicide in the past week have led to a push for more conversation and awareness surrounding suicides. Suicide rates are at a 30-year high in the United States and is the tenth leading cause of death in the country. 54% of suicide deaths are not related to mental health issues.

A suicidal act is defined as attempted violence directed against one’s own person.

Risk factors include:

  • previous suicide attempts
  • family history of suicide
  • depression or other mental health issues
  • problems with alcohol and other drugs
  • being between that ages of 15-24 or over age 60
  • having a medical illness

Warning signs include:

  • thinking about harming/killing one’s self
  • having a plan to harm or kill one’s self
  • feeling empty of hopeless
  • feeling unbearable pain from either a medical of mental health issue
  • increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • being withdrawn

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, seek help as soon as possible.

Call the suicide prevention help line 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call your health care provider or get to an emergency department.


June Recognized As Men's Health Month

posted on: 6/8/2018 2:07:32 PM


June is recognized across the United States as Men's Health Month. It's a good time for men to think about their health and make a stronger commitment to making appointments and getting the necessary help to stay in good health.

Did you know that women are 100% more likely to visit a doctor for an annual checkup? Check out that and other male-related health facts below. You can also check it out at this website.


Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.


Celebrate 'Don't Fry Day' on May 25

posted on: 5/24/2018 8:46:07 AM


Don’t Fry Day has been observed in the United States for several years and is dedicated to raising awareness about protecting skin from the Sun so that it can't cause cancer and other damage. The day is held on the Friday before Memorial Day - May 25 this year.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. There are more than 1 million reported cases every year and it is on the rise. Here is a simple way to remember what you need to do to help prevent skin cancer:

  • SLIP (on a shirt. Wear protective clothing)
  • SLOP (on 1 ounce of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30)
  • SLAP (on a hat)
  • WRAP (on sunglasses)

Some other tips for staying safe in the sun:
  • Be sure to get your Vitamin D safely though vitamin supplements and food.
  • Use extra care near water and sand.
  • Stay in the shade especially between 10 and 4.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.

For more information go to: www.epa.gov/sunsafety/dontfryday. Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.


Info for Those with Peanut Allergy

posted on: 5/9/2018 12:28:35 PM


Peanut allergy is the most common of all food allergies. People who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to the peanut protein, even in small amounts. This type of allergy is life long, not one a child will outgrow. Exposure to peanuts can occur in different ways:

Direct contact. This is the most common cause of peanut allergy and happens when peanuts or foods containing peanuts are eaten. It can also happen when peanuts come in direct contact with skin.

Cross-contact. This is the unintended introduction of peanuts during food processing or production.

Inhalation.  This reaction occurs if you inhale dust or aerosols containing peanuts. The allergic reaction to peanuts usually occurs within minutes of the exposure. The symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They include:

  • Skin reactions, such as hives, redness or swelling
  • Itching or tingling around the throat and mouth
  • Digestive problems, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or stomach cramps
  • Tightening of the throat
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis are:

  • The above symptoms plus
  • Constriction of airway
  • Swelling of the throat which makes breathing difficult
  • A severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

If any of these symptoms occur, treatment with an epi-pen is needed. 911 needs to be called for further emergency treatment. Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.



World Immunization Week 2018 Observed April 24-30

posted on: 4/19/2018 9:38:17 AM


This year, World Immunization Week is April 24-30, 2018. The purpose of the week is to create awareness around the success of immunization and the important role it plays in the health and well-being of millions of people, worldwide. This year’s theme is “Protected together. #VaccinesWork”.

Immunizations save millions of lives and improve quality of life; they are safe and prevent illness and disability. They are considered one of the world’s most successful and cost effective health interventions. Immunizations help prevent people from falling into poverty due to medical costs. If the use of vaccines is stopped, diseases will return. Some of the diseases that are prevented by vaccines include:

  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
Small pox has been eradicated. Polio maybe the next disease to be eradicated. 80% of the world’s children have been vaccinated against polio.

World-wide immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles.Vaccines prevent the spread of disease to the US from other countries through travel, trade and commerce.


Alcohol Awareness Month Observed in April

posted on: 4/6/2018 1:54:49 PM


April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance used in the U.S. 15.1 million people over the age of 18 have a diagnosis of AUD (alcohol use disorder); this is a medical condition used when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. Alcohol use disorder is the third leading lifestyle cause of death.

Some common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  1. 1. Unable to limit the amount of alcohol that you drink.
  2. 2. Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from drinking.
  3. 3. Unable to fulfill obligations at work, home or school.
  4. 4. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (nausea, sweating, shaking) when you don’t drink or you drink to avoid these symptoms.
  5. 5. Continuing to drink even if it is causing physical, social or interpersonal problems.

A standard drink in the US contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol; this amount equals:
  • 12 ozs beer
  • 8 ozs malt liquor
  • 5 ozs wine
  • 1.5 ozs or a shot of 80 proof spirits or liquor (gin, vodka, rum, whiskey)

No type of alcohol is safer than another type. All alcohol is equal in the affect it has on you and your body. It’s the amount that you drink that is important.

Alcohol affects every part of your body. It affects the central nervous system, is absorbed rapidly from the stomach and small intestine and metabolized in the liver. Some of the effects on your body include:

  • Central nervous system: lack of coordination, confusion, memory, judgment and decision-making (problems with decision making can cause motor vehicle accidents, falls, risky sexual behaviors and violent behaviors)
  • Liver: cirrhosis
  • Pregnant women: harm to developing fetus (fetal alcohol syndrome)

Excessive drinking includes:
  • Binge drinking: 4 or more drinks during 1 occasion for women in 2 hours, 5 or more for men
  • Heavy drinking: More than 1 drink/day for women, more than 2 for men
  • Drinking by pregnant women
  • Drinking by underage youth

For more information go to: www.cdc.gov/alcoh


NEW Health Closed on Tuesday March 13

posted on: 3/12/2018 12:38:50 PM


Attention: due to reports of inclement weather, and for the safety of our patients and staff, NEW Health center will be closed on Tuesday, March 13. We will resume our normal business hours again on Wednesday, March 14. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Celebrate Nutrition in March for National Nutrition Month

posted on: 3/6/2018 11:21:53 AM


March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is Go Further with Food! It's a good time to think about how the food we eat effects our bodies. Here are 5 quick tips to help you eat better and stay healthy:

  • Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit every day. Try to include a vegetable with every meal, even breakfast.
  • Drink water. Avoid all beverages that contain sugar; use cucumber, lemon, lime, or other fruit to add flavor to water.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates to help with portion control.
  • Plan meals and snacks ahead of time. Avoid becoming so hungry that you make poor food choices, be prepared.
  • Be physically active every day and get enough sleep.

NEW Health is happy to announce the addition of a new nutritionist to our team, Luisa Siniscalchi. If you would like to make an appointment with Luisa, ask your primary care doctor for a referral.


Attention: we are closing early today

posted on: 3/2/2018 12:36:23 PM


Due to severe weather conditions, our health center will be closing at 3 pm today. We apologize for the inconvenience.


February is National Kids Dental Health Month

posted on: 3/2/2018 10:51:27 AM


February is “National Kids Dental Health Month." Here are some guidelines for good dental health for your child:

Ages 4—24 months:

• Every child should have their first dental appointment before age 1.

• You should wash their gums with a wash cloth after each feeding.

• You can brush new teeth with a soft brush and water.

Ages 2—4 years:

• After your child knows not to swallow toothpaste, they should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.

• They should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

• They should have a dental check-up every 6 months.

5—7 years:

• They should continue care as above.

• They should add flossing as soon as 2nd teeth begin to touch.



Learn to Spot the Differences Between Cold and Flu

posted on: 1/29/2018 12:49:04 PM


During winter months, many people typically experience cold and flu symptoms. It's important to know the signs of each one to better help recover. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a chart to help educate people on the differences between the two. The chart below details the difference between the cold and flu and can help you accelerate the recovery process.



NEW Health will close at noon on 1/4 due to severe weather

posted on: 1/4/2018 10:40:45 AM


Due to heavy snowfall on Thursday, January 4, the health center is closing early at 12 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for further updates. Thank you.


November is COPD Awareness Month

posted on: 11/6/2017 11:37:17 AM


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a serious lung disease that makes it hard for people to breath.  COPD can also be referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. When you have COPD, the airways are partially blocked so it makes it hard to get air in and out of your lungs. COPD can cause serious long term disability and early death. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.

Symptoms of COPD are:

  • A chronic, persistent cough
  • Increased mucus
  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • A tight feeling in the chest

    Causes of COPD:
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Smoking cigarettes with asthma
  • Breathing in large amounts of chemicals or fumes
  • Genetics
  • Age

    If you smoke and have COPD, the most important thing that you can do is to stop smoking. You will notice an improvement in your breathing quickly. Treatment for COPD:
  • Bronchodilators (medicines that open your airways)
  • Corticosteroids (medicines that reduce swelling in the airways)
  • Pulmonary rehab program
  • Oxygen

    Other things that will help you live a healthier life include:
  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • Get the pneumonia shot
  • Keep your weight normal.
  • Get some exercise. Check with your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you.
  • Pace your activities so that your lungs do not work too hard.
  • Reduce stress and relax.
  • Get emotional support.

    For more information contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872 or on line at www.lungusa.org or contact the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on line at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/index.htm.

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