Harbor Health Services, Inc. Goes to the Boston Red Sox

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In honor of National Health Center Week, 110 Harbor Health Services, Inc. (HHSI) staff, family and friends attended a Boston Red Sox game! Prior to the game, Daniel J. Driscoll, President and CEO of HHSI, was honored as a “Leader of the Pack.” The Red Sox were victorious, thanks in part to Harbor’s cheering :)

Check out the before-the-game ceremony:

5 Things You Should Know About Listeria

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Originally posted on TIME:

Nearly four months after recalling all of its products due to possible Listeria contamination, the maker of Blue Bell ice cream announced yesterday that its trucks are back on the road.

Listeriosis is one of the most deadly foodborne illnesses in the U.S., and the recent outbreak raised panic and fear across the country, in part because Blue Bell is one of the nation’s largest ice cream suppliers. In total, ten cases of listeriosis were reported from four states, and three hospital patients who ate milkshakes made with Blue Bell products died as a result of the disease. But listeriosis is relatively rare, and only a small part of the population is at risk of getting seriously ill from it.

To clear up misunderstandings about the disease, here are 5 things you should know:

1. What is listeriosis and how do you get it?

People typically become infected with…

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Back-to-School Bonanza 2015 at Neponset Health Center

In honor of National Health Center Week 2015, Harbor Health Services, Inc. will be hosting a Back-to-School Bonanza on Tuesday, August 11th! The event will take place at Neponset Health Center from 9:00AM-12:00PM and will include free children’s health screenings, snacks, exercise demos and more!

Receive a FREE lunchbox and school supplies when you schedule your child’s back-to-school immunizations for August 10th-16th. Please call 617-282-3200 to make an appointment.

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Why You (Yes, You) Need to Learn CPR

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Originally posted on TIME:

New research shows bystanders who offer CPR to a person in need can improve survival rates and reduce neurological issues, such as brain damage, that can result from cardiac arrest.

The new study, published in the journal JAMA, looked at 4,961 cardiac arrest cases between the years 2010 to 2013 in North Carolina. During that time period, the state launched a campaign called The HeartRescue Project, which encourages bystander chest-compression CPR—the new gold-standard form of resuscitation—and the use of automated external defibrillators. There was a greater likelihood for both survival and survival with positive neurological outcomes among people who received CPR from a bystander.

The data also shows that during the time frame, the number of people with cardiac arrest who got bystander CPR and use of defibrillators by first responders increased from around 14% in 2010 to 23.1% in 2o13. The researchers only observed an increase in positive…

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National HIV Testing Day

By: Evan Woodford
Community HealthCorps Member
Harbor Health Services, Inc.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is part of a campaign that encourages people to get the proper facts, get themselves tested for HIV, and join in the fight to spread awareness. Held annually on June 27th, NHTD aims to overcome some of the greatest obstacles involving testing by helping people to understand their need to get tested, even if they do not believe they are at any particular risk themselves. Connecting more people to testing services will help to reduce much of the stigma by helping it to become a more acceptable and normal practice.

NHTD focuses on connecting people with opportunities to become involved, especially through social media campaigns. There are a large number of campaigns dedicated to connecting many different target audiences to testing services and care. For example, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “Act Against AIDS” initiative includes 12 different campaigns involving groups from Hispanic gay and bisexual men, to health care providers, to African American women, to name only a few.

Harbor Health Services offers many ways for you to get tested and know your status. Rapid HIV tests are offered from 3pm-7pm on Tuesdays at the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Wednesdays at the Neponset Health Center. At Harbor Community Health Center- Hyannis you can get tested Tuesdays from 10am-7pm. These tests all deliver your results in 20 minutes! Additionally, you can always talk to your provider about getting tested.

Interested in learning more information about how you can spread the word about HIV? Check out the links below!

http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/

https://www.aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day/

http://www.cdc.gov/features/HIVtesting/

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/awareness/cdc-hiv-nhtd_10things.pdf