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!

Dorchester Day 2015 Pictures

Harbor Health Services, Inc. staff and clients from Neponset Health Center, Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and the Elder Service Plan of HHSI joined together to march in the 2015 Dorchester Day Parade! Sporting custom t-shirts from College Hype in Dorchester and carrying a banner in honor of Geiger Gibson Community Health Center’s 50th Anniversary, the group handed out frisbees and chanted “HAR-BOR HEALTH!” Check out pictures from the parade:

Brilliance: Sometimes a Blessing, Sometimes a Curse

By John Dabrowski, LICSW

Harbor Health Services, Inc.

John Nash died on May 23rd, thrown from a taxi cab on the Jersey Turnpike, along with his wife, also killed.  They were in their 80s.  Aside from this being a sad story and a cautionary tale about always using seatbelts, even on a cab ride, why might you care?  The man’s claim to fame was partly due to his being one of the great mathematicians of the 20th century, winner of a Nobel Prize.  If you’re like most of us, you’re totally bewildered by the scribblings of “higher” math;  all you really need to know is that our modern world would be far different – or nonexistent – without it, including the nonexistence of your marvelous portable electronic device and the internet that makes Facebook and cat videos on YouTube possible.  While John Nash’s brilliance didn’t bring us any device in particular, he played in the same league as those who did, and his abstract discourses are nowadays hugely influential in economics, the social sciences, and biology, and who knows what next.   Higher math is like that, which is all most of us math-bewildered people need to know.  And it’s only part of John Nash’s story.  If you’re a moviegoer who also happens to be a BH consultant, the other story is utterly tragic, compelling, and inspiring, and quite bewildering in its own way.  Just as the man’s brain was blessed regarding its ability to grasp complicated abstract concepts, it was equally cursed with those scrambled and unbalanced electrochemical circuits that evidence themselves in what the DSM labels as paranoid schizophrenic.  Which in real life plays out in tragic, painful, and sometimes fascinating ways.  The schizophrenic mind can be wildly creative, usually in ways that make normal living impossible.  John Nash’s story was told in a book that became a movie, which had some powerfully gut-wrenching scenes portraying the powers of a remarkable mind gone astray, a Beautiful Mind, as the title of the movie described it.   A marvelous beauty.   A terrible beauty.  The story is also about the beauty of resilience and recovery – often not the case with schizophrenics – and the power of family and friends.  Alicia Nash, who also died on Saturday, had divorced John in 1963, had taken him back in 1970 in a truly heroic act, and remarried him in 2001.   A beautiful story that ended too soon.