Sandra Larson is a Boston-based freelance journalist covering urban and social issues and policy. Besides HealthCity, her work has appeared in Bay State Banner, Next City, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University.
How Can We Make Addiction Care More Appealing and Effective for Black Patients?
The team at BMC's Grayken Center for Addiction is undertaking a major project to answer this question by tapping into the wisdom of Black community members
Rapid ACCESS Is Filling the Gaps for Patients With Addiction
The program's recovery coaches meet substance use disorder patients where they are and help them navigate the array of services to suit their personal needs.
To Address 'Mass and Cass' Crisis, Transitional Housing Is Crucial
Low-barrier, temporary housing allows people with addiction to stabilize and prepare for transition into permanent housing.
A Promising Program Pairs Housing Assistance with Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment
At one year of the Ottawa-based program, retention rate was 77%. Now experts are looking at how it could inform opioid addiction treatment for the most vulnerable in the U.S.
Healthcare Needs to Make Reparations to People of Color
Medical researchers helped create a racial taxonomy that justified oppression and inequitable healthcare. To restore trust and achieve justice, healthcare reparations are needed.
Why Safe Housing Is Pivotal for Transgender Women's Health
Nurse Pam Klein and advocate Dreya Catozzi explain why housing initiatives specific for trans people are essential for health and safety.
It's Vital That Police Better Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder
Healthcare-informed training for police and security officers can increase recognition of autistic behaviors and help avoid misinterpretation and escalation.
For Better Birth Outcomes, We Need to Prevent Housing Evictions
Stopping housing evictions of pregnant women and addressing inequities that lead to them could improve newborn health, leading to lifelong and intergenerational benefits.
Health Equity Metrics Must Be Incorporated into Hospital Rankings
A group of Boston doctors argues that as hospitals commit to practicing health equity, they must also be judged in ranking systems on their success in achieving it.
BMC Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Program for Homebound Seniors
Seniors are at high risk for severe COVID-19, but traveling to vaccination sites isn't easy. So, the program is bringing the vaccine to them.