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April 3, 2008

Noteworthy spotlights brief items of interest to allied healthcare professionals, especially those in Massachusetts. Send notices of upcoming events, personnel appointments, publications, calls for proposals, awards and recognitions, and other noteworthy items to


Nancy Rappaport, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers' (MCSBHC) 2008 Outstanding School-Based Health Center Supporter Award. Rappaport is the director of Cambridge Health Alliance's School-Based Programs. She was recognized for her dedication to providing the most vulnerable children access to quality mental health services.


Northeastern University nursing professor Elizabeth Howard is conducting a research project to test the hypothesis that for women, especially older Black women, a health promotion intervention is the key to changing health behaviors, reducing cardiovascular disease risk, and positively impacting health outcomes. The study is funded by the Northeastern University Provost's ENHANCE Program.


NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health Web site designed especially for seniors, now contains consumer health information about the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.

The Hospital-Based Palliative Care Consortium (HBPCC) has selected Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a "national learning lab" that other hospitals across the nation can consult with to improve their palliative care programs. Dana-Farber is one of seven facilities across the U.S. chosen to be learning labs.

The Boston College School of Nursing is offering eight continuing education programs during the month of April:

  • Psychopharmacology - Bipolar Disorder; April 7, 4:30 to 7:30 P.M.
  • Lab Values, April 8, 4:30 to 7:30 P.M.
  • Psychopharmacology - Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis; April 14, 4:30 to 7:30 P.M.
  • Essentials of Phlebotomy; April 15, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
  • Peripheral IV Therapy, April 22, 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
  • Clinical Research Open House; April 23, 6 to 8 P.M.
  • Psychopharmacology - Borderline and Other Personality Disorders; April 28, 4:30 to 7:30 P.M.
  • Central Line Therapy; April 29. 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Information is available by calling (617) 552-4256 or visiting the continuing education website.

Community Programs

The Institute for Community Health (ICH) is currently conducting a confidential telephone survey of residents age 19 and over in five metropolitan Boston communities - Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, and Somerville. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) was developed in collaboration with Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Public Health Department, and Somerville Health Department. Conducted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, the survey is designed to collect information that will help to assess and improve the health status of residents in the local communities, identify local health issues, and design and monitor health promotion and disease prevention programs. The survey process will continue through May. Further information is available from Alison Harris, (617) 499-8323.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Pops Concert on April 12, at the Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord. Under the direction of Dr. William McManus, the Concord Band will perform a variety of selections featuring Amanda Carr, a renowned jazz vocalist. Proceeds from the concert support the Emerson Hospital pediatric intervention team, scholarships for patient caregivers, and specialized wheelchairs. More information is available from Rosie Oberg, (978) 371-1923.

Pediatrics West, which has offices at the Emerson Hospital Health Centers in Westford and Groton, will offer a free workshop titled "Let's Be Honest!" for parents and other caregivers of children aged 10-14 years old. The workshop, which will be held in Westford on April 16 from noon to 2 P.M. and again on April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M., is designed to help parents learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality. To register for the workshop, call (978) 577-0437.

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