With the crisis still unresolved at Steward Health Care, owner of Holy Family Hospitals in Haverhill and Methuen, a top community health leader urged the legislature not to let “distractions” stymie the push for major health care reforms.
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers President Michael Curry called on lawmakers to display the “same sense of urgency that we had during COVID,” arguing that residents in communities of color continue to suffer as a result of health care disparities. “We for some reason had urgency in the pandemic that we’ve lost since the pandemic when, in fact, those same communities are dying, but it’s not COVID,” Curry told attendees at a legislative briefing yesterday. “It’s diabetes, it’s heart disease. It’s a whole list of things.”
“Saving lives is just as important today as it was three years ago,” he added.
Four area female leaders and entrepreneurs tell their stories during “Her Story Her Way: Women Leading with Grace, Power and Impact,” taking place during Women’s History Month. Amy Pocsik, founder and CEO of the Women’s Business League and Bold Moves; Liseth Velez, founder and CEO of LJV Development and a veteran of the Air National Guard; Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, president and CEO of Mass Bio; and Wendy Estrella, founder of Estrella Law Offices and Estrella Enterprises, talk Wednesday, March 27, between 4 and 7 p.m., at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Besides the iHub, the event is in collaboration with the Women’s Business League.
Bethany Community Services is reminding those interested in participating in the Affordable Housing Lottery for a senior apartment at Merrimack Place in Haverhill, that the deadline is tomorrow. Forty-eight affordable, apartments are under construction on Water Street. There are one- and two-bedroom units with on-site laundry, off-street parking, air conditioning units, 24-hour emergency maintenance and an exercise/fitness room.
A cat named “Stella,” being treated at the MSPCA Nevin’s Farm in Methuen, Wednesday became the 20,000th animal to benefit from the Department of Agricultural Resources’ Spay/Neuter Voucher Program. Since 2012, the Division of Animal Health has administered vouchers through the Massachusetts Animal Fund to pay for critical veterinary care for more than 13,300 cats and dogs owned by low-income Massachusetts residents, 3,600 cats and dogs housed in municipal animal control facilities, 1,100 community cats, and 2,400 cats and dogs in high-risk situations due to disease outbreaks or inhumane conditions. The program is paid by voluntary contributions on state income tax returns.