BOSTON. The 123rd Running of the Boston Marathon to Include Expanded Deployment of Everbridge (Business Wire)

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has significantly expanded the role of Everbridge’s Critical Event Management (CEM) platform to communicate critical event updates and safety information to all of its volunteers during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon, taking place Monday, April 15th. This year, the BAA will use Everbridge to provide real-time notifications to its network of nearly 10,000 volunteers preceding the event and during race-day events including start times, route updates or disruptions, and race completion. Additionally, medical tent personnel from local hospitals and the Boston Public Health Commission will be notified of health emergencies via Everbridge-powered text messages. Find out more here.

NATIONAL. Healthcare Bowl 2017: Atlanta vs New England (MCOL Blog)

By Clive Riddle, February 3, 2017

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots square off this Sunday in Houston during a Lady Gaga concert (the halftime show.) But another performance between this two cities is playing out on a daily basis – healthcare indicators. Let’s see how Atlanta vs. New England stack up in a healthcare bowl.

Instead of the venue for this comparison being NRG stadium in Houston, we find ourselves at The Big Cities Health Coalition, a “forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 54 million people they serve.” Their playing field is a Data Platform that features over 17,000 data points across 28 large cities.

Here’s the selected results from their data platform. Let’s score 7 points when one city’s indicator bests the US average and the other city is below the US average, and 3 points the better city when both or neither best the US average. Data is from 2013, and represents Fulton County for Atlanta and the Boston metropolitan area for New England.

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BOSTON. Boston has fewer gun deaths, more drug problems than most U.S. cities

Dec 6, 2016

Jessica Bartlett Reporter, Boston Business Journal

Boston may have fewer gun deaths and lower teen smoking rates than the average for U.S. cities, but has higher-then-average numbers of people dying of accidental opioid overdoses and people diagnosed with HIV, according to a new report.

The numbers come from Big Cities Health Coalition, a group of 2,800 local governmental health departments that compiles health stats for the biggest cities in the U.S., using an array of state surveys and databases.

When compared to U.S. averages — which include all rural, urban and suburban areas — Boston did better in a number of surprising categories, seeing better diabetes mortality rates per 100,000 people (19.4 compared to 21.1 U.S. average); lower rates of the uninsured (5.1 percent to U.S.’s 11.7 percent); lower firearm mortality rate for every 100,000 people (5.5 for Boston verses 10.43 for the U.S. average); and longer life expectancy (80.2 in Boston verses 78.8 U.S. average).

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BOSTON. Here’s How Healthy Boston Is, Compared to 27 Other Cities (Boston Magazine)

A new data platform offers a window into public health nationwide.

By Jamie Ducharme

You already know Boston is a healthy city. But have you ever wondered how it stacks up against, say, New York or Las Vegas?

A new data platform from the Big Cities Health Coalition lets you see for yourself. The Big Cities Health Inventory Data Platform 2.0 has sorted 17,000 data points into an interactive platform that allows viewers to explore 50 public health indicators in 28 of the country’s largest cities.

So, does Boston hold its own? It depends where you look.

On the bright side, Boston has*:

  • The third-lowest adult obesity rate, at 21.7 percent of residents
  • One of the nation’s lowest heart disease mortality rates, at 133.6 deaths per 100,000 people
  • A very low HIV-related mortality rate, at 2.9 deaths per 100,000 residents
  • One of the country’s highest life expectancies, at 80.2 years
  • The third-lowest percentage (4.1 percent) of mothers under the age of 20

On the not-so-bright side, Boston has*:

  • The highest opioid overdose rate of any city
  • A shockingly low percentage (24.2 percent) of adult residents meeting physical activity guidelines, despite our vibrant fitness community
  • The third-highest percentage (25.4 percent) of adults who binge drink
  • A high rate of salmonella infections

The database touches on numerous other public health indicators, from environmental health to poverty rates. If your curiosity has been piqued, you can play with the platform here.

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BOSTON. Providing A Safe Space And Medical Monitoring To Prevent Overdose Deaths (Health Affairs Blog)

Jessie GaetaBarry Bock, and Mary Takach

August 31, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. Most of these deaths—78 every day—involved an opioid. Closer to home in Boston, deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 50 percent from 2014 to 2015 (Note 1). In our practice, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), based on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street (the epicenter of Boston’s drug activity), opioid overdoses have become the leading cause of death among our patients.

Overdoses were happening multiple times each week in our lobby, clinic bathrooms, and on the sidewalks and alleys adjacent to our building. Despite significant existing services aimed at the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD), we were not effectively engaging some of the highest-risk people with SUD. There was recognition among our staff, board of directors, and patients that in addition to improving screening for SUD, expanding access to opioid agonist therapy, broadly distributing naloxone (the rescue drug to reverse opioid overdoses), improving opioid prescribing practices, and expanding housing opportunities, we also needed to reduce the harms associated with ongoing drug use and provide a safe alternative to the street for people who are over sedated. Our goals are to respond with a new service that:

  1. Prevents fatal overdose;
  2. More effectively connects highest-risk individuals with addiction treatment; and,
  3. Addresses the impact of SUD on our patients, our organization, and our neighborhood.

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