Join us Thursday, May 27 for A Conversation About the COVID-19 Vaccine & Kids

covid vaccine and kidsJoin us as Codman Square Health Center providers talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and kids, and address many of the myths and facts about it.

They will also answer any questions you may have about how the vaccine works, how it will impact children, and what you can do to keep your child(ren) safe.

The virtual presentation will be Thursday, May 27 at 7 pm. Register for the free event here.

The meeting will be hosted by our partner, Union Capital Boston. If you have any questions, email Christine.Leccese@codman.org.

 

Codman and American Cancer Society Highlight the Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening Among African Americans

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Dr. Hindin encourages patients to ask their providers about colorectal cancer screening.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented many people from seeking routine medical care such as cancer screenings. Data from the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported a staggering decline of more than 86% for those screenings.

Codman providers are especially concerned about a drop in colon cancer screenings because the disease is more prevalent and dangerous among African-Americans. This group is 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it than other groups.

Now that we have moved past the most critical phase of the pandemic, and medical providers have developed safe ways to resume screenings, the ACS and Codman providers are urging those who are due for colorectal cancer screening to take action.

Colon cancer is 90% curable when caught early. There are several options for colorectal cancer screening and your provider can help you determine which is best for you.

“The most important thing is to get screened for colorectal cancer, no matter which test you choose,” says Dr. Rachel Hindin, an internal medicine physician at Codman.

In 2020 Codman Square Health Center was awarded a grant for work to increase colorectal cancer screenings, with funding made possible through the American Cancer Society’s partnership with the NFL and the League’s Crucial Catch campaign.

The grant enables Codman to offer patients several different ways to be screened for colorectal cancer. Any patient who wants to know if he or she is due for a colorectal cancer screening should contact their medical provider.

For more information on colorectal cancer screenings, visit this video, which features Dr. Hindin, among other providers.

Codman Launches Vaccine Education Campaign

 

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Everyone is anxious to see the COVID-19 pandemic come to an end, and experts say the COVID-19 vaccine is the most important piece in the effort to end the pandemic. At Codman, we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep our patients, staff, and community as healthy and safe as possible, and delivering the COVID-19 vaccine is vital to that effort.

Codman encourages all patients who are eligible to get the vaccine to do so when their turn comes up, as our community has been hit particularly hard by the virus. However, we understand that some people are hesitant about the vaccine for several reasons.

Codman providers feel strongly that their patients get vaccinated and have worked with partners to launch a campaign to help encourage patients to feel comfortable about the vaccine. They did this through a poster series that features a dozen different Codman providers sharing that they got the vaccine, facts about the vaccine, and encouragement to get the vaccine when their turn arrives.

The campaign is featured throughout the health center, in newspaper advertisements, on social media, on the website, and more. Codman plans to launch new billboard advertisements and a postcard mailing to community encourage the COVID-19 vaccine.

We hope that our patients are open to the COVID-19 vaccine and will feel comfortable asking their providers any questions they have. Our website features an extensive selection of Frequently Asked Questions.

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Codman Staff Celebrates Black History Month

Codman Square Health Center celebrated Black History Month in February with several different events aimed at celebrating Black heritage and culture, recognizing Black history, and understanding the Black experience today. Codman hosts Black History Month events each year, but this year had unique significance because the last 12 months included widely publicized and watched traumatic events, as well as remarkable social action.

Patients and community members probably saw the pan-African flag flying proudly outside the health center or the Black History Month banner in our front hallway. Codman’s social media accounts and advertisements in the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner also highlighted Black History Month at Codman.

Codman held twice weekly Black History Month trivia contests in which staff who answered the question correctly and were chosen at random won a $25 Amazon gift card. Staff members had a great time with the contest sharing their knowledge and learning something new.

We hosted a Black History Month lunch for staff catered by Above and Beyond Catering, and an ice cream social hosted by Dorchester’s Chill on Park. At the ice cream social, we raffled off 14 copies of the groundbreaking book 400 Souls, which includes the work of 90 Black writers who reflect on 400 years of African American history.

Each Friday, Codman encouraged staff to wear their favorite cultural apparel, and you’ll see some of those fashion choices below! We look forward to Black History Month 2022!

Sandra Cotterell wears cultural scarf

CEO Sandra Cotterell

Executive Assistant Lisa Hamblin wears cultural jacket

Executive Assistant Lisa Hamblin

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Nia Ruiz Manickchan from Codman’s Urgent Care Department.

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Chantall Garrick from Codman’s Urgent Care Department