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Smoking out the problem

Friday, March 20, 2015 - The Gardner News

GARDNER- Hoping to curb tobacco use among pregnant women and to stop adolescents from starting, the Baby’s Breath Initiative community health project held an open house at Heywood Hospital on Thursday. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide education and one on one support to individuals as they decrease or quit their use of tobacco products,” said Therese LaRose, program coordinator. “This is important work that will improve the health of babies, children and families in the community. Read more...

Worcester is state's top destination for refugees

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — With more than 2,000 refugees from 24 countries settling in Worcester during five years surveyed, Worcester is the state's leading destination for people escaping persecution in their homelands. A report issued this week funded by the Clark University's Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise looks at the refugees moving to the city from 2007 to 2012 and their situations, in comparison to all foreign-born residents and residents native to Worcester. Read more...

Grant will fund planning to improve refugee resettlement in Worcester

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — Refugees by the thousands have found a welcoming environment in Worcester, as low-cost housing, public transportation and available jobs provide the required building blocks sought by the U.S. State Department. But integrating refugees into the community remains a struggle, with gaps in various services, fragmented integration of others and outdated procedures that don't reflect the current influx, officials said this week. Armed with a $170,722 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Ascentria Care Alliance hopes to reshape the integration template. Read more...

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