Stories about: Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC)

Children’s legal eagles

As an attorney, Kristin Small, Esq., specializes in cases where the legal and health care needs of her clients cross paths. She recently worked with the parents of a 5-year-old child with autism.

The father had lost his job and the mother couldn’t work because of the time she needed to devote to her son’s care. Though the Social Security Administration (SSA) agreed that their son qualified for benefits medically, the family was deemed ineligible because they had “too many resources.” With both parents out of work and no means of income, legal counsel was the last option they thought was available to them.

Their pediatrician referred them to Small, a staff attorney for the Medical Legal Partnership | Boston (MLP) and liaison to Children’s for the newest MLP site in the Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC). Providing care for more than 13,000 children—65 percent of whom are covered by Medicaid—the CHPCC is well suited to host the MLP at CHB. “Our medical and social work staff already spend a lot of time advocating for our patients,” says Joanne Cox, MD, medical director for the CHPCC. “They’re writing letters to utility companies, helping families access food stamps and communicating with landlords about poor housing conditions.” Chronic illnesses such as asthma, cerebral palsy and diabetes are often exacerbated by environmental factors like lack of food, housing, education and employment. A child my be falling behind in school due to chronic illness, or a family may be forced to choose between medicine and food. By teaming with the MLP, the CHPCC can now offer their patients direct access to legal information and support to help them make sure their needs are being met.

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The lessons health care can learn from Steve Jobs

By Clement Bottino, MD, Fellow in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston’s Primary Care Center

Steve Jobs Memorial outside an Apple store. Image flickr/Ron Cogswell

Like many people across the country, I was sad to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs.

I grew up with the technology Mr. Jobs created. My 5th grade final science project entitled “The Moray Eel” was typed on an Apple II computer. My college soundtrack was powered by a first generation iPod and nowadays I keep in touch with my sister who lives in Spain using face-time on my iPad.

The technology Steve Jobs created radically changed how we interact with computers, the way we listen to music, even the way we communicate with each other. Mr. Jobs was an innovator on a grand scale; some say a Thomas Edison or Henry Ford for our time.

Before Mr. Jobs, computers were big, clunky machines. There was no mouse, no desktop, just a solitary green cursor on the lower corner of an empty black screen. You needed to be an expert in the field to use one.

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