Community Based Programs

Asian American Center for Cancer Education and Research
The AACCER was formed to coordinate hospital wide efforts to address issues of concern to the Asian community regarding cancer prevention and treatment. With support from the Cancer Center and other departments across the hospital, the AACCER has continued to provide access to cancer prevention and treatment information to the Asian community through its newsletter, workshop and community events. Future workshops will be posted on this website.
Contact: Betty Yau

Asian Community Rehabilitation and Support Program
Provides social and support services to Chinese speaking mental health patients. These clients are eligible for Department of Mental Health services. Services also include monitoring clients’ compliance with medications and treatments.
Contact: Suet Lam

Asian Psychiatry Clinic
The Asian Psychiatry Program provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate psychiatric services to Asian patients in the community, offering a range of services to ensure that a continuum of care is available.  In addition, the program provides consultation and liaison services to Tufts Medical Center’s Asian patients as well as consultation to other community agencies that serve large Chinese and Vietnamese populations.  The majority of patients are Chinese, with most of the remainder Vietnamese. Program staff can accommodate English and Chinese (several dialects) speaking patients.  With assistance from the Interpreter Services Department, the Program can serve other ethnic Asian groups.  Highlights of program components include: psychiatric consultation, psychopharmacological assessments, psychosocial evaluation, individual psychotherapy, couple counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and school-based counseling.
Contact: George Hsu

Asian Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Services Program
The program was established in 1997 in response to the need at Tufts Medical Center to provide pediatric care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to its Asian patients.  The program provides a full range of primary care services, from routine visits and immunizations to acute urgent care and referral assistance.  The Clinic works closely with numerous specialty clinics within Tufts Medical Center and provides consultation to several neighborhood based child care providers and organizations.
Contact: Sue Ponte, GNP 

Endocrinology Department
The Endocrinology Department provides comprehensive screening for diabetes targeting Asians living in the Chinatown area of Boston in collaboration with various community partners.  In addition, multi-lingual classes and support groups are provided on diet, exercise and medication options and usage. 
Contact: Mary Wenners, RN

Injury Prevention Program
The Injury Prevention Program operated under the Trauma Service in the Department of Surgery and offers various community health education programs related to injury prevention.  Provides education and materials relating to injury prevention in multiple languages and combines the efforts of Tufts Medical Center with local and national injury prevention organizations.  Serves a full range of adult populations in reducing intentional and unintentional injuries with programs geared towards older adult falls, alcohol use, bicycle helmet adherence, and other injurious behaviors as witnessed by the hospital department.
Contact: Beth Wolfe, CAGS, ATC, Injury Prevention Coordinator

Interpreter Services Department
The Interpreter Services Department guarantees access to health care for non-English speaking patients and makes cross-cultural communication and health care delivery as seamless as possible.  Department staff  provides language capacity for Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian/Ukrainian, Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese and more.  In addition, an extensive pool of freelance interpreters is utilized for languages less often requested or as back-up for the regular and per diem staff.
Contact: Yingshu J. Osborne

Josiah Quincy Elementary School Child Psychiatry Consultation Program
Located in Chinatown, Josiah Quincy Elementary School and Tufts Medical Center staff works collaboratively to identify, assess, and treat high-risk children with mental health problems that negatively impact their development and functioning at school and within family.
Contact: Christopher Bellonci, MD

Kidney and Blood Pressure Center
The Kidney and Blood Pressure Center (KBPC) in the Division of Nephrology partners with several Chinatown community organizations and the National Kidney Foundation to provide blood pressure screenings and educational lectures. Brochures for high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, as well as the KBPC clinic brochure, are available in Chinese and distributed at the screenings and lectures. Slides used for lectures are also translated into Chinese.
Contact: Klemens B. Meyer, MD

Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute Outreach Program
KPTI at the Floating Hospital for Children Department of Surgery treats pediatric trauma patients, conducts trauma research and, through its Outreach Program, partners with communities in New England and nationwide to promote education and safety for children and their families. The outreach program has six components.
• Bicycle Safety Rodeos
• I’m Safe on My Bike in New England - Classroom Education Program\
• Project B.E.L.T.S (“Because Everyone Loves To be Safe”) - Classroom
• Education Program
• Child Safety Seat Identification Sticker Program
• The Early Childhood Injury Prevention Packet
• Pediatric Trauma Management course for emergency medical personnel
KPTI is funded by an endowment from the Kiwanis Foundation of New England, Tufts Medical Center and public charitable donations.  More information about KPTI.
Contact: Patricia Lupien, Program Specialist

OB Services to Community Health Centers
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology continues a long-standing tradition of efforts to support its surrounding communities through outreach, improved access, and direct service provision. Tufts Medical Center provides strong gynecological service support to several community health centers in the greater Boston area.  
Contact: Beverly Nathan, RNC

Pediatric Residency Training Program
The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center has 39 residents enrolled in the Pediatric Residency Training Program.  As part of the program, residents spend a day seeing outpatients in their Continuity Clinic Rotation.  A major focus is to teach residents about specific health care needs of medically underserved communities, encourage them to practice in those communities, and prepare them to provide culturally competent care to their patients.
Contact: Lynne Karlson, MD

South Boston Behavioral Health Clinic
The South Boston Behavioral Health Clinic serves the residents of South Boston who are in need of outpatient mental health services. The program provides individual, group, and medication management treatment services as well as Suboxone treatment for outpatient detox for opiate addicts.
Contact: George Sigel, MD

South Boston Public Health Initiative
With Tufts Medical Center funding, the South Boston Health Center Public Health Initiative was designed to improve access to primary care in South Boston through community activities including social services, health education, and referrals for linkages with other resources in the community. This partnership with Tufts Medical Center allows the Health Center to provide outreach, support and case management services to the neediest and most vulnerable residents of South Boston. All of the grant funding is used to provide direct patient care.