Get to know Dimock's President & CEO!

by twhynot 11. June 2013 20:37

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA is the incoming President & CEO of The Dimock Center, a community institution serving Boston's Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. As the second largest health center in Boston, Dimock is considered a national model of comprehensive health and human services with an emphasis on the integration of clinical and behavioral health practices.

Dr. Jordan earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. After graduation, she joined Johns Hopkins first as an attending physician and instructor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and subsequently as director of medical consultation services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Coming from a family that stressed the value of giving back, in 2007 Dr. Jordan was inspired to leave a successful career in academic medicine to lead the Dimock Community Health Center. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jordan was a fierce advocate for increasing access to care for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Her collaborative approach led to significant partnerships linking Dimock to world class institutions such as The Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Partners HealthCare. An innovative physician administrator, Dr. Jordan was responsible for the successful transition to the Electronic Medical Record, established Dimock’s first Institutional Review Board to pave the way for research using human subjects and recently led the effort to secure a $4.9 million federal grant to expand the capacity of Dimock’s health center facility. In the clinic, the impact of her medical practice and emphasis on transformative care was a major benefit to the communities served by Dimock and beyond.

Widely respected for her expertise and insight, Dr. Jordan has published articles in various medical publications including The New England Journal of Medicine, was recently appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Planning Council Advisory Committee and served as one of seven governor-appointed physician members of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration.

From 2009-2011, Dr. Jordan hosted a segment on New England Cable News entitled, "Community Health" which disseminated factual information and explored important health topics and issues.

As incoming President & CEO of The Dimock Center, Dr. Jordan plans to continue to strengthen Dimock’s integrated care model as well as explore innovative ways to increase access to care.

An avid runner and biking enthusiast, Dr. Jordan is also engaged in community programs and active in the PTO. She and her husband Larry, an educator, live in West Roxbury with their two young daughters.



Goddard Women's Programs Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

by twhynot 31. May 2013 10:35

On Friday, May 3rd, the Goddard Women's Programs at The Dimock Center celebrated their 2nd anniversary. On May 2, 2011, the two programs: Women's Renewal-CSS, a short-term post-detox program and My Sister's House (MSH)-Healing Community, a longer-term residential community, opened their doors.

Allen Spivack, program director for both programs told the crowd of 75 attendees that "both programs have served well over 1,100 women in the last two years. Our residents need to work hard to build a successful recovery. It's not an easy process and it takes a lot of courage to do it. The good news is many have learned what it takes to be in recovery and to lead healthy lives." He also thanked the wonderful and dedicated staff noting that "they commit each day to this work and bring a caring, professional and focused approach to the work they do."

The CSS program dedicated its "Messages of Hope" wall (framed 4x6 index cards which convey messages of hope and encouragement from residents) to women entering into CSS. The crowd sang a version of the "Goddard Women's Song" and then adjourned to the MSH program for cake and reflections by several MSH residents about their time at the program.

The staff in both Goddard women's programs would like to thank the entire Dimock community for its ongoing support!




CVS Caremark Trust Awards Dimock Innovation Grant

by twhynot 31. May 2013 09:54

We are proud to announce that The Dimock Center has been awarded an "Innovations in Community Health" grant by the CVS Caremark Trust in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. This grant will help us improve health outcomes for our patients living with coronary artery disease (CAD).

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death of both men and women in the United States; CAD being the leading cause of heart disease. CAD can be prevented or controlled by a number of lifestyle and medical interventions. There has been interest in the role of mental health in CAD - specifically whether depression plays a role in the development of this chronic disease from a behavioral perspective.

At Dimock, we aim to improve the health outcomes of patients with CAD by integrating a behavioral health approach to the primary care of these patients. We will identify patients with CAD utilizing the registry power of our electronic health records. Through active outreach and real-time in-clinic identification of patients, we will screen patients with CAD with a validated tool for depression in adults. Those patients that screen in for moderate to severe depression will be prioritized for an integrated care intervention including direct connections to mental health services as well as consideration for antidepressant therapy.

Ultimately, with this integration approach to chronic disease we intend to dramatically improve the results of our patients with CAD. Through this funding, we are providing our community with access to innovative health care and educating them to prevent and manage chronic disease.

We look forward to partnering with CVS Caremark and the National Association of Community Health Centers to help prevent chronic disease in our community!




An Update from Our Children’s Garden

by twhynot 30. April 2013 11:48

For the 2013 summer season, we are making some fun and educational improvements to our Children's Garden. In addition to the 9 raised vegetable bed we will have:

  • A "Hay Bale Planter" to give our students a new experience of growing food in unusual materials
  • A 'mini-greenhouse' which will allow us to grow lettuce, spinach, kale and collards
  • A horizontal, recycled pallet which will become a lettuce garden
  • A new and improved compost pile with a new fence to help contain the materials

By diversifying and adding more elements to our garden, we are adding depth and breadth to the science opportunities available to our students. A very important feature of this year's garden is the extensive use of recycled materials. The pallets that you see in the photo below were used to deliver new grass seed to Dimock in 2012. Instead of purchasing new wood we have given them new life in our garden. These materials are a great way to show our families they don't need to spend a lot of money to grow vegetables. We are looking forward to a fantastic season!


Dimock Physician Honored by Harvard Medical School

by twhynot 30. April 2013 11:43

Dimock's Global and Community Health Program Director Dr. Jennifer Scott has been selected as the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Harvard Medical School Class of 2013!

Dr. Scott was nominated by the members of the graduating class and was selected as winner by an award committee comprised of student representatives and prominent faculty members.

One student described Dr. Scott as, "one of the most giving, dedicated and passionate people I have ever met...a supportive and incredible role-model, teacher and mentor."

Congratulations to Dr. Scott on this outstanding accomplishment!


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Funds Dimock Initiative

by twhynot 30. April 2013 11:30

The Dimock Center is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $92,500 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care! The grant will fund "Coming Home to your Medical Home", an initiative to reduce our patients' use of the emergency room for care that can be provided by their primary care physician here at Dimock.

Specifically, this initiative aims to improve the patient's experience, promote preventive care and drive down health care costs by using a care coordination model to decrease non-acute use of the Emergency Department. Funding from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care enables us to build a system that can integrate our patients' use of hospital based services into our current Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. In addition we will incorporate a nurse care coordinator who will create and manage a standardized follow-up process for those patients who use the emergency department for non-life threatening issues. Ultimately this process will emphasize the reconnection of our patients to their primary care physician at Dimock. With support from partners like Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Dimock can continue to strengthen our Medical Home Model and improve the lives of all of the patients we serve.



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