Boston Medical Center (BMC) is an academic medical center unlike any other. Founded on the belief that every person deserves good health, BMC is here for our all of our neighbors. With an unwavering commitment to meeting patients where they are, our leading clinicians and researchers are known innovators—developing programs that not only address urgent medical needs, but aim to eliminate longstanding inequities.
Our patients are racially diverse: overall, 77% of BMC patients identify as non-white, with 33% identifying as Black and 24% as Latinx. Our patients are also socioeconomically diverse: only 18% are commercially insured, and 25% of our patients report housing insecurity. For the past 25 years, BMC has built a reputation as a leader in innovation to address social inequities for the underserved and racial inequities of a diverse patient base.
Because of socioeconomic stressors such as poverty, pollution, and poor housing, BMC’s patients are disproportionately impacted by allergies and asthma. Food allergies can trigger anaphylaxis, and those with asthma can suffer severe attacks. Flare-ups lead to a lot missed days of school for children and missed days of work for their parents. These are serious diseases that require complex treatment plans, constant management and healthcare guidance. The Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic at Boston Medical Center provides allergy, asthma, and respiratory care to children from birth to age 21 and the clinic staff work as a team with a patient’s primary care provider, daycare, school, or after school program with a goal to create a treatment plan that addresses each child’s unique health needs.
Additionally, many of BMC’s families have been adversely affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 including reduced wages, job losses, and food insecurity. Through philanthropic support, the Clinic is able to provide grocery cards to families of children with food allergies to help them access food allergy-friendly/top 8 free foods and hypoallergenic baby formulas, as well as Epi-pen carrying cases and alert bracelets to newly diagnosed patients with food allergies. With additional donor funding, we also hope to improve access to food allergy friendly products in the Boston Medical Center food pantry.
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