New Provider Spotlight: Maria Licher, Nutritionist

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Maria Licher, RD Joined Fenway in December, 2016 Education: Bachelor’s in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise; Dietetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Registered Dietician. What brought you to Fenway Health? I had been wanting to move into outpatient for quite some time and a colleague told me about the position.  After learning about the mission of Fenway Health I became really excited about what we do here and our support of the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Once I interviewed and realized how much everyone here cares about the patients and each other it became clear that this was 
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Why I Walk: Kathy Gonzalez

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Like many people who will be hitting the pavement on June 4 for the AIDS Walk and Run Boston, Kathy Gonzalez will be there for her loved ones. Her brother Albert was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and her sister Judith is living with HIV today. Since Albert passed away in 1994 at just 31, the epidemic has felt very personal for her family. “Losing our brother was very hard for us,” she said. “And just a few years after we lost my brother, my older sister was also diagnosed with HIV. Luckily, with advancements in medicine, and thanks for 
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MacArthur Amendment To AHCA Poses Even Greater Threat To LGBT People, People Living With HIV Than Original Bill, Says Fenway Institute

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Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief analyzing how a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump Administration’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could impact LGBT people and people living with HIV (PLWH). “This amendment takes a bad bill and makes it worse. If enacted, it would make it much more difficult for people with pre-existing health conditions such as HIV to obtain health insurance that is affordable,” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research for The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. “It would also permit the 
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HIV Advocacy Has a New Champion in Representative Jack Lewis

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During the recent House budget deliberation, Representative Jack Lewis of Ashland and Framingham secured a nearly unprecedented $1 million in additional funding for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C programming across Massachusetts. This increase continues to close the gap after Governor Baker cut the HIV/Hepatitis C line item by $4.8 million and the House Ways & Means Committee reduced the cut to $3.8M. We call on the Massachusetts Senate to finish the job and fund the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C line item at a minimum of $33.1 million in FY18. Shortly after securing the funding increase in the House Budget, Representative Lewis 
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Fenway Hosts Delegation Of Irish LGBT Advocates

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The Fenway Institute was thrilled to host a delegation from Ireland and Northern Ireland of policy makers, advocates, youth workers, legal professionals and other leaders working on behalf of the LGBT community. The exchange program, Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community, was coordinated through the Irish Institute of Boston College. Staff from the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute met with this delegation on April 27 for an in-depth discussion on The Institute’s work and how its research could be used to address challenges facing the LGBT community in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 
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