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Sue Reinert is a Cambridge resident who writes on housing and health issues. She is a longtime reporter who wrote on health care for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.

Hope for people on long housing wait list as 250 rental assistance vouchers added

Hope for people on long housing wait list as 250 rental assistance vouchers added

The Cambridge Housing Authority is offering help to a small number of the 9,500 applicants on a frozen waiting list for public housing.

Cambridge kids are mostly vaccinated, but rate dips deeply at certain schools

Cambridge kids are mostly vaccinated, but rate dips deeply at certain schools

School health officials estimate that 98 percent of students are immunized in Cambridge, but that statistic is not the whole story.

One factor changed in debate on fluoride, but drinking water hasn’t changed with it

One factor changed in debate on fluoride, but drinking water hasn’t changed with it

There has been scarcely a murmur of dissent over adding fluoride to Cambridge drinking water since 1974 – until recently. And new federal guidance would lower the amount we drink.

Health Alliance profitable mid-fiscal year, awaits $88 million aid payment from state

Health Alliance profitable mid-fiscal year, awaits $88 million aid payment from state

Financially struggling Cambridge Health Alliance is performing far better than expected so far when it comes to the bottom line, although that hasn’t translated into hard cash.

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

After leading a long battle to preserve – and transform – public housing in Cambridge with private financing, Gregory Russ is getting a sizable raise, and will land just below $200,000 in 2017.

With vaccine less effective, fewer clinics, health professionals see flu cases grow

With vaccine less effective, fewer clinics, health professionals see flu cases grow

As researchers reported Thursday that this year’s flu vaccine reduces your chance of getting sick by only 23 percent so far this flu season, Cambridge Health Alliance doctors are seeing more people with influenza symptoms.

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

The number of families that will pay higher rent after a sweeping rehabilitation of Cambridge’s public housing units has risen to 87, compared with the original estimate of 72 families, Cambridge Housing Authority officials said Wednesday.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

For the third year in a row, Cambridge Health Alliance faces penalties for having too many patients return to the hospital within a month after they’re discharged.

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