East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Recognizes World Down Syndrome Day

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BOSTON, MA (April 1, 2024) – East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) recognized World Down Syndrome Day by unveiling a gallery wall of local pediatric patients living with Down Syndrome in the lobby of EBNHC’s Maverick Square location. Nearly 20 families were in attendance to see their child’s photo portrait on display.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome, causing varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues. Around 1 in every 800 babies will be born with Down Syndrome.

Remarks were delivered by CATCH Program Director and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Meaghan Hamilton, NP. The Children’s Access to Coordinated Healthcare (CATCH) program provides care coordination for the EBNHC’s most complex pediatric patients while fostering community and connection with and between patients outside of the exam room by planning several accessible, adaptive recreational activities throughout the year.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center World Down Syndrome Day 2024
From left to right: CATCH patient Jesse Rivera and Mother Jessica Montalvo proudly holding Jesse’s portrait on display at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. (Courtesy Photo)
World Down Syndrome Day 2024
From left to right: CATCH patient Stefanny Valasquez Padilla and CATCH founder Dr. Tom Silva forming a heart with their hands in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day.
World Down Syndrome Day 2024
From left to right: CATCH patient Steven Valladares Alvares and CATCH staff member Fiona Welch, RN holding hands in front of Steven’s portrait (Courtesy Photo)
World Down Syndrome Day 2024
From left to right: CATCH patient Jesse Rivera, CATCH staff member Laura Loaiza, CATCH director Meaghan Hamilton RNP, and Mother Jessica Montalvo huddled around as Jesse admires his portrait. (Courtesy Photo)
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