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Lucy Hartry: Thank goodness for Tapestry Health

To the editor:

Thank you to the Daily Hampshire Gazette for its editorial highlighting Tapestry Health’s many accomplishments during its 40 years in the Valley.

I am privileged and proud to have worked there for over 27 years and for being part of the many people who have made it possible to provide essential and life-saving care to the residents of western Massachusetts. During those 27 years I have seen many changes and some progress.

But more importantly, and perhaps discouragingly, so many battles are still the same. After all these years, why do we still need to fight for adequate funding to provide basic reproductive health care for both women and men? Why are we still fighting for the rights of women to control their health care? Why do we still need to fight to prevent unplanned pregnancies, diagnose and treat HIV, hepatitis C, and other life-changing sexually transmitted infections? Why do we still meet resistance to providing clean needles to people so they can prevent infections and protect their partners and children from the spread of infection?

Thank goodness for Tapestry Health and its many dedicated staff, and donors and supporters who won’t give up the fight ... even if we have to fight for 40 more years.

Lucy Hartry

Florence

The writer is manager of Tapestry Health’s Northampton Health Services.

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