News, Updates, and Happenings at Our Firm 

Spring is an exciting time for me, and not just because of Red Sox Opening Day and the milder temperatures (well, at least the promise of milder temperatures).  It is a time when many of our nonprofit clients host events where they share with their communities the work they do and the lives that they improve.  You will read about some of these nonprofit clients below.  It is a privilege for our firm to help them share their successes and inform the public about their accomplishments.  We are so fortunate in the Boston area to have such a vibrant, caring and dedicated nonprofit sector, right alongside our amazing hospitals, universities and tech and biotech companies.

In our shop, we've been busy not only on the proactive communications side of the business, but also in helping a wide array of clients deal with challenging situations that require a strategic approach.  These include management/labor conflict, community relations and regulatory compliance actions.  We also handled a nationwide food recall.

We continue to see the benefits for organizations to plan for challenging situations in advance of a crisis.  We are here to help them do that.


David Ball
President & Founder
Client Spotlight: Building A Model Behavioral Health System

Massachusetts created the model for health reform in 2006, which has resulted in a record low rate of people without health care coverage.  Today , 96 percent of the state's adults are insured. So are 99 percent of Massachusetts children, the highest rate in the nation.  The state's health reform initiative also  served as the template for the federal Affordable Care Act.  

The state's behavioral health system,  which serves residents with mental health conditions and substance use disorders,  has not achieved model status.  The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is focused on leading the way to a more equitable and accessible behavioral health system.  Working with Manatt Health, the Foundation  analyzed the Commonwealth's current behavioral health care system, identifying its many strengths and persistent weaknesses, and then constructed a "model" system to guide the new vision.

You can read Ready for Reform: Behavioral Healthcare in Massachusetts here.  A column written by Foundation President Audrey Shelto that ran in the MetroWest Daily News explains in detail the challenges in our behavioral health system and the concrete steps that policy makers can take to address and overcome those challenges.


Community Servings, which provides Medically Tailored Meals to people with critical illnesses, significantly exceeded the fundraising goal it established for its annual spring fundraising event, LifeSavor.  Click here to see a photo that ran in the Boston Globe of local chefs coming together in advance of the event to help in the Community Servings kitchen.  Click here to see a story on CBS Boston about the organization.

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Lifeworks, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities living south of Boston, was featured in the Patriot Ledger for its shared living program, which pairs local residents seeking companionship with people with disabilities.  The local resident provides a home and some caregiving, and in the process forges strong bonds with their new roommate.  

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Dinno Health pharmacists and co-owners Ray and Saad Dinno penned a piece for the April edition of baystateparent magazine to help parents prepare for their children's medication needs while away at summer camp.

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The Carroll Center for the Blind CEO Greg Donnelly wrote an op-ed in CommonWealth Magazine about the importance of braille in literacy for people with visual impairments, and the need to continue to invest in it.

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Naturopath Gary Kracoff of Johnson Compounding & Wellness was interviewed by WCVB-TV on the potential immunity-boosting benefits of mushroom extracts.

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TherapeuticsMD , a women's health company, announced last fall the commercial distribution of Imvexxy , an FDA-approved estradiol therapy.

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Granite Academy , a school of JRI that serves  middle and high school-aged students who have social/emotional challenges that complicate their learning, hosted Malawi-born William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, for a talk about his inspiration for bringing electricity to his village. Kamkwamba spoke the same week that Netflix released a movie based on the book, and his message to the students was simple: "Challenges are not there to stop you from reaching your goals. They are there to strengthen you and make you grow."  You can read a news story in the Patriot Ledger about his visit here .

In Case You Missed It...
David Ball was a guest on the PR Boutiques International (PRBI) podcast series, where he spoke about the special collaboration between a PR firm and its client.  Listen here.  Ball Consulting Group, LLC is a proud member of PRBI, a collection of boutique public relations firms across the world.