Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers many services to the community to help improve literacy and overall quality of life. Recently, the Parkway Central Library expanded programming to include health literacy through a program called the Reaching HEALthy Initiative. The initiative is one of the first multi-professional health care programs that works with social workers, nurses […]

 

Point Breeze: HIV Positive Community Anticipates Effects Of The Election

Point Breeze: HIV Positive Community Anticipates Effects Of The Election

Mildred Lewis has been living with HIV for 19 years. She’s spent 17 of them in Point Breeze, and for 16 years she has been drug-free. Today, Lewis is Philadelphia FIGHT’s lead HIV tester and counselor in the Point Breeze area, using her personal experience and trusted presence in the neighborhood to serve an at-risk […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

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Manayunk: Acupuncture Practice Leads Community in Holistic Health

Manayunk: Acupuncture Practice Leads Community in Holistic Health

The Manayunk Roxborough Acupuncture Clinic has been providing treatment of holistic medicine since 2008. Practitioner Dave Schiman works to deliver his clients affordable treatment options using a sliding scale system, while maintaining a wholesome, community environment. You have been practicing in Manayunk since May. What brought you to the neighborhood? I live on the border […]

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Education: Five Ways Budget Cuts Hurt City Schools

Education: Five Ways Budget Cuts Hurt City Schools

It’s the eighth largest district in the country and one of the two poorest. Despite tying with urban Chicago school districts for the most financially disadvantaged, The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) remains one of the most robust in terms of enrollment. Serving more than 200,000 students across 214 public and 86 charter schools, the […]

 

Mayfair: Community Care of the Northeast Keeps Seniors Independent

Mayfair: Community Care of the Northeast Keeps Seniors Independent

Jeannette Kurzenberger is 96 years old. She is a Mayfair resident and has lived in the same home for 74 years. Since the passing of her husband, Kurzenberger lives alone. To many, the idea of a woman her age living anywhere other than a nursing home is unimaginable, and living alone would be impossible. But […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]

 By Marisa Steinberg

Olney: Campaign Kicks Off to Build New Health Center

Olney: Campaign Kicks Off to Build New Health Center

[vimeo 63679531]   On weekday mornings it is not uncommon for every waiting room seat in Health Center #10, Philadelphia’s northernmost city-run health clinic, to be filled or for a line to stretch beyond the building’s entrance at 2230 Cottman Ave. It’s this scene that has sparked Healthy Philadelphia, a nonprofit devoted to increasing health care […]

 By Loren Golden and Amanda Harvey

Southwest Philadelphia: The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc.

Southwest Philadelphia: The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc.

The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc. celebrated its grand opening this weekend. At 5500 Woodland Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia, the doors opened as families from the neighborhood were invited for food, drinks, music and informational tables lasting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With radio station Power 99 present, neighborhood kids danced and ate while their […]