Food As Medicine for Men's Health Month 2018

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When it comes to Men's Health Month and healthy eating, we must understand how everything we eat and drink matters, and we must know our numbers.

Spectrum's integrated care team comprised of our providers specializing in adult medicine, behavioral health, and nutrition remind us monthly during the "Food As Medicine" series by providing tips on preventing and healing diseases with a plant-based diet and providing blood pressure screenings. 

This month's session focused on limiting saturated fat (butter, fat around meats) and trans fat (cookies, cake, icing, crackers) while increasing intake of unsaturated fat (plant sources such as seeds, nuts, olives, fish).

Join us for our upcoming "Food as Medicine" sessions on Tue. July 10th and Tue. August 14th from 4-5:30pm at Spectrum Community Health Center located at 5201 Haverford Ave. Call 215.471.2761 for more information.

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Gift of Life Donor Program visits Spectrum Community Health Center

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Leslie Jean-Mary, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for the Gift of Life Donor Program, came to Spectrum to share about the need for organ and tissue transplants. Her insightful topics ranged from people wondering if there is an age limit for organ donation (health and condition matters more than age), if having an illness disqualifies potential donors (there a few conditions such as HIV, cancer, or systemic infection the would prevent organ donation), how to manage prohibitive religious beliefs (most major religions in the U.S. support it as a final act of kindness) to being in a certain race or social class making one less eligible for a donation (race, income and popularity are not considered; blood-type, waiting time, geographic proximity, and sickness severity are prioritized), Jean-Mary confidently dispelled several myths and misconceptions. She even hit home with pointing out how detractors and skeptics have fears that being a donor is a healthcare and life-saving disincentive, that surviving family will have to pay for organ donations, and that some people try to sell tissues and organs. Jean-Mary candidly noted that it is the medical professional's mission and priority to heal and save our lives, how organ selling is illegal in the U.S., and that organ and tissue donation is not even considered until every life-saving method is attempted.

Jean-Mary also introduced the audience to an organ transplant recipient who shared her story about becoming a world-class swimmer after receiving the transplant which was quite notable as she had not been a competitive swimmer prior to her diagnosis. This story was very eye-opening to the audience, helping everyone in attendance to strongly consider the lives that could be saved if everyone knew the true facts about organ and tissue transplants. To be more involved or to receive more information on donor referrals, log on to www.donors1.org or call 800-KIDNEY-1 (800.543.6391) or 800-DONORS-1 (800.366.6771).

 

Organ Donor National Observances and Celebrations

The need for organ, eye and tissue donors is on-going, so join Donate Life America by participating in one of our many observances throughout the year! Together, through spreading the word and educating others about donation, we can take small steps each day towards saving more lives. Below are downloadable images you can use throughout social media and links to other resources for you to utilize within your local and online community.

National Donor Day – February 14, 2019

National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation – organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow by participating in blood/marrow drives or donor registration events. It is also a day to recognize our loved ones who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting or did not receive an organ in time.

National Donate Life Month – April

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day – April 12, 2019

On National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Donate Life ECHO – July 8-21, 2018

Donate Life ECHO, which stands for Every Community Has Opportunity, is a nationwide observance designed to reach multicultural communities. Through the ECHO concept of reiteration and repetition—with people sharing the message of donation within their community—more lives will be saved and healed.

National DMV Appreciation Week – September 24-28, 2018

The first-annual National DMV Appreciation Week took place in 2016. The DMV partnership remains the primary source of donor registrations. DMV and driver’s licensing partners are the people on the front lines of service who have helped register more than 130 million donors. DMV Appreciation Week is a time for the Donate Life Community to say thank you and show its appreciation of DMV partners across the country through national and local events and outreach.

National Donor Sabbath – November 9-11, 2018

National Donor Sabbath is a three-day observance (Friday through Sunday) that seeks to engage all major religions in the United States. It is a time for congregations to learn more about the critical shortage, celebrate life and pray for those affected by donation and transplantation.

 

Sources:
https://organdonor.gov/about/facts-terms/donation-myths-facts.html
www.donors1.org

 

Spectrum Supports the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash

 
 On Sunday, April 15th, The Philadelphia Museum of Art was crowded with more than 12,000 eager participants for the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash which celebrates the lives saved through organ and tissue donation, honors donors who have passed, and creates awareness for the need of more organ and tissue donations. Thus far, the campaign has raised more than $250K. However, Donor Dash teams are accepting financial contributions throughout the summer, so there is still time to contribute towards the event fundraising goals.  

On Sunday, April 15th, The Philadelphia Museum of Art was crowded with more than 12,000 eager participants for the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash which celebrates the lives saved through organ and tissue donation, honors donors who have passed, and creates awareness for the need of more organ and tissue donations. Thus far, the campaign has raised more than $250K. However, Donor Dash teams are accepting financial contributions throughout the summer, so there is still time to contribute towards the event fundraising goals.  

 
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According to Gift of Life, more than 5,000 people in our region are awaiting a transplant. This event, which features a 10K and 5K Run, Kids Fun Run, and 3K walk, enables participants to help people obtain life-saving organ transplants and enjoy their lives.

 

Spectrum supports this campaign by  spreading awareness onsite and providing educational literature on registering as a new donor. 

 

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For more information about how to register, contact our behavioral health team at 215.471.2761 or to support donor dash teams visit donordash.org.

 
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Women's History Month

During #WomensHistoryMonth , we acknowledge the strength, courage, beauty and exceptional talents of women. We informed the community about Chronic kidney disease (#CKD) that disproportionatley affects the female population, attended the #beexpophilly, and developed an employee #fitness and weight loss challenge.

CKD is a worldwide public health problem that affects approximately 195M women and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with ~600K deaths each year. CKD is also considered a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome and reduced fertility. 

CKD causes include:

  • detection is difficult because progression is slower in women compared to men
  • psycho-socioeconomic barriers such as lower disease awareness lead to late or no start of dialysis among women
  • uneven access to care and kidney transplantation is also unequally spread

Spectrum wanted to address issues of equitable healthcare access for women where it is currently lacking and increase awareness and education amongst the staff and community by facilitating women’s access to treatment and creating awareness towards better health outcomes.

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At the Radio One BE Expo 2018, the hosts 100.3 WRNB, 107.9 WPPZ Praise Philly,  and Boom Philly 103.9 WPHL,empowered, entertained, and educated the community with many major activities supporting women such as the Hip-Hop 45 panel featuring Roxanne Shante; The Moment vs. Movement panel on politics featuring Taryn Finley of Huffington Post and Philadelphia Councilwoman Hon. Blondell Reynolds Brown; Black Girl Magic navigating the workplace featuring rap star Remy Ma, K Foxx of WRNB, and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones of Google and WEEN; Reflections of Beauty and Health at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond panel featuring Cynthia Bailey of Real Housewives; The Black Love Experience panel featuring Philly’s own Kindred the Family Soul; Raising Kings about changing the image and expectations of men and boys of color through mentorship; High Heels and High Places which helped women who want to break through the glass ceiling of corporate America; as well as And I Danced, a film screening celebrating the dancers who birthed Hip Hop Culture featuring esteemed actress and choreographer Shane Johnson and rap-session moderated by Kimberly King of Scripps Networks Interactive. 

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To support overall health and wellness, Spectrum has been having an 10 week employee weight loss challenge during which participants are working to improve eating  habits, move more, and lose weight. Some healthy lifestyle tips to incorporate into their daily routines and share with the community include swapping out soda and juice for water, upping our veggies, exercise 30-60 minutes for 5 days per week, cutting out fried and fast foods, eating leaner cuts of meat, and getting more sleep.

Contact https://rnbphilly.com for more the information on the Be Expo, and for more information on CKD and nutrition tips, contact our nutritionist CLiPuma@spectrumhs.org or call 215-471-2761.

Source: 

http://www.worldkidneyday.org/2018-campaign/2018-wkd-theme/

 

Food As Medicine: The Appeal of Plant-Based Nutrition

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Heart Disease is still this country's number one cause of death, and diabetes increasingly plagues the population. In Philadelphia, heart disease and stroke are the 1st and 3rd leading causes of death. Sadly, even children are experiencing a meteoric rise in diabetes. With respect to increasing obesity and food-related contributions to climate change, many groups nationwide are advocating for healthier food policies and programs. 

Along those lines, food activists and public health advocates have rallied for school lunch reform and cooking classes in schools; organic and locally produced crops instead of genetically modified crops; farm preservation, farm bill reform and food safety regulation; urban agriculture and access to healthy food; proper nutrition labeling; and regulated food  marketing to kids.

The Philadelphia Office of Health Information and Improvement has been partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers and healthcare facilities  to sponsor learning collaborations geared towards improving care for chronic illness and preventing diabetes and hypertension. Hence, Spectrum Health Services has taken on the role of educating the community about how to address diabetes and heart disease prevention through a series of monthly classes entitled "Food As Medicine" which champions adopting a plant-based diet. 

Plant-based dieting derives from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits. Our classes, facilitated by a team comprised of a medical provider, a nutritionist, and a behavioral health provider, will discuss portion control and promote healing through our food choices. The upcoming sessions will take place at the Spectrum Community Health Center on April 10th, May 8th, and June 12th from 4pm - 5:30pm. Spectrum welcomes the community to join us and experience the joy of growing and eating healthy, tasty food with friends and family. For more information, contact us at nutritionist@spectrumhs.org. 

Sources:
http://www.phila.gov/health/commissioner/HealthInfoandImprovement.html 

Dr. Akilah Bates speaks on Cardiovascular Health for American Heart Month

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American Heart Month is a perfect time to promote heart health for Philadelphia families. 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.

At the time of the first American Heart Month in 1963 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes are still the world's leading causes of death with more than 17.9 million deaths annually. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

Last Friday, Spectrum's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Davis introduced  Dr. Akilah Bates, who has partnered with the American Heart Association to lead the charge for Spectrum in raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. During her presentation, she noted that the key to living healthy is to make healthy choices. She spoke on how one must consider age and family history when it comes to heart health then make the appropriate changes to diet, limit stress triggers, and get good amounts of sleep which will lower heart health risks by as much as 80 percent. 

Photos below.

Dr. Michael Adams speaks on the importance of oral health to overall health

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. 

Spectrum was in on the action as well with our COO Brenda Noel introducing our dentist, Dr. Michael Adams, who then shared his expertise in oral care and to dispel some dental myths with constituents. Covering topics from brushing with the appropriate bristles, effective flossing, and avoiding tooth decay to understanding the differences between crowns and bridges, how to properly clean dentures, and how to manage care with periodic check-ups.

 

Our hygienist, Shemika Whiters, our dental office manager, Aisha Wynne, and Lyvette Velasquez, our dental assistant concluded the presentation by passing out a brochure preventive oral health guidelines and treatment options for the attendees to take home .

 

 

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Giving Back for the Holidays

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An important lesson in life we must all appreciate is that there are always other people who face tougher challenges than our own. Challenges can surface in various facets of our lives, whether it be for survival essentials such as food, clothing, and shelter or for factors of social mobility such as access to education, gainful employment, and healthcare. Many times we take for granted what others may struggle for. In order to walk out our values of treating all patients and each other with dignity and respect, we desire to reduce life's difficulties by doing our part to give back to the community. 

Giving back has been the core of our operation for the past 50 years, underscored by our sincere desire make a significant positive change in someone’s life. As a way to thank the community who makes our operation successful, Spectrum staff enjoyed time together to celebrate each other, show appreciation for a strong 50th year of service, and in the spirit of giving, pool our resources to collect toys and gift cards to give as holiday presents to select families.

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At this time of year, many organizations host thoughtful holiday gatherings. We want to share our holiday photos to show how our gatherings and community giving reflect the lifelong lessons of empathy and compassion that we commit to pay forward to the City of Brotherly Love for the next 50 years and beyond. Have a safe holiday and happy new year!

College: Everything You Want to Know

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Photo by www.jarvis.edu

Spectrum Health supports the community with information that will support our academic health which fortifies our physical, mental, emotional and social health. On Thursday, December 28th, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas | Anderson Hall will host both  College: Everything You Want to Know - An Informal & Informative Info Session An Informal & Informative Info Session and College: Everything You Want to Know - What Parents Should Know About College.

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Photo by T. Coats for howard.edu

Located at 6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151, these events enable participants to hear from and talk to current college students and recent college graduates about various aspects of college life and life after college. There will be a separate discussion at the same time hosted by parents of college students and recent graduates, and food will be served.

For more information or to rsvp for either event, contact wpfox3008@verizon.net by 12/27/2017.

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prepping for Flu Season

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In October, Spectrum Health Services recognized National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to encourage communities, partner organizations, and families to spread the word about the importance of mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer.  With breast cancer being the second most common kind of cancer in women and approximately 1 of 8 American women slated to contract it in their life, the urgency abounds.  However, though very rare, men can get breast cancer as well.

Spectrum is glad to share that most victims can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Swelling, redness, soreness, or general pain on one or both sides of the pectoral muscles
  • Lumps, nodes, or an increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s)
  • Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples such as peeling or flaking or overall change in breast color
  •  Redness or pitting of the breast skin (like the skin of an orange)
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Irritated or itchy breasts

Spectrum encouraged the employees to wear pink to commemorate the day as the staff learned more about the condition that has touched the lives of its family members and is affecting a handful of its patients.

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Influenza aka "the flu" is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and if left unchecked, even death. Every Flu season, typically October thru May, sees different trends and its symptoms affect people around the globe differently because of various strains of flu viruses. The reason people call the various strains "the flu" instead of being more specific to the strain is because each of the viruses function more or less the same around the same time of year.

The Flu viruses typically enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth then causes infections in the upper respiratory system (nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes, lungs). It could eventually lead to more serious issues such as severe flu infection and viral pneumonia or viral  infections in other organs.

A lot of patients who have immunological diseases, or an organ transplant, have cancer or other conditions may not be strong enough to get a flu vaccine, but if those around them who are vaccinated can develop a "herd immunity," so that the few people who may not be able to get the vaccine will not get infected.

 

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The flu shot may not fully prevent a person from getting the flu; the vaccine's purpose is to reduce the number of severe flu illnesses that result in hospital visits. Hence, a vaccinated person will not get as sick as as someone who is not vaccinated. 


Spectrum Health Services encourages the community to be educated about breast cancer as well as get their flu shots, and the Spectrum staff leads by example. Click here to see Spectrum's Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Shot photos. 

For more information on Influenza and flu vaccinations, click here

For more information on breast cancer awareness, click here

Spectrum Attends the Philly Heart Walk 2017

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Photo courtesy of @AHAPhilly & @NBCPhiladelphia

On Saturday Nov. 4, a small team of Spectrum Health Services staff joined in The Philadelphia Heart Walk, a team-building event focused on raising heart rates while raising funds and awareness about  America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.

More than 15,000 members of the community joined family, friends, and co-workers walked the 3-mile trail around Philadelphia's iconic Citizen's Bank Park in honor of a loved one who struggled with the ailments, showing their commitment to leading healthy lifestyles. 

The event closed with a kid and pet-friendly festival with loads of activities, refreshments, and live entertainment.

For event photos, click here!

For more information on #PhillyHeartWalk from our friends at the American Heart Association, click here!

Spectrum Health Services, Inc. Celebrates 50 years of Service

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Spectrum Health Services, Inc. (Spectrum), celebrated 50 years of primary health care service to the residents of Philadelphia at the Crystal Tea Room on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The celebration was attended by more than 350 guests and featured founding board members Trudy Haynes and William Brown, III, Esq. (pictured) the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, president, Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Access to Care Honoree), William H. Brown, Esq. (founding board member), Trudy Haynes, founder. Standing L-R, Glenn Ellis, Sr., master of ceremonies for the evening, Phyllis B. Cater, Spectrum president & CEO and Cleosie Kirkland, Spectrum board of directors, chairman.

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SPECTRUM HEALTH SERVICES 50TH ANNIVERSARY HONORS 50 COMMUNITY GEMS

September 29, 2017 by PIDCphila

PIDC had the privilege of attending the 50th Anniversary celebration of its client Spectrum Health Services, Inc. At which they also honored 50 Community Gems whose work aligns with their mission. PIDC’s Marla Hamilton was among those being honored.

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Spectrum is celebrating 50 years of service as a healthcare provider in the City of Philadelphia. Its model of integrated care provides services for all life-cycles and addresses the complexity of medical and social/economic issues facing its patients and the residents in the communities served. Its range of services include: Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, Adult Health, Dental, HIV/AIDS Outreach and Primary Care, Case Management, Behavioral Health, Nutrition and Care Coordination. Among its crowning achievements is the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. state of the art Silver LEED certified building in West Philadelphia which serves as the headquarters and flagship for the organization. PIDC provided financing for the construction of this project.

For the full story, click here

 

New Center Opening Fall 2015

Grays Ferry Education and Wellness Center

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1325-49 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Description

Grays Ferry's only mid-rise commercial office building. Designed to house a host of social and medical services, this building is targeting tenants that will benefit the quality of life of the residents of the Grays Ferry community and Philadelphia. Join first class tenants such as Family Support Services and Spectrum Health.

Ownership is providing turn-key fit out solutions to qualified tenants. The property is undergoing a large scale redevelopment that will include new façade, new elevators, expanded roof top access and updated mechanical and electrical services. Delivering the fist tenant spaces in June, 2015.

Located in South Philadelphia, Grays Ferry is part of a resurgence of redevelopment with Philadelphia's largest institutions like UPenn and CHOP leading the way. This property is the only opportunity in the area to secure quality commercial office space. Located adjacent to a 3 acre park and with superior access to public transportation and area roadways, the James Alcorn Education and Wellness Center will be a high-traffic solution for office users and providers.

Spectrum Health Services, Inc. will occupy the 3rd floor.  Stay turn for more updates on the completion of this site.