Open Access - Same Day Appointments Resume on July 2nd

Call for a same-day appointment starting July 2nd! Expect shorter wait times!

North Philly: Broad Street Health Center
Leon Sullivan Building; 1415 N. Broad St. Ste. 224
Medical | Mon thru Thu 8:30am-5pm and Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

West Philly: Spectrum Community Health Center
5201 Haverford Ave. 

Medical | Mon & Thu 8:30am-8pm; Tue & Wed 8:30am-5pm; Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; 
Dental | Mon & Thu 8:30am-8pm; Tue & Wed 8:30am-5pm; Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

South Philly: Reed Street Health Center
1325 Reed St. 3rd Floor
Medical | Mon thru Thu 8:30am-5pm and Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 215.471.2761 . 

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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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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.