The Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN) is a federally qualified health center that is a program of Resources for Human Development (RHD), a multi-faceted Philadelphia-based nonprofit. Since it opened in 1992, the FPCN has grown and developed in response to need and demand by the communities served, from the original converted apartment space within the Abbotsford public housing development to a network of four health centers – Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling in Northwest Philadelphia, 11th Street Family Health Center of Drexel in North Philadelphia, the Health Annex in Southwest Philadelphia, and the East York Health Center in York, PA.
The mission of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services site is to provide quality, comprehensive health services to the clients it serves, with special attention to vulnerable people and residents of public housing units in the 11th Street Corridor. In addition to its direct services mission, 11th Street provides an exemplary model of nurse-managed, community-based care for the education of health professions students and for faculty practice.11th Street Family Health Services is located in Lower North Philadelphia in a population area of 19,642 predominately African Americans (85%), that the federal government has designed as “medically underserved.” Nurse practitioners and other clinical staff served over 5,992 unduplicated patients last year with Primary Care, Dental and Behavioral Health Services without regard to their ability to pay. In addition to primary and preventive services, the health center provides diagnostic testing and screening, HIV-testing and counseling, family planning, prenatal, obstetric and midwifery services, hearing testing, nutrition and diabetes education and support groups, social work services, podiatry, physical therapy, and fitness training.
In fiscal year 2014, 11th Street served 5,992 patients and provided more than 35,435 visits in clinical services. Part of our integrated services include programs and modalities within our Health Education and Outreach department. These include mind-body therapies such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and yoga; nutrition education and cooking classes, a fitness center, health coaching, physical therapy, creative arts therapies, urban farming and access to low cost, fresh fruits and vegetables. The fitness center has over 340 active members, with approximately 300 visits each month and our yoga, meditation, mind body stress reduction and Reiki services provided services to 504 patients and more than 1168 encounters. Our weekly cooking classes provided nutrition and cooking education to more than 60 patients and more than 190 encounters. Through our Farms to Families program we sold over 500 produce boxes to patients and staff. Over 80% of the center’s patients had incomes under 200% of poverty. Of all the patients served, 81% identified as Black or African American, 7% identified as White, 7% identified as Hispanic or Latino, and 5% identified as Asian/ American Indian/ Other; 25% of our patients were uninsured and an additional 53% were dependent on Medical Assistance.
11th Street has been building a team-based collaborative culture in which people will value and actively engage in their own health and well-being. We use an integrated treatment approach to healthcare that is capable of promoting health, while also preventing and treating disease. Our integrated primary care practice and comprehensive wellness programs have been specifically designed to serve both of these traditionally separated health objectives. By combining integrated modalities with conventional medical and dental primary care, our practice reframes not only how we encourage patients to think about their own health, but also how we, as practitioners, think about how we provide the best care and wellness services to our patients. As the center continues to strengthen its roots in the community and identify community and patient needs, we will continue to seek new ways to serve our patients.