St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to Open Center for the Urban Child

The Center for the Urban Children will offer “one-stop-healthcare-shop” for kids in Philadelphia. It is a community-focused primary care initiative that is designed to address the issues that contribute to health disparities
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PHILADELPHIA - Aug. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, located in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that it will be opening the Center for the Urban Child (CUC). St. Christopher’s CUC is schedule to see its first patients on September 22, 2014 and will host a Grand Opening for the local dignitaries, St. Christopher’s staff, media, and medical professionals on September 15 in the new building, which is located St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children main campus at 160 East Erie Avenue.

The Grand Opening will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will include a ribbon cutting, tours of the new facility, a meet-and-greet with staff, and light refreshments.

The Center for the Urban Children is a community-focused primary care initiative of St. Christopher’s and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the parent company of St. Christopher’s. It is designed to address the issues that contribute to health disparities in children and their families throughout Philadelphia.

The newly-constructed 30,000 sq. ft. medical office building features modern and advanced technology and equipment, and it will serve as a critical resource to the City of Philadelphia by addressing the full-range of social determinants of the health of the children it serves.

According to Carolyn Jackson, CEO at St. Christopher’s, the goal of the CUC is to utilize a three-pronged approach to decrease health disparities by:

·         Modifying factors that contribute to disparities, e.g. positive parenting education, screening for social concerns that affect child health, smoking cessation interventions for parents to reduce childhood asthma and providing legal and social services to address those concerns,.

·         Improving diagnosis and care in disease states with disparities, rapid access to needed subspecialty services, and care coordination within a medical home model.

·         Reducing barriers to healthcare access, e.g. implementation of community-based care navigators to improve health education and adherence to treatment plans

“We’re extremely excited to be able to offer these types of services to the children in and around Philadelphia,” says Jackson. “The modern and new facility is designed as a one-stop- healthcare-shop so  children can see their pediatrician, speak with a social worker or parenting specialist, sign up for WIC and supplemental nutritional assistance,  or have testing done all in the same day and at the same location.”

As of opening date, the General Pediatrics Department, the Grow Clinic, and the Child Protection Program will be housed in the CUC.

Other primary care services and programs to be provided at the Center for the Urban Child will include the PhilaKids Medical Legal Partnership, Farm to Families/Fresh Rx food programs, breastfeeding support, pediatric bereavement groups, the Family Safe Zone parenting program, and a screening and referral program for victims of family or intimate partner violence.
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