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August 7, 2015
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PHMC health network expands commitment to high-quality, patient-centered care


PHILADELPHIA, PA— In Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA), more than 198,000 adults use a community health center or clinic as their source of regular, primary care and 20 percent of uninsured adults in Southeastern Pennsylvania are more likely to use public health centers, despite the availability of coverage under the Affordable Care Act according to the 2014/2015 Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Household Health Survey.* The data was released by Public Health Management Corporation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of National Health Center Week (NHCW), celebrated August 9-15th.

The theme for NHCW 2015 “Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future,” underscores how local health centers deliver quality care to communities in need while shaping the future landscape for care.

PHMC’s health network plays a critical role in assisting underserved communities, particularly public housing populations and individuals experiencing homelessness, by providing high-quality, patient-centered care across the region. PHMC’s five nurse-managed, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) operate with the Beyond Care commitment, a holistic, patient-centered approach to quality primary care, behavioral health, family planning, disease management and social services provided by experts who organize care around the community’s needs.
Over the past year, the PHMC health network has helped increase access to care with new integrated services and programs to provide “wrap-around” care to our region’s underserved and homeless populations.

Integrated Services

Legal and Financial Services
The Rising Sun Health Center broke new ground as one of the first nurse-managed FQHCs in the nation to offer integrated legal and financial services. PHMC worked with their affiliate, Clarifi, a non-profit community resource devoted to promoting lifelong financial literacy, to offer the on-site financial services. The legal services are provided through a partnership with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), which provides free legal services in civil matters, to low-income Philadelphians.
This holistic care model works not only to address the health issues of vulnerable citizens, but also helps them understand and receive support regarding other issues that influence their health.

Pharmacy Co-located with PHMC Health Center
PHMC and Coordinated Care Network (CCN) partnered to open a pharmacy at the PHMC Care Clinic, a FQHC located at 1200 Callowhill Street. PHMC has been working to coordinate care for the most vulnerable in this community by integrating services to improve patient outcomes. By providing a pharmacy at the health center, PHMC providers can directly connect patients with their prescriptions, increasing the chance of proper medication adherence and more positive patient outcomes that drive down costs.
Diabetes Academy at Care Clinic
In March, the PHMC Care Clinic introduced a Diabetes Academy. This program helps support the Clinic’s patients who have diabetes by teaching them about the disease, the importance of taking their medication, diet and exercise. During the class, the students are taken to Whole Foods where they learn how to plan healthy meals on a budget.

Access to Trauma Counseling at PHMC Health Connection
PHMC Health Connection’s partnership with PHMC affiliate, Joseph J. Peters Institute (JJPI), offers on-site assessments and counseling for individuals who have experienced sexual abuse or other forms of trauma. JJPI is an experienced and qualified thought leader in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of trauma. By providing an on-site behavioral health counselor, PHMC health providers can offer an easily accessible option for patients who may need direct support and treatment from a licensed trauma therapist.

Addressing the Needs of the Homeless

PHMC’s Homeless Health Record
The Homeless Health Record was created for PHMC’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which provides health care, social services and behavioral health care to Philadelphia’s homeless population. The health record is web-based and available via a mobile application for providers. It takes the place of paper health records and is being used by PHMC community health nurses for immunizations, family planning, and medical and behavioral health services to homeless individuals at several facilities throughout the city. This approach provides continuity of care as homeless individuals move through the shelter system

Healthcare for the Homeless and Respite Center
As the Healthcare for the Homeless designee in Philadelphia, PHMC worked with Depaul USA to launch a first-of-its-kind homeless medical respite center pilot program for homeless individuals in Philadelphia 2014. In the past year, the eight-bed medical respite center served many homeless men with acute medical conditions who were well enough for hospital discharge but required an additional short time for recuperation and care in a safe, stable environment. In addition, PHMC’s Mary Howard Health Center is the only nurse-managed health center providing holistic services ranging from primary care to housing services for the homeless community. PHMC helped more than 9,000 unstably housed patients in the past year as part of our Healthcare for the Homeless program, primarily due to the efforts at Mary Howard Health Center and services PHMC offers within 18 homeless shelters around the city.

* Public Health Management Corporation’s Community Health Data Base’s Household Health Survey is conducted by telephone and includes 10,000 households in the SEPA region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties).

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About PHMC Health Network
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. The PHMC health network consists of five nurse-managed, federally qualified health centers offering affordable, high-quality, patient centered health services to communities throughout the Philadelphia area, including public housing populations and individuals experiencing homelessness. They share a simple mission: to provide comprehensive primary and behavioral health care, family planning, disease management, social services and more to men, women and children through an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to care. The PHMC health network is committed to its Beyond Care concept, a holistic, patient-centered approach to quality care provided by experts who organize care around the community's needs. The network has Joint Commission Ambulatory Care accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home certification, and three locations have certification by the National Centers for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home. PHMC is also home to the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a network of more than 250 nurse-managed health centers nationally. For more information visit www.phmc.org and www.phmchealthnetwork.org.

About Public Health Management Corporation’s Community Health Data Base
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. The Community Health Data Base (CHDB) includes the Household Health Survey, the largest regional health survey in the country. The Pew Charitable Trusts, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, United Way of North Penn, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, North Penn Community Health Foundation, Thomas Scattergood Foundation, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, and more than 350 local agencies from the health, government, nonprofit and academic sectors help to support the CHDB and the survey. For more information, visit www.chdbdata.org.