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Community Wellness HUB

Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Community Wellness HUB
In partnership with the
Mantua and Powelton Village Communities

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Vice President, Health and Health Equity
Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions

The Community Wellness HUB is a place-based, community-driven, health promotion partnership between Drexel University and the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village. The HUB seeks to HEAL the community through preventative care, UNITE the community around better health, and BRIDGE the community to health services and health education programming, while tackling the social determinants that underlies their health disparities.

Through the support of volunteer staff, the HUB offers free health and wellness programming and disease prevention education including screening, counseling, and referral services, that addresses the top health needs of Mantua and Powelton Village residents, uncovered while conducting the “We’re Here Because We Care” Building Healthy Communities Together initiative. These top health concerns were identified as access to care, environmental health (Aging in Place), mental/behavioral health, sexual health, access to nutritious food, lack of exercise, and chronic diseases. The HUB will also provide clinical treatment services to the uninsured residents.  Utilizing a unique and creative social justice method, this work will connect Drexel’s expertise and practices to the health needs of the community. Drawing on Drexel University’s resources, students, staff and faculty, the Community Wellness HUB will sustainably provide a comprehensive health program that connects theory to practice.

The Community Wellness HUB is located on the second floor of the Carriage House at the Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships 3509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Mission:
The Community Wellness HUB’s mission it to improve health, health equity and quality of life, among the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village, by utilizing the Collaborative Care Model to advance civic engagement through community partnership and a focus on education, screening, referrals, and counseling with clinical treatment for the uninsured.

The HUB will accomplish this mission through partnerships with the community to provide caring, welcoming, nonjudgmental, interdisciplinary/interprofessional health programs and services to the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village which will reflect the social determinants of health. The HUB strives to create a respectful environment in which students, faculty, healthcare professionals, patients, and community members can learn ways to work together to address community factors and cultural barriers that affect health and the strategies to improve health status.

Goals:

  1. Provide health promotion and disease prevention education programs, screening, referral programs that addresses the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village’s top health needs, and treatment for those who are uninsured.
  2. Create a sustainable community-driven, multidisciplinary, inter-professional health and wellness program that introduces Drexel students, faculty and staff to the collaborative care model and its practical application designed to improve the resident’s health outcomes.
  3. Explore the social determinants of the health of this community and use it to design programs to promote health and reduce health disparities.
  4. Drive a partnership involving community residents, Drexel University colleges, faculty, and students and Promise Zone health program partners, community and civic associations, and neighborhood churches.
  5. Position the Wellness HUB as a central site for community residents’ preventative health care issues. 
  6. Become a research hub and generate new innovative and technologically driven community health research questions in partnership with the community.
  7. Facilitate ways to better understand environmental, social, and health issues affecting community residents in their homes, and design, pilot and provide long-term sustainable solutions.
  8. Improve workforce development by creating health training, job placement, and community health engagement programs.

Objectives:

  1. Decrease the health disparities and chronic diseases among residents in the Mantua and Powelton Village communities.
  2. Improve health statistics and outcomes of Wellness HUB participants.
  3. Increase the identification and improve early detection of health issues, including mental health issues.
  4. Increase residents’ behaviors to promote their health and prevent chronic diseases, including healthy eating, physical fitness behaviors, HIV/STDs, violence, etc.
  5. Increase early identification and treatment of environmental home issues that impact various health issues, while promoting strategies for aging in place and creating healthy and safe homes.
  6. Increase health related training programs for community residents and churches.
  7. Foster mutually beneficial partnerships among Drexel faculty, students and community residents.

Community Health, Outreach and Partnerships

We welcome opportunities to develop community and stakeholder partnerships in an effort to design new programs, to promote the health of the residents, of the Mantua and Powelton Village communities.

The HUB is designed to create a respectful, warm, inviting, and engaging environment. Here at the Hub the community members, students, faculty, and healthcare professionals can learn ways to work together to address community factors impacting health and create strategies to improve health, health equity and quality of life, among the residents of Mantua and Powelton Village.

Services include:

  • Health Education, Awareness, and Prevention Workshops
  • Health Screenings for Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Height, Weight, BMI, and more
  • Health/Disease management counseling
  • Behavioral Health Counseling Services and individual, couples, and families
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
  • Mind & Body Workshops
  • Dance Classes
  • Creative Arts Therapy (Art, Dance /Movement & Music)
  • Referral services
  • Case Management
  • Clinical treatment for uninsured residents

Health Intake and Program Service Process
The difference between the Community Wellness HUB and other clinics is the fact that the HUB focuses its efforts on preventative care.  Through a 3 step process that provides the 5 types of programs, the Community Wellness HUB will help improve the overall health of community residents.

Staffing
Services provided at the Community Wellness HUB will be staffed by volunteers from Drexel University, including the medical director and licensed health care professionals, (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, counselors, therapist, physical therapist, physicians, and students from a variety of disciplines and stages of their academic and clinical formation.  All students and other unlicensed volunteers will be supervised by their clinical faculty instructor and by the Medical Director/ Clinical Supervisor who is responsible for the clinical services at the Wellness Hub. Paid staff will include a full-time Medical Assistant/Receptionist and part-time Director/Case Manager. With limited staffing the pilot will look to serve about 10-15 clients a day. In Year 2 the Director will become full-time and we will hire a part-time nurse practitioner.

Our staff facilitate trust and support in relationships by fostering a unique sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity, while carefully considering external and social influences on the relationships.  We believe that caring for physical and mental health leads to the achievement of optimal health.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call: 215.571.3241

Email: wellnesshub@drexel.edu

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays - Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Located at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Carriage House – second floor

What if I don’t have insurance?

You can still see one of our Clinicians.

What other social services do you provide?

  • Insurance assessments and information
  • Applying for health insurance
  • Understanding Medicare and Medicaid
  • SNAP applications
  • Community resources