Counting Down to Better Community Health
The 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University In Partnership with the Family Practice and Counseling Network.
At 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, we treat the whole person. The U.S. Department of Health has recognized 11th Street as a national model of innovative care, and we’re delighted to receive such accolades, but we measure our success by the solid partnership we share with our community and the thousands of lives we’ve helped change for the better.
Our roots go back to 1996, when the College of Nursing at MCP/Hahnemann University entered into an agreement with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to address health issues of residents in Philadelphia’s 11th Street corridor.
The first services of the 11th Street Health Center focused on health promotion and disease prevention. The Center’s Community Advisory Board, comprising neighborhood residents, later arranged to use a temporary space for primary care health services at the Harrison Plaza Community Center.
In 1998, a $3.3 million grant was secured from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in partnership with the PHA, to build a freestanding 17,000-square-foot state-of-the-art health center. This site is centrally located and accessible to four of the public housing developments in the 11th Street corridor.
In 2010 Drexel University purchased the land on which 11th Street Family Health Services Center sits, along with the adjacent property, with the goal of enhancing and diversifying services to meet the ever-increasing needs of our patients, support the training of the next generation of healthcare professionals, and deliver a dynamic environment suitable for developing national models of nurse-managed, community-based care.
Today 11th Street uses a transdisciplinary approach to deliver primary care, behavioral health, dental services, and health and wellness programs to more than 2,500 adult patients annually. Adults and children have a single point of access for care that addresses both the physiological and psycho-social aspects of the person and family.
The mission of 11th Street Family Health Services Center is to 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.
"The Center takes the nervousness out of asking questions you might not otherwise feel comfortable asking, because it's easy to open up and talk to the nurses and midwives here. It's just a magical place."
—Tanesha Palmer, Centering Patient (Prenatal)
Supporting 11th Street
The 11th Street Family Health Services Center relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations. Your gift can help 11th Street continue our important work in the Philadelphia community. To make a gift or learn more, contact Laura Valenti at 215.762.2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Make Your Gift By Mail:
P.O. Box 8215
Philadelphia, PA 19101-9684
Make your check payable to: "Drexel University" and write "11th Street Family Health Services Center" on the subject line.
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Demographics of 11th Street Corridor
This neighborhood has the highest percentage of unemployed adults, the highest percentage of families living in poverty, and the highest rate of diabetes within Philadelphia.
- Population about 20,000.
- 89-90% African American.
- 6% Latino.
- Median family income $13,000 (one of the lowest in Philadelphia).
- We put the patient first and follow a model of care that uses our resources wisely to provide for the needs of our patients, our staff and our community.
- We work in partnership with the community and the university to improve the health status of the community.
- We provide services based on community defined needs.
- We provide access to high quality health care for all regardless of their ability to pay.
- We collaborate and communicate with the utmost integrity to support an environment of trust and respect among our patients/clients, staff and community.
- We are dedicated, enthusiastic, highly skilled staff committed to providing care and service. We value diversity, respect the dignity of all and accept the uniqueness of individuals.
- We promote innovation and a willingness to try new approaches with vitality, energy and enthusiasm in order to support change and foster growth.
"I am endlessly proud of the community outreach at the 11th Street Family Health Services Center. It serves as an impressive working model for interdisciplinary practices, with many disciplines coming together in partnership to address health issues of Philadelphia. This highly active group of education and research professionals is a source of inspiration for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the iSchool, the School of Public Health, the Law School and the entire Drexel University community."
Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.
"Practicing at the Center allows me to do what I love in an environment that can truly make the difference in the lives of the patients we serve."
—Maria Irrera-Newcomb, FNP-C, Primary Care Coordinator
Our Services and Programs
Adolescent Health Initiative
Teens 4 Good Urban Farming Program
Youth Advisory Board
Nurse Family Partnership
Preventive, Restorative and Emergency Care
Health Promotion Programs
Food Distribution Farm to Families
Fitness Trainer/Fitness Center
Complementary & Integrative Therapies
Open Access Appointments
Centering Pregnancy and Parenting Group Visits
Integrated Behavioral Health
Creative Art Therapy
Chronic Disease Self Management
Care Management Programs
Reach out and Read
"You apply to nursing school thinking you know what nursing is. Then you come to a place like this and you learn what nursing could be."
—Samantha Krugle '12, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.