Whittier Street Health Center’s blog on health and wellness in the community.

June 27 National HIV Testing Day: Cyril Ubiem, Ph.D.

  • June 26, 2017

On June 27th, 2017, Whittier Street Health Center will join the rest of the world in observing the National HIV Testing Day. To mark this occasion, Whittier will be inviting the members of the community and hosting a HIV awareness event in our Community Education Room. The event will feature a speaker, HIV testing, free […]


Let’s Talk About the Opioid Overdose Crisis

  • June 16, 2017

According to a February 2017 report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), a total of 11,321 unintentional opioid-related deaths were registered in Massachusetts between 2000 and 2015. In 15 years, the number of opioid-related deaths per year in the state has increased by a staggering 493%. While the long-term goal for those directly […]


On Childhood Immunizations: Talking to Parents

  • April 21, 2017

Why Vaccinate – The Evidence Certain diseases, preventable by way of prompt immunization during childhood, can seriously endanger health and even be life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ([CDC], 2013). Although the human body possesses natural mechanisms for fighting illnesses (immune system), its responses to certain potentially deadly infections may not […]


Physical Fitness for All

  • April 7, 2017

Physical Fitness for All Exercise is a necessity and should be prioritized in order to achieve and maintain a healthy mind and body. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise + 2 days of muscle strengthening for Cardiovascular Health. Example: 30 minutes brisk walking 5 days per week + […]


National Kidney Month

  • March 10, 2017

It’s Time to Think About Your Kidneys Does March make you think of spring? Daylight saving time? March Madness? Or maybe all three, but probably not your kidneys. Think again! March is also National Kidney Month and March 9 is World Kidney Day, bringing much-needed attention to kidney disease prevention. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects […]


National Nutrition Month Blog

  • March 9, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month! This time every year, people come together to remind themselves of the importance of eating healthy and exercising. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” which promotes the idea that everyone holds the tool to make healthier food choices. A lot of times, these choices come one “forkful” […]


The Wellness Institute at Whittier Street Health Center

  • February 8, 2017

Roxbury is a diverse neighborhood located in Boston that historically has had leading rates of crime and unemployment, and its residents have only a life expectancy of 59 years- well below the national average of 78.8 years. However, the town’s notoriety is giving way to revitalization in many ways, including how health services are being […]


National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

  • January 30, 2017

Cyril Ubiem, PhD Director of Infectious Diseases and Special Populations         February 7th 2017 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and the theme for this year is:  I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS. Across the nation each year, individuals and organizations like Whittier Street Health Center join the nation to observe National […]


Gynecologic Cancer Awareness

  • January 11, 2017

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness by Ludmila Svoboda RN, BSN, MA, OCN Happy New Year! We want to start the New Year right by empowering women in our community to take charge of their health by focusing on gynecologic cancer awareness this month!   Gynecologic cancers are malignancies which start in and affect a woman’s reproductive organs. The […]


WORLD AIDS DAY BLOG December 1 2016 By: Cyril Ubiem, PhD

  • December 1, 2016

December 1st  is World AIDS Day, a day to acknowledge our progress in HIV prevention and treatment around the world and renew our commitment to a future free of HIV. This year’s theme, Leadership. Commitment. Impact., calls leaders to strengthen their commitment to using evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing efforts to help us stop […]