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

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 […]


Remember to Relax during the holidays!!

  • November 21, 2016

REMEMBER to   Relax  during the holidays!! The holidays are that time of the year when people feel even more stressed than they usually do.  Shopping, limited finances, gift demands, family interactions, loneliness and several other factors all go into making this time of year unique.  So what are some of the things you should remember to […]


Mindfulness Eating

  • November 18, 2016

By Rachel Dziedzic, Registered Dietician and Fitness Instructor Whittier Street Health Center: Wellness Institute What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply the moment-by-moment awareness of life or pure presence in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own thoughts, self-talk and hectic schedules that we can become scarcely aware of life as […]


Mental Health and Suicide Prevention by Christine Pajarillo, Behavioral Health Director

  • November 11, 2016

There are still many myths floating around about mental health and mental illness.  In relation to social stigma, attitudes toward people with mental health problems are widespread and commonly focus on the meltdowns, mass shootings, and overdoses – the worst-case scenarios.   The World Health Organization’s definition of mental health is refreshingly positive: “Mental health is […]


Nutrition – Blog Holiday Eating

  • November 11, 2016

Healthy Living Throughout the Holiday Season Family Meals Turkey Reach for the lighter pieces of meat; they have fewer calories and less fat than the darker ones. Another way to cut calories and fat is to take off the skin.  Stuffing Stuffing is intended to be a complement to your meal not an entrée. To […]