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

National Immunization Awareness Month – August 2017

  • August 11, 2017

As the 2017-2018 flu season approaches, Whittier Street Health Center encourages all to get vaccinated and to do so early. Research has shown that the vaccine against Influenza (flu) only becomes effective two (2) weeks after administration. In other words, the sooner you and your family receive the vaccine, the sooner you become fully protected […]


Men’s Health Month: Take Charge of Your Health

  • June 29, 2017

Make eating healthy and being active part of your daily routine. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can help lower your: Blood pressure Blood sugar Cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl” Weight By keeping these numbers down, you can lower your risk of serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Healthy Eating:  Healthy eating can help […]


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 […]