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

Food for Thought During National Nutrition Month

  • March 15, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits – issues that many of our patients struggle with not out of indifference but due to food insecurity and limited access to supermarkets.  It is for these very reasons that Whittier Street […]


The Life-Saving Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

  • March 9, 2023

The statistics are eye-opening. According to the 2020 Data Report on Colorectal Cancer in Massachusetts, colorectal cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and third cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the state, with the highest incidence between 2012-2016 among Black non-Hispanics. Therefore, the importance of screenings and early detection of the disease […]


Take a Heart-Healthy Approach to Life

February is American Heart Month, and while heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across all ages, genders, and ethnicities, the highest risk of a cardiovascular event falls within minority populations. In fact, deaths related to heart attacks and strokes increased during the pandemic and disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic, and […]


Black History Month – a Time to Recognize, Realize, and Rejoice

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time not only to acknowledge the struggles and adversity of the Black American experience in the United States, but to recognize, appreciate, and honor its central role in U.S. history. During our Black History Month celebration on February 9th, Whittier […]


Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – Early Detection Key to Treatment

  • January 11, 2023

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the initiative is high to get the word out about the importance of early detection – the key for the prevention and treatment of the disease. Once a leading cause of cancer-related death for women in this country, screening and prompt treatment have significantly reduced the impact of […]


Celebrating a Life of Service – Martin Luther King Day Event

In honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Whittier Street Health Center will host a “Celebrating a Life of Service” event on Thursday, January 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in our Community Education Room at 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury. Please join us in paying tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. […]


Mental Health Holidays

The stores are awash with goods of the season, songs of good cheer filter the airwaves and the rush, rush, rush that this time of year brings is definitely on. For many, the holidays can be a trying time – not only for the extra errands, cooking, shopping, etc. but for activities and memories that […]


The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Children

Our recent “Clean Teeth for Toys” event was just “what the doctor ordered” to encourage a number of our patients to register their children for Whittier Street Health Center Mobile Oral Health Van Services. Kids age infant to 17, accompanied by a parent, were treated to gifts and refreshments during the three hour festivity, following […]


Senior Holiday Event

  • December 16, 2022

The spirit of the season was with us during the recent Whittier Street Health Center Senior Holiday Event when many of our patients aged 55 and older joined us for a few hours of entertainment, raffle prizes, and of course great refreshments. The holidays are the traditional time of year for celebration and togetherness, but […]


World AIDS blog Dec. 2022

  • December 3, 2022

  During our recent World AIDS Day commemoration, we heard and shared experiences, remembered those taken, and stood together in the fight against HIV. One of eleven official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization, World AIDS Day, observed on December 1st shines a light on the disease that as of 2020 […]


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).