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

World Hepatitis Day 7/28

  • July 28, 2021

Many people have heard of Hepatitis, but not everyone is clear on what exactly the viral disease does. Hepatitis is inflammation in the liver that is traditionally contracted through a viral infection with all variations of Hepatitis sharing the symptoms of stomach pains, fatigue, nausea and jaundice which is a condition that causes the skin […]

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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

  • July 1, 2021

July is UV Safety Awareness Month and is named as such to educate people on the dangers of over exposure to sunlight while providing solutions during the time of year people are at the highest risk. Predictably summer is the season where we are exposed to the highest level of ultraviolet rays which coincides with […]

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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

  • June 9, 2021

  Men’s Health Awareness Month June not only serves as the official start to the summer, but it also has become known as Men’s Health Awareness Month. The purpose of dedicating an entire month to the topic of men’s health is because despite all that we now know about living a healthy lifestyle, men in […]

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Whittier Street Health Center Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

  • May 7, 2021

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health and wellness. Mental illness does not differentiate among a person’s age, race or sexual orientation. Mental illness affects everyone, including individuals who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Multiracial, Indigenous, and LGBTQ. Whittier Street Health Center (“Whittier”) recognizes the acute need […]

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December 1 is World Aids Day.

  • December 2, 2020

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds us that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has not gone away – there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice, improve education and get tested.  In the U.S., about 1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it. This year’s AIDS World Day theme […]

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The Diabetes and Obesity Link

  • November 25, 2020

November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that happens when your body can’t correctly process glucose (also known as blood sugar).  According to the American Diabetic Association, Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Having it means that your body doesn’t make enough insulin, characterized by high blood […]

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Diabetes, COVID-19 and Healthy Eating during the Holidays

  • November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season of family gatherings and the tradition of eating rich foods in large amounts, making this an especially difficult time of year if you’re managing diabetes. The COVID-19 pandemic makes it more challenging this year, as evidence shows that people with Type 2 diabetes have a higher risk […]

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Whittier Street Health Center Strengthens Its Capacity to Address Health Equity: Strengthening Its Social Services Leadership Team and Programs

  • September 29, 2020

To proactively address issues of systemic racism which have been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic for historically marginalized and vulnerable populations, Whittier Street Health Center has expanded its Programs and Social Services Department to highlight the organization’s commitment to promoting wellness and eliminating health disparities and social inequities. The culturally diverse team and culturally […]

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COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing at Whittier Street Health Center

On April 13th, 2020, Whittier Street Health Center launched a walk-up/drive thru COVID-19 Testing Site outside our main clinic on 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury. We have now partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission and expanded the hours for COVID-19 testing. To learn more about our COVID-19 Testing, please click on the link below for […]

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What to do with Your Kids During Quarantine!

  • April 3, 2020

Free and Low Cost Activities for all Ages By Caroline Smith, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Whittier Street Health Center Activities for all Ages Khan Academy- A FREE personalized education and learning source. Kids can practice at their own pace and get extra help in any subject. Expert created course content from preschool to grad school. khanacademy.org […]

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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).