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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • October 19, 2021

Authored by Dr. Robin Mayfield, Lead Physician of Family Medicine at Whittier Street Health Center It is common place to see an increase in pink colored clothing in the month of October in efforts to spread awareness regarding breast cancer, but many still have questions about the second most common cancer among women. Over 255,000 […]


Research Center Overview

  • September 30, 2021

Whittier Street Health Center: Center for Health Equity Research Center Vision To eliminate disparities in health outcomes and well-being due to race, ethnicity, gender, age, geography, sexual orientation, religion, educational level, immigration status, national origin and socioeconomic status. Center’s Goals The goal of Whittier Street Health Center’s Health Equity Research Center is to facilitate improvements […]


Manage your Weight with Whittier

  • September 8, 2021

Authored by Katy Wilbur Registered Dietitian, Whittier Street Health Center The quarantine 15, holiday weight, and winter weight gain are some common phrases we hear during the year about why someone has gained weight. But why does having a healthy weight matter? Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower our risk for high […]


Breastfeeding Awareness Month

  • August 23, 2021

Breastfeeding Awareness Month: Authored by Helen Araya, Dietician, Program Director, Women, Infants & Children (WIC), funded by the USDA – Food & Nutrition Services            August is known as the month where everyone attempts to squeeze in the last bit of summer activities, but is also recognized as National Breastfeeding Month […]


National Immunization Awareness Month

  • August 13, 2021

Authored by Dr. Adetokumbo Olotu, Pediatrician at Whittier Street Health Center The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders and is made up of three lines of defense called the immune response. The first line of defense is known as our outer layer which consists of our skin, tears, saliva […]


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 […]


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 […]


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).