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

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


February is American Heart Month

  • February 10, 2020

American Heart Month Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups. According to most recent statistics, one person dies every 37 seconds in the USA from heart (coronary artery disease, heart flutter, hypertension, and heart attack) diseases. About 647,000 Americans […]


February 7th 2020 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • February 6, 2020

February 7th 2020 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and the theme for this year is:   “We’re in This, Together.” Across the nation each year, individuals and organizations like Whittier Street Health Center join the nation to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to promote and increase HIV education, testing, involve the community in […]


Healthy Eating with Diabetes | November is National Diabetes Month

  • November 6, 2019

November is National Diabetes Month as well as the start of many fun upcoming holiday festivities. Following Halloween, the winter months involve sharing time with family, enjoying delicious meals, travel, and celebration. For those with diabetes, brainstorming ways to stay within a normal routine while still enjoying holiday treats can seem daunting. It is important […]


Fruits and Vegetables- Eat your colors! By Devon Brownlee, MS, RD, LDN

  • September 5, 2019

Both fruits and vegetables are two of the five essential food groups included as part of MyPlate, an easy guideline supported by the USDA for basic overall nutrition and wellness. By following MyPlate, individuals of all backgrounds are able to implement balanced eating patterns in adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. Introducing more fruits and vegetables throughout […]


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).