Whittier Street Health Launches Prescription for Health Initiative
Wellness program includes activities to improve physical and mental health.
BOSTON, MA, ISSUED MARCH 3, 2023…Whittier Street Health Center, a community health center with a mission to serve as a center of excellence that provides high quality and accessible health care and social services that achieve health equity, social justice, and the economic well-being of a diverse patient population, recently kicked off its Prescription for Health initiative with a well-attended event featuring a program overview, wellness tips, and a cooking demonstration.
Whittier patients enrolled in the program are assigned a Care Team to develop an individualized plan to meet their medical, dental, visual, behavioral health, and social needs. The program emphasizes prevention, stress reduction, and positive behaviors which promote a culture of wellness.
The initiative also includes referrals to services including nutrition assessment and counseling and food access programs.
“The Prescription for Health approach seeks to keep patients from developing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity and help those with existing chronic illnesses develop self-management skills to avoid health crises,” said Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center.
About Whittier Street Health Center
Whittier Street Health Center is an independently licensed community health care center with a mission of providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare for diverse populations while promoting wellness and eliminating health and social disparities. A champion of equitable access to high quality, patient-focused care, social justice and economic equity, Whittier Street Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and recognized by the NCQA for its Behavioral Health Integration. Through its locations in Roxbury and North Dorchester, and its Mobile Health Van program, Whittier Street Health Center serves more than 30,000 patients and 20,000 community outreach visits annually; its ethnically and racially diverse patient base is primarily made up of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and greater Boston. Approximately 28% of Whittier’s patients are uninsured. Whittier Street Health Center provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. For more information, please visit www.wshc.org as well as Facebook (www.facebook.com/WhittierStreetHealthCenter), Twitter (@Whittier_Boston), or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/whittier-street-health-center), or call 617-989-3221.