In addition to the residents' primary continuity clinic, GHT track residents work in a second continuity clinic site focused on issues of community health and immigrant health. Residents only go to these clinics when they are on a non-call rotation. Sites include:
Prevention Point Street-Side Health Project
Based at the Prevention Point Philadelphia, this site aims to bring primary health care, screening, family planning, referrals and other basic medical services to some of the most medically underserved populations in Philadelphia. Prevention Point itself is founded on the principal of harm reduction and offers services including needle exchange anc case management to its clients. For more information, please see http://www.preventionpointphilly.org/services/
Philadelphia County Prison Health
Philadelphia County Prison health provides health care to residents of the county jails. Dr. Deb D’Aquilante is the sole physician in charge of the provision of health care to Philadelphia’s HIV-positive prison population and is also the only infectious disease consultant for the county jails. Provision of health care and HIV care to these patients can be complex, challenging and rewarding. Residents work by Dr. D’Aquilante’s side in provision of this care in the Philadelphia county jails.
Jonathan Lax Center/Philadelphia FIGHT
The Lax Center is housed within Philadelphia FIGHT, a major provider of HIV care and services. The Lax center itself is an HIV primary care clinic that serves the urban HIV positive population of Philadelphia. This clinic serves over 1,500 patients both insured and uninsured. Services offered include clinical care (both primary care and HIV management), mental health, pharmacy assistance, case management , phlebotomy and educational courses. For more information: www.fight.org
Puentes de Salud
Puentes de Salud is a clinic in South Philadelphia which serves the Latino population through clinical, education and outreach services. Many of the patients served by this clinic are recent immigrants or undocumented individuals with little or no access to health care. The clinic serves over 1,500 patients in twice-weekly sessions, and is community based, with active community health worker involvement and a variety of community driven health projects. www.puentesdesalud.org
Based at the Penn Center for Primary Care, this clinic provides initial care and screenings to refugees hosted by HIAS Pennsylvania. Refugees are seen within 30 days of arrival and are given a complete health screen. In addition, acute health issues are addressed. Residents develop experience working with interpretation, culturally distinct populations, nutritional deficiencies, and tropical diseases including tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B, strongyloidiasis, schistosomiasis and intestinal parasitosis. The clinic operates once weekly on Monday afternoons and is organized jointly with the Primary Care Track of the Internal Medicine residency program.