The 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University in Philadelphia has been selected as a national model for care delivery by Innovative Care Models. It was among 24 organizations selected as part of a research project conducted by Health Workforce Solutions, LLC, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The center, which opened in 2002, is a one-stop shop for health and wellness. Its transdisciplinary care team includes a nurse practitioner and primary behavioral health consultant. Depending on patients’ needs, the teams might include a physical therapist, health educator/nutritionist, and dentist. It provides a range of health services, including physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of illness, family planning, health maintenance and disease prevention, dental, nutrition, physical fitness, and behavioral health.Two patients at the 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University prepare food during an adult cooking class.
Center director Patricia Gerrity, RN, PhD, FAAN, was named an Edge Runner in 2007 by the American Academy of Nursing. Through its “Raise the Voice” campaign, the academy is mobilizing 1,500 fellows, partner organizations and health leaders to ensure that Americans learn about possibilities for transforming the healthcare system and that nurses are helping lead the way.
The Edge Runner award recognizes nursing professionals who are practical innovators in bringing new methods to a wide range of healthcare challenges.
The center’s target population is medically underserved, low-income patients and vulnerable adults with chronic illness in a section of Philadelphia known as the 11th Street Corridor. The corridor encompasses Spring Garden and Cecil B. Moore streets and Fifth and Broad streets. More than half of the patients have Medicaid coverage, and an additional 33 percent are uninsured.