Providing Comprehensive Care to Underserved Communities
This panel shares the history, vision and programs of Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers, charting their growth from 1990 to today. Originally formed as a clinical research organization committed to ending the AIDS epidemic, FIGHT expanded into an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) and has since become a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) incorporating dental care, behavioral health and recovery programs, and pediatric, adolescent, and adult primary care, with a special focus on treating HIV and curing Hep C. FIGHT is unique because the health services are embedded in an organization that prioritizes digital access and digital literacy while addressing the needs of formerly incarcerated persons, homeless and unstably housed individuals, and anyone at risk of HIV.
In addition, the panel discusses the relationship between the Jefferson College of Population Health and Philadelphia FIGHT, particularly with the JCPH MPH students.
- Describe FIGHT’s history in community research and how the type of programs they offer positively affect underserved communities.
- Explain various successes and challenges of building a multi-disciplinary practice servicing some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens.
- List ways Federally Qualified Health Centers impact populations and how they play an important role in population health.
Recommended CitationBromberg, MSW, Nikki; Cruz, MD, Mario; Hexem, DMD, MPH, Kari; and Sowell, PHR, Val, "Providing Comprehensive Care to Underserved Communities" (2019). College of Population Health Forum. Presentation 130.