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1) PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Opposition stalls much-needed health center in the lower northeast Neighbors of the proposed site at Friends Hospital object to the demolition of a historic, but dilapidated, building

To advocates of the new health center, the protests sound like NIMBYism, a term derived from “not in my backyard.” John Dodds of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project cited 200-400% increases in the poverty rate in neighborhoods such as Mayfair, Lawncrest and Rhawnhurst as evidence of the need for the health center.

“In the lower northeast we have way more people in need than we have facilities to treat them,” Dodds said. “These new health centers would provide 46,000 people with health care, so I don’t know if the people in Northwood feel that need, but for them to overrule the concerns of thousands of people in the northeast just seems unfair.” FULL ARTICLE HERE

2) PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Northeast Philadelphia residents say the need for more health care options is long overdue

Residents in Northeast Philadelphia say they are in desperate need of more health care options, but the plan to build two new additional health centers has yet to be finalized. 

“Being that it’s the only health center in the Northeast, everyone is coming to this health center,” resident Cynthia Clark said. For Clark, a cancer survivor, the care she needs isn’t easy to get. “I have an appointment coming up that I booked almost a year ago,” she said.  FULL ARTICLE HERE

3) WHYY  Nicole Leonard February 20, 2024 Northeast Philadelphia residents, advocates call on city to expedite plans for 2 new public health centers

Philadelphia city leaders announced plans to build two new public health centers near the Frankford Transportation Center and Friends Hospital.

Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, said the ultimate priority should remain on expanding access to health care in a way that meets the needs of neighborhoods. Many have become more culturally and ethnically diverse while others have seen growing rates of poverty. FULL ARTICLE HERE

“Yet, the services are not there for these people,” Dodds said. “We think it’s good public policy. If a few neighbors don’t like it, we’re sorry about that, but it needs to happen.

4) Northeast Times The case for 2 new health centers in the Northeast.

Northeast Philadelphia has only one health center and waits for appointments are up to one year. The city has plans for two new Health Centers in the Lower Northeast, but a small group is opposing them. We hope people will come out to support the new centers which will be able to enroll over 46,000 people! FULL ARTICLE HERE

Attend the meetings to support Quality Health Care in the Northeast:
Olney Presbyterian Church
 – 5435 N 3rd St (3rd & Tabor)
Tuesday, Feb 27th, 6:30PM-8PM


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