PCOM Hosts Community Health Day for North Philadelphia Residents
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CWI Hosts Community Day in North Philadelphia

October 24, 2022

PCOM staff smile at a health information table at CWI Community Health Day in North PhillyOn Thursday, October 20, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's (PCOM) Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) hosted a day of health screenings, giveaways, free food, fun activities for kids, and more. The event was held at the Cambria Division of the PCOM Healthcare Centers, located in North Philadelphia.

“Doing these events show the communities we serve who we are at PCOM. We want to be more than the doctors they see once a year, we want to be their medical home,” said Stephen Castellano, MBA, chief practice officer for the PCOM Healthcare Centers. “These community days are an opportunity for us to introduce community members to resources they may not have been aware of, to educate on healthcare, and to engage with one another in a fun, casual atmosphere. If we can contribute, in a positive way, to the neighborhoods we serve, that’s a good thing,” continued Castellano.

A PCOM med student provides a blood pressure screening outside at the health event in North PhillyStudents from the PCOM Hearts club were also in attendance to provide blood pressure screenings. PCOM Hearts member and osteopathic medical student Maura Powell (DO '25) shared “As students, we can get lost in our didactic work and events like this are a great way for us to reconnect with communities and patients.”

In addition to the health-focused activities, the CWI also distributed free hats and winter jackets to children, men and women in the neighborhood. In total, the CWI distributed 80 winter coats and hats. David “DJ Disko” Hopkins also provided the music for the day's events. Several other health-focused vendors were on site for guests to ask healthcare questions and learn about the organizations.

A Philly resident participates in a fun activity In a message to the local community, Flo Byrams, director of PCOM's Community Wellness Initiative, captured the essence of the day sharing “Come get your blood pressure checked, come get a lung screening, come out to the party, right here in your neighborhood!”

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