CWI Hosts Community Day in North PhiladelphiaOctober 24, 2022
On 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.
Students 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
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.
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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who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
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