UTC Builds Innovative Health Partnership at First African Presbyterian

For twenty years, the United Community Clinic—a free medical center operated by the University of Pennsylvania at First African Presbyterian Church (4159 Girard Avenue)—has treated hypertension patients from some of West Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. The doctors 15625632618_46f3813028_oand medical students who work on the Clinic’s hypertension team have seen the tragic impact of poor nutrition on the health of low-income Philadelphians, many of whom lack basic access to fresh foods.

Now, Urban Tree Connection is developing an innovative health and nutrition partnership with First African and the United Community Clinic that has the potential to impact the long-term prognosis for low-income patients with high blood pressure, no health insurance, and limited access to fresh, healthy foods. Continue reading