UPDATES TO ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTER SERVICES / COVID-19

Esperanza Health Center is taking precautions to keep our patients, guests and staff members as safe as possible.

  • All patients and visitors to Esperanza are asked to wear a face covering when coming to the health center; face coverings are provided at the entrance.
  • Patients will be asked questions about their symptoms.
  • Patients are asked to come alone to their appointment, if possible; patients requiring assistance (children, patients with special needs, or elderly patients) may bring one essential guardian with them to their appointment.

We are here to care for you! Below is a summary of changes to our services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

NEW - Telehealth Visits with Your Provider
You can now schedule a telehealth visit with your Esperanza Health Center provider (including Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health providers) by audio or video from your home using your phone or computer – please click here to learn more about telehealth and how to schedule a visit.
COVID-19 Testing for Community Members (Free)
WHERE: 2755 Kensington Avenue (Rock Ministries)

WHEN: Mon, Tue, and Thu, 9am – 11am

No Appointment Necessary

WHERE: 4417 N 6th St (Esperanza Health Center, Hunting Park)

WHEN: Monday-Friday, 1:15pm – 4:15pm

Call (215) 807-8620 to schedule an appointment

How do I know if I should get tested?

If you have: chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever

What should I bring?

Bring insurance or ID if you have it.

COVID-19 Testing for Existing Esperanza Health Center Patients

Esperanza patients currently have the option to receive COVID-19 testing at all three of our sites. If you have questions about testing please call 215-302-3600.

You SHOULD get tested if:
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 including cough or shortness of breath, or two of these symptoms: fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

  • You have been exposed to someone with known or suspected COVID-19 (in close contact within 6 feet, for more than 15 minutes, without a mask). Wait until 7 days after being exposed to be tested assure accurate test results. This includes if you have participated in a large crowd gathering or protest. Regardless of the results, it is recommended to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to someone with known or suspected COVID-19, as it may take that long for symptoms to appear.

  • In the case of a group living or nursing home environment, some programs may require testing to enter the building, as part of a larger screening and prevention program in these specific high risk places.

Adult Medical Care
We are currently seeing adult and pediatric patients at all three of our sites – please call 215-302-3600 to schedule an appointment.

Telehealth visits are also available – please click here for more information about how to schedule a telehealth visit.

Pediatric Medical Care
We are now scheduling in-person well-child visits for children ages 0 through 24 months at all three of our sites. Please call 215-302-3600 to schedule a well-child visit for your child ages 0 – 24 months.

We are also scheduling telehealth visits for children ages 2 – 17 years – please click here for more information about how to schedule a telehealth visit.

Dental Care

Until further notice, we are unable to see patients for non-urgent dental procedures. If you are an existing Esperanza patient with an urgent dental need, please call the Dental Clinic at 215-302-3156, M-F from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are providing dental cleanings for existing patients, with some limitations due to COVID-19. Please call 215-302-3156.

Behavioral Health Care

Behavioral health services are available only to existing Esperanza Health Center patients. We are now offering in-person brief consultations with a licensed behavioral health clinician at all three of our sites, Monday through Friday. We are also able to offer telehealth visits to patients who request them.

Women's and Prenatal Care
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have adjusted the way that we provide prenatal care to keep you and your baby healthy, safe, and at home as much as possible.  Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, we will be suggesting an appointment over the phone instead of in the clinic. These appointments could even be done through a face-to-face video where you will be able to see your provider. Centering Pregnancy groups are temporarily cancelled and will restart once it is safe to do so.

Our clinic is open and we are here to care for you – please call us at 215-302-3600 if you have any concerns, or visit our Women’s and Prenatal Care page for more information.

Medication Dispensary
Our Medication Dispensaries at all three of our sites are currently open, providing prescription medications on-site and by mail order delivery. We encourage all patients to explore the mail order delivery option.

Please visit our Medication Dispensary page for more information, including how to request refills and obtain medications by mail order delivery – or call (215) 302-3600 and follow the prompts for Dispensary at the site where you normally pick up your medications.

Nutrition Counseling

Esperanza Health Center patients are able to schedule free appointments for individual nutrition counseling or diabetes education at all three sites. We currently have two full-time bilingual Dietitians at our Kensington and Hunting Park sites and one part-time bilingual Dietitian at our Fifth Street site. Appointments can be made by speaking with your Esperanza clinician, clerical assistant or you can ask to speak with the Dietitian on-site during your doctor’s appointment. 

Department of Community Health and Wellness Programs

The Community Health and Wellness Department at Esperanza Health Center has postponed in-person programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are offering various virtual programs, including a weekly Parent Circle video call for parents or other child caretakers as well as a video call every other week for our Young at Heart Seniors Program. For more information about participating in these programs, you can call 215-302-3150, x258.

You can also visit Esperanza’s Community Health and Wellness Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EsperanzaCHW to access weekly family activities, learn about community resources and events, and more.

Patient Portal

Sign up for and use our Patient Portal!

  • Esperanza patients are encouraged to register with and use our Patient Portal.
  • You can use the Patient Portal to request a refill on your medication, communicate with your provider, schedule an appointment, and receive updates from Esperanza Health Center.

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OUR MISSION:

“Compelled by the love of God in Christ Jesus, in cooperation with the Church and others, Esperanza Health Center is a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to the Latino and underserved communities of Philadelphia.”

We seek to fulfill our mission by providing affordable, high-quality, bilingual and multi-cultural primary health care services in Jesus’ name, regardless of ability to pay, to all those in our communities who seek care.

Locations

Hunting Park

4417 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Kensington (incl. Dental Clinic)

861 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134

Fifth Street

2940 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133