Community Health and Wellness 

The mission of the Community Health and Wellness Department at Esperanza Health Center is to facilitate preventative health and wellness initiatives that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We fulfill this mission by:

  • Building community across generations by creating inclusive spaces for families and community members
  • Levering resources and partnerships beyond the clinic, across diverse sectors
  • Providing relationship-centered programming focused on community health education, capacity-building, family engagement, and overall health and well-being.
  • Supporting systems that promote health equity and positively impact the conditions in which people grow, work, live, play, and worship.

The Community Health and Wellness Department is committed to addressing the unique healthcare needs of the North Philadelphia community through collaboration, innovation, and a deep sense of empathy. We provide health education programs and resources for families and individuals. See a list of our programs below!

Youth and Family Programs

 Family Fit

Family Fit invites all parents and caregivers to join us with your children for a program focusing on exercise, nutrition and FAMILY FUN! Learn the basics of zumba, yoga, taekwondo, and more!

Clay, Play, Read!

This 4-week class is a clay and reading program taught by The Clay Studio. This class will be at The CORE every Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, starting April 30th and ending May 21st. The class will be bilingual and is geared towards students from 4-12 years old.

Philly Youth Basketball

Philly Youth Basketball is currently offering free basketball training for youth in 5th-8th grade at The CORE on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm through June 2024. Pre-register using the link below or drop-in. 

Community Connections

Yoga 4 Philly

Join us in partnership with Yoga 4 Philly for a free, beginner-friendly yoga class! Experience the benefit of stress reduction, improved flexibility and posture, and mental clarity and focus. Classes are held every Monday at 6:30 pm and Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Childcare is provided.

 

Young at Heart Seniors Program

With the goal of combating social isolation among a vulnerable population, Young at Heart provides a space for older adults to gather, laugh, learn, and share life stories and experiences together. They bond over food, crafts, games, educational lessons, and occasional field trips. There’s always great joy at Esperanza when the Seniors are around! The program meets every other week on Tuesday mornings.

Parents Circle

Our parent circles are a space for parents and caregivers to share, learn, and connect with others on the same journey. Each week, we discuss different topics related to parenting, with the goal of learning from the experiences of others

Community Leadership Training

Summer Teen Intership

The Summer Teen Internship Program (STIP) is an immersive 3-week experience for high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors interested in a career in healthcare. Join us from July 15th – August 2nd, Monday-Thursday from 12-4 pm for
shadowing opportunities, professional development, mentorship, hands-on taining, and more! Lunch and stipends are provided. Application Deadline: June 30th

Community Health Promoters

An 8-week training on addressing physical, mental, relational, and spiritual health topics. This course aims to empower participants by enhancing their skills and confidence to discuss health, deliver health-related presentations, and facilitate resource connections. Classes will be offered in Spanish in Spring 2024. Graduates are awarded a Health Promoter Certificate and often pursue opportunities to work or volunteer with diverse community organizations, including EHC.

CORE Action Team

The CORE Action Team is a resident advisory board that speaks to Esperanza Health Center’s community programming and development decisions in the Kensington area. Members must either live, work, or worship in one of our service zip codes and commit to a one-year term, with the potential of renewal. We meet monthly and accept new members on a yearly basis.    

Practical Avenues to Health

This 4 to 6-week program is an extension of the Community Health Promoter Program and is designed to be completed in small groups. This includes a series of short lessons and discussion questions on various health topics, including relational, emotional, mental health, holistic health, and dddictions that may be presented at local churches and community organizations.

Community Resources

Esperanza Fresh 

Esperanza Fresh is Esperanza’s annual donation-based farmer’s market. Through a generous partnership with America’s Grow-A-Row, we offer fresh produce from a farm in New Jersey at our sites in Hunting Park, Fairhill, and Kensington. The program runs for the growing season roughly August-October.

Hub4Health

This monthly resource fair provides essential resource items to community members. Join us every third Wednesday of the month at The CORE (3222 H St.) Resources are available from The Simple Way, NKCDC, The City of Philadelphia, and more! There is no registration required. 

 

Baby Goods Exchange

Join Esperanza Health Center and The Simple Way at The CORE (3222 H St.) for the quarterly Baby Good Exchange program. This program provides a place to share and swap items for families of young children, as well as holding space to provide support, resources, and information. Upcoming dates for this program are: March 12, June 13, September 12, December 5, 2024 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For more information on our programs, please fill out the interest form below.

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