Since its founding, Puentes de Salud has responded to an important and previously unmet need in the South Philadelphia Latino community—the demand for low-cost, high-quality, culturally-sensitive primary care services. Medical care at Puentes de Salud is offered in collaboration with local institutions, universities and volunteer providers. Our interdisciplinary model is based on collaborations between our community nurse liaison and two medical co-directors, a physician and a nurse practitioner.
Clinical services include adult primary care, women’s health, and dental care. While adult primary care and prevention is the focus of our on-site clinical activity, we also provide monthly specialty care and referrals in the following areas, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, physical therapy and podiatry.
The Complex Care Program (CCP) at Puentes de Salud serves patients with complex medical issues that cannot be adequately managed by our clinic. The complex care team supports patients in navigating resources, health centers by coordinating various care settings, appointments, records and follow-ups in a culturally-sensitive and language appropriate manner.
Women’s health at Puentes provides routine GYN care such as cervical cancer screening and mammogram referrals, STI screening and treatment, pregnancy tests, contraceptive initiation and surveillance. We also provide evaluation for common gyn issues and are a Healthy Woman provider site.
We are able to offer comprehensive, low-cost dental care to adults through the Garces Dental Group of Dr. Beatriz Garces. Dental care for children under the age of 18 is available for free at Puentes de Salud through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. In the coming year we hope to expand dental care on-site through a dental suite currently pending construction.
Comenzando Bien Prenatal Education Program
Developed by the March of Dimes and the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services, Comenzando Bien is a prenatal education program for Latina women. The curriculum–delivered by Puentes de Salud’s Community Nurse Liaison and promotoras–is designed to educate women in a supportive group setting about the importance of receiving prenatal care from early pregnancy through delivery. The program covers physiological and psychological changes during pregnancy, the stages of labor and strategies for managing physical symptoms. It also helps expectant mothers identify necessary behavior changes to prevent birth defects, premature delivery, low birth weight and infant mortality.
Puentes de Salud has developed an innovative diabetes management program that spans from the clinic to the community. A registry of diabetic patients at Puentes de Salud helps providers track patients’ regular laboratory tests and their receipt of appropriate medicines and services. Puentes de Salud offers all diabetic patients individual counseling with a nurse educator that covers the principles of sugar monitoring at home, dietary modification, physical activity and weight management. This program also features a series of group classes led by Puentes de Salud’s promotoras—including grocery shopping trips, cooking demonstrations and salsa dancing—for diabetic patients in the community setting.
Adult Primary Care
By appointment and walk in on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
By appointment on the first and third Mondays of each month, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dental Cleaning/Screening and Enamel Sealing for Children:
By appointment on the first and third Mondays of each month, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Garces Dental Group
212 Race Street. Suite 1A Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-923-1233 / Fax: 215-800-1358