By doubling the size of the facility, 11th SFHS is able to serve more than 40,000 patient visits annually in a severely distressed part of North Philadelphia. Many of 11th SFHS’s patients are residents of public housing throughout Philadelphia; 32% of its patients are uninsured and 55% are covered by Medicaid.
The health center began in 1996 as an effort between Drexel University and Philadelphia Housing Authority to address the health issues of public housing residents through health promotion, disease prevention and primary care. A national model of innovative care, 11th SFHS is a nurse-managed health center operated by Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professionals and Resources for Human Development, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) operator.
Drexel is an active and experienced developer in Philadelphia with an aspiration of being the nation’s most civically engaged university and a champion of regional economic development. Drexel’s deep involvement in 11th SFHS is consistent with these goals. 11th SFHS is supported by and integrated into the curriculum of departments across the university.