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ChesPenn Health Services, Inc. Behavioral Health Services Manager, Paul Renn, LCSW

As we enter into year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people continue to grieve the loss of loved ones. At the same time, others may still be in near-complete isolation. Some may be experiencing burnout from extended working situations or struggling with finding new employment from being laid off. It is a difficult situation for many people, both professionally and personally. In 2020, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) at Penn State’s Harrisburg campus conducted a survey that examined the effects of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of Pennsylvanians. ISRA Director, Philip Sirinides, explained some of that data in a July 2020 article.


Venique (left) and Jullien (right) working in the RiteChoice Rx location at the ChesPenn Center for Family Health at Eastside.

In November 2021, ChesPenn Health Services officially launched our partnership with RiteChoice Pharmacy. RiteChoice Rx, founded in 2013, is a full-service, independent pharmacy chain dedicated to providing patients in the Philadelphia area with quality pharmacy care. Originally a retail only store, RiteChoice has evolved to meet  the need of medically underserved communities across Philadelphia for pharmacy services. RiteChoice now operates five pharmacy locations in the greater Philadelphia area.


Contents of one of the Baby Bundle bags, including diapers, wipes, breastfeeding supplies, NoseFrida, a baby bottle, and more.

Every month roughly 25 mothers and newborns seek care at ChesPenn Health Services’ Center for Family Health at Eastside. Access to quality healthcare is crucial for first-time parents and their babies. Parents need other supplies like diapers, formula, and clothes. The new babies who come to our Eastside site can also find a special surprise from Delaware County community members.


Children running outside together.

Setting the foundation for healthy habits can be challenging, especially if you have limited resources. It can be difficult to find safe and affordable activities like team sports or group fitness classes to move and have fun. It can be even harder without access to fresh fruits and veggies, clean water, or physical fitness equipment. ChesPenn’s Outreach and Enrollment team is helping children in our care overcome those barriers with a new initiative.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton, speaking to media at ChesPenn in Chester, PA.

In October, ChesPenn partnered with the American Cancer Society and the Philadelphia Eagles to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle and routine doctor’s visits to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Making that ‘Crucial Catch’ is significant year-round, not just in October. What can regular visits to your doctor and cancer screenings do?

With school well underway, checked in on the pediatric medical and dental integration pilot program at Eastside. This program helps bridge the gap in care between pediatric medical and dental care. In August, we spoke with pediatrician Dr. Kai Turner about what this means for the pediatric providers, but what does this mean for our dental care providers? We asked our Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner, Tye Spady-Blair, all about it. Tye joined the ChesPenn team in March of 2021, and she has been making an impact ever since.

October 4, 2021 ChesPennNews
Alex Singleton speaking to the press about the Crucial Catch Campaign.

On Tuesday, September 28, Alex Singleton of  The Philadelphia Eagles and  Paula Green of the American Cancer Society joined us at the Center for Community Health at Eastside to promote the Crucial Catch Campaign.

Paula Green, ACS and Dr. Letitia O’Kicki, ChesPenn Chief Medical Officer






Crucial Catch promotes cancer screening.  Too many of us have put off critical screening duing the pandemic – including mammograms and colorectal cancer screening.  Now is the time to get caught up!  Check out the Eagles video of our community awareness event on twitter: 


Dr. O’Kicki, Sue Harris McGovern, and ChesPenn staff distrbute fresh fruit and vegetables to community members.

November 1, 2017 ChesPennNews

On Friday, October 20, ChesPenn CEO Mike Lucas, along with other staff and Board Members, welcomed friends, partners, and community leaders to celebrate completion of renovations to our Center for Family Health at Eastside.
Guests toured the newly renovated center, which includes three new medical examination rooms, one new dental operatory, newly designed social services offices, and a beautiful reception area optimized for patient privacy.
Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland spoke at the Open House, reminiscing about the outstanding care his daughters received at ChesPenn when they were children.
The staff at our Center for Family Health at Eastside serve over 6,000 patients, including over 2,000 children, every year. We look forward to welcoming our patients in our beautiful, expanded facility.








October 22, 2017 ChesPennNews

On October 19 the Eagles Eye Mobile visited ChesPenn’s Center for Family Health at Coatesville. In only a few hours, 18 children and teens received complete eye examinations, chose their frames, and took home two pairs of prescription glasses each. The children had previously been screened by ChesPenn clinical staff for vision problems.

Since 1996, the Eagles Eye Mobile has been making  eye exams and prescription glasses accessible to under- and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area. For the past seven years, the Eye Mobile has partnered with ChesPenn to provide two pairs of new glasses each for children and teens in our care.

Originally, the Eye Mobile was a single van with an optometry setup. Patients were examined, chose their frames, and came back in two weeks to pick up their glasses. Two years ago, they added a second van – a fully equipped laboratory that prepares the lenses, fits them to frames, and delivers the completed product within just minutes.

One family that has benefitted from this service has three children who all need corrective lenses. Their mom told us, “We could never afford glasses for our children without your help.”

We agree with former Philadelphia Eagles right guard G Germane Mayberry, who convinced the Eagles Charitable Foundation to creat the Eye Mobile, “If you’ve ever seen a child put on glasses for the first time and watched them get excited over seeing the definition of a leaf or words on the blackboard, then you’d know how good it feels for me to give back in this way.”

Chester County resident Ronn Fletcher has provided significant financial support over the years to make this important service possible. As a child, Ronn had severe vision challenges. He is passionate about helping children succeed in school by ensuring that they can see clearly. We are deeply grateful to Ronn and proud to partner with the Eagles Charitable Foundation to see that children and teens receive the vision care they need.




Center for Family Health at Eastside
125 E. 9th Street
Chester PA, 19013
Medical Phone: 610-872-6131
Dental Phone: 610-874-6231

Center for Family Health at Coatesville
744 East Lincoln Highway
Suite 110
Coatesville, PA 19320
Phone: 610-380-4660

Center for Family Health at Upper Darby
5 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 610-352-6585


1510 Chester Pike,
Suite 200
Eddystone, PA 19022

Phone: 610-485-3800
Fax: 610-485-4221

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