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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?

To start, they help you stay on top of your health so you can notice if something seems off. And the better part? Most insurances now cover preventative cancer screenings such as mammograms and colorectal cancer screening.*  The sooner you ‘catch’ cancer, the better. Early detection can prevent cancers from spreading and increase the effectiveness of treatments like chemotherapy or surgical removal. But it’s easy to put them off, especially with the pandemic.  So, where to begin? The American Cancer Society uses these basic guidelines as recommendations. Talk to your healthcare provider to customize these screenings to protect you best.

According to the American Cancer Society, these are the basic screening recommendations:

  • Age 25-39: cervical cancer screening for people with a cervix
  • Age 40-45: breast cancer screening recommended at age 45, but can opt to start screenings at age 40; cervical cancer screening; colorectal cancer screening recommended for everyone at age 45; prostate cancer screening at age 45 if you are African-American
  • Age 50+: breast cancer screening; cervical cancer screening; colorectal cancer screening; prostate cancer screening as recommended by your doctor; lung cancer screening if you used to smoke or currently smoke

What else can I do to prevent cancer?

In addition to routine cancer screenings, it’s also essential to eat healthy, including lots of fruits and vegetables, watch your weight,  and get regular exercise. You can avoid smoking and heavy alcohol consumption. Try wearing appropriate sunscreen and protecting your skin from harsh weather.

One of the most important factors preventing cancer is knowing yourself and your risks due to family history or lifestyle choices. It can be hard having conversations about personal health history with your family members. Still, it’s essential to know if any cancers run in your family to protect yourself better.

How can I start assessing my risk for cancer?

Your health care provider is your best resource, but if you’re still unsure where to start, you can get a basic assessment of your cancer risk using the Defender tool. In partnership with the National Football League, the American Cancer Society developed the Defender tool to help you understand your cancer risk. Once you’ve taken the quiz, you may want to call your healthcare provider to schedule an appointment to discuss your next steps in cancer prevention.

If you’re interested in taking that next step to better health and getting screened, you can call ChesPenn at 610-485-3800 to make an appointment with a provider to discuss your next screening.
*Call your insurance company to confirm what specific services your plan covers.

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.



October 10, 2017 ChesPennNews

Sarah first came to ChesPenn’s Coatesville dental offices with concerns about her front teeth.  She was embarrassed for people to see them and afraid to chew. Sarah had seen a dentist  who insisted that she needed several crowns, but she had no insurance and had no idea how she could pay for such expensive care.

Sarah had worked for several years as a caregiver for a woman who was a ChesPenn patient. When she shared her anxiety about her dental health with her client, the client recommended she visit Dr. Barroso at ChesPenn.

Dr. Barroso developed a treatment plan for Sarah that she could afford.  Our dental team gave her a beautiful smile, and more important, the ability to chew without being afraid of breaking a tooth. In sharing her experience, Sarah said, “Dr. B. and Carol are quite a team. They are so kind and caring! Dr. B. explains everything and she’s so gentle. My care has been outstanding. I don’t hold my hand over my mouth when I talk – and I can eat anything now. I feel healthier. I smile more.”


Dr. Tina Ahmadinejad is starting a fellowship in which she will care for patients known as “super utilizers” – men and women whose complicated health and socioeconomic challenges send them to the emergency room frequently. She will be teaching her patients how to manage their illnesses so that they can avoid hospital stays in the future.

Dr. Tina Ahmadinejad, third from the right, with fellow graduates

Dr. Ahmadinejad just graduated from Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She and three other residents chose ChesPenn’s Center for Family Health at Upper Darby as their primary practice site. Inspired by her experience with our program, she plans to devote her career to community medicine.

Dr. Ahmadinejad reflected on her experience at ChesPenn, “I am so grateful that ChesPenn exists. I was able to get to know both my patients and their families – I don’t want to give them up. And the working relationship with the preceptors is intimate here. You really get their full attention. Dr. O’Kicki is an amazing teacher.”

ChesPenn partners with Crozer-Keystone Health Systems to provide a Family Medicine Residency Program grounded in community health care. Dr. Letitia O’Kicki, ChesPenn’s Medical Director, is also a faculty member in the program. Family Medicine residents who practice at ChesPenn develop an understanding of the challenges and needs of adults and children of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Many of their graduated residents have chosen to pursue community medicine as a calling.

According to Dr. William Warning, Director of Crozer-Keystone’s Family Medicine Residency Program, “We are training the next generation of family practitioners. And we are creating a multiplier effect: we train students who care for and teach their patients how to care for themselves. They will also interact with other physicians, teaching them the principles of community health care.” He added, “Our program is unique in the eastern United States. I appreciate ChesPenn’s support in making this exceptional learning experience possible.”

Dr. Ahmadinejad wants to work in a community health center after she completes her fellowship. A native of Delaware County, she also feels a strong connection to Upper Darby and Chester. We hope she will come back as a family medicine practitioner in the future!


July 12, 2017 ChesPennNews

With the help of our donors, staff, patients, and partner agencies, ChesPenn has developed a new logo. The design reflects the interdependence of these four members of the ChesPenn community.

And now we’re excited to unveil our beautiful new website! The website offers resources to all the members of our community – patients can find the information they need to receive care, partner agencies can refer their clients to our services, and donors can learn how we are leveraging their investments to improve community health. Patient and employee portals are also in the works.

We’ve also moved the site, so that our address reflects our nonprofit status. Visit us at chespenn.org. And take a look at our redesigned Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chespenn/. While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter!

We’re very grateful to our friends at Proforma Vindee for their partnership in creating this beautiful site, and to The Philadelphia Foundation for funding our entire rebranding project.


June 25, 2017 ChesPennNews

Change is happening at ChesPenn! As Community Hospital began the process of closing in January, the staff at our Center for Family Health at Community moved to our Eastside location. In May, we began renovations at Eastside to make space for the larger staff and increased number of patients.

Crosby ConstructionOur plan is to create more examination rooms, more private spaces in reception for discussions of insurance and payment options, and to freshen the look of the entire center. When renovations are complete, we look forward to welcoming patients to a beautiful facility that will enhance their health and well-being.

We expect to complete renovations in August and invite the community for an unveiling in October. Many thanks to our great staff and wonderful patients for their flexibility as spaces shift.  Stay tuned for more updates on our progress!

Meanwhile, the administrative staff have also relocated to the beautiful Baldwin Tower in Eddystone. The new offices provide plenty of meeting space and a beautiful reception area to welcome guests and staff. We’re easy to find and there is plenty of parking, so stop by and say hello!


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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