Family Health Centers Fund


Family Health Centers-Dr. Han

St. Margaret Foundation helps some of the poorest people in our region access medical care at the three UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers in Lawrenceville, Bloomfield-Garfield and New Kensington. Sixty-nine percent of the patients treated at these facilities are uninsured or underinsured with 56% of them covered by Medicaid. Interestingly the most common age of the nearly 33,000 patient visits annually is 20 to 29 and the second is between 10 and 19.


The Need:

The Foundation provides grants to these facilities annually to cover things such as immunizations and medications. It also provides additional support for several of their community programs including Reach Out and Read, Teddy Bear Clinic, food vouchers for holiday meals, and support for materials so that the medical directors may teach nutrition education and human sexuality education in the inner-city schools.

In January of 2012 St. Margaret Foundation was able to secure $265,000 to launch a pilot behavioral health support program at all three Family Health Centers whereby a psychiatrist and social worker circulate between the centers providing behavioral health support on site.

UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers Introduce Books on Puberty and Sexuality:

What about me? Puberty education for preteens and Learning about sexuality is like learning how to swim: These two books provide preteens, teens, and their families with a comprehensive, candid, and positive overview of puberty and sexuality. They have been written for classroom and home use and are intended to be companion volumes. Click here for an order form.

 Stories from The Family Health Center Fund:

  • A 22-year-old male at Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center with seizure disorder did not have health insurance. He was starting a new job and was concerned he would have a seizure if he missed a dose of his medication. The Family Health Center Fund provided a one month supply of medication to help him.
  • A 67-year-old male at Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center with metastatic renal cell carcinoma was driving over 25 miles to have his weight checked. He was given a gift card to buy a scale so he could perform his weight checks at home.
  • Blood pressure monitors were purchased for patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure who cannot afford them. The patients are able to track their blood pressure so the doctors can help manage it better.
  • Diabetic eye exams were covered for patients who do not have insurance as part of necessary care and management of the disease.
  • A patient with very brittle diabetes was making frequent trips to the Emergency Department to stay well. The Family Health Centers Fund was able to provide insulin for this paitent at Lawrenceville Family Health Center which has helped him sustain healthy blood sugar levels, previously out of control for lack of resources.
  • A middle aged woman who just relocated from Ohio had multiple medical problems including depression, diabetes, and hypertension. She was in a stressful relationship, and had no friends or family in the area. She came to the New Kensington Family Health Center, uninsured because her Medicaid had not been transferred yet. The Bed Fund provided for medications, and we immediately referred her to our therapist for counseling and support, paid for by the Behavioral Health Grant that St. M Foundation secured for us. She is so thankful for our support, feels better, takes her medications and her mood has improved.
  • A young woman was involved in a house fire where her family, including her children had lost everything. They had no insurance. A policeman brought her to the New Kensington Family Health Center, asking for help. The Center was grateful that the police knew to turn to them. The Bed Fund provided for clothes, support and medications, and also counseling from their on-site behavioral specialist. These services were so greatly appreciated, and because of these resources, the Center now has a reputation in the community that people can come there for help.