Family Health Centers Fund

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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.

Click here for more information on UPMC St. Margaret's Family Health Centers.

First Aid Kit
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Our UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program and Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) partnership has reached 30 years of teaching. First aid recommendations were among the first presentations to PPS faculty and school nurses. To do this, we converted an old yellowed paper first aid guide found behind a pipe in the Fort Pitt Elementary school nurse room to a printed, updated, and more detailed 1991 First Aid Guide to Illness and Emergencies.


A dedicated team of third year family medicine residents, faculty, pharmacists, a registered nurse, library specialists, and a Carnegie Mellon School of Design student and professor (Sun Min Kim and Kristin Hughes, MFA) present our 2020 updated guide. During 2 and 1/2 years of work, we have revised content to include serious emergencies and basic first aid topics, along with helpful, instructional illustrations. We are handing out the printed version to patients in our three family health centers. This convenient online version (thank you to J. Dustin Williams, MLIS) is freely available at and can be found within the St. Margaret Foundation and our Family Medicine Residency Medical Education websites.


Please look through the pages to familiarize yourself with the topics and recommendations. Thank you to the St. Margaret Foundation and Family Health Center fund for encouragement and funding.

Ann McGaffey, MD, FAAFP on behalf of the First Aid Guide Update team