Hahnemann Closure Effects

As to whether Hahnemann’s closure means patients are going without care, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley issued this statement Thursday:

“While the Philadelphia Department of Health does not have a systematic method for monitoring the receipt of medical care by former Hahnemann patients, informal reports suggest that these patients are receiving care at other area hospitals and clinics without major disruptions in care. Many of the former Hahnemann and Drexel medical staff are now working for these other hospitals and, in some cases, seeing the same patients in the new facilities.”

https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/hahnemann-university-hospital-closing-temple-jefferson-einstein-impact-20190927.html

By Harold Brubaker

City Restaurants

For the first time, Philadelphia has actually quantified its bustling restaurant scene. According to a new report from the Health Department, the city offers just over 6,000 places to eat.

The study pulled together the count of Philly’s dine-in options via restaurant inspections and online searches, per spokesperson Jim Garrow. Anything that’s characterized as “primarily on-premise consumption” and within the city limits is included.

https://billypenn.com/2019/09/27/philly-has-more-restaurants-per-capita-than-new-york-city-according-to-a-new-report/

By Michaela Winberg

Food Justice Grants

WHYY

To solve that, Wagner said, this year the city is trying something different. It’s launched a grant to support food justice initiatives led by the community, in areas where access to healthier food is needed the most. The new program, run in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based national food justice organization, selected six local projects for a total of $180,000 in funding support.

https://whyy.org/articles/philly-initiative-fights-food-injustice-through-urban-farming-start-ups/

By Catalina Jaramillo

KYW

A new program has been launched by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health aimed at promoting community-based projects to help battle inequitable food access.  As KYW Newsradio’s Hadas Kuznits reports, it’s called, The Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/new-city-program-helps-communities-find-solutions-nutrition-inequity

By Hadas Kuznits

NBC10

A new initiative is helping to put healthier foods in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Stephanía Jiménez has the details.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/New-Initiative-Puts-Healthier-Foods-in-Philly-Neighborhoods_Philadelphia-561470192.html

By Stephania Jimenez

Kensington Public Toilets

Philadelphia health officials first sounded the alarm for Hepatitis A in July. The number of cases citywide, about 30 annually, had quintupled in the last two years. Most at risk are people who are battling homelessness and drug addiction, according to health department data.

https://billypenn.com/2019/09/26/public-toilets-and-sinks-are-installed-in-kensington-and-were-vandalized-on-the-first-day/

By Michaela Winberg

Measles Vaccine Investigation

Dr. Kristin Feemster is the director of the Immunization Program at the Philadelphia Health Department.

“If you’re at a school and your immunization rate is let’s say 80%, as a parent, should you be concerned? Yeah, absolutely,” said Feemster.

https://6abc.com/health/the-vaxx-map-investigating-measles-vaccination-in-delaware-valley/5555538/

By Chad Pradelli

E.coli Update 9/20/19

Food Safety News

“A total of 19 cases were identified in this cluster. The last report was received on Sept. 6, and our investigation into the source continues,” department spokesman James Garrow told Food Safety News.

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2019/09/city-health-department-still-mostly-mum-on-e-coli-outbreak-investigation/

By Coral Beach

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has grown to include 19 ill persons. James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health updated Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. The Department cannot confirm whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. The case count is accurate as of September 6, 2019.

https://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2019/philadelphia-e-coli-outbreak-grows-to-19-sick-no-source-found/

By Staff