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Prevention Point: A Welcome Resource for High-risk Patients

Prevention Point

Prevention Point (PPP) is a non-profit agency in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. It is a multi-service public health organization committed to protecting the health and welfare of the homeless, the uninsured, individuals suffering from substance abuse, and sex industry workers.

Founded in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens and intravenous drug users, PPP uses a harm reduction approach to public health. The University of Pennsylvania has been involved with the agency since 2008 through its Street-Side Health Project (SSHP), a program founded that year as a partnership with several area universities.

The clinic primarily serves those who are intravenous drug users or sex workers, uninsured or underinsured, and those living on the streets or in shelters. Services in the clinic range from treatment of acute complaints such as skin infections or asthma flares to vaccinations for influenza, hepatitis and tetanus. Patients with more chronic issues can receive referrals for primary care elsewhere in the city. Through these efforts, PPP and Penn hope to improve the health and well-being of these vulnerable populations.

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