FIGHT News and Announcements

Meet Dr. Leah Scherzer, Medical Director of FIGHT’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center

May 1, 2024

Dr. Leah Scherzer joined Philadelphia FIGHT in July, 2023 after working for more than ten years as a pediatric outpatient physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Leah also received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Brown.  Dr. Scherzer is a Certified Lactation Counselor…

FIGHT Commemorates World AIDS Day

December 21, 2023

This year, Philadelphia FIGHT marked World AIDS Day with two signature events. Thanks to everyone who joined us at our annual Prayer Breakfast with Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. J. Wendell Mapson Jr..This year’s event featured a special tribute to the Lax Center’s Lizzy Schmidt, who recently retired after more than two decades there as a…

Mpox Vaccines

August 3, 2023

mPox vaccines are currently being offered for existing patients at FIGHT. For more information on getting your mPox vaccine at Philadelphia FIGHT, please call 267-725-0252. For more information about monkeypox and the vaccine, please check out the following website:

World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast

January 31, 2023

On December 1, 2022,  Philadelphia FIGHT held its annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast.  We were back in person for the first time since 2019.  Under the leadership of Bishop Ernest McNear, the Prayer Breakfast featured an award to Rev. Dr. Calenthia Dowdy for Outstanding Faith Leader of 2022, and a powerful address by Rev. Nick Taliaferro of WURD radio.

Holiday Toy Drive and Party 2022

December 1, 2022

Ready for the holidays? Many people who have had a “lived experience” and their families experience special difficulties during the holiday season. Celebrations and gifts are expensive, but all families want their children to enjoy the wonder of this season. ICJ is conducting a Holiday Party in partnership with Mercy Worldwide and sponsorship by Orijin…

Fall Season at ICJ

November 22, 2022

In October, the Institute for Community Justice hosted a Resource Fair/Record Cleaning Event at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. In partnership with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and the 21st & Norris Street Community Committee, and funded by the Promise Grant, dozens of individuals received criminal record reviews. Twenty-six vendors provided social services, reentry…

Urban Affairs Coalition Breakfast

November 18, 2022

On Friday, November 18, 2022, members of FIGHT staff attended the Urban Affairs Coalition 53rd Anniversary Breakfast at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event themed, Empowering Dreamers & Doers, was in person for the first time since the pandemic. Congressman Dwight Evans and Mayor Jim Kenney were among the distinguished speakers. Niki Hawkins, Vice President…

PrEP Week 2022

September 16, 2022

Philadelphia FIGHT’s PrEP Team is excited to announce its annual PrEP Week, September 19 – 23. The awareness campaign will include mixers, webinars, and open PrEP walk-in clinic hours at John Bell Health Center and Y-HEP Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center.

World Hepatitis Day

July 28, 2022

About five percent of Philadelphia residents have a past or current hepatitis A, B, or C infection. Many people are unaware of their infection. Hepatitis C (or HCV) is the most common blood-borne viral infection in the US. If left untreated it can lead to serious liver problems such as cirrhosis or cancer. There are…

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