The John Bell Health Center is a comprehensive healthcare clinic that provides state-of-the-art primary medical care to adults age 18 and older.
As a program of Philadelphia FIGHT, the John Bell Health Center was established for individuals returning from prison or jail who live with multiple chronic conditions and are challenged by socio-economic factors often associated with their incarceration. At the John Bell Health Center, we recognize the barriers that inhibit individuals recently released from prison or jail from accessing healthcare. Our mission is to provide a safe space for people to access culturally competent healthcare upon their release.
The John Bell Health Center provides a safe space for people to access culturally competent medical care, regardless of the individual’s insurance status, ability to pay, or life circumstances. Our team of compassionate providers focuses on addressing each patient’s unique needs and challenges, which may include a history of incarceration, substance abuse or multiple chronic health conditions.
- Practitioner Examination
- Medical History
- Diagnostic Testing
- Age Appropriate Cancer Screening
- Routine Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV, Hepatitis B and C with treatments as indicated
- Screening and Preventative Care for Diabetes and Hypertension
- Mental Health Screening and Referral
- Nutrition Education
- Smoking Cessation
- Referrals for Specialty Care
- Cervical and breast cancer screening
- Case Management
- Community Health Worker services
- Behavioral Health Consultant
- PrEP Counseling/ PrEP Assistance Program services
- Rapid HCV & HIV Testing onsite
Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
The John Bell Health Center allows same-day scheduling as well as walk-ins, while those who are able to adhere to appointments are encouraged to do so.
Philadelphia FIGHT is registered as a Benephilly Center. The John Bell Health Center has a counselor on staff that can help assist individuals looking to apply for public benefits. Our counselors can assist with the following:
- Food Stamps
- State Property Tax/Rent Rebate
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
“Half of your rights haven’t been written yet, because you haven’t been here to demand them.”
John Bell (1946-2012)
John Bell was an AIDS activist, mentor to a generation of former prisoners, teacher, and friend. John took his lived experiences of racism, stigma, war, and disease and transformed them into an inspirational body of thought and knowledge to help make the way easier for the people who came behind him. It is in his memory that we have built this health center.