By working collaboratively with community partners, TOCFWH succeeds at ensuring that youth, families, and residents of West and North Philadelphia receive ongoing community health support.
NTIT–RCO is a local State Health Improvement Partnership of more than 40 collaborative members including residents, block captains, youth, community-based agencies, faith-based institutions, hospital, healthcare providers, universities, schools, and elected officials. The Collaborative functions via subcommittees which determine the operations for community programming. The Subcommittees develop and maintain community healing and memorial gardens, support community-sponsored health fairs and youth programming, and host/sponsor community block events including our Annual Back To School Bookbag Giveaway. As an RCO, we receive the benefit of early notice of significant zoning proposals in our neighborhood and provide a reliable 45-day timeframe for community input and a mechanism to identify and contact community organizations.
The WPCHCC is comprised of residents, youth, and families as well as elected officials, individuals / leaders from agencies, hospitials, universities, schools and faith based, all working together to emphasize the communial context for an effective quality of life enhancement.
TOCFWH is the lead agency for the West Philadelphia Community Health Change Coalition, which has been awarded the Drug Free Communities initiative grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Reducing Underage and Dangerous Drinking Alcohol Education initiative grant, from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. These initiatives work to address and reduce the use of prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco among youth in the Overbrook High School community area. By working with partners of WPCHCC, and with the Philly On the Come Up: Empowering Youth for Change (a youth committee project), environmental community-level change is promoted through empowerment and mobilization.
TOCFWH works to ensure that youth and families throughout West and North Philadelphia maintain a healthy lifestyle and thrive.
Preventive Health Services: All youth enrolled in any program supported by TOCFWH maintain current health records. Free annual health assessments are provided for youth who do not have a medical home. Youth participants who receive an annual assessment through TOCFWH are eligible for sick and continuum care.
Behavioral Health Services: TOCFWH has long standing partnerships with Behavioral Health Providers. Clients who need ongoing care are referred to our partners. These partners also provide services to our Out of School Time youth. Services include Trauma Informed Group Therapy sessions (bullying prevention, anger management techniques, conflict resolution, etc.), as well as one-on-one, group and family behavioral modification counseling.
Obesity Prevention Initiative: Nutrition education and physical activity programs are provided for youth and adults throughout all TOCFWH programs.