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Metro Community Health Center Working to Address the Diverse Needs of Minority Patients

April 24, 2017 by 

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Metro Community Health Center (MCHC) prides itself on valuing diversity. As one of the leading health centers in the area targeting uninsured or underinsured patients, and providing comprehensive primary care and integrated behavioral health, we understand the unique needs of historically marginalized groups and work to address those needs with quality and compassionate care. In celebration of Onyx Woman Magazine’s  over 25 years of Media for Women, we would like to highlight one of our female patients in order to obtain her perspective on how MCHC has worked to serve her unique needs.

In 2012, Myrna Snowden became a patient at Metro after her primary care physician of twenty-five years retired. It just so happened that the same nurse practitioner that worked with her previous physician had taken a job at Metro. Myrna said when she saw that familiar face it felt like fate, and she has been under the care of Dr. Homrok since. Myrna said that Metro has now become her “medical family”, and that Metro’s staff is friendly and engaging. From the registration desk to the physicians, she always feels welcomed. The relocation and renovation that took place in 2014 made a huge difference in how patients experience the health center. The colorful interior breathed new life into the center, and according to Myrna, makes the center more lively. When asked about the relocation to Swissvale, Myrna said that by car or bus, it never takes her more than 20 minutes to get to the health center from her home.

Myrna was open about her struggle keeping her blood pressure under control before coming to Metro five years ago. According to the CDC, African-American women aged 45 and older have the highest rates of high blood pressure in the country. One statistic showed that 67.8% of African-American women aged 18 and older are diagnosed with high blood pressure. Complications due to high blood pressure include increased risk of stroke and heart disease. Dr. Homrok worked to find a medicine regimen that would successfully stabilize Myrna’s blood pressure, with the least amount of side effects, and without her having to drastically change her lifestyle. Myrna said she hasn’t had any issues with her blood pressure since.

Metro Community Health Center works tirelessly to ensure the physical and mental well-being of all our patients. We are pleased to announce that we have a full-time behavioral health specialist on staff that can meet with patients to address any mental health needs. We also host a diabetic support group that meets monthly to provide information and encouragement to our patients with diabetes, as well as a meditation group that meets on Wednesday evenings to help our patients better manage their stress.

To stay connected to Metro Community Health Center after hours, please follow us on social media. Keep your eyes on our newly renovated website at MetroCommunityHealthCenter.org for updates on upcoming events and programs.

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Pittsburgh Physician Awarded for LGBT, HIV Work

October 19, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA – Metro Community Health Center is proud to announce that a member of our team, Dr. Martin Seltman, received the 2016 Outstanding Primary Care Clinician – Special Population Category from Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers.

Martin Seltman is presented the Primary Care Excellence (APEX) Outstanding Primary Care Clinician Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the delivery of primary care to vulnerable populations, thereby improving quality, access and outcomes of care. Dr. Seltman exemplifies the mission of Metro Community Health Center and community health centers.

Dr. Seltman has served Metro Community Health Center as its medical director since 1999. He is a board-certified family practitioner with an added qualification in geriatric medicine. Dr. Seltman uses a holistic approach to care and is dedicated to improving the primary care delivery model across all clinical disciplines, and particularly for LGBT and HIV positive individuals. Under Dr. Seltman’s leadership, Metro Health Center has become renowned for its work with the transgender population and now serves more than 500 transgender individuals from multiple states.

According to a colleague, “Marty has given his life’s work to the care of HIV+ and LGBT people way before it was the cool thing to do. He has a deep respect for his patients and values human dignity. Many doctors in town, myself included, call on his expertise time and time again. He has educated the educators, so his knowledge and approach continues to be passed down to younger clinicians.”

Metro Community Health Center is proud to be a member of the largest network of primary health care providers in the nation-community health centers (also known as FQHCs). FQHCs serve more than 700,000 individuals in Pennsylvania and more than 22 million nationally, providing comprehensive primary medical, dental and behavioral health services. Community health centers in Pennsylvania and across the nation share the mission of improving access to affordable, quality primary medical, dental and behavioral health care for all.

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As Seen in the May 2016 edition of Pittsburgh Magazine

See a copy of the ad that appeared in the Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Doctor’s edition about Metro Community Health Center (MCHC).

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Metro Community Health Center Celebrates Grand Opening in Swissvale

Metro Community Health Center held its Grand Opening on March 31st and is now open for patient care.

SWISSVALE, PA – April 7, 2014 Metro Community Health Center, formerly known as Metro Family Practice, Inc., celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 31st. Congressman Mike Doyle and Metro Community Health Center’s Board of Directors were among those to welcome the nonprofit health center to its new home in Edgewood Town Center.

President of the Board, Phil DenBleyker stated, “At Metro, we are guided in all that we do by the needs of our patients, and we encourage those patients to partner with our clinicians and staff in managing their care. We respond to our patient’s needs with respect for the individual and their beliefs about health and healing. We offer health care to all people, at every stage of life, without regard to their ability to pay for the services they receive. We provide care without respect to race or ethnicity and we provide support and care for the LGBT community, as well as those who are afflicted with HIV and AIDS. We are all part of the fabric of this community, and it is not only Metro’s vision, but also its intention to strengthen and support all members of this community by the work we do here. Metro treated 11,500 patients last year in our former space, and we are projecting 20,000 patient visits in 2014. With the increased patient visits and hiring of new staff to support them, Metro looks forward to doing our part to add to the ongoing economic development of this community.

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Hospitals helping children cope with gender ID issues

June 2, 2014 12:11 AM
By Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

They come in the door as early as age 6: a boy who knows she’s a girl, a girl who knows he’s a boy. Or they’re not quite sure either way, but feel uncertainty, pain and confusion about the gender they were assigned at birth.

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and at hospitals across the country, clinics are springing up to help children and adolescents navigate the emotionally and physically charged issues of gender identity, a response to demands from a younger generation of parents and greater cultural acceptance of difference.

View the full story here.