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August 27, 2021 News
Young child at a ChesPenn dental health education event from 2017.

Back to school can be such an exciting and invigorating time for many students. It means seeing friends on a regular basis, being back in a classroom, and getting back to learning. But for others, it could mean shame and guilt. The past year and a half have not been easy on anyone, but the pandemic has caused some kids (and adults!) to unlearn vital health behaviors.

Brushing teeth and maintaining dental health can seem less important when you know that you don’t have to leave your home.

ChesPenn pediatrician, Dr. Kai Turner, took notice of the increase in dental fillings in the mouths of her patients. 



August 27, 2021 News

Early, often, and ongoing. These three words can make a world of difference in a child’s life. According to Kelly Ace Ph.D., J.D., Program Director at Family Support Line of Delaware County in Media, “There’s a reality about perceptions, about talking about sensitive issues… I think if we approach this [conversation about safety] not from a scare perspective but think about what we really want to instill in kids in the sense of healthy boundaries and healthy relationships, and then safety kind of comes with that.”

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August 27, 2021 News

The beginning of the 2021-2022 school year is starting soon, and we couldn’t be more excited! So many students and parents are ready to have a sense of “normalcy” back in their lives. But a major wrench could be thrown into those plans with the surge in COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant.

That is why ChesPenn and the Chester Upland School District have partnered with the City of Chester, Keystone First, the Widener University Nursing Department, and the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the Chester community.

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July 23, 2021 News

This summer will be a strange one. After spending the past year and a half inside, the world is starting to return to a semblance of normal here in the greater Philadelphia region. What does normal look like now? While the mask mandates statewide in Pennsylvania are no longer in force, there’s still high importance on maintaining social distance and wearing a mask where appropriate.

But what else can you do to stay healthy during the summer? These six tips from the CDC should help guide you towards a healthier, safer summer season.

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July 20, 2021 News

More and more people are venturing out of the house, especially this summer season after being inside for the last 18 or so months. It is more important than ever to make sure you are staying safe from harmful UV rays while in the sun.

While sunlight can help your body produce vitamin D, an important vitamin needed to produce strong bones, you’ll still want to make sure you aren’t putting yourself at risk for something worse. Sunburns and some skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV rays from the sun and man-made sun substitutes like sunlamps and tanning beds.

Since July is UV Safety Month, we’re going to talk about sun safety and UV rays with some help from the American Cancer Society.

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July 19, 2021 News

Have you ever wondered about what healthcare can look like in other countries? What about how places like Vietnam, Nepal, or Kenya provide care? Well, if you’re looking for an answer, look no further than Nurse Practitioner Abbey Roepke. Prior to joining the ChesPenn team at our Eastside location in 2020, Abbey had applied to Seed Global Health–a highly competitive program in Uganda that provides critical care and training in developing emergency rooms. Shortly after she began her time with us, she learned that Seed Global Health had accepted her application.  Because global healthcare had been a lifelong goal for her, how could she say no?

November 1, 2017 News

On Friday, October 20, ChesPenn CEO Mike Lucas, along with other staff and Board Members, welcomed friends, partners, and community leaders to celebrate completion of renovations to our Center for Family Health at Eastside.
Guests toured the newly renovated center, which includes three new medical examination rooms, one new dental operatory, newly designed social services offices, and a beautiful reception area optimized for patient privacy.
Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland spoke at the Open House, reminiscing about the outstanding care his daughters received at ChesPenn when they were children.
The staff at our Center for Family Health at Eastside serve over 6,000 patients, including over 2,000 children, every year. We look forward to welcoming our patients in our beautiful, expanded facility.








October 22, 2017 News

On October 19 the Eagles Eye Mobile visited ChesPenn’s Center for Family Health at Coatesville. In only a few hours, 18 children and teens received complete eye examinations, chose their frames, and took home two pairs of prescription glasses each. The children had previously been screened by ChesPenn clinical staff for vision problems.

Since 1996, the Eagles Eye Mobile has been making  eye exams and prescription glasses accessible to under- and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area. For the past seven years, the Eye Mobile has partnered with ChesPenn to provide two pairs of new glasses each for children and teens in our care.

Originally, the Eye Mobile was a single van with an optometry setup. Patients were examined, chose their frames, and came back in two weeks to pick up their glasses. Two years ago, they added a second van – a fully equipped laboratory that prepares the lenses, fits them to frames, and delivers the completed product within just minutes.

One family that has benefitted from this service has three children who all need corrective lenses. Their mom told us, “We could never afford glasses for our children without your help.”

We agree with former Philadelphia Eagles right guard G Germane Mayberry, who convinced the Eagles Charitable Foundation to creat the Eye Mobile, “If you’ve ever seen a child put on glasses for the first time and watched them get excited over seeing the definition of a leaf or words on the blackboard, then you’d know how good it feels for me to give back in this way.”

Chester County resident Ronn Fletcher has provided significant financial support over the years to make this important service possible. As a child, Ronn had severe vision challenges. He is passionate about helping children succeed in school by ensuring that they can see clearly. We are deeply grateful to Ronn and proud to partner with the Eagles Charitable Foundation to see that children and teens receive the vision care they need.



October 10, 2017 News

Sarah first came to ChesPenn’s Coatesville dental offices with concerns about her front teeth.  She was embarrassed for people to see them and afraid to chew. Sarah had seen a dentist  who insisted that she needed several crowns, but she had no insurance and had no idea how she could pay for such expensive care.

Sarah had worked for several years as a caregiver for a woman who was a ChesPenn patient. When she shared her anxiety about her dental health with her client, the client recommended she visit Dr. Barroso at ChesPenn.

Dr. Barroso developed a treatment plan for Sarah that she could afford.  Our dental team gave her a beautiful smile, and more important, the ability to chew without being afraid of breaking a tooth. In sharing her experience, Sarah said, “Dr. B. and Carol are quite a team. They are so kind and caring! Dr. B. explains everything and she’s so gentle. My care has been outstanding. I don’t hold my hand over my mouth when I talk – and I can eat anything now. I feel healthier. I smile more.”


August 19, 2017 News

Dr. Tina Ahmadinejad is starting a fellowship in which she will care for patients known as “super utilizers” – men and women whose complicated health and socioeconomic challenges send them to the emergency room frequently. She will be teaching her patients how to manage their illnesses so that they can avoid hospital stays in the future.

Dr. Tina Ahmadinejad, third from the right, with fellow graduates

Dr. Ahmadinejad just graduated from Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She and three other residents chose ChesPenn’s Center for Family Health at Upper Darby as their primary practice site. Inspired by her experience with our program, she plans to devote her career to community medicine.

Dr. Ahmadinejad reflected on her experience at ChesPenn, “I am so grateful that ChesPenn exists. I was able to get to know both my patients and their families – I don’t want to give them up. And the working relationship with the preceptors is intimate here. You really get their full attention. Dr. O’Kicki is an amazing teacher.”

ChesPenn partners with Crozer-Keystone Health Systems to provide a Family Medicine Residency Program grounded in community health care. Dr. Letitia O’Kicki, ChesPenn’s Medical Director, is also a faculty member in the program. Family Medicine residents who practice at ChesPenn develop an understanding of the challenges and needs of adults and children of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Many of their graduated residents have chosen to pursue community medicine as a calling.

According to Dr. William Warning, Director of Crozer-Keystone’s Family Medicine Residency Program, “We are training the next generation of family practitioners. And we are creating a multiplier effect: we train students who care for and teach their patients how to care for themselves. They will also interact with other physicians, teaching them the principles of community health care.” He added, “Our program is unique in the eastern United States. I appreciate ChesPenn’s support in making this exceptional learning experience possible.”

Dr. Ahmadinejad wants to work in a community health center after she completes her fellowship. A native of Delaware County, she also feels a strong connection to Upper Darby and Chester. We hope she will come back as a family medicine practitioner in the future!


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Center for Family Health at Eastside
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Coatesville, PA 19320
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5 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
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