Everyone deserves a healthy home. That's why PCC Community Wellness Center has teamed up with Loretto Hospital and Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing to form Healthy Housing Chicago.Healthy Housing Chicago provides FREE legal assistance to help resolve housing issues for Chicago renters.
We can help with:
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing Healthy Housing Chicago helps low-income renters in Chicago including Housing Choice Voucher holders.
For more information regarding our services, please ask your doctor or health care provider for a referral to the medical-legal partnership.If you are having a housing problem but are not a patient of Loretto Hospital or PCC Community Wellness Center, please contact Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing directly at 312-347-7600.
Healthy Housing Chicago is a medical-legal partnership between Loretto Hospital, PCC Community Wellness Center and Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH). LCBH is a non-profit legal-aid agency that focuses solely on assisting renters with housing problems.
The overall goal of our health education program is to promote healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco free living. Health educators focus on preventive health care as well as disease management, especially controlling chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Prevention Strategy cites these evidence-based recommendations as the most likely to decrease the impact of the major causes of preventable death and major illnesses.
PCC offers individualized health education sessions to help patients who are less familiar with subjects such as nutrition, physical activity, and stress. Health educators can step outside the exam room with patients to examine the connections between day-to-day choices and symptoms, illness, or disease. The approach enhances our team-based care model by augmenting the delivery of comprehensive care; the health educator becomes an extension of the primary care provider’s message of wellness.
Health education is provided with the support of student interns from Dominican University, the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration, and Malcolm X College. They work in the clinics directly with patients as health educators.
Interns provide one-on-one health education sessions centered on topics such as tobacco cessation, nutrition education, cancer prevention, physical activity, maternal child health, and counseling support. They talk about the complexities of behavior change with patients wanting or needing to adjust lifestyle choices in order to live healthier lives.
Reach Out and Read is a national literacy program that makes early literacy a part of pediatric primary care. Through PCC’s Reach Out and Read program, every child from 6 months to 5 years of age receives a new developmentally appropriate book at each well-child check-up.
Parents are encouraged by their health care providers to read with their children and to become reading advocates. When available, Reach Out and Read volunteers read to children waiting for their appointments.
During 2016, 6,383 books were given to children at well-child visits through PCC’s Reach Out and Read program.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects many of our community members. Many people can learn ways to feel at their best while improving their diabetes symptoms. This might include managing what you eat, exercising, and coming in for regular health care appointments. Our staff can help answer your questions about living with diabetes.
PCC’s certified diabetes educator (CDE) – a bilingual registered nurse – meets with patients one-on-one to help them understand and manage their condition. She shares information on the proper use of insulin therapies; medications; and the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and monitoring the condition. She can also help patients develop a plan to improve their health and reduce the risk of complications.
You can also visit the PCC Austin Farm for fresh, local produce. Ask our staff for some great recipe ideas that will make cooking with greens more interesting!
Talk to your primary care provider about extra support for diabetes.
PCC is extremely pleased to partner with YogaCare to provide yoga classes to PCC patients, staff and community members.
Yoga is an activity for all ages and bodies that helps to connect the body and is linked to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It is a mind and body practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation to promote health and wellness. Many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance their quality of life.
Yoga is identified as a complementary preventative health practice by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control who recommend yoga as a preventative and complementary treatment for overall wellness. Yoga can also aid in the prevention and treatment of specific physical and behavioral health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and pain.
Regular practice can increase positive health behaviors, decrease medical costs, and lead to increased healing potential and healthier communities to promote individual and population health.
You can learn yoga in our community classes and form habits for everyday practice at home!