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Community Services

Community Doula Service

The Birth Circle offers support to childbearing women and their families through its Community Doula program since 2004.

The word “doula” is an ancient Greek word, meaning “a woman who serves.” Today, the word doula refers to paraprofessionals who provide support to mothers before, during, and after giving birth.

Teen Mom Mentoring Program

This program is designed to improve:

  • Teen mothers’ life skills
  • Increase their social support networks
  • Delay a subsequent pregnancy until they reach adulthood

Flu Nurse Visits

Three times each year the Family Health Centers offer flu nurse visit sessions that are open to all.

As the dates and times for each flu nurse visit session are established, we will share them with you on our website, so be sure to visit often to find out when they will be offered.


FitwitsTM is an obesity prevention and health literacy project that uses games and character-driven narratives to transform unhealthy lifestyles into healthy ones. The program is a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University School of Design and UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers.

The FitwitsTM project operates in many locations, including:  

  • Schools
  • Physician offices
  • Community centers
  • Homes in several Pittsburgh area neighborhoods (including Lawrenceville, Wilkinsburg and McKeesport)

School Health Partnerships

Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center

Faculty and resident physicians from the Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center work to address community and children's public health concerns by providing educational programming in five local elementary schools and The Neighborhood Academy.

They provide:

  • Comprehensive physicals
  • Health screenings
  • Health education

Lawrenceville Family Health Center

Faculty and resident physicians from the Lawrenceville Family Health Center provide Career Connection High School students with the opportunity for:

  • On-site physical examinations
  • Sport physicals
  • Student health promotion
  • Education programs

Shadyside Family Health Center

The UPMC Shadyside Pittsburgh Public School Health Partnership implements evidence-based sexuality education curricula in three Pittsburgh Public 6-12 schools in an effort to address public health concerns which impact the school communities, notably adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The UPMC Shadyside Pittsburgh Public School Health Partnership also provides:

  • Family workshops
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Youth development programs

Asthma Education in Schools

Dr. McGaffey also worked with UPMC St. Margaret Director of Pharmacy Education, Patricia Klatt, PharmD, to provide in-school teaching and asthma kits to the City of Pittsburgh Schools, helping to manage the care of children with asthma, resulting in a drop in emergency room visits.

School Asthma Initiative

The School Asthma Initiative carries out a school-wide “Asthma Awareness Day” at McCleary Elementary school and continues to educate school students with asthma as well as teachers and administrators in 5 school partners.

Peacemakers : What the Aliens Saw

The Peacemaker Program is a one-hour educational class held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for 4th graders. It is a slide-based program contrasting violence (verbal and physical) and peaceable acts in homes, schools, and communities, nationally, internationally, and from “mother nature.”

Reach Out and Read (UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC McKeesport)

Reach Out and Read is a national literacy advocacy campaign for children. Our providers and staff were trained and work to improve literacy and foster a love of reading in our children and families.

Medical Care for the Homeless

Physicians and other members of the care team from Shadyside Family Health Center visit the Wood Street Homeless Shelter to provide care on a regular basis.

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.

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