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Bridges to Health Filling a Gap

  • Steven Larson with patient Mery Martinez and med student Daphne Owens. Jessica Koulounis for the New York Times.


Puentes de Salud, a past Design Grant recipient, was featured in a  recent story in the New York Times, Nonprofit Clinic Offers 'Bridges to Health' to Philadelphia's Legal Immigrants.

Steve Larson, Puentes founder and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, explains how the clinic goes out on a limb to fill a gap: legal immigrants without health care coverage. "It’s not about me writing prescriptions. This is an underground health system." 

Jon Hurdle reports, "Now, Dr. Larson is seeking financial help to open a 7,000-square-foot clinic where, in keeping with his emphasis on prevention as well as cure, half the space would be devoted to clinical services and half to education that includes nutritional advice, literacy tutoring and sex education."

In 2012, the Community Design Collaborative helped Puentes with programming, space planning, and a conceptual design to move Puentes' programs under one inviting roof.




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