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APM Newsletter September 2019

October 10, 2019
October 10, 2019


APM Joins Aetna at the Food Trust’s Market at Cherry Street Pier 

Vote for APM in the Aetna Voices of Health Competition!


On September 14th, Pradera Corporation, a subsidiary of APM, hosted a table at The Food Trust’s Market at Cherry Street Pier, presented by Aetna.  APM was invited by Aetna to be a part of the Market day as one of five local “Aetna Voices of Health” contestants.  Materials on APM programs were available for pickup, and staff from the Pradera Corporation were on hand to answer questions about their programs.

As one of five regional winners in the “Aetna Voices of Health” competition, APM is in the running for a top prize of $20,000.  Aetna is asking for the public’s vote to determine the top winner.

Please Click Here to VOTE for APM

You are able to VOTE up to 4 times each day by using email, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin accounts.  Vote today and every day through Oct. 13 for APM!

 APM “Floats” in the Puerto Rican Day Parade


APM proudly participated in the Puerto Rican Day Parade on September 29.  On a beautiful, sunny Sunday, APM & Pradera Corporation

staff waved flags from their colorfully-decorated float, and danced to the sounds of musica tipica by Sabor Boricua Group.

Please Click Here to See Our Float

 Food Buying Club receives support from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, recently launched the “New Food Justice Initiative,” a grant program to support community projects that advance food justice.  A community exercising “food justice” is one that is carrying out its right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.   APM is one of six organizations that were recently selected for funding under this initiative.

APM will use the grant to re-launch its Food Buying Club (FBC).  During its 3 years of operation, the FBC served over 600 households in North Philadelphia, giving these families the opportunity to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables that they otherwise could not afford. The funding received under the New Food Justice Initiative will permit APM to build a sustainable model that increases access to healthy fruits and vegetables in our community and establishes successful partnerships with local produce vendors and suppliers.

Thank you to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Reinvestment Fund for their support of the APM Food Buying Club!

APM’s President & CEO Nilda Ruiz interviewed for Enfoque segment on Hurricane Maria Anniversary


A recent episode of Telemundo 62’s Enfoque highlighted the situation in Puerto Rico on the Second Anniversary of Hurricane Maria.  During the program, Enfoque host Syrmarie Villalobos interviewed Nilda Ruiz, President & CEO of APM, on Philadelphia’s ongoing support to those impacted by the storm.

APM Medical Director Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera Interviewed for
Orgullo Latino Segment

APM Medical Director Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera was interviewed by Syrmarie Villalobos on Telemundo 62 for the Orgullo Latino Segment.  Dr. Colon-Rivera spoke about his humble upbringing and his evolution into his profession.

Please Click Here to watch the interview on Telemundo 62

Pradera Corporation and APM Participate in the Feria

On September 8th, APM was honored take part in the 35th Annual Feria del Barrio, held on the 2600 block of North Fifth Street.  The Feria was a collaboration between Taller Puertorriqueño, APM, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE, and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.  APM was proud to be a sponsor of the VIP food section.

The Pradera Corporation, a subsidiary of APM that provides foster care, kinship care, and treatment foster care training for parents across the Philadelphia region, also had a table at the Feria, where staff were available to answer questions about becoming a Resource Parent.

APM Medical Director Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera co-author of article published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

A recent peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs summarizes the clinical benefit and risks of three FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in the youth. APM Medical Director Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera co-authored the report, “Medications for Maintenance Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Adolescents: A Narrative Review and Assessment of Clinical Benefits and Potential Risks.” Dr. Colon-Rivera noted that the three medications – methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone – may be useful in the treatment of adolescents with OUD and that there is a need to improve the access to these medications and to increase the work force capacity to care for the youth.  In discussing the article, Dr. Colon-Rivera commented, “The treatment for opioid use disorder works, but is underused. It is alarming that less than 1% of pediatricians are treating this condition. When prescribing medications for OUD in adolescents, health professionals need to become familiar with clinical practices that are unique for this age range.”


Please Click Here to Read the Article

Gift of Love

SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 GIFT of LOVE

When: November 21, 2019

Where: Union Trust, 717 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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