How did FPCN get started?

Family Practice and Counseling Network opened with an initial Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant in 1992, and has since grown and developed in response to need and demand by the communities served. The Network began with one converted apartment space within the Abbottsford public housing development, and now consists of three comprehensive health centers in Philadelphia – Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling in the Northwest, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in the North, and the Health Annex in the Southwest; a convenient care clinic in Philadelphia – Fast Family Care @ Shoprite; and a Philadelphia site that is a partnership with Action Wellness, called Annex West, located in West Philadelphia. Today the Network serves more than 22,000 patients annually and is an NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home.

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What exactly is FPCN and what is the healthcare model?

Family Practice and Counseling Network, a program of Resources for Human Development, is a network of federally qualified community health centers that uses a nurse-managed, integrated model to deliver primary care, behavioral health, dental, and preventive services, which are co-located at the centers and are designed to treat the whole patient.

Primary Care at the Network is provided by Nurse Practitioners with advanced practice degrees and the expertise to diagnose illness and prescribe medication, to make referrals to specialists, to provide pre-and post-natal care, and to offer a wide variety of other primary health care services. The model relies heavily on a psychosocial, interdisciplinary approach to care that “wraps its arms” around patients.

FPCN’s Mission Statement

The Family Practice and Counseling Network (FPCN) provides person-centered, integrated and comprehensive health services to individuals and families across their lifespan. The Network promotes resiliency and well-being among patients, staff and surrounding communities.

The following principles serve as our foundation:

  • Quality health care is a right, not a privilege.
  • FPCN works best when in partnership with the community.
  • Health education and self-management are vital to empower individuals to make informed choices about their health.
  • Protecting patient confidentiality is essential and the responsibility of all staff.
  • No one is turned away because of inability to pay.
  • Health care must be delivered in a culturally competent, trauma- informed and compassionate manner by caring for the whole person ~ mind, body and spirit.
  • FPCN encourages staff’s best performance by fostering creativity, development and engagement.
  • FPCN maintains fiscally sound and sustainable operations based on integrity and transparency.
  • FPCN strives to be an exemplary model of nurse-managed, evidenced-based and integrated health care.
  • FPCN values and fosters diversity and inclusion among patients and staff in a safe and open environment.

Here are other interesting facts about FPCN. 

Network services are targeted to residents of public housing and the surrounding communities; FPCN receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to serve these residents and broader communities.

The Network has earned local and national recognition as a “best practices” model of health care delivery.

"FPCNLearn about how RHD and FPCN work together.

FPCN is a program of Resources for Human Development (RHD). RHD is a national human services nonprofit with headquarters in Philadelphia and programs in 15 states. RHD specializes in creating innovative, quality services that support people of all abilities and any challenges wherever the need exists. RHD’s mission is to empower people as they achieve the highest level of independence possible, building better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. RHD’s unique ability to respond to a wide variety of individual and community challenges has made us a national leader in creating and delivering elite, person-centered services in more than 160 programs.

rhd-buildingA values-driven organization founded in 1970, RHD serves tens of thousands of people every year with caring and effective programs addressing intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health, homelessness, addiction recovery and more. At RHD, we’re committed to the fundamental value of dignity and respect for all, to the empowerment of those we serve and our employees, and to the flexibility to meet the changing needs of those we serve and our government and community partners.

RHD is a pioneer in the socially-responsible business movement, including crossing over into for-profit business development. Under the direction of Marco Giordano, RHD prides itself on its history of innovation, not only in the type and quality of the services it offers but also in its management approach rooted in RHD’s Values. Program directors and their staff have maximum authority, creativity and autonomy, with Philadelphia-based Shared Services staff supporting programs through providing clinical expertise; marketing, fundraising and grant-writing support; professional development training opportunities; human resources and benefits assistance and more. RHD is committed to the fundamental value of dignity and respect for all human beings, to the empowerment of our consumers and staff, to a collaborative management model, and to the importance of timely change and risk-taking. Learn more about RHD by visiting the organization’s website: