The center will serve as an extension of Jefferson’s Center for Refugee Health, a Center City clinic that specifically serves refugees, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking. Many of the clinic’s patients live in the areas surrounding the Bok building. By meeting refugees in their community, Jefferson will better equip them to navigate the health care system by offering educational programs and health fairs after regular clinical hours. Additionally, community health workers will be on hand to assist the refugees.
Thanks to a $3.1M donation from the Hansjörg Wyss Foundation, we were able to celebrate the launch of the Wyss Wellness Center in May 2019. The Center will be located inside the Bok building, a former school at Ninth and Mifflin streets that now houses more than 150 businesses across its 120,000 square feet. Wen running at full capacity, the Center is expected to serve 6,000 patients a year, specifically people from the immigrant and refugee population. The clinical aspect of the center will operate Monday through Friday, with educational programming occurring on weeknights and weekends.