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Drexel HOPE (Health, Outreach, Partnership, Empowerment)

Drexel HOPE

Drexel HOPE provides high-quality, compassionate health services for opioid dependence, HIV and hepatitis C. We offer low-threshold care at reduced or no cost, which makes medical services more accessible to underserved patients. We work to advance health equity and decrease health disparities among Philadelphians.

Drexel HOPE Services

  • Opioid dependence treatment, including buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Support during opioid use recovery
  • Training and tools for overdose reversal and prevention
  • HIV and hepatitis C testing and treatment
  • Medication to prevent HIV (PrEP) and safer sex resources
  • Linkage to local resources for well-being and further medical care
  • Community education to reduce stigma about all the above

Currently offering virtual appointments! For all new referrals, call 215.301.4675. The mobile unit is now going out weekly to West Philly! Please see below for further details.

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Information for Drexel HOPE Patients

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Our HIV-related services include:

  • Rapid-result diagnostic testing
  • Routine tests for HIV-positive patients
  • Information about prevention
  • Condoms and other resources for safer sex
  • PrEP, a daily medication to prevent infection

We work closely with Drexel University College of Medicine's Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, the region's largest HIV care center. Learn more about PrEP at The Partnership.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne infection in the U.S. An estimated 45,000 Philly residents are living with the virus.

Drexel HOPE and the Partnership offer hepatitis C treatment, which has few side effects. Treatment can take as little as 12 weeks.

Opioid Use Disorder

About 1,150 Philly residents died of an accidental drug overdose last year, and overdose was a leading cause of death in Philadelphia in 2018.

Drexel HOPE is here to help people who want to enter treatment for opioid use disorder. Our clients get access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery resources.

Below, learn more about our peer recovery support specialists. They play a key role helping clients in substance use recovery.

About Drexel HOPE Staff

Who is on the Drexel HOPE staff?

Our team has a medical provider, case manager and peer specialists.

What is a peer recovery support specialist?

Peer specialists use personal experience with substance use disorder to help others. Drexel HOPE's peer specialists:

  • Support and empower clients in recovery
  • Advocate for clients
  • Answer clients' questions
  • Help clients create wellness plans
  • Help clients access further tools and resources

Peer support increases clients' sense that treatment is working. It also decreases substance use and depression, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Does the Drexel HOPE staff have experience providing care for patients from diverse backgrounds?

Yes! Our staff members have cared for diverse patient populations, including people representing a broad range of races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and gender expressions.

About Appointments with Drexel HOPE

What is a virtual appointment, and how does it work?

Our team is available for phone or video call appointments, also called telemedicine appointments.

Virtual care helps patients meet their health needs while practicing social distancing. Virtual health care also means patients:

  • Do not have to travel to an office
  • Have less waiting time
  • Get high-quality care with fewer obstacles

Which Drexel HOPE services are available through virtual appointments?

Services available through virtual appointments include:

  • Medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder
  • Peer recovery support
  • Connection to preventive care for HIV
  • Treatment for HIV and hepatitis C

We are working on offering more services through virtual visits. We will update this web page as more services become available.

Will virtual appointments always be an option?

Yes. Virtual care will still be an option once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

 

Drexel Hope Van Locations

Where can I find the mobile medical care van?

The mobile unit is located at 52nd and Market Streets in West Philly on Thursday mornings, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (See Map)

The mobile unit is located at 24th Street and Snyder Avenue in South Philly on Thursday afternoons, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (See Map)

 
Put People First! PA joins Drexel HOPE at 52nd and Market Street on the 1st Thursday of the Month

Put People First! PA (putpeoplefirstpa.org/) distributes food and clothing and helps community members with health insurance, SNAP and heating assistance. PPF-PA is a grassroots human rights organization organizing for health care as a human right.

About Drexel HOPE Partners

Drexel HOPE is a program from Drexel University College of Medicine and local social services groups. We work with the member groups below to connect patients to resources they need.

City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Delaware Valley Community Health
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences (PARR)
Prevention Point
Public Health Management Corporation
The Family Practice and Counseling Network
 
 

 
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