Goodbye and Thank You!

Although our health care system as it exists does not provide for many peoples’ health care needs, there are resources available that can make a difference for uninsured, low-income Pittsburghers if they are aware of them. This has been Be Well! Pittsburgh’s mission.


Be Well! Pittsburgh has been in existence since 2005. We received a Sprout Fund Seed Award in 2006, a Sprout Fund Root Award in 2007, a Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections grant in 2008, an award from the Pittsburgh Creativity Project in 2008, and support from the office of Councilman Patrick Dowd in 2012 and 2013. With this support, we have been able to create, maintain and update our website at, which averages between 3500 and 4000 hits per month, as well as distribute over 16,000 of our resource booklets in seven editions. We have also attended community events, hosted community health info sessions, hosted two health care fairs, made numerous referrals to health care resources, and made many visits to health care and social service providers to create and maintain working relationships.


Throughout the project’s existence, we have been trying to improve both the content and delivery of our information. We have added resources for people with disabilities and included accessibility information to listings. We have added resources for Spanish speakers, GLBTQ people, veterans, Seniors and homeless people. We have included more alternative and preventive health care resources. We changed our distribution in order to get the information to the people that most need it, where they live and shop and work.


I’ve decided to end the Be Well! Pittsburgh project.  It’s as yet unclear what health care coverage will look like and what health care needs and financial struggles for low-income people may emerge when the Affordable Care Act  individual coverage mandate takes effect in January of 2014 but that’s a different and new set of challenges. I am committed to universal health care now more than ever, in particular after witnessing the resistance to Medicaid expansion and increased employer responsibility to cover employees. Health care is a human right. Let’s finally ensure that all of our community members have it.


People need to be physically well in order to fully participate in their communities as they exist now, and even more, in order to participate in the social change needed in all of our communities. We cannot possibly heal our world if we are not literally healthy ourselves.

Be Well! Pittsburgh has tried to be a part of efforts to help create informed, connected, healthy communities. It has been a very meaningful eight years! Thank you for this experience!


Be Well! Stay Well!

Jude Vachon  May 2013


Women’s Health

Please feel free to add or edit resources or to comment on your experiences using the resources listed by using the comments function underneath each section. We’ll get an email letting us know that you’ve left a comment and we’ll then take that info and incorporate it into the main body of that resource section.

This site is meant to be a community resource. Our hope is that we can support each other in being active, informed healthcare consumers.


Services include:

  • Birth control (pills, condoms, diaphragms, the patch and more).
  • Routine check-ups, including breast exams and Pap smears.
  • Emergency contraception
  • STD testing and treatment. HIV testing and counseling.
  • Lab testing related to these services

Free, confidential, no visit limits, no co-pays, select from any participating health care provider, select from any participating pharmacy.

You qualify if you meet income limit and you are:

  • A woman
  • Between the ages of 18-44
  • Not pregnant or sterilized
  • Income eligible, at or below 185 percent of the Federal Income Poverty Guidelines (check the chart below)
  • A Pennsylvania resident
  • A United States citizen or if not a citizen you need satisfactory immigration status and identification
  • Have no, or limited, health insurance
  • Even when you have other insurance, you may be eligible if:
  • Your insurance doesn’t cover all your family planning needs
  • Your insurance doesn’t cover prescriptions
  • You need confidentiality and are afraid of physical or emotional harm if you use your other coverage
  • You’re the parent of a child on Medical Assistance or CHIP
  • College students may qualify if you are 18 or older and have parents/guardians living in Pennsylvania. Or, you may qualify if you live independent of your parents/guardians, plan to stay in Pennsylvania indefinitely, and meet income guidelines–say, less than $1,700 a month if you’re single.
Household Size Annual Income Limit Monthly Income Limit
1 $21,257 $1,772
2 $28,694 $2,392
3 $36,131 $3,011
4 $43,568 $3,631

See how to apply here:

or call (800) 842-2020 or (800) 451-5886 (TDD). The phone call is free.

For Birth and Women’s Health
2825 Penn Avenue
(Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

With Woman Fridays provides women with the following:

–       Walk-in service Friday from 1pm-4:30pm

–       Sliding fee scale. As a member of Adagio Health, we are able to provide care to women for free or on a sliding fee scale which is based on income and family size. Women under age 17 receive free care regardless of income.

–       Help with paperwork for medical assistance, food stamps, WIC, and other social services

With Woman Services include:

–       Pelvic exams and PAP tests

–       Contraceptives

–       STD testing and treatment

–       Physical Exams

–       Mammography referral

–       Basic menopausal care

–       Health information and education.

The Midwife Center is a family friendly environment. All of our clients are welcome to bring family and friends to their visits. Children are also welcome and can enjoy toys, books and videos while they wait with their adult.

First floor only wheelchair-accessible. Birth suite restrooms have handrails, other bathrooms do not.

200 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206
1.800.221.3988 or 412.661.8811

Allegheny Reproductive Health Center was established in 1975 to provide quality health care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Our services include birth control, abortion, well woman care, treatment of sexually transmitted infections for women and men, emergency contraception, and free pregnancy testing. We also offer confidential

counseling by a friendly, non-judgmental staff to help women and men handle their decisions and feelings on all aspects of reproductive health.

Inexpensive routine gynecological exams, pap tests, STI screening, colposcopy and treatment on Wednesdays. Abortion services three days a week, generally Tues/Thurs/Sat.

Reduced cost abortion services for women with state medical assistance. Payment plans can be arranged with a third party organization (CareCredit: Financial assistance for abortions may be available in certain circumstances.

Our building is not wheelchair accessible; there is no elevator and we are on the second floor.


Adagio Health’s family planning services include complete physical examination, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, breast and cervical cancer screening, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and comprehensive gynecological care.

Our Medical Offices participate in Medicare, all Medicaid plans including SelectPlan for Women, and we participate in most commercial insurance plans. For those without insurance, fees for most medical services (excluding prenatal care) are based on income and family size. Most medical services are provided at no cost to those age 17 and under. Breast and cervical cancer screening may also be available at no cost to those who qualify.

Adagio Health locations in Allegheny County:

Adagio Health East Liberty
211 North Whitfield Street, Suite 410
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Adagio Health McKees Rocks
607 Chartiers Avenue
McKees Rocks PA 15136

Adagio Health Natrona Heights
WIC Administrative Office
2418 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights PA 15065
724-224-1530, 724-224-1538 or
1-800-WIC-WINS (1-800-942-9467)

Adagio Health Pittsburgh (Downtown)
Suite 1000 Towne Place
Forbes and Stanwix
Pittsburgh PA 15222

CAPP 412-288-9960

Healthy Start House
400 West Grant Street
Duquesne PA 15110

Abraxas Center
306 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15221

Children’s Hospital Adolescent Clinic
3420 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Magee, Bethlehem Haven
5th Avenue Commons

905 Watson Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219

Magee, Clairton
559 Miller Avenue
Clairton PA 15025

Magee, Monroeville
Corp. 1 Office Park, Building 2, Suite 330
4075 Monroeville Boulevard
Monroeville PA 15146

Magee, Mt. Oliver
1630 Arlington Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15210

Magee, Wilkinsburg
720 Penn Avenue
Wilkinsburg PA 15221

Magee-Women’s Hospital
Outpatient Clinic

300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Matilda Theiss Health Center
373 Burrows Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Primary Care Health Services – Alma Illery
Family Planning

7227 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15208

Primary Care Health Services – Braddock
404 Braddock Avenue
Braddock PA 15104

Primary Care Health Services – Duquesne
2 Duquesne Plaza
Duquesne PA 15110

Primary Care Health Services – East End
117 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Primary Care Health Services – Hazelwood
4918 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15207

Primary Care Health Services – Steel Valley
1800 West Street, Suite 110
Homestead PA 15120

Planned Parenthood, Bridgeville
533 Washington Avenue, Suite 203
Bridgeville PA 15017

Planned Parenthood, Moon
935 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 12
Moon Township PA 15108

Planned Parenthood, Pittsburgh
933 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222

The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health
2825 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222

UPMC McKeesport Latterman Family Health Center
2347 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport PA 15132

UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health
5475 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206

UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health
3937 Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA 15201


From Princeton University

Program from the PA Dept of Health. Free services for those meeting the eligibility standards include:

  • Clinical breast examination
  • Mammogram
  • Pelvic examination and Pap smear
  • Education on breast self-exam
  • Follow-up diagnostic care for an abnormal result

Call 1-800-215-7494.  In a matter of minutes you will know if you are eligible.

400 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: (412) 247-1000

Pittsburgh/Allegheny County and Fayette/Westmoreland County Healthy Start programs are FREE for women who are pregnant, new parents or families who have children up to the age of 2 years old.

Healthy Start offers the following FREE services:

Home visiting that includes:

  • Case management services by nurses and outreach workers
  • Help in identifying and connecting families with other health and social services
  • Help families with children stay up-to-date on shots, well baby visits and other medical services
  • Postpartum depression screening and referral
  • General health and prevention education on:
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Care
  • Childbirth Education
  • Diet
  • Excercise & Nutrition
  • HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Spouse/significant other support
  • Breastfeeding support


UPMC Dept. of Family Medicine


The Birth Circle is a community-based doula program

providing pregnancy support and doula services to

underserved women. Doulas visit women at their homes,

meet with them at their medical appointments, and provide

continous support during labor and delivery. Services are

offered free-of-charge to eligible women, including teens,

first-time-mothers receiving their prenatal care at selected

health care sites, and UPMC for You members.

Working with our community to build an integrated circle

of care that addresses the needs of the childbearing family.


Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Promotion Program — a division of Health Services at Columbia. “Alice!” answers questions about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and, general health.


Companion website to the books. Information on women’s health including menopause, pregnancy and birth, birth control,… from a feminist, consumer-oriented perspective.