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Wat Phouthathammram

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Basic information
1104 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Theravada
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Lao
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Laos
Date last visited: May 26, 2017
Currently active?: As of the last time it was visited by our research team, this location was open.
Other Basic Information:

Lao Theravada temple, established in the 1990s. Five monks currently in residence.

Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

Urban Philadelphia setting, surrounded by commercial buildings. The attendees are mostly Lao, although a small number of people of Cambodian and Vietnamese descent also attend.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

This temple was the site of an ongoing collaboration between the temple community and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Headed up by Brad Rosenfield, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, faculty and students from PCOM held an annual "Healthy Monks" event. They assisted the monks and members of the temple to enroll in Medicare, and to make healthier choices around diet. PCOM also organized a health fair at the temple that allowed over 100 members of the community the opportunity to receive flu shots, diabetes screening, blood pressure check-ups, as well as osteopathic manipulations.