Community Service Inventory

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Penn CTSA aims to facilitate community-based research and community engagement across the university. As a resource to faculty and staff, the CEAR Core has compiled an inventory of university centers, offices, organizations, and resources related to community engagement and community service.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Community Driven Research Day pilot grant awards for 2022-2023

The Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR) and Penn Center for Public Health (formally Center for Public Health Initiatives, CPHI) at the University of Pennsylvania have awarded pilot grant funding for 2022-2023. Two projects were selected to receive funding.

Evaluating the gun violence prevention potential of the 60th Street Strong Coalition
Building capacity to address equity in sexual health and wellness among transgender and gender nonbinary communities in Philadelphia

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) is a program that encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs)/community groups that have research questions they are interested in answering.

Call for Proposals: Connecting Penn Research to Communities

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania is making pilot grant funding available for research with public and community health relevance. We are especially interested in proposals that address prevention and management of heart disease and cancer risk.

This call for proposals is open to faculty and postdocs with significant public and community health-related experience at Penn and is intended to:

  • Foster interdisciplinary research in public health at Penn that will have meaningful results at the community level.
  • Assist in garnering external support for large-scale studies in the field of public health.
  • Encourage additional faculty and staff at Penn to become involved in public health research.
  • Identify the innovative methodologies in the field of public health that have the potential of informing local, state, and national policy and programming.

Click HERE for the Call for Proposals.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications for the 2022-2023 funding cycle are due Thursday, April 7, 2022 by 5pm for a June 1st, 2022 start date.

Any questions should be directed to Krista Scheffey (krista.scheffey@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).

CEAR Core also awards pilot grant funds through Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD). Community-Driven Research Day is a collaboration between community groups and researchers at Penn, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. CDRD is an opportunity for members of community organizations and academic researchers to come together to meet and discuss potential collaborations and community-academic partnerships.

 

2022 Community Driven Research Day - January 27

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social determinants of health. The 12th annual CDRD will take place virtually on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9:30am-12:30pm EST.

Through virtual presentations in themed breakout sessions, CBOs and community groups will highlight their questions to CDRD participants, who will include area nonprofits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to virtually meet and discuss mutually-beneficial collaborations around the 12th Annual CDRD theme of “Advancing Health and Equity Through Community-Academic Partnerships.” 

Following CDRD, a competitive pilot grant program supports partnerships formed as a result of participation in CDRD between academic researchers and community-based organizations. The eight $10,000 grants are limited to faculty of The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine who have significant community health-related research experience, and are working in collaboration with community partners who present at CDRD.

CDRD Details & Additional Information

The 12th Annual CDRD will be held virtually on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9:30am-12:30pm EST. Registration is now open for both presenters and attendees.

Call for Submissions: CBOs and Community Groups

CBOs and community groups interested in developing partnerships to conduct research are urged to participate in an interactive virtual poster presentation that will highlight the organization’s/group’s mission, goals, and major accomplishments. Posters/Powerpoint will also display questions that they are interested in answering about partnering for healthy and safe communities.

Submissions are due by Monday, January 10, 2022. Click here to apply to present(link is external).

Register to Attend: Non-Presenting Participants

All non-presenting individuals interested in attending Community-Driven Research Day, including academic faculty, staff, students, lay community members, and representatives of non-academic institutions should register by Thursday, January 20, 2022. Click here to register(link is external).

Click here to access the 2022 CDRD flyer.(link is external)

Community Partner Training gets a new platform

Community Partner Training is an online training program for community members who are engaged in human subjects research. This training program was adapted for Penn in 2016, from CIRTification, created by Emily Anderson, PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

The Community Partner Training program was developed by  the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn Clinical and Translational Science Awards (ITMAT) with input by the UPenn Office of Regulatory Affairs, Human Research Protections (the IRB office). The course was designed to train community members with limited research experience on the background and principles of conducting human subjects research.

The Community Partner Training has moved to the platform. The CEAR Core team has partnered with Penn Libraries to bring community research partners a free, accessible, and fully supported training program on Canvas.

Over 230 people have completed the training since its launch. The course is user-friendly and accessible within the Canvas platform.

Click here for more information and to register for the course. Please share widely with your contacts and colleagues.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in West Philadelphia Communities

The West Philadelphia Vaccine Street Team Pilot Program is knocking on doors to encourage our neighbors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Heather Klusaritz and Carolyn Cannuscio, along with their team, are building trust and creating opportunities for people to have conversations about their vaccine concerns in order to support vaccine decision-making.

Read the full story here

2021 CEAR Core Pilot Grants awarded

The UPenn ITMAT Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core has awarded pilot funding to two proposals for the 2021-2022 pilot grant cycle.

The two proposals that are being funded are:

  • “Caregiving youth: an invisible cause of inequity” led by Dr. Joanna Hart
  • “A telehealth solution to improve community access to fetal monitoring in high-risk pregnancies: a feasibility pilot study” led by Dr. Nadav Schwartz.

Dr. Hart, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics & Health Policy, is leading a project to better understand the needs of youth who are informal caregivers for ill or disabled family members. She will be working with Dr. Victoria Miller at CHOP and collaborators at Mastery Charter Schools and Temple University’s Intergenerational Center.

Dr. Schwartz, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is leading a pilot study to evaluate a novel telehealth solution for remote, in-home fetal non-stress tests for monitoring high-risk pregnancies. He will be working with Drs. Rebecca Hamm and Meghan Lane-Fall at Penn and Dr. Marjorie Mogul at the Maternity Care Coalition.

These proposals were selected from a highly competitive applicant pool. Congratulations to Dr. Hart and Dr. Schwartz!

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania has made pilot grant funding available for research with public and community health relevance since 2014.

Watts named team leader in inaugural Projects for Progress 

The University of Pennsylvania announced its inaugural Projects for Progress prize recipients, which include three teams of Penn students, faculty, and staff. The teams, awarded up to $100,000 each to support their initiatives, all enhance and promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia by addressing health care, education, and environmental justice, respectively.

CEAR Core Steering Committee member, Caroline Watts, is the team leader for “Bridging Gaps and Building Capacity: Student and Educator Supports for School Reopening in Learning Network 2.”

Read the full story here.

PDA Public Service Award Recipient, Dr. Joan I. Gluch

Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, Chief of Penn Dental Medicine’s Division of Community Oral Health, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) for her public service to the community as the 2021 recipient of the PDA Public Service Award. The award recognizes her commitment to underserved communities through her insightful innovations to improve their oral health.

Dr. Glutch is a CEAR Core Steering Committee member.

Read the full story here.

EDUCATION

Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)

VIPS has been established to provide a vehicle for staff, faculty, alumni, and the West Philadelphia community to work together through community service activities and events. Further, Penn VIPS assists schools, community groups and non-profit organizations in achieving their goals of providing service to their constituents.
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Penn Medicine Community Activity Reporting E-nitiative (CAREs)

The university’s primary liaison with city, state, and federal governments, as well as with Penn’s many external constituencies and community organizations.
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Office of Government and Community Affairs

The university’s primary liaison with city, state, and federal governments, as well as with Penn’s many external constituencies and community organizations.
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Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs.
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Community Service Directory

The Community Service Directory is a guide with descriptions of the courses offered as part of Penn’s nationally recognized and academically based community service program. Further, the page has a searchable database that allows you to access information on the community service programs offered by Penn’s students, faculty and staff.
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Fox Leadership Program

The mission of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is to enrich the Penn undergraduate educational experience in ways to excite and equip students for present and future leadership roles in whatever realms of human excellence and endeavor may call them.
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Office of Equity and Access Programs (EAP)

EAP provides professional guidance to scholars of all ages and backgrounds. Their extensive array of services and programs is designed to help you succeed in your academic achievements.
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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania trains leading physician graduates of U.S. residency training programs who have a strong commitment to improving health care in community settings. Penn clinical scholars will become highly capable health services researchers, able to develop research that is highly relevant to the broader community as well as translating research findings into action.
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HEALTH CARE AND PROGRAMS

Penn Medicine in the Community

Community events are listed and Penn Medicine employees & students are invited to browse upcoming community outreach opportunities and register for those that interest them.
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University City Hospitality Coalition

The University City Hospitality Coalition provides meals to vulnerable individuals in University City six days a week. More than just a soup kitchen, it also offers medical advice, vaccinations, screening tests, and medical referrals by physicians and medical students from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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United Community Clinics (UCC)

UCC is a free health clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. Located in a church in the East Parkside community of West Philadelphia, UCC draws upon the resources and expertise of this multi-disciplinary group of students in order to offer a wide range of services to the surrounding community. Their goal is to develop an understanding of the needs of the community, and respond to those needs by providing clinical assistance, education, referral and representation services.
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Transitions in Care

The Transitions in Care program works to ease the transition from hospital to home and reduce the need for readmission. Newly discharged older patients with a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart failure, are assigned specially trained nurse practitioners who make regular home visits for up to three months. While recovering at home, patients receive the care they need to stay out of the hospital or the emergency room.
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Refugee Clinic at Penn Center for Primary Care

The Refugee Clinic is a partnership with HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania, a local rescue, resettlement and assistance agency. Working through translation services, the clinic provides medical care to newly arrived refugees from such countries as Nepal, Eritrea, and Burma, who speak a variety of languages including Nepali, Tigrinya, Chin, and Kachin. Penn internal medicine residents work with attending physicians to carry out physical exams, administer immunizations and arrange for specialty care.
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Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP)

PPP is a non-profit agency in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. It is a multi-service public health organization committed to protecting the health and welfare of the homeless, the uninsured, individuals suffering from substance abuse, and sex industry workers.
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Penn Dental Medicine: Division of Community Oral Health

The School of Dental Medicine, through its Division of Community Oral Health, emphasizes local and global community health as a core competency and highlights the integration of oral health within general health care. The Division of Community Oral Health provides oral health education, screening, preventive and clinical dental services, and referrals in select West and Southwest Philadelphia schools and other community sites and provides supervised clinical experiences for students in community settings serving elderly and special needs patients.
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Home Visitation Program

The Home Visitation Program helps patients who have a difficult time getting to see physicians in office. Family medicine physicians, residents, social workers and pharmacists provide needed care each month to those requiring medical attention in their own homes.
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Healthy in Philadelphia (HIP)

HIP partners with the West Philadelphia community to meet the needs of society and to advance the translation of knowledge and evidence-based, culturally competent models of care in the areas of healthy lifestyles; transitions in health, illness, and end of life; and disparities in access to and provision of health care.
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Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center

Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center is committed to providing quality behavioral health care services to members of the community- in particular, vulnerable and under-served populations in Philadelphia.
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Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI)

Guatemala Health Initiative is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.
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Family Medicine: Residency Community Initiatives

Family Medicine residents at Penn Medicine participate in a longitudinal community medicine curriculum that utilizes didactic and service–based venues for resident training and community enhancement. The curriculum is based on a series of academic/community partnerships developed with the shared intent of improving the health of West Philadelphia while helping residents develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to be effective health advocates in clinical and community settings.
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Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Jr. Sayre Health Center

The Sayre Health Center provides clinical services to residents of the surrounding community, as well as educational opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy

The Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy works with departments throughout CHOP, as well as community-based organizations and government officials to assure the best care for the children and families served by the hospital.
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Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP)

CAPP has served children with asthma, their parents, and asthma caregivers, as well as working in many Philadelphia communities to offer free asthma education, home visits and training to school personnel and primary care providers.
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Bridging the Gaps (BTG)

BTG links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services for under served and economically disadvantaged populations. BTG includes the Community Health Internship Program, the BTG Seminar Series, and the BTG Clinical Program.
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RESEARCH

Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a program of University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships to address issues of poor nutrition and physical fitness in West Philadelphia.
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PolicyLab

PolicyLab partners with numerous stakeholders within the health care field to develop evidence-based solutions to the most challenging health-related issues affecting children. By informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research, PolicyLab aims to achieve optimal child health and well-being.
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Penn CTSA: Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core

The purpose of the Community Engagement and Research Core in the Penn CTSA is to facilitate community-based research and community engagement, especially community-based participatory research, and enhance the translation of research and technological developments to key public health and community stakeholders.

Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

CFAR has a community advisory board (CAB) that works to foster and maintain partnerships and open communication between Penn CFAR researchers and community members. The CAB also works to enhance HIV education, prevention, treatment and research activities reflecting both investigators’ interests and community needs.
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Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

The office’s mission is to help Penn Medicine become a more collegial, intellectually exciting, and supportive institution through the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minority faculty, housestaff and staff.
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Mixed Methods Research Lab

The goal of the Mixed Methods Research Lab is to foster the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs.
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Guidelines for Research in the Community

Provided as part of the Penn Book of resources, policies and procedures, the Guidelines are targeted to those who are engaged in research that involves the study of the Philadelphia community (West Philadelphia in particular) or involves community members as research subjects.
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Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)

The CPHI is a university-wide center founded in 2007 by the Provost’s office. The CPHI promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice in public health.
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Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR)

CMHPSR researches the organization, financing, and management structure of mental health care systems and the delivery of mental health services and provides consultation and technical support to those individuals and programs involved in implementing system change.
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Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)

CHIBE provides an academic home for behavioral economic research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence.
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Center for Health Behavior Research

The Center for Health Behavior Research is working to become an epicenter for fundamentals of behavioral research on the Penn campus by advancing the development, application and testing of health behavior measurement and theories in clinical and population-based research.
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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI)

Guatemala Health Initiative is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.
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Students for Nutrition at Penn (SNaP)

SNaP strives to improve medical student awareness of and appreciation for the importance of nutrition in their own lives and the lives of their future patients. They aim to accomplish this goal through educational lectures on diverse topics ranging from practical counseling to theories of nutrition and disease.
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Community Health Initiatives at Penn (CHIP)

The purpose of CHIP is to promote health care in the local Philadelphia community through volunteer service in local clinics, financial support of healthcare non-profits and free clinics in West Philadelphia and abroad through fundraising events, and community outreach through participation in community health fairs and health events.
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Penn Fitness for Life

Fitness for Life is a non-profit, student-run community service organization at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to fighting the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Its goal is to empower children and young adults to take control of their health and fitness level through physical activity and eating right.
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Penn Med Student Organizations

A directory of student organizations in the Perelman School of Medicine.
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Service Link at Sayre Health Center

As a school-based community health center, Sayre Health Center in West Philadelphia serves a high population of patients who are low-income and uninsured. Service Link strives to fill the gap between medical care and social services by using online tools to connect low-income patients with basic resources that they need to stay healthy, such as health insurance, food, housing, and heating assistance.
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